Ken Block and TJ White being interviewed for Amazons Gymkhana Files
Stunt Driver Ken Block has been drifting all types of cars for the past 10 years working with companies like Ford, Monster Energy Drinks, and Toyo Tires. Ken Block’s company Hoonigan has produced many videos on their youtube channel with 2.3 Million Subscribers with 100’s of millions of views. While using one of the best rally car teams out there to assist him pushing his different vehicles to their limit around world. Watch now and see Gymkhana 10 in action.
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 Lifeby 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
The new film Acts of Violence, released to theaters on January 12, 2018 from Lionsgate, is an action-packed wild ride from start to finish. Starring longtime action-movie veterans Bruce Willis and Cole Hauser and directed by Brett Donowho, the film is about three ex-military brothers who join forces with a police officer to save a kidnapped family member from a sinister human trafficking scheme.
Most of the time, moviegoers probably don’t stop to think about how those action sequences came about. But the reality is, a talented team of people is required to plan everything down to the last detail. It’s a process that takes months of planning and designing before the actors can even carry out the sequences.
In this case, the man behind the action scenes was TJ White, Stunt Coordinator and 2nd Unit Director. TJ and his team at T Minus Productions designed every action sequence in the movie. Stunt coordinators have to create action scenes that are visually stunning, fit within the budget, time constraints and location constraints, and that are safe for the actors at the same time. It’s a big job, designing action sequences for an actor like Bruce Willis—but it’s a job that TJ White was happy to take on.
“Working with the actors is great, but one of the best parts of this project was that the movie was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. I grew up in Ohio, so it was great to see my home state represented. Filming in Cleveland offered the perfect gritty backdrop for the film. –TJ White
White is also responsible for casting local Cleveland resident and UFC champion Stipe Miocic to fight Bruce Willis in the film. Miocic is a professional mixed martial artist who is the reigning champion in the UFC heavyweight division. He’s also a former Cleveland Golden Gloves boxing champion and a fantastic all-around athlete. If anyone is worthy of fighting Bruce Willis, it’s definitely this guy.
Another great Cleveland resident who assisted the film is Ivan Schwarz. Schwartz runs the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, a private non-profit that works to bring film industry jobs to Ohio. Working with the Greater Cleveland Film Commission allowed the film to make a positive impact on NE Ohio.
Those weren’t the only big advantages to working in White’s home state of Ohio. The state also offers a Motion Picture Tax Credit that gives a refundable, transferable tax credit of up to 30% on production cast and crew wages along with in-state expenditures. Designed to bring more Hollywood films to Ohio, this program has been very successful in creating jobs and helping the Ohio economy.
So if you’re looking for an action flick, you can now head to your local theater to watch it on the big screen. You can also purchase it on-demand. And while you’re watching, take a minute to think about the intense planning that went into designing action sequences, and the team of people who made them possible.
Stunt Coordinator TJ WHite warthog Bruce Willis, Tim James and Schyler White
Director Brett Donowho, UFC Campion Stipe Miocic and Stunt Coordinator TJ White
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
Action Director TJ White on set of Amazon’s Grand Tour
Amazon’s The Grand Tour with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May came to Los Angeles to make a statement of why they are the premiere car show on television. Using millions of dollars of vehicles from Aston Martin, Mercedes, Lamborgini, Rolls Royce , Mike Ryans Freightliner Race Semi, Porsche and one of a kind vehicles driving in the Mohave dry lake bed while the host comes blasting through the lines in brand new Mustangs.
This was done with professional drivers and some driving their personal cars. In doing so it took several hours of rehearsal to the over 50 plus drivers to be able to drive at a high rate of speed and hold there mark for several miles while the host come racing though the line. Action Director TJ White from T Minus Productions was brought in to supervise and design the action along with Safety consultant Adam Atella. Using experienced consults helps a production not only be safe of save time while actually filming. This saves a production money in the long run.
Revolutionary Mindovereye Productions takes a concept from inception to reality in this dynamic commercial for the new 2016 Honda Civic for there new ad campaign Dream Track created by the people on social media. This could be very complicated process but using a full service production company like Mindovereye allows an ad agency to follow the process in one location from concept, to shooting, to post productions. Mindovereye known for working with companies like Honda, Motortrend, Nike, Chevy, and Dodge. Their type of branded content allows the consumer to get a more intimate experience with the product.
Working with a brands like Honda allows everyone on the creative team to push the envelope on the look, style, and performanceof the new 2016 Honda Civic. When the creative team created these type of stunts they contacted a stunt coordinator to see what was safe and feasible for their shoot. On this particular shoot the stunt coordinator was able to assist with the SFX Supervisor the fabrication of the car to make this all possible. Working with the right Car prep company like LA Prep helped with the set up of the car to make sure the integrity of the car was not damaged while doing these type of stunts.
TJ White from T Minus Productions was brought in to over see the stunt driving. He brought in Professional Stunt Driver Matt Powers to drive the car. Designing the tracks and testing the equipment and cars was done before even trying to perform these stunts in these cars. Proper prep helps with understanding the car’s action and designing dynamic performance driving.
Watch and enjoy your ride with Honda’s Stunt Dream Track.
Stunt Driver Matt Powers driving around a full size pinball machine
Stunt Coordinator TJ White from T Minus Productions and Stunt Driver Matt Powers
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.