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Good Life’s Dodge Challenger Hellcat Drift Made Possible by T.J. White & Matt Powers

 

The Fate of the Furious: The Album had been as famous as the movie. There are 14 songs on the album and all of them are a feast for the ears and eyes. Particularly, the stunt driving in the Good Life by Matt Power is of interest.

By the look of it the stunt seems almost on the verge of danger and as a matter of fact, it is. Let’s look at it.

The Scene

In the video of the Good Life , the artist G-Eazy is seen standing in the middle of the hellcat drifting Dodge Challenger. The car is whirling around the singer at a safe distance without touching the artist. Indeed, making this kind of scene requires ample sophistication on part of the director Hannah Lux Davis , and most importantly the driver and the stunt coordinator. If it weren’t for them, the stunt would not have been possible.

The Driver

Matt Powers is known as the ultimate stunt driver with experience spanning years. Having received years of experience as a professional Drifter,  Rick Seaman’s Super Level 1 training, and driving for Nito tires. He is bound to make any stunt seem very easy. However, it is not.

With tens of projects under his belt—commercials, videos, and what not—this stunt driver has made a good use of his skills.

Even in the video of the Good Life, while G-Eazy is acting out his song quite contentedly, it is the job of the Matt Powers to hellcat drift around the artist. The stunt’s been done several times without any major damage to the car, singer, and himself. That is one hell of a skill!

The Stunt Coordinator 

It is an established fact that without an experienced stunt coordinator, any action scene could prove life-threatening. There had been many accidents on the sets of movies and music videos in the past. However, not in this video. The stunt coordinator of this video, T.J. White, has proven to be the right person for the job. He has coordinated the shot where Matt Powers drift a hellcat around G-Eazy. The credit of safe shooting of the scene, undoubtedly, goes to him.

How is stunt rigging done?

Stunt rigging is a job of extreme caution. The coordinator has to make sure that he is doing everything in order to help the director shoot a certain action seen such that no one involved in it gets hurt.

This is done by using several safety protocols and experience from the past ventures.

Where to find T.J. White?

If you have any project that involves action scenes like the one we have just reviewed, then you need someone like T.J. White. He has been in the business for years.

This is not just one time that he has served Hollywood. From Rock Star and Guess who? To Halloween and Angels and Demons, T.J White has provided his experienced stunt coordination services.

He can be reached on his company website T-minusProductions.com.

The 4 Stunts of “Self-Made” Everyone’s Talking About

 

In the entertainment industry of today, whether it is a movie or any music video, viewers crave for some good action scenes. Since there is a lot of competition, everyone is coming up with stunts of their own. And as a matter of fact, this approach is giving the directors some hard time. But in the midst of all the competition, there are people without whom all of the action sequences would seize to exist. These people are the stunt rigging experts like us.

Who are we?

We are T-Minus Productions. 

You must have seen many stunts and actions in movies or music videos that seem impossible for a lame mind. But did you know that behind those scenes there are safety protocols that are involved? The ones that allow the crew, especially the director, to carry out all the shooting of the action in a controlled environment. Because there is nothing more important than the safety of the artists, the safety protocols we are talking about are implemented by the stunt rigging department. We specialize in that.

In fact, we have worked alongside the producer London Alley, and the director Colin Tilly in making of the video of Self-Made. We are lucky enough that fans have liked our efforts to the point that everyone is talking about them.

The 4 stunts of Self-Made

1) As the video of the Self-Made progress, we see the artist Bryson Tiller cruising on the hood of a car.

To people who haven’t watched The Science of Stupid, doing that might be easy, but since during the shooting anything could happen, we had to exercise special precaution. Bryson was connected by wires to the hood and these were removed in post.  There also was a women Stunt driver driving the $100K BMW I8 making sure the cast and crew were all safe.

2) Next, when the video progresses around 1 minute and 15 seconds the ladies in the background start to float in the air. This too involves great peril if done without any safety measures. But since we were handling everything, the director was satisfied.

3) Upon reaching 2 minutes, the next stunt is unveiled by the video: jet ski. As much as the concept of riding a jet ski in the middle of a road is fancy, so should be the safety protocols governing the stunt (though, a little CGI’s involved here). Of course, we cannot let the artist ride in the splashing waters just to see him get injured.

4) The fourth stunt is that of the hurricane. Yes, there are blue screens involved here. But if there weren’t enough safety, the director might have just called off the scene. There is a tree in the scene, for stunt’s sake, and that too planted artificially.

Managing and coordinating stunts is one thing, but doing it the professional’s way is another. Stunt rigging where an element of expertise is involved seldom see dangers having their way. Same is the case with the music video of Self-Made.

