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.
In the entertainment industry of today, whether it is a movie or any music video, viewers crave for some good action scenes. Since there is a lot of competition, everyone is coming up with stunts of their own. And as a matter of fact, this approach is giving the directors some hard time. But in the midst of all the competition, there are people without whom all of the action sequences would seize to exist. These people are the stunt rigging experts like us.
Who are we?
We are T-Minus Productions.
You must have seen many stunts and actions in movies or music videos that seem impossible for a lame mind. But did you know that behind those scenes there are safety protocols that are involved? The ones that allow the crew, especially the director, to carry out all the shooting of the action in a controlled environment. Because there is nothing more important than the safety of the artists, the safety protocols we are talking about are implemented by the stunt rigging department. We specialize in that.
In fact, we have worked alongside the producer London Alley, and the director Colin Tilly in making of the video of Self-Made. We are lucky enough that fans have liked our efforts to the point that everyone is talking about them.
The 4 stunts of Self-Made
1) As the video of the Self-Made progress, we see the artist Bryson Tiller cruising on the hood of a car.
To people who haven’t watched The Science of Stupid, doing that might be easy, but since during the shooting anything could happen, we had to exercise special precaution. Bryson was connected by wires to the hood and these were removed in post. There also was a women Stunt driver driving the $100K BMW I8 making sure the cast and crew were all safe.
2) Next, when the video progresses around 1 minute and 15 seconds the ladies in the background start to float in the air. This too involves great peril if done without any safety measures. But since we were handling everything, the director was satisfied.
3) Upon reaching 2 minutes, the next stunt is unveiled by the video: jet ski. As much as the concept of riding a jet ski in the middle of a road is fancy, so should be the safety protocols governing the stunt (though, a little CGI’s involved here). Of course, we cannot let the artist ride in the splashing waters just to see him get injured.
4) The fourth stunt is that of the hurricane. Yes, there are blue screens involved here. But if there weren’t enough safety, the director might have just called off the scene. There is a tree in the scene, for stunt’s sake, and that too planted artificially.
Managing and coordinating stunts is one thing, but doing it the professional’s way is another. Stunt rigging where an element of expertise is involved seldom see dangers having their way. Same is the case with the music video of Self-Made.
However, this is not just one time that we have helped the director of a music video shoot a scene in perfect security and safety. We have numerous successful projects under our belts and we are looking forward to making it possible for you too. You can visit our websites T-MinusProductions.com.
Whether it’s Roar or Hey Hey Hey, Katy Perry has always put the stunt elements that are beyond imaginations. They define her uniqueness and that is why she has so many fan followings and her music videos get views in millions.
Initially, she had a career in gospel music. But now that we see her, she is much more than that. Her music, lyrics, and the overall videos dictate that she has some gravity in her personality. This is why most of her songs are based on challenging societal norms and empowering women.
We love her songs, but the one that we are here to talk about is Hey Hey Hey.
Where Are The Stunts?
If you have seen the music video of the song, you would have noticed that there are some scenes where Katy Perry is wielding a sword in the middle of the song. Even at the end, there is a guillotine which can be seen chopping off a head (eh! Of course, not in reals).
These stunts are not the only ones. Throughout the video, there are props and actions that otherwise put the lives of a person in jeopardy. However, not in this video.
And Why Is Everyone Safe?
Simply because we have efficiently stunt coordinated whole of the actions that are performed. From the start to the end we have rigged this video with the help of our equipment.
The result of all of our efforts has finally paid off in producing such a delight to watch. It has garnered a total of 58 million views, as of 26 January 2018.
How Is It Done?
Well, there are CGI tricks one hand, and real situations on the other hand. We mostly deal with real situations. All of the scenes in this music video has been possible because of our expert input. If it were not for us, the stunts might have involved an element of surprise because anything could happen unless the scenes were properly organized.
“But, Who Are You?”
Oh, well, we forgot to introduce ourselves to you. We are T-Minus Productions. We specialize in multiple things along with stunt rigging.
When it comes to protecting the lives of the artists on the set, our stunt coordinators are there to help them plan and execute everything safe and sound.
Thus, you see how Katy Perry had been doing everything so smoothly?
“What Are Stunt Coordinators, Anyway?”
That is a nice question to ask. Stunt coordinators or stunt riggers are the professionals who make sure the action scenes are directed in a safe environment. They help the director of a movie or any other video project to shoot the scene with minimal dangers involved.
We— at T-Minus Productions—have had the privilege of stunt coordinating various projects ranging from movies to music videos. Just like the songs like Hey Hey Hey and Roar , there are many projects that we have stunt rigged.
