Google, Youtube, Fly on the Wall Productions, OverBrook Entertainment join together to push the envelop with having Will Smith bungee jump out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon for his 50th Birthday.Fly on the Wall productions known for Big Brother contacted Stunt Coordinator TJ White from T Minus Productions to design and over see this dangerous stunt.TJ known for Stunt Coordinating high profile stunts for some of the biggest artist in the world like Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd and Eminem.
TJ stated “When working with talent such as Will Smith your are brought to your A game of making the impossible, possible in the matter of a couple months”. The very technical aspects of overseeing this dangerous stunt begins with breaking down the dangers of 1. Bungee Jumping now add a helicopter to do it out of.2.Working in a location like the grand canyon with 2 helicopters in the airat the same time.3. Dealing with the Weather . 4.Having a A list talent do the very dangerous stunt themself. 5. Do a live stunt for a live audience and live teleplay around the world.
By adding all of this up you have to surround your self with the very best in the business and a team that is able to work with each other in high stress situations is mandatory.TJ brought in his Stunt Rigging Team from T Minus Productions and T Minus Stunt Rigging Inc, Bungee consultant Casey Dale from bungee.com, and two of the top film helicopter pilots in the biz Cliff Fleming and Fred North. With this team they were able to assist a successful live stunt over the grand canyon infront of 100 spectators and over 17 Million views on youtube.com
Do you think you have what it takes to be a Stunt Performer? People contact us daily and ask us how to become a Stunt Performer. There is no exact answer we can give to someone on how to get into the stunt business. Stuntmen and Stuntwomen all have different skills that get them hired to work in the entertainment business. What we recommend is extensive training in a field. Whether it is years of fight training, dirt bike riding, Gymnastics, or racing cars. Some of the top stunt performers currently being hired are ex-MMA fighters, Cirque du Soleil performers, collegiate gymnasts, and performers that work at live stunt shows all over the world. One thing people do not talk about is the percentage of injuries a stunt performer will go through over their career. Proper Strength training, Cardio Exercise, and Chiropractic Care is a must to keep a performers body in tune. A stunt performer usually goes through many injuries while training before they ever step on set to perform a stunt.
While Stunt Training you need to get experience on set. We recommend becoming an Extra, a Stand-In, or a production assistant in the film industry. This is where you will get much needed set etiquette. A stunt performer with good set etiquette can get more work in the industry than a higher skilled stunt performer that has bad set etiquette.
Supermodel Joan Smalls, Writer and TV host Derek Blasberg, Supermodel Candice Swanepoel , Baseball legend Alex Rodriguez, social media superstar Cameron Dallas, and Fashion designer Brandon Maxwell come to Pier 92 in New York City for Kia’s Stinger Runway Race Challenge. These Celebrities drag raced against each other while driving the new 2017 Kia Stinger Turbo. The track was set up in a way that the crowd and drivers could hear and feel the power of this newly designed car. The crowd cheered when each celebrity raced, going faster and faster than each other. For the win Supermodel Candice Swanepoel got the win with fasted top speed and quickest time.
This event was supervised by professional Drifter and Stunt driver Matt Powers ” Escape Plan 3″ and Stunt Coordinator and Stunt Driver TJ White from T Minus Productions. These professionals over saw the construction and design of the track and also rode passenger in the cars with the drivers to instruct and keep them safe while letting the celebrities enjoy there experience with the Kia Stinger GT.
Stunt Drivers Matt Powers and TJ White
Baseball Legend Alex Rodriguez and Stunt Driver TJ White
Blueman Groups calls Stunt company again to create death defying stunt to announce there return to the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas. The Blueman Group is 20 years old and they love to go big with everything they do. T Minus Productions did there live show in Los Angeles with a 189 ft decelerator highfall at there Hollywood Bowl Show. So it was not a surprise that when they were returning to the Luxor Hotel this year they wanted it to be an event people would talk about.
100 media corespondents listening to one Blueman play the drums to announce the opening of there new theater. Just then two spot lights pan straight up 28 floors inside the Luxor Hotel to see 2 Bluemen repel down to the theater level to open the curtain of the theater.