However, this is not just one time that we have helped the director of a music video shoot a scene in perfect security and safety. We have numerous successful projects under our belts and we are looking forward to making it possible for you too. You can visit our websites T-MinusProductions.com.

Stunt Coordination in Katy Perry’s “Hey Hey Hey”

 

Whether it’s Roar or Hey Hey Hey, Katy Perry has always put the stunt elements that are beyond imaginations. They define her uniqueness and that is why she has so many fan followings and her music videos get views in millions.

Initially, she had a career in gospel music. But now that we see her, she is much more than that. Her music, lyrics, and the overall videos dictate that she has some gravity in her personality. This is why most of her songs are based on challenging societal norms and empowering women.

We love her songs, but the one that we are here to talk about is Hey Hey Hey.

Where Are The Stunts?

If you have seen the music video of the song, you would have noticed that there are some scenes where Katy Perry is wielding a sword in the middle of the song. Even at the end, there is a guillotine which can be seen chopping off a head (eh! Of course, not in reals).

These stunts are not the only ones. Throughout the video, there are props and actions that otherwise put the lives of a person in jeopardy. However, not in this video.

And Why Is Everyone Safe? 

Simply because we have efficiently stunt coordinated whole of the actions that are performed. From the start to the end we have rigged this video with the help of our equipment.

The result of all of our efforts has finally paid off in producing such a delight to watch. It has garnered a total of 58 million views, as of 26 January 2018.

How Is It Done?

Well, there are CGI tricks one hand, and real situations on the other hand. We mostly deal with real situations. All of the scenes in this music video has been possible because of our expert input. If it were not for us, the stunts might have involved an element of surprise because anything could happen unless the scenes were properly organized.

“But, Who Are You?”

Oh, well, we forgot to introduce ourselves to you. We are T-Minus Productions. We specialize in multiple things along with stunt rigging.

When it comes to protecting the lives of the artists on the set, our stunt coordinators are there to help them plan and execute everything safe and sound.

Thus, you see how Katy Perry had been doing everything so smoothly?

“What Are Stunt Coordinators, Anyway?”

That is a nice question to ask. Stunt coordinators or stunt riggers are the professionals who make sure the action scenes are directed in a safe environment. They help the director of a movie or any other video project to shoot the scene with minimal dangers involved.

We— at T-Minus Productions—have had the privilege of stunt coordinating various projects ranging from movies to music videos. Just like the songs like  Hey Hey Hey and Roar , there are many projects that we have stunt rigged.

Working with the director of the song Isaac Rentz was an unforgettable experience, and like allowing Katy Perry dance with a sword safely, we can also help you carry out stunts. Visit our website T-Minus or Hollywoodstuntcoordinator.com to know about us more.

Future’s Mask Off is an Epitome of Trap Rap

 

Rap music calls for seductive uniqueness. As much as this genre is open to everything, so has to be all the songs and music videos relating it. There are rappers who call themselves “Rap God” (Eminem, of course), and then there are those that are dominating this genre in these times. We are talking about Future.

His latest ventures have inspired people from around the world. Whether it is Young Thug, or Turn On The Lights, with his ultimate trap rap, Future has definitely made a mark for himself in the present and in the future (literally).

Just a few months ago, we’re talking about May 5, 2017; Future surprised his listeners with “Mask Off”. Directed by Colin Tilly from London Alley Entertainment.

The music of this song includes minimal instruments among which the flute is dominant and the sweetest. Likewise, in the music video, the minimal and dark production has added the flavor of indifference which does perfect justice to the lyrics of the song.

Well, since we are talking about the video, let us plunge in details of how the direction and the stunts together have made it possible.

Thanks to the Stunt Coordinators

Throughout the video, it can be seen that Future is driving in the midst of crime and turmoil. Fire is bursting here and there, people are robbing shops, shooting each other, and still, everyone (as of now) is alive and kicking.

The credit of this undoubtedly should be given to Epic Records, all the producers, directors, and the stunt coordinators.

These are the people that make it possible for the artists to get through any type of stunt scenes. Therefore, whether there is a fire around them or bullets, they can safely be recovered from them, all the while letting the director shoot the action.

Who Stunt-Coordinated This Video?

The music video Mask Off has been stunt rigged by none other than T-Minus Productions. They must be tapped on the shoulder for doing such a terrific job.

They have been in the business for quite long, and have worked on projects beyond this one. You must be thinking that stunt rigging can just be a matter of nothing but ropes and equipment. Well, the equipment and everything has its own place, but what really makes the stunt coordinators of the T-Minus Productions worthwhile is their ample experience in the field. Just like we said, they have made it possible for the directors of many videos to shoot a scene in secure environments.