Working with the director of the song Isaac Rentz was an unforgettable experience, and like allowing Katy Perry dance with a sword safely, we can also help you carry out stunts. Visit our website T-Minus or Hollywoodstuntcoordinator.com to know about us more.
Rap music calls for seductive uniqueness. As much as this genre is open to everything, so has to be all the songs and music videos relating it. There are rappers who call themselves “Rap God” (Eminem, of course), and then there are those that are dominating this genre in these times. We are talking about Future.
His latest ventures have inspired people from around the world. Whether it is Young Thug, or Turn On The Lights, with his ultimate trap rap, Future has definitely made a mark for himself in the present and in the future (literally).
Just a few months ago, we’re talking about May 5, 2017; Future surprised his listeners with “Mask Off”. Directed by Colin Tilly from London Alley Entertainment.
The music of this song includes minimal instruments among which the flute is dominant and the sweetest. Likewise, in the music video, the minimal and dark production has added the flavor of indifference which does perfect justice to the lyrics of the song.
Well, since we are talking about the video, let us plunge in details of how the direction and the stunts together have made it possible.
Thanks to the Stunt Coordinators
Throughout the video, it can be seen that Future is driving in the midst of crime and turmoil. Fire is bursting here and there, people are robbing shops, shooting each other, and still, everyone (as of now) is alive and kicking.
The credit of this undoubtedly should be given to Epic Records, all the producers, directors, and the stunt coordinators.
These are the people that make it possible for the artists to get through any type of stunt scenes. Therefore, whether there is a fire around them or bullets, they can safely be recovered from them, all the while letting the director shoot the action.
Who Stunt-Coordinated This Video?
The music video Mask Off has been stunt rigged by none other than T-Minus Productions. They must be tapped on the shoulder for doing such a terrific job.
They have been in the business for quite long, and have worked on projects beyond this one. You must be thinking that stunt rigging can just be a matter of nothing but ropes and equipment. Well, the equipment and everything has its own place, but what really makes the stunt coordinators of the T-Minus Productions worthwhile is their ample experience in the field. Just like we said, they have made it possible for the directors of many videos to shoot a scene in secure environments.
Whether it is Katy Perry’s Hey Hey Hey or Dua Lipa’s Lost in Your Light, T-Minus should be credited for letting the former wield a sword, and the latter fly over the horizons.
Audiences of today expect something innovative. They yearn for action scenes that can trigger their adrenaline right where they are sitting. Therefore, it is a personal advice, if you want your project to be safely carried out with all the action scenes, you must contact T-Minus Productions now!
Action scenes are all about control and safety. No matter how risky the stunts are shown in it, people like T.J. White of the T-Minus Productions are always the ones behind the curtain trying to make sure everything stays in control and safety.
There is a general misconception about the stunt coordinators. They are always thought to design and coordinate action clips that are wild in nature. However, what people forget is that even in simple scenes like those described below, things can go utterly wrong to the extent where the life of people involved can come under threat.
California Lottery is known to everyone. As every business do, they also have their adverts. We have two of the commercials that we are going to peak into.
Let’s start with the credits. The commercial has been directed by Rich Lee and produced by Michael Angelos at the Native Content. The stunt coordination is done by us, by the way.
In the video, the commander of a seemingly waiting force is seen on a horse, while the others are holding spears and shields.
You might ask here: “What could go wrong, here?”
Well, there’s where the misconception lies. Any mishap could happen. The horse could go bonkers, and with a reverse kick, it could blow off the life of any of the scantily dressed soldiers standing behind. Or, by carelessness, one of the spears could harm the horse. Of course, these are just speculations. Reality could be worse than it.
This is another commercial that has been stunt rigged by us.
It has been produced by Arthur Gorson and directed by Alejandro Toledo at the Harpoon Pictures. Unlike the one talked about above, this one has a more abstract approach to the CA Lottery’s Black Premium Lottery.
When a commercial like this one is to be brought forth, the responsibilities of a stunt coordinator in no terms diminish. The approach we talked about is shown in the video as a floating catamaran and a dive into the water.
Here too, it is easy to say that there isn’t much risk involved. However, when we look closely at the matters, even a single wrong move could harm the actor in the commercial.
But thanks to the knowledge of the stunt coordination and rigging that we have accumulated so far and with the input of sufficient amount of experience of T.J., the commercials were shot without any damage.
How was that possible?
It was made possible by designing, supervising, and helping the director shoot the scenes in an environment made safe by the usage of different rigging equipment.
