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
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
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.
Josh Hutcherson & Kiersey Clemons wired up to wall up a building
Josh Hutcherson & Kiersey Clemons walking up the side of the building on wires
Grammy Nominated Director Colin Tilly from London Alley Entertainment does is again with this stylistic music video for DJ Snake ” Middle” Ft. Bipolar Sunshine staring Josh Hutcherson & Kiersey Clemons. This is just one of the many videos Colin has defied gravity with his actors while shooting the action live with very little visual effects. Using the action as a practical set piece gives him the latitude to get more out of the actor while filming and not trying to work it out in post with visual effects.
Colin collaborates with Stunt Coordinator TJ White from T-Minus Productions on his action scenes and always pushes the envelope on what is possible with his actors. In doing this they had one day to do 5 wire effects. By the way the car hitting Josh was real , but they did use his stunt double to do that scene. Josh Hutcherson has had extensive wire training from the Hunger Games franchise so it was very east for the stunt rigging team to put him in a stunt harness and let he fly through the air 10+ feet in the air. They also used a winch to elevate Josh and actress Kiersey so they could walk up the side of a building 40 ft. This wire system is very complicated and had the top stunt riggers in the business working it.
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.