Ele Bardha a local Detroit Michigan Stunt Coordinator helped bring to life a Stunt concept for Quick Loans marketing department for there latest product Rocket Home Mortgage. These commercials were filmed in the suburbs of Detroit giving local film crews the ability to produce a great commercial there getting over 400K views on Youtube.
A zero gravity levitation rig can be very difficult to set up. We used the same system, much like what they did in Sandra Bullock’s Gravity or Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar film. Using a state of the art body harnesses, a levitation system and experienced stunt riggers we were able to give the audience the same look as they did on these big budget films.
T Minus Productions and Stunt Coordinator TJ White Mo-Cap Stunt team on the set of DUST 514
Stunt Coordinators and Stunt performers are brought in to help Motion Capture companies get the action they need for their projects. Motion Capture is a technology that recorded an actor or stuntman’s movements in a specific space with accuracy. Then that information is recorded and transferred into their systems letting the editors able to put the structure of the performance body on anything like a robot, monster, or even an animal. This technology is used primarily for video games and more recently made it more prominent in feature films like Avatar, Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Pirates of the Caribbean.
Mo-Cap filming is very specific. Every movement the talent makes is recorded exactly as they are doing it in real time. The talent uses their body as an form of acting just like an actor uses dialogue.
Wire work is the most expensive and time consuming stunt done on film. It takes time to design and test a stunt rig weather it is one person hanging one foot off the ground or 150 feet in the air. The same equipment and safety standards are used in each instance.
When hiring a Stunt Rigging Company a producer , director , ad agency or Production team should pay close attention to what the experience the Stunt Rigging Company has. Do they have a good reputation with other producers and production companies? Do they have the ability to do what they are asked of with in your time frame ? What is there budget for the stunt ? If a low budget comes in a production should be very worried. With not the right stunt rigging equipment, design or personal can cost production time and lot of money.
A typical qualified Stunt rigging company will pull up to set with a couple hundred thousand dollars in stunt rigging equipment in there trailer. They are always designing, fabricating and testing new equipment to help production create a more refined and dynamic stunt to film.
Next time you are looking for a Stunt Rigging Company ? Look at there references, resume is could just save your production.
Cantilever Rig used for Kendrick Lamar Alright Music Video
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
Stunt Riggers Hank Kingi and Mike Li on an NBC TV Show Promo
Stunt Design and Stunt Rigging is one of the most important jobs in Safety and Stunts that no one talks about or even knows about. Years ago the Grips would rig an actor to a wall or fly them in the air. As safety precautions have increased by OSHA regulations so has the cost of equipment and fabrication. Stunt Coordinators spend sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars testing and designing equipment to be able to us it today. Some of them even have an Oscar for the technical achievement they have made in film making. One of the more famous stuntmen has been Kenny Bates “Transformers, Pearl Harbor, Con Air” and his design of custom stunt equipment you have scene being used in any Micheal Bay film. Kenny has been with Micheal Bay from the beginning of his transition from music video and commercials to full length feature films. It is that loyalty that a director gives a stunt coordinator to be creative and design the equipment it would take to make these great action films.
Other Action Designers like Stunt Coordinator – 2nd Unit Director Dan Bradley and Special Effects Supervisor Elia P. Popov when they designed the Go-Mobile for the Bourne Identity Trilogy enabling the SFX and Stunt Department to cable on a car to a high speed moving platform with actors in the car delivering there dialogue while driving at a high rate of speed.
Using qualified Stunt Design and Stunt Rigging companies helps you get your safest and most dynamic action scenes.
Stunt Riggers Terry James and Shawn Robinson on LG Nitro Commercial
Stunt Riggers Fly a full Size Air Balloon basket for FoxSports Nascar Commercial
Justin Bieber tweeted this Picture of him on a Ledge at Universal Studios Back Lot
Flying Wire Rig on Set
Enrique Iglesias on the Bridge for a Music Video
Chris Brown Tweeted this Picture of Models Levitating
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.
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 with Green Screen can be tough. But with the right visual effects company and stunt team it can make your finished project look amazing. In this Promo for MTV the stunt Coordinator was called to float Miley Cyrus through the air to allow her to freely float and move around.
Watching stunt professionals fall out of a building, off of a horse, down a flight of stairs, or even just knocked down to the ground while standing up there is always going to be a pad of some sort to protect the stunt professional or actor from actually hitting the ground. Especially in fight scenes when you see a performer get knocked down, or fall from a balcony, or even fall over three stories to the ground, a fall pad or “Pit” is utilized to ensure the safety of all involved.
Depending on the height of the fall, the size of the area, and the style of the fall will determine the pad needed for the stunt. Some stunts just require the stunt performer to wear elbow pads, knee pads, hip pads, and a gator-back to protect the performer when “Hitting the Ground”. But, good stunt coordinators like TJ White will require additional “fall” pads or “Pits” to ensure the safety of the stunt performer or actor.
Fall pads or “Pits” come in many different sizes and depths. These pads can be very expensive and like any item used for protection, they need to be replaced after duration of time or how often they have been used. For this reason, most production companies will try to save costs by utilizing stunt companies like Hollywood Stunt Coordinator, that offer Rentals of these “Pits”. Cost of “Pits” can range brand new from the smallest $250 up to nearly $2000 for the large. The most expensive being an Airbag, which allows stunt performers to fall from higher distances. Smaller budget projects find that the ability of “Renting” pads/pits for just a few hours or days, helps save money but also protect the performers.
Renting pads, Pits, and airbags and utilizing the experience of a seasoned stunt coordinator, like TJ White, helps reduce costs and mostly protects the stunt performer/actor from injury. Safety is the most important element when performing any stunt. Having the proper equipment and coordination secures that Safety is achieved.
Movies, commercials, T.V. shows, music videos, and live action shows all have a common thread, Rigging. To the viewer, it looks like people are flying, floating, falling uncontrollably, or even made to be string puppets. The skilled Stunt Coordinator can envision such spectacular and visually stimulating stunts by knowing how to rig the set to accomplish the unbelievable.
The use of rigging in music videos for such entertainers like N’Sync and Chris Brown, allows the artists to transform into the vision of the director’s imagination. Stunt Coordinators incorporate cranes, truss systems, wires, and countless other techniques to get just the right effect. The importance of SAFETY is of the upmost concern when utilizing these elements. The equipment used, such as wires and ropes are made of the highest quality grade materials. Truss and securing devices are rated for load and stability to ensure safety at all times. Attention to these details is what makes TJ White one of the most sought after Stunt Coordinators in the business.
Rigging requires skill and sophistication that can only be achieved with years of experience. TJ White has been in the industry for decades and has an amazing resume of projects completed. Trust is a key factor in a Stunt Coordinator’s mind when choosing the crew. The typical team required to successfully rig a stunt needs to be able to work independently. As a unit they create the structures, ramps, or setting up wires needed for the stunt. Only the best technology is used for stunts requiring pulleys, harnesses, sheaves, and all equipment used to design the needed effect.
Hollywood Stunt Coordinator takes great pride and steps to ensure the SAFETY of all productions. Our team of talented stunt professionals has created many amazing effects with the use of rigging. Movies such as Spiderman and Batman would not be able to make characters fly into scenes out of the sky, hang upside down, or jump between buildings without the talents of rigging.
Check out some of the videos we have been able to use the same effects to allow Chris Brown to float, Justin Timberlake hang like a puppet, or even have two people fly 100ft in the air for Ne-Yo.