Live events are very hard to incorporate stunts and it takes extensive planning and rehearsal to pull it off safely. When trying to do stunt like this you should always use a professional. Stunts are dangerous and should only be stunt by experienced individuals.
Blueman repelling down 28 stories inside the Luxor Hotel in Vegas
Blueman Group with T Minus Productions TJ White and Lauren Pacheco
Blueman Group getting ready repelling down 28 stories inside the Luxor Hotel in Vegas with T Minus Stunt Rigging Inc. Crew
Working a live stunt show has it own set of dangers, but The Blue Man Group, known for their awestruck behavior, wanted to add danger to their set. Closing out the concert season at the Hollywood Bowl The Blue Man Group, one of the most successful live shows in the world, decided to add an exponential stunt to their show. The creative team at the Blue Man Group contacted T-Minus Productions to design and create a stunt that would not only be dangerous but have the audience believe that they would be dropping their orchestra conductor Thomas Wilkins 190 feet into an air bag so that they could use his body to paint a picture. This stunt would take weeks of preparation and design to make it exciting while keeping it safe.
VP of T-Minus Productions Lauren Pacheco would take lead on this project coordinating logistics and producing the stunt. Planning and coordinating the prep and logistics took weeks working with creative to give them exactly what they wanted. Live shows like Broadway’s Spiderman took months of rehearsal to set up safety protocols and still had problems in that department. So Lauren working with Stunt Coordinator TJ White and used T-Minus Stunt Rigging company to draw up a plan on how to properly rig this stunt in the tight space given at the Hollywood Bowl. The team at T-Minus knew they had to not only set a Stuntman to fall 190 feet in the air from a crane but do it multiple times for several shows at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
Working with heights and using heavy equipment you always have to find companies that are production friendly. Crane company Champion Cranes (“Terminator 3”) was used for this project. They have worked with T-Minus Productions on several projects and are very selective with which companies they work with in the film industry.
A decelerator wire system was used to hoist up Stunt Double Lance Jamison 190 feet in the air and drop at a high rate of speed landing into an air bag. If you had a chance to watch this live show you would have seen the tom trickery of believing that the Conductor went up in the air and landing making his painting splat. The loud gasps from the audience were heard wide and far, followed by applause when the Conductor came out to the stage with the Blue Men and their painting. Another Live Show success for T-Minus Productions & T-Minus Stunt Rigging.
T-Minus Productions Getting Ready to test at Champion Crane
T-Minus Stunt Team with Blueman Group Team at Stunt Test
T-Minus Blueman Group Stunt Team
Stunt Double Lance Jemison Decelerating 190ft During A Test Run
Behind The Scenes Shot of Blueman Group Stunt
T-Minus Stunt Team TJ White, Zac Henry, and Tim James at Blueman Group Show at Hollywood Bowl
More and more production and insurance companies have contacted Qualified Stunt Coordinators to supervise all safety concerns for their show concepts. This is to ensure that the event they are putting their contestants through is deemed safe and secure for the insurance companies to sign off on. Successful shows like Fear Factor have brought on veteran Stunt Coordinators such as Perry Barndt, and President of Stunts Unlimited stunt group in Los Angeles Pat Ramano, to be Producers and Safety consultants for the show. These safety experts work with production from the beginning stages of concept. They design the stunts to make it exciting and far fetched but also safe for the contestants. When designing a particular stunt these coordinators and consultants use specific Stunt Rigging equipment and Stunt Rigging companies to set it up and test the stunt and/or action piece with qualified stunt performers. The Stuntmen and stuntwomen are trained professionals that have the knowledge and expertise to test a stunt or gag to rule out injury for a contestant or talent. Stunt Rigging Companies and Special Effects companies work together to fabricate and manufacture specific designs so that the it could be used in a safe manner.