And that is precisely what a stunt coordinator does.
As you have seen in the above two commercials, and we’d reinstate that here, a stunt whether small or huge is something that involves danger. This has been beautifully put by Buddy Van Horn, the Clint Eastwood stunt double as:
“There is an element of surprise in every stunt.”
Each stunt counts. And without the proper utilization of the safety measures by a stunts coordinator like T.J. White, things could massively go wrong.
The scene: a white Lamborghini Huracan speeds across the wide-open California desert to the sound of a Latin reggaeton beat. At the wheel is Puerto Rican artist and producer Yandel. That’s how Yandel’s “Mi Religion” music video begins.
But when the camera zooms out from the closeup shots, is it really Yandel driving the Huracan, drifting it expertly and sending dust flying in a wide arc? Nope—that would be leading Hollywood stunt coordinator and stunt driver TJ White. White is the head of LA-based T-Minus Productions, a firm that specializes in designing and producing action scenes for films, television, music videos, commercials, and more.
White has overseen the stunt driving for countless projects, including Chevy, Honda and Audi commercials and other big-name stunt driving projects.
Working closely with the video’s directors and producers and the artist himself, White and his team were able to carry out the creative vision for the “Mi Religion” music video without a hitch.
“In a career where I’m always designing risky action sequences and working to keep actors and stunt doubles safe, it’s fun to do a project like this every now and then. Whether I’m figuring out how to keep guys safe during a high fall scene or a fire scene, or I’m drifting a Lambo in the desert, it’s all part of the job!” –TJ White
Not that it’s “simple” to pull off these scenes. It requires tons of experience and talent to pull off stunt driving. There’s a surprising amount of planning that goes into preparing the vehicle and the scene, testing out equipment and cars, staying under budget, planning out the stunt driving so it looks fantastic on-camera, and ensuring everyone (including the car!) stays safe.
Whether White is driving the cars himself or looking for a skilled Stunt Driver to cast in one of his projects, he applies the same passion and dedication for the job. Safety is always the main priority, and he also makes sure to work closely with the rest of the film crew to make sure the creative vision is carried out perfectly from start to finish.
Without stunt coordinators like him, we wouldn’t have the stunning visuals in Yandel’s “Mi Religion” and other music videos, films, TV shows, and commercials. TJ White and his firm, T Minus Productions are here to make amazing things possible in the world of film!
The new film Acts of Violence, released to theaters on January 12, 2018 from Lionsgate, is an action-packed wild ride from start to finish. Starring longtime action-movie veterans Bruce Willis and Cole Hauser and directed by Brett Donowho, the film is about three ex-military brothers who join forces with a police officer to save a kidnapped family member from a sinister human trafficking scheme.
Most of the time, moviegoers probably don’t stop to think about how those action sequences came about. But the reality is, a talented team of people is required to plan everything down to the last detail. It’s a process that takes months of planning and designing before the actors can even carry out the sequences.
In this case, the man behind the action scenes was TJ White, Stunt Coordinator and 2nd Unit Director. TJ and his team at T Minus Productions designed every action sequence in the movie. Stunt coordinators have to create action scenes that are visually stunning, fit within the budget, time constraints and location constraints, and that are safe for the actors at the same time. It’s a big job, designing action sequences for an actor like Bruce Willis—but it’s a job that TJ White was happy to take on.
“Working with the actors is great, but one of the best parts of this project was that the movie was filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. I grew up in Ohio, so it was great to see my home state represented. Filming in Cleveland offered the perfect gritty backdrop for the film. –TJ White
White is also responsible for casting local Cleveland resident and UFC champion Stipe Miocic to fight Bruce Willis in the film. Miocic is a professional mixed martial artist who is the reigning champion in the UFC heavyweight division. He’s also a former Cleveland Golden Gloves boxing champion and a fantastic all-around athlete. If anyone is worthy of fighting Bruce Willis, it’s definitely this guy.
Another great Cleveland resident who assisted the film is Ivan Schwarz. Schwartz runs the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, a private non-profit that works to bring film industry jobs to Ohio. Working with the Greater Cleveland Film Commission allowed the film to make a positive impact on NE Ohio.
Those weren’t the only big advantages to working in White’s home state of Ohio. The state also offers a Motion Picture Tax Credit that gives a refundable, transferable tax credit of up to 30% on production cast and crew wages along with in-state expenditures. Designed to bring more Hollywood films to Ohio, this program has been very successful in creating jobs and helping the Ohio economy.
