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
Haifa Wehbe – “Breathing You In” music video staring Casper Smart
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
T Minus Stunt Rigging Inc and Montster Cranes Setting up
When your looking for epic concepts and creativity look no further than an artist like Katy Perry. This artist likes to use every color in the spectrum and shock the world with animals. Production called Stunt Coordinator TJ White from T Minus Productions, and Norbert Phillips “Fear Factor” to over see the Stunt rigging and fly the talent by wires.
What do you do when a live Tiger is on set ? You defiantly don’t walk around the set with a box of burgers from in-n-out. Working with exotic animals could be very dangerous and you need to make sure you are working with reputable companies. These companies start training there animals at a young age to be able to perform on set.
This music video was directed by Grady Hall & Mark Kudsi and produced by Motion Theory. These two very creative directors incorporated Katy’s multiple looks with a fun stylized music video that has over 1.4 Billion views on youtube.com alone.
Using exotic animals , visual effects, stunts with wire work and being creative with camera moves the directors were able to create a dynamic vibrant video that will last the for years to come.
Director Colin Tilly bringing Stuntmen center stage for his most recent music video “I wanna Know” from Alesso ft. Nico &Vinz. Colin working with T Minus Productions’ Stunt Coordinator TJ White for many years came up with the concept. Working with so many stunt performers over the years seeing them putting there life and health on the line was very interesting. He wanted to show a story of a stuntman coming into work like any other day doing big stunts while not being appreciated by many. This is said to be true by many in the industry. #StandupforStunts was created to bring awareness for stunt performers trying to get recognized by the Academy of art and sciences for Film to receive an Oscar.
Stunt performers usually work in the shadows in the film industry to give the illusion that actors are performing there own stunts. Colin’s experience with stunt performers over the years excited himself to be able to feature them in Alesso’s most recent music video “I wanna go” with over 3 million views on youtube in a week or so. Another thing to add to the creative genius of this project is that it was shot in one day….
Stuntman Wyatt Carnel getting chased by Stuntmen Oliver Keller and Ray Siegle
Pretty Bird Pictures a Culver City California, Commercial and Music Video production company and it’s founder and director Paul Hunter best know for working with “Michael Jackon, JLo,Will Smith, Britney Spears” created this explosion of visual art closely with Pharell Williams “The Voice”.
Using a complicated wire system to fly a stuntman dressed in a astronaut suit 60 ft across the street in downtown Los Angeles in the middle of the night can be complicated. This takes a qualified Stunt Coordinator and Stunt Rigging company to design the rig to give the director the exact shot they are looking for. In this case the director wanted to have the astronaut float like the were on the moon across the street.
Many elements like water, height, wind were used in this video to enhance the the dynamic style of this director. People parachuting, free falling through the air to people sitting on the couch under water.
Check out Marshall Mathers / Eminem” exciting music video for the film South Paw with Jake Gyllenhall. Using high concept action you would see in a marvel film. This music video pushes the limit when it comes to action, stunts and octane in 5 minutes. Marshall did an amazing job doing his own stunts on wire flying over a flat bed truck after crashing on a motorcycle.
DNA films brought in veteran Action Director / Stunt Coordinator Andy Armstrong from Armstrong Action and TJ White from T Minus Productions to design and supervise the action for this music video. Using professional Stunt bike riders, Parkour, fight specialist, Wire Specialist and a stunt driver to safely perform these stunts within the 5 day shoot in LA. Andy Armstrong best know for the last 2 Spiderman films was able to show the production team a design of his action to be able to shoot in all in the time they had. Most films take weeks to achieve what you will see is this video.
MTV VMA 2015 nominated Kendrick Lamar’s latest music video “Alright” filmed mostly in San Fransisco and Oakland California and parts of Los Angeles has gotten over 16 million views on a little over a month. This visual piece is from the uber talented director Colin Tilly “Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias, Little Wayne” from London Alley a Music Video production company in la. Colin decided to go to his root in Oakland and create visual art that could capture Kenricks voice in the video. Putting Kendrick in very dangerous stops was done by using his Stunt Coordinator “TJ White” that he has worked with for years on such video as Chris Brown, Justin Beiber and David Guetta.
TJ stated ” Working with Colin is challenging , He likes very dangerous shots that makes people think the stunt is fake or that we are not using the real artist, but in fact it is so real that many safety parameters have to be put in place to make it happen. In this video you will see the artist Kendrick Lamar on top of two light pole 2o feet plus in the air standing rapping. This is done through using cranes and specialized stunt equipments and a crane. It takes a team of stunt riggers to set up these gags so that the director will be able to shoot almost 360 degrees around the artist and keep the artist safe.
Colin also really wanted to see some high performance stunt driving in the video to capture the feel of this area and there car culture. This was done by using cars that were altered for drifting and having qualified stunt drivers for Los Angeles in San Fransisco to do the driving.
Stunt Drivers take years of experience to get in the car and drive a car. There are many terms used for a Stunt Driver. Precision Drivers, Performance Drivers, Stunt Drivers just to name a few.
