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Stunt Driving Expensive Cars at High Rates of Speed

Jim Zahnd Stunt Driving in Daughtry music video

Jim Zahnd Stunt Driving in Daughtry music video

Stunt Drivers take years of experience to get in the car and drive a car.  There are many terms used for a Stunt Driver.  Precision Drivers, Performance Drivers, Stunt Drivers just to name a few.

They are also background drivers and these specific drivers do not have the training or skill set to drive in front of camera as a principle. These are drivers that drive in the background of a shot on driving scenes. These drivers are extra or background drivers or even called extra precision drivers.  They drive everyday vehicles to fill a frame.  These drivers should never be upgraded to be a precision driver unless a qualified stunt coordinator or Driving coordinator is on-set to supervise and has OK’d the driver and their ability. These are not stunt drivers nor are they precision drivers.

Working with Sevyn Streeter ft. Chris Brown “Don’t Kill The Fun” we were driving expensive cars like Ferrari and Lamborghini at high rates of speed in a tight area. This can make a director and producer very nervous.  This is when experience takes over and hiring the right experienced stunt coordinator and stunt drivers for the job is a producers best option for a safe and exciting shoot.  It could take 5-10 years of stunt driving for a stuntman or stunt women to get a chance to drive on screen.  Stunt Coordinators do not let inexperienced people get behind the wheel.  There is a lot to learn about cars and the technology that drives them.

Stunt Drivers rely heavily on the transportation department of a project to prep the car for them to drive. The right tire pressure, tires, breaking system, engine torque and suspension of a car will help the driver perform the stunt that the director wants.

When using very expensive fast cars, a lot goes into the prep of the car.  Usually the stunt coordinator is in total communication with the manufacture of the cars.  These cars are like fast computers on wheels. What you must realize is that new and luxurious cars don’t come off the lot being able to do 360’s, power slides, and drifting around corners. They must be De-programmed to shut off various traction controls, and safety parameters that are normally put in place for the daily driver. But if you want high speed action and stimulating stunt driving?, then you’ll need the proper mechanic that knows the specific vehicle. Car prep is vital and sometimes overlooked on the production side. Our Stunt coordinators work closely with car prep companies in order to tailor the vehicle to match the shots wanted by the director and producers. Safety is always top priority, and while stunt driving is one of the gags often requested, make sure your production hires the right stunt coordinator so then he or she can hire the best qualified stunt drivers. Your insurance will thank you and you’ll minimize your risk.

Stunt Driver on set of Sevyn Streeter ft. Chris Brown "Don't Kill The Fun"

Stunt Driver Alyma Dorsey on set of Sevyn Streeter ft. Chris Brown “Don’t Kill The Fun”

 

TJ White Stunt Coordinator on set of Riveting Entertainment Music Video Set

TJ White Stunt Coordinator on set of Riveting Entertainment Music Video

 

Stunt Driver Chris Nielsen Testing a 2013 Hot-wheels Ford Mustang from Galpin Motor Sports for a Justin Bieber “Boyfriend’ Music Video



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