So if you’re looking for an action flick, you can now head to your local theater to watch it on the big screen. You can also purchase it on-demand. And while you’re watching, take a minute to think about the intense planning that went into designing action sequences, and the team of people who made them possible.
Stunt Coordinator TJ WHite warthog Bruce Willis, Tim James and Schyler White
Director Brett Donowho, UFC Campion Stipe Miocic and Stunt Coordinator TJ White
Stunt Coordinator TJ White showing Dua Lipa and Miguel playback of the stunt
Flying was once impossible. But thanks to the stunts coordinators like T.J. White these days who are making it possible for the artists to fly around, all the while making the viewer’s experience something new.
Hollywood is an industry that has spectacular potential to create movies and music videos that are a feast for the eyes. What makes all the content so visually appealing is the way the director, Henry Scholfield makes use of the science and technology. From Gravity to Mad Max Fury Road, and beyond, nearly every movie has some action scenes that, without the use of the two magic wands, wouldn’t have been possible in the real life.
Although there are green screens and computer graphics that can be used to create stunning impossible visuals, what makes the artists fly around are the stunt coordinators.
These people have immense experience and talent to make an action scene possible in the spheres of the director and the producer of the venture. Just like any other music video that can tingle your nerves with innovation, the director of “Lost in Your Light” has indeed made sure that the theme was as suited to the feel of the song as possible.
Let’s quickly break down the stunt aspects of the video which we helped shape into the form you see therein.
First: The Moves of DuaLipa
Beginning singing at an early age of 14, this multi-talented artist has made waves in the music industry with her floating around this time also. Just as she starts singing “Lost in your light, baby”, she gets weightless and the gravity gives her away to the thin air.
“But, how is that possible in real life?” you might ask.
Well, when you have our stunt coordinators, anything is possible.
This isn’t the one moment that DuaLipa soars high in the sky; she is seen getting lost in the air as she starts singing that chorus.
Second: Let’s Talk About Miguel
Miguel has added his bit to this song both audibly and visually. He is seen floating alongside DuaLipa when they both take on the chorus.
But do you know that this artist flew around by using his flight talents?
Of course, we are just messing around. He too was wired to the frames we had set up during the shooting of the music video.
What Did We Do?
That was about the artists and their ascent against gravity. What we did was add the security layers for the artists to perform the stunts, and also provide the right safety gear for it. We let Dua and Miguel perform their songs while making all the necessary arrangements for it including the supervision. The coordination of our technical and stunt rigging staff made it possible
For the artists to experience something new,
For the director to bring out the nature of the song,
For the producer to end the project in the budget allocated, and
For the viewers to see extraordinary stunts.
How Do We Do Projects Like These?
We have a team of professional stunt coordinators and stunt riggers who have been in this business for many years.
The Stunt Coordinators
You must have heard about T.J White. He is the leading coordinator that Hollywood has. With his, and other coordinators’ experience, we have been able to create, design, direct, and produce action sequences that are unique, thrilling, and encouraging.
The Stunt Riggers
Our stunt riggers know how to keep all those involved in the stunt alive and safe. Of course, the whole idea of the stunt diminishes when there is any safety lapse. For this to not happen when we are around, we have all the necessary contraptions and wire-works that you can rely on.
Around the world, many film industries are still struggling to keep their stuntmen and artists safe; however, not Hollywood.
Because it has people like T.J. White, and firms like Hollywood Stunt Coordinator (a division of T-Minus Productions), there is no way that the stunts be produced in a life-threatening environment. If you think you need to have a look at the project that we have done, or simply know about us, you can click HERE.
Do you think you have what it takes to be a Stunt Performer? People contact us daily and ask us how to become a Stunt Performer. There is no exact answer we can give to someone on how to get into the stunt business. Stuntmen and Stuntwomen all have different skills that get them hired to work in the entertainment business. What we recommend is extensive training in a field. Whether it is years of fight training, dirt bike riding, Gymnastics, or racing cars. Some of the top stunt performers currently being hired are ex-MMA fighters, Cirque du Soleil performers, collegiate gymnasts, and performers that work at live stunt shows all over the world. One thing people do not talk about is the percentage of injuries a stunt performer will go through over their career. Proper Strength training, Cardio Exercise, and Chiropractic Care is a must to keep a performers body in tune. A stunt performer usually goes through many injuries while training before they ever step on set to perform a stunt.
While Stunt Training you need to get experience on set. We recommend becoming an Extra, a Stand-In, or a production assistant in the film industry. This is where you will get much needed set etiquette. A stunt performer with good set etiquette can get more work in the industry than a higher skilled stunt performer that has bad set etiquette.