Whether it is Katy Perry’s Hey Hey Hey or Dua Lipa’s Lost in Your Light, T-Minus should be credited for letting the former wield a sword, and the latter fly over the horizons.

Where Can You Find Them?

You can reach the masters of stunt rigging by visiting their websites T-MinusProductions.com

Audiences of today expect something innovative. They yearn for action scenes that can trigger their adrenaline right where they are sitting. Therefore, it is a personal advice, if you want your project to be safely carried out with all the action scenes, you must contact T-Minus Productions now!

Driving a Lambo In the Los Angeles Desert: Behind the Scenes of Yandel’s “Mi Religion” Music Video

Lambo at rest with Techno Crane

 

The scene: a white Lamborghini Huracan speeds across the wide-open California desert to the sound of a Latin reggaeton beat. At the wheel is Puerto Rican artist and producer Yandel. That’s how Yandel’s “Mi Religion” music video begins.

But when the camera zooms out from the closeup shots, is it really Yandel driving the Huracan, drifting it expertly and sending dust flying in a wide arc? Nope—that would be leading Hollywood stunt coordinator and stunt driver TJ White. White is the head of LA-based T-Minus Productions, a firm that specializes in designing and producing action scenes for films, television, music videos, commercials, and more.

White has overseen the stunt driving for countless projects, including Chevy, Honda and Audi commercials and other big-name stunt driving projects.

Working closely with the video’s directors and producers and the artist himself, White and his team were able to carry out the creative vision for the “Mi Religion” music video without a hitch.

“In a career where I’m always designing risky action sequences and working to keep actors and stunt doubles safe, it’s fun to do a project like this every now and then. Whether I’m figuring out how to keep guys safe during a high fall scene or a fire scene, or I’m drifting a Lambo in the desert, it’s all part of the job!” –TJ White 

Not that it’s “simple” to pull off these scenes. It requires tons of experience and talent to pull off stunt driving. There’s a surprising amount of planning that goes into preparing the vehicle and the scene, testing out equipment and cars, staying under budget, planning out the stunt driving so it looks fantastic on-camera, and ensuring everyone (including the car!) stays safe.

Whether White is driving the cars himself or looking for a skilled Stunt Driver to cast in one of his projects, he applies the same passion and dedication for the job. Safety is always the main priority, and he also makes sure to work closely with the rest of the film crew to make sure the creative vision is carried out perfectly from start to finish.

Without stunt coordinators like him, we wouldn’t have the stunning visuals in Yandel’s “Mi Religion” and other music videos, films, TV shows, and commercials. TJ White and his firm, T Minus Productions are here to make amazing things possible in the world of film!

DuaLipa and Miguel’s Stunts in “Lost in Your Light” Have Them Flying!

Stunt Coordinator TJ White showing Dua Lipa and Miguel playback of the stunt

 

Flying was once impossible. But thanks to the stunts coordinators like T.J. White these days who are making it possible for the artists to fly around, all the while making the viewer’s experience something new.
Hollywood is an industry that has spectacular potential to create movies and music videos that are a feast for the eyes. What makes all the content so visually appealing is the way the director, Henry Scholfield makes use of the science and technology. From Gravity to Mad Max Fury Road, and beyond, nearly every movie has some action scenes that, without the use of the two magic wands, wouldn’t have been possible in the real life.

Although there are green screens and computer graphics that can be used to create stunning impossible visuals, what makes the artists fly around are the stunt coordinators.

These people have immense experience and talent to make an action scene possible in the spheres of the director and the producer of the venture. Just like any other music video that can tingle your nerves with innovation, the director of “Lost in Your Light” has indeed made sure that the theme was as suited to the feel of the song as possible.
Let’s quickly break down the stunt aspects of the video which we helped shape into the form you see therein.

First: The Moves of DuaLipa
Beginning singing at an early age of 14, this multi-talented artist has made waves in the music industry with her floating around this time also. Just as she starts singing “Lost in your light, baby”, she gets weightless and the gravity gives her away to the thin air.

“But, how is that possible in real life?” you might ask.
Well, when you have our stunt coordinators, anything is possible.
This isn’t the one moment that DuaLipa soars high in the sky; she is seen getting lost in the air as she starts singing that chorus.

Second: Let’s Talk About Miguel
Miguel has added his bit to this song both audibly and visually. He is seen floating alongside DuaLipa when they both take on the chorus.
But do you know that this artist flew around by using his flight talents?
Of course, we are just messing around. He too was wired to the frames we had set up during the shooting of the music video.

What Did We Do?
That was about the artists and their ascent against gravity. What we did was add the security layers for the artists to perform the stunts, and also provide the right safety gear for it. We let Dua and Miguel perform their songs while making all the necessary arrangements for it including the supervision. The coordination of our technical and stunt rigging staff made it possible

For the artists to experience something new,
For the director to bring out the nature of the song,
For the producer to end the project in the budget allocated, and
For the viewers to see extraordinary stunts.

