BMX Stunts, Danger, and Working with Extreme Athletes for Film and TV
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.