Stunt Coordinators and Stunt Rigging Coordinators have been moving into a more Risk Assessment role in reality shows, games shows, and live events. This new position is more likely a Safety Producer, Supervising Producer, or Risk Management Producer versus just a straight Stunt Coordinator. With the bar being raised on having action on the screen, the safety precautions have to be increased on these live type shows. Bringing in a qualified safety expert can limit time and money from a production. To many productions it may seem like an added cost but in the end it is like everyone’s mother always said, “Its better to be safe than sorry.”
For those of you that watch the highly successful AMC series MADMEN you can appreciate the art of advertising. AD men and women of today have the arduous job of not only capturing the perfect image, crafting the most memorable slogan, and pitching the most tantalizing moving image, but they have to go beyond that and make use of the new platforms that Don Draper did not have access to that have formed in the last few decades. These new frontiers as you know are the Internet, the surmounting amount of social media platforms, and alongside that is the smartphones and tablets. Advertising agencies are always trying to capture the largest audience for the least amount of money and with these new spaces to showcase their Ads they are also banking on the free advertising which lends a hand from the internet. This is the art of the Viral Video.
In Today’s market not everyone has a TV, instead they have the internet. They can stream videos on their smartphones, tablets, personal computer or laptops so advertising on the Television is becoming a rare feat. The new commonality is the internet so the advertising agencies call upon Hollywood production companies to produce commercials that they can then post on their brand’s Youtube, Vimeo, or Vevo pages. Using a platform like these enable the agency to view analytics of where their campaign is being viewed and in what market. Using these platforms allows the general public to share these videos on other platforms like Facebook, Tumbler, Twitter, Pintrest, or Instagram which is essentially free advertising for them. This sometimes takes a life of it’s own and makes the video go viral, which means its viewed by millions of people.
The gaming industry understands impressions and hits and is in on the “Hidden Camera” Viral Video craze. The popular Ubisoft game, “Watch Dogs”, has just done it again using Los Angeles based production company Lifeboat Productions to produce an Ashton Kutcher inspired Punk’d gag on the streets of Downtown LA. One element the creative and production team knew from the start was to get a great reaction from the “Mark”, you would have to do something over the top. Using Special Effects blowing up lights and transformers really get the Prankee invested in the scene. To take it over the top you have to really take them out of their comfort zone and shock them. This was done by making them believe they caused a car accident in the middle of a busy intersection Downtown LA.
LifeBoat Productions contacted Los Angeles based Stunt Design Company T-Minus Productions to oversee the action. Safety is always the first priority when doing a live stunt in front of unsuspecting participants. This increases the danger of the stunt. It takes precise timing and planning out every step to do this safe and make it look authentic. Using qualified and experienced Stunt Coordinators helps production achieve this seamlessly.
This particular video went viral within hours and has had over 12.1 million views on youtube in 2 weeks of it release. With the right creative content, excellent execution, and of course High Octane Live Action Stunts, you will get millions of views. See what all the fuss was about in the video below.
Working on Reality Projects like “Bad Grandpa” or “Punked” takes a skilled crew to perform complicated pranks. On her latest video Katy Perry, Music Video Director Marc Klasfeld, Producer Dawn Rose, and EMI’s SVP of Video Production, designed the perfect prank. Katy Perry used SFX prosthetic’s, makeup, outlandish costumes, and colorful character backgrounds in order to transform her into the different roles. The pranks were pulled on various kid birthday parties, a bar mitzvah, and even on innocent residents of a retirement home.
HardRock Films Producer Dawn Rose contacted Stunt Coordinator TJ White to oversee the safety and choreograph the stunt in this top secret video. Using a SFX crew from Christopher Nolan’s latest Batman Films and local Stuntmen in LA, TJ was able to mix the stuntmen in with the regular party patrons not tipping off a single bystander. TJ’s Stunt Riggers prepped the Stunt Cars for Stunt Driver Terry James to run his vehicle into a parked car causing complete chaos amongst the party goers. While the innocent bystanders thought Katy triggered the accident it was all pre-planned out weeks before to insure that safety was taken care of as well as the element of surprise.