They are also background drivers and these specific drivers do not have the training or skill set to drive in front of camera as a principle. These are drivers that drive in the background of a shot on driving scenes. These drivers are extra or background drivers or even called extra precision drivers. They drive everyday vehicles to fill a frame. These drivers should never be upgraded to be a precision driver unless a qualified stunt coordinator or Driving coordinator is on-set to supervise and has OK’d the driver and their ability. These are not stunt drivers nor are they precision drivers.
Working with Sevyn Streeter ft. Chris Brown “Don’t Kill The Fun” we were driving expensive cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini at high rates of speed in a tight area. This can make a director and producer very nervous. This is when experience takes over and hiring the right experienced stunt coordinator and stunt drivers for the job is a producers best option for a safe and exciting shoot. It could take 5-10 years of stunt driving for a stuntman or stunt women to get a chance to drive on screen. Stunt Coordinators do not let inexperienced people get behind the wheel. There is a lot to learn about cars and the technology that drives them.
Stunt Drivers rely heavily on the transportation department of a project to prep the car for them to drive. The right tire pressure, tires, breaking system, engine torque and suspension of a car will help the driver perform the stunt that the director wants.
When using very expensive fast cars, a lot goes into the prep of the car. Usually the stunt coordinator is in total communication with the manufacture of the cars. These cars are like fast computers on wheels. What you must realize is that new and luxurious cars don’t come off the lot being able to do 360’s, power slides, and drifting around corners. They must be De-programmed to shut off various traction controls, and safety parameters that are normally put in place for the daily driver. But if you want high speed action and stimulating stunt driving?, then you’ll need the proper mechanic that knows the specific vehicle. Car prep is vital and sometimes overlooked on the production side. Our Stunt coordinators work closely with car prep companies in order to tailor the vehicle to match the shots wanted by the director and producers. Safety is always top priority, and while stunt driving is one of the gags often requested, make sure your production hires the right stunt coordinator so then he or she can hire the best qualified stunt drivers. Your insurance will thank you and you’ll minimize your risk.
Stunt Driver Alyma Dorsey on set of Sevyn Streeter ft. Chris Brown “Don’t Kill The Fun”
TJ White Stunt Coordinator on set of Riveting Entertainment Music Video
Stunt Driver Chris Nielsen Testing a 2013 Hot-wheels Ford Mustang from Galpin Motor Sports for a Justin Bieber “Boyfriend’ Music Video
Riveting Entertainment and Director Richard Shepard (“The Matador”, “Ugly Betty”, “Girls”) had a vision for this video that had high expectations and a dangerous situation for 5 members of the band “Bleachers”. Using Director of Photography Morgan Susser (“Paramore”, “Linkin Park”, “Christina Aguilera”) and his dynamic sense of space and color, production was able to capture the band in a vulnerable state. Using the ZCrane Camera Car they were able to shoot the band on top of an Ice Cream Truck driving down the road in a desert setting outside Los Angeles while playing their instruments.
Director Richard Shepard knew his budget restraints when it came to filming a big action driving scene with talent. This would normally be shot on green screen or a process trailer. But Richard was adamant to have his band on the top of the ice cream truck driving down the road. To achieve this an experienced stunt coordinator and stunt rigging coordinator is needed to pick the right vehicle , fabricate it, reinforce it to be able to hold 5 people on the roof, while being able to hold them in place while driving down the road.
T-Minus Stunt Rigging , and Stunt CoordinatorTJ White from T Minus Productions worked closely with producer Andrew Listermann and Riveting Entertainment. T-Minus was called in to design the rigging and safety for this video. Two days of design and fabrication was needed to satisfy the safety concerns of the stunt coordinator and stunt riggers. Once this was done the Stunt riggers wired in the band to the roof while they were wearing custom designed stunt harnesses much like the ones used for Cirque Du Soleil. These special harnesses helped keep the talent safe while being comfortable.
This video was shot in one day making it essential to use a precision camera car like the Z Crane Camera Car, which has a gyrostabilized remote system driven with a Mercedes ML 55. This system is driven by Founder Ross Jordan (“Wanted”, “Live Free Die Hard”, “Iron man”) who is a very experienced camera car driver, race car driver and stunt driver.
See All The Action Below In the “Bleachers” music video “Roller Coaster”.
“Bleachers” band waiting to start filming
The “Bleachers” trying stay cool on set
Stunt Rigger Terry James setting up for the stunt. Behind The Scenes safety work needed to keep the band safe.
How does Superman or Batman fly in the air? Is it magic? Is it Digital? Sometimes it is the latter but most of the time it is pre-planned Wire Rigging. While wire work can be expensive it is the best way to do the stunt practically versus using visual effects. Time and time again once production decides to do a wire gag they are happy they chose that route. It keeps directors happy on keeping their vision alive and you can’t compete with the shots that you’ll get.
Studios like Warner Brothers, Sony, Universal Studios, Disney, Marvel Studios, call a Stunt Coordinator or 2nd Unit Director to design an action sequence that the director wants to shoot that correlates with the story of the film. Once this concept has been worked out the Stunt Coordinator brings in their Stunt Rigging Coordinator so they can both design the action.
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