How Do We Do Projects Like These?
We have a team of professional stunt coordinators and stunt riggers who have been in this business for many years.

The Stunt Coordinators
You must have heard about T.J White. He is the leading coordinator that Hollywood has. With his, and other coordinators’ experience, we have been able to create, design, direct, and produce action sequences that are unique, thrilling, and encouraging.

The Stunt Riggers
Our stunt riggers know how to keep all those involved in the stunt alive and safe. Of course, the whole idea of the stunt diminishes when there is any safety lapse. For this to not happen when we are around, we have all the necessary contraptions and wire-works that you can rely on.
Around the world, many film industries are still struggling to keep their stuntmen and artists safe; however, not Hollywood.

Because it has people like T.J. White, and firms like Hollywood Stunt Coordinator (a division of T-Minus Productions), there is no way that the stunts be produced in a life-threatening environment. If you think you need to have a look at the project that we have done, or simply know about us, you can click HERE.

The Weeknd – Party Monster Music Video and Stunt Driving

Musical Artist like Weeknd are always trying to be as creative as possible in their music videos.  In the Weeknd’s latest music video Party Monster the concept was all about neon light, a sexy woman and fast cars.  Making these expensive cars drift and slide around is very difficult.  These cars have computers in them to stabilize the drive and give you high performance while keeping the car in total  control. When you are stunt driving you are trying to push the car to it limits while being in control while making it look dynamic in the camera.

This is only done with the supervision of an experienced Stunt Coordinator and Stunt Driver.  A Stunt Coordinator over sees the stunt driving in the scene while helping the director and production pick and prep the right car for the shot.  The Stunt Coordinator will also help the director design the action in the scene while doing is safely. This can take time and money prepping the car to make the car do what it does in movies like Fast and the furious. These skilled Stunt drivers have years of driving experience before they get the chance to do a driving stunt on camera.

 

Fast and the Furious and Dodge uses Stunt Drivers

 

London Alley Entertainment’s director Hannah Lux Davis best know for directing artist like Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Nicki Minaj hits it out of the park with this new music video for Universal Studios “The Fate of the Furious:”  with G-Eazy & Kehlani.

Dodge had a big part in this latest addition to the Fast and the Furious franchise. They also did on this latest music video for G-Eazy.  Bringing out a 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat allowed Stunt Coordinator TJ White from T Minus productions the ability to coordinate a drifting stunt around G-Eazy while he was performing at night in downtown Los Angeles.  Having the horsepower the hellcat has allowed the Stunt driver the ability to be in total control of the vehicle while in a drift around the singer.

 

 

Haifa Wehbe – Breathing You In using Wire Work

It can be difficult hanging on wires wear in a stunt harness.  But this Haifa Wehbe latest music video “Breathing You In” she not only wanted to hang in the stunt harness but flew in the air much like Sandra Bullock did in “Gravity”.  Being able to shoot Talent in a scene like this helps a director show to the audience the realness of space.

Using a Stunt Rigging company can help you design the shots you want to be dynamic and effective with your time on set.

Flying Wire Rig on Set

Flying Wire Rig on Set

 

Haifa Wehbe – “Breathing You In” music video staring Casper Smart

Art, Music Videos, Stunts and Olivia Somerlyn – Parachute

Director Ryan Pallotta has an artistic eye to create beautiful music videos much like you see on high profile fashion exibits.  It was his wish to levitate Olivia with wires to give her a weightless dream state sequence.  Being able to fly an artist makes it even more special for a director so that they could see the artist face and body language in the same shot.

Some people may think floating a bed in the middle of a dry lake bed would be impossible.  But to Stunt Rigging Companies like      T Minus Stunt Rigging Inc and Action Design Company T Minus Productions lead by Stunt Coordinator   TJ White it is all in a days work. Fabricating a steel frame to enforce the bed for the first hurdle had to overcome.  With out changing the integrity of the bed and not damaging this expensive piece of furniture.  Every cable, clamp or fitting was custom fabricated to be able to levitate this bed up in the air from a crane.

This particular project was Production Designed by Alex Delgado “Lady Gaga, Calvin Harris, Nicki Minaj”.  In working with such a busy and talented production designer like Alex, a person needs to be able to create an action sequence that is safe while giving him the shot they want.

 

 

 

Olivia Somerlyn on a bed floating in the air in the middle of the desert

Olivia Somerlyn on a bed floating in the air in the middle of the desert

T Minus Stunt Rigging Inc and Montster Cranes Setting up

T Minus Stunt Rigging Inc and Montster Cranes Setting up