Many factors go into pranks and stunts. The unknown is simply what others who are not in on the gag will do. TJ Says, “I have to prep the crew and my stunt safety to manage the crowd so that if a bystander gets into the danger zone then my Stunt Safety can simply direct them somewhere else without blowing the stunt prank”. This isn’t the first time a prank has been pulled like this, and with the video already having 10.8 million views to date, it is likely this type of stunts won’t be going away. Take a look at the Pop Princess’s “Birthday” music video after the jump.
Motocross has been around since the early 1900’s starting in the UK. Races were popping up all over the world with various countries pitting their team up for stardom. Finally making it to the US in the 1960’s the sport was vastly changing with new tweaks to the bikes suspension and frames. When the 90’s hit, sub categories for Motocross were being created such as supercross, arenacross, supermoto, and freestyle motocross. Many BMX riders turn Freestyle motocross or FMX riders. In 1993 Bob Kohl was the first FMX rider to perform successfully the “Holy Grail” of motocross stunts at that time, which was the infamous backflip. From there riders have been pushing the limits. But let’s step back a few decades, Freestyle Motocross arguably started back in
1963 when famed stuntman Bud Ekins doubled Steve McQueen in The Great Escape. At that time this type of stunt was mind blowing. Jumping a bike over a 6ft tall barbed wire fence hadn’t been done before. What made it even more challenging was Ekins had to do it on a Triumph TR6 Trophy 650cc motorcycle which is a hefty 400 pounds. This is quite the feat which makes it one of the most memorable motorcycle stunts in history and pushes Bud Ekins further into stunt fame. While men like Bob Kohl, Carey Hart, Travis Pastrana, Brian Deegan, Mike Metzger, Caleb Wyatt, and a flurry of others have all pushed the limits of their bikes and body, their inspiration may have very well been the work of Bud Ekins.
It is no wonder this sport has gained a worldwide mainstream audience. It is death defying, loud, extreme, and if the tricks are pulled off safely then the payoff is superbly glorious. Live stunt shows like the ones that Metal Mulisha puts on are packed with hundreds of thousands of people. The marketing and broadcasting of these events alone are entertaining for audiences and even more profitable for sponsors. Executives of corporate events, company grand openings, product launches, expos, and many more unlikely events are tracking down these motocross individuals to perform these shows for their clients. The increase of live stunt shows involving these talented motocross riders has exponentially jumped. Freestyle Stunt Companies come fully equipment with their dirt-bikes, ramps, and the personnel to run the show. This plug and play system allows for a fast set up and breakdown for a day event or even a week long event.
These highly skilled motocross riders sometimes start BMX riding, then move into supercross riding professionally for years before moving into their freestyle work. These riders are constantly evolving their tricks. The oohs and aahs of a crowd watching a stunt rider fly off a ramp doing their favorite tricks such a no footer, suicide can, hart attack, or even a Superman is enough that these motocross shows are one of the most requested events that Stunt Coordinators are asked to organize. FMX has been influencing entertainment from films like the Great Escape to the most recent Bourne Legacy, to TV shows like Nitro Circus, even music videos like P Diddy’s ‘Bad Boys For Life’ cameo’d motocross with many videos since then including the sport, to world wide events like the X games. This sport is enrapturing itself in entertainment like never before. These riders and machines are evolving like the industry making the stunts they perform unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
The best water movies are films that involve water as a major thematic element. Typically set on a major body of water, such as an ocean, river, lake, pond or creek, these compelling and entertaining stories that just happen to take place or involve water.
Water Stunts are probably one of the most difficult to coordinate and control. To the average viewer, they have no idea of the highest concept of complexity involved in stunts requiring any aquatic motorized vehicle. First and most important, there are NO brakes. So the individual that is piloting the vessel must understand completely the speed, angle, and ability of the craft.
Movies such as Face-Off, Speed 2, and Miami Vice all used very talented stunt professionals to captain all the watercraft needed to give the excitement needed in each scene. Water World used an enormous variety of vessels and had a very successful safety record during the entire filming. It requires a very talented Stunt Coordinator and team to achieve the high quality action and precision desired by directors and producers.