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.
Chevy has been an agressive American car company leading the charge in advertising there new line of cars and trucks across all platforms of Print, TV, and internet advertising. This bold move has increased there vehicle sales and has gotten them more exposure around American and Latin markets this last year.
Chevy’s ad agency tapped director Zack Merck at Make Productions to create and oversee these productions getting the attention of millions of people. Using amazing sets and production design, while traveling around the United States for these commercials gives a director many options when it comes to look and style. One thing this production team knows is that to show of the trucks and cars in the best possible way they have to use professional stunt drivers. This is what they did on these commercials below by bringing in T-Minus Productions and there professional drivers. Using Professional drives helps the Director and production crew display a car or truck the same way you would display a painting at a museum or show horse at a competition. It takes years of experience to have these skilled drivers even set foot on a set like these scene in the commercials below.
Not all extreme athletes are right for action scenes in Film and Television shows. It takes the right skill set and experience on a film set to achieve a specific action scene. When doing a stunt it takes a lot of planning and design to create a scene that not only tells a story but entertains the audience. Extreme Athletes have a specific outlet and training regimen to perform a stunts. They warm there body up in a specific way to get ready for a specific event they may compete in. While filming on a film or TV set, these stunt are usually shot the last shot of the day. So the stunt performers usually have a lot of down time before doing a stunt. This can cause fatigue and tightness in the muscles and cause injury.
Using a qualified Stunt Coordinator can design a Stunt that can utilize an Extreme Athletes skills while keeping it safe. Below you can see two Stunts that were designed by a Stunt Coordinator but fabricating specific stunt ramps to do a specific jump with a BMX. Knowing the specific trick in the air and the trajectory that the director and camera operator wants is very important. The placement of the camera, lens used and framing is so specific that without the correct stunt performer and stunt equipment they would not be able to perform the stunt and make it repeatable. It is very important to repeat a stunt multiple times for the directors. Many athletes do night like to performs stunts multiple times, due to increase percentage of injury. Stuntmen and Stuntwomen train to performs stunts multiple types so that the camera department can cover it at multiple angles.
Many Extreme athletes after retiring enter the Entertainment Industry. MMA UFC Champions like Randy Couture, Quinton Jackson, and Don Frye have made the transition into the industry using there athlete training to actor and performs stunts in feature films.
Stunt BMX Guy on Lil Wayne Music Video
Stuntman Danny Downey doing his thing on Will I am Awesome Music Video
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
Producer Ross Dinerstein and his company Campfire Films produced this epic commercial for the Tom Clancy “The Division” video game directed by Xavier Gens ” Hitman” and Director of Photography Bridger Nielson. This stylistic commercial takes the viewer into the world of this video game with the game of stunt and visual effects.
Amazing set for this commercial at Fox Studios
Stunt Coordinator TJ White, VP of T Minus Productions Lauren Pacheco, Stunt Women Boni Yanagisawa, Stuntman Alex Mccaslin and Stuntman Justin White
Lee Jeans Commercial went big with Stunts to show off there jeans. Using a stunt rider to drive a Harley Davidson down the road at 65 MPH and then standing on the seat while being filmed.
Working with motorcycles can be difficult. Different bikes have a different set of problems. Contacting someone knowledgeable in motorcycles can help a production source the right bike, the right rider and customize it to do what you want it to for the shot.
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.