In today’s entertainment landscape, audiences expect new, innovative action. Directors and producers feel the pressure to deliver. Dramatic effect and dynamic scope are expected, no matter the size of the budget.
T-Minus Productions got its start designing and producing action scenes for some of Hollywood’s most creative directors and producers. We have been racking up experience in Film, Television, Commercial and Music Videos for the past 24 years.
Our comprehensive action sequence knowledge can help you efficiently execute nearly any action you can dream up. We may even be able to help dream up some more. Our bids are accurate and we’re always looking for ways to make your project better. Let our industry leading expertise help you wow your audience!
Conveniently based in Los Angeles, T-Minus Productions also has ample experience filming on location while maximizing local tax incentives.
Featured Stunt Coordinator: TJ White from T-Minus Productions
A second generation Stunt Coordinator and 2nd Unit Director, TJ White has 23+ years experience in Stunts. While growing up on sets such as Stripes, Knight Rider, and BJ and the Bear, TJ caught the bug for Action Directing.
TJ has worked closely with the top celebrities in the entertainment industry. From actors such as Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Aniston, Ashton Kutcher, Sofia Vergara, Kristen Stewart – to musicians Christina Aguilera, Chris Brown, Marshall Mathers, Pharrell Williams – to directors Paul Hunter, Wayne Isham, Dean Karr, and Joseph Kahn – to producers William Sherek, Jason Shuman, and Jill Harden – TJ has delivered for some of Hollywood’s biggest names.
When not on set or breaking down a budget, TJ teaches Action Directing classes at UCLA and other local film schools and has served on the panel at The Diamonds In The Raw Stuntwomen’s Awards since 2011.
Taylor Swift latest music video “Lover ” directed by Drew Kirsch. This takes place in a magical dollhouse that was created on a stage at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. This music video was beautifully shot by Director of Photography Pau Castejón. The creative had a couple concerns about keeping the talent safe so they brought in veteran stunt coordinator TJ White to assist in this. TJ has worked with Taylor Swift before on another music video “Ready for it” directed by Joseph Kahn.
One concern was working with Taylor and other talent in the water. Water work relies on communication and skillsets from the Stunt Coordinator and the water team they bring with them. In this case a water tank was brought on set, filled, and heated by the SFX department. Getting talent comfortable with water is key to having a safe, and enjoyable shoot. Taylor was not only amazing in the water but did a live interview with the Press while she was in the water.
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.