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!
Revolutionary Mindovereye Productions takes a concept from inception to reality in this dynamic commercial for the new 2016 Honda Civic for there new ad campaign Dream Track created by the people on social media. This could be very complicated process but using a full service production company like Mindovereye allows an ad agency to follow the process in one location from concept, to shooting, to post productions. Mindovereye known for working with companies like Honda, Motortrend, Nike, Chevy, and Dodge. Their type of branded content allows the consumer to get a more intimate experience with the product.
Working with a brands like Honda allows everyone on the creative team to push the envelope on the look, style, and performanceof the new 2016 Honda Civic. When the creative team created these type of stunts they contacted a stunt coordinator to see what was safe and feasible for their shoot. On this particular shoot the stunt coordinator was able to assist with the SFX Supervisor the fabrication of the car to make this all possible. Working with the right Car prep company like LA Prep helped with the set up of the car to make sure the integrity of the car was not damaged while doing these type of stunts.
TJ White from T Minus Productions was brought in to over see the stunt driving. He brought in Professional Stunt Driver Matt Powers to drive the car. Designing the tracks and testing the equipment and cars was done before even trying to perform these stunts in these cars. Proper prep helps with understanding the car’s action and designing dynamic performance driving.
Watch and enjoy your ride with Honda’s Stunt Dream Track.
Stunt Driver Matt Powers driving around a full size pinball machine
Stunt Coordinator TJ White from T Minus Productions and Stunt Driver Matt Powers
Musical Artist like Weeknd are always trying to be as creative as possible in their music videos. In the Weeknd’s latest music video Party Monster the concept was all about neon light, a sexy woman and fast cars. Making these expensive cars drift and slide around is very difficult. These cars have computers in them to stabilize the drive and give you high performance while keeping the car in total control. When you are stunt driving you are trying to push the car to it limits while being in control while making it look dynamic in the camera.
This is only done with the supervision of an experienced Stunt Coordinator and Stunt Driver. A Stunt Coordinator over sees the stunt driving in the scene while helping the director and production pick and prep the right car for the shot. The Stunt Coordinator will also help the director design the action in the scene while doing is safely. This can take time and money prepping the car to make the car do what it does in movies like Fast and the furious. These skilled Stunt drivers have years of driving experience before they get the chance to do a driving stunt on camera.
London Alley Entertainment’s director Hannah Lux Davis best know for directing artist like Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Nicki Minaj hits it out of the park with this new music video for Universal Studios “The Fate of the Furious:” with G-Eazy & Kehlani.
Dodge had a big part in this latest addition to the Fast and the Furious franchise. They also did on this latest music video for G-Eazy. Bringing out a 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat allowed Stunt Coordinator TJ White from T Minus productions the ability to coordinate a drifting stunt around G-Eazy while he was performing at night in downtown Los Angeles. Having the horsepower the hellcat has allowed the Stunt driver the ability to be in total control of the vehicle while in a drift around the singer.
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.
Stunt BMX Guy on Lil Wayne Music Video
Stuntman Danny Downey doing his thing on Will I am Awesome Music Video
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
Water Safety Tim Soergel with Stunt women Jessica Harbeck standing in for Nora Jones – Miriam Music Video
Swimming and enjoying the water is one thing. But filming in it is something different. Films like Waterworld, that was said at the time to be one of the most expensive water films to be made, had it hiccups during production. One was losing the main set that was floating on the water sank. When filming on land a production crew can work faster by walking equipment to and from set up while setting up a shot. When working in or around water you have to have special equipment to work with also protect your self and the equipment you are using. By doing this it slows down production taking it longer to shoot.
For instance many people don’t think about when they was watching water films like Blue Crush, Point Break or even TV shows like Baywatch how long it take to film a specific scene.. When Filming an underwater scene a person will get colder faster and will decrease there energy even faster. This can cause a dangers situation if the proper safety precautions are not taken. When a person is typically in the water the stunt coordinator and his water safety team are very safety conscious. Only using water safety personal that have years of experience in the water either coming from the military, being a dive master, scuba instructor, commercial diver or even
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.
Ad Agencies, Productions Companies and Brands seem to be doing more viral campaigns than commercial lately. When you could produce a video that can not only entertain a viewer but engage them enough for them to share it on some or all of there social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.
The newly launched video game WatchDogs by Ubisoft for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Windows, with a Wii U game consels hires Los Angeles Production company Lifeboat Productions to create this prank video for unsuspecting people. As scene below in the behind the scene video it take alot of preperation to produce a punked or candid camera style prank. All of the filming must be hidden and all safety concerns have to be addressed in the planning stages of prodcution. All of these beats help the crew pull off this prank so that the mark can be suprised when theyt reveal that they are being films.
When doing this particular video production used Special effect and stunts to enhance the shock factor to the mark. As you will see in this video, the mark is asked to push a button that changes the traffic light from green to red causing a car accident. This is planned for the beginning with Stunt Coordinator TJ White and his Stunt crew. The cars are prepped with special seat belts and safety fuel tanks. Stunt Safety crew are standing buy with fire extinguishers in case they are needed. They stunt cars were prepped days before this actual shoot so that they were safe to crash in the middle of the road. Stunt Drivers were hire to crash each other in the middle of the street all the while controlling the cars to not go toward the actors and mark.