When wanting to be a Stunt Driver a person should have extensive training. It take years of experience for a Stunt Coordinator to hire a Stunt Driver to perform a stunt on film. One should start driving as an extra or back ground driver. This will give you valuable set experience working with a film crew.
Wire work is the most expensive and time consuming stunt done on film. It takes time to design and test a stunt rig weather it is one person hanging one foot off the ground or 150 feet in the air. The same equipment and safety standards are used in each instance.
When hiring a Stunt Rigging Company a producer , director , ad agency or Production team should pay close attention to what the experience the Stunt Rigging Company has. Do they have a good reputation with other producers and production companies? Do they have the ability to do what they are asked of with in your time frame ? What is there budget for the stunt ? If a low budget comes in a production should be very worried. With not the right stunt rigging equipment, design or personal can cost production time and lot of money.
A typical qualified Stunt rigging company will pull up to set with a couple hundred thousand dollars in stunt rigging equipment in there trailer. They are always designing, fabricating and testing new equipment to help production create a more refined and dynamic stunt to film.
Next time you are looking for a Stunt Rigging Company ? Look at there references, resume is could just save your production.
Cantilever Rig used for Kendrick Lamar Alright Music Video
Producer Ross Dinerstein and his company Campfire Films produced this epic commercial for the Tom Clancy “The Division” video game directed by Xavier Gens ” Hitman” and Director of Photography Bridger Nielson. This stylistic commercial takes the viewer into the world of this video game with the game of stunt and visual effects.
Amazing set for this commercial at Fox Studios
Stunt Coordinator TJ White, VP of T Minus Productions Lauren Pacheco, Stunt Women Boni Yanagisawa, Stuntman Alex Mccaslin and Stuntman Justin White
With the popularity of the Nitro Circus, X Games and MTV the audience has gotten even more savvy when watching TV or streaming videos on the internet. When you have these young skater kids or the guys from MTV’s Jackass filming these extreme stunts with there go pros and iphones you have to up your game when filming a extreme sports commercial.
Stern Bikes known for there aggressive riding on there mountain bikes wanted to show there customers the suspension of there bike by filming an aggressive chase between a bike and ford mustang. This was done by using a qualified Stunt Coordinator that designed and supervised the action scene. The Stunt Coordinator over saw the car modifications to be able to spin the car around to a 180. He also hired the stunt driver to drive through those turns sometimes reaching 80 mph while filming from a camera car. This was all done on a closed roads.
This Commercial was produced by Chromista a Commercial production company in Los Angeles founded by Ted Robins, Sandy Haddad and Darren Aronofsky “Noah, Black Swain The Wrestler”
When doing a complicated stunt like replicating car crashes that are head on or t boned. You have to figure out the risks and the money it would take to recreate a car crash like this. This particular stunt was story boarded by the production team them contacted T Minus Productions to evaluate the safest and most cost effect way to create this car accident. It was decide that putting roll cages in the cars was not cost effective for this commercial. So teaming up with SFX Supervisor Steve Riley “American Sniper, Sully” and his SFX crew to fabricate a steering sytem and wire system that would manually pull the cars together and then crash was the best choice. This takes time so if you are thinking about doing something like this you will need time and a qualified Stunt Coordinator and SFX Supervisor to design and over see your project.
This was also assisted by green screen shots and a stunt team that wired the stuntman and air ratcheted him through the air which they blended through visual effects to make it looking like the driver flying through the windshield of the car. Movie magic can with the right elements can make all the difference in a great and dramatic shot.
With the right Stunt Coordinator and SFX team a production can not only be safe but can save a lot of time and money.
Director Ryan Pallotta has an artistic eye to create beautiful music videos much like you see on high profile fashion exibits. It was his wish to levitate Olivia with wires to give her a weightless dream state sequence. Being able to fly an artist makes it even more special for a director so that they could see the artist face and body language in the same shot.
Some people may think floating a bed in the middle of a dry lake bed would be impossible. But to Stunt Rigging Companies like T Minus Stunt Rigging Inc and Action Design Company T Minus Productions lead by Stunt Coordinator TJ White it is all in a days work. Fabricating a steel frame to enforce the bed for the first hurdle had to overcome. With out changing the integrity of the bed and not damaging this expensive piece of furniture. Every cable, clamp or fitting was custom fabricated to be able to levitate this bed up in the air from a crane.
This particular project was Production Designed by Alex Delgado “Lady Gaga, Calvin Harris, Nicki Minaj”. In working with such a busy and talented production designer like Alex, a person needs to be able to create an action sequence that is safe while giving him the shot they want.
Olivia Somerlyn on a bed floating in the air in the middle of the desert
T Minus Stunt Rigging Inc and Montster Cranes Setting up
Lee Jeans Commercial went big with Stunts to show off there jeans. Using a stunt rider to drive a Harley Davidson down the road at 65 MPH and then standing on the seat while being filmed.
Working with motorcycles can be difficult. Different bikes have a different set of problems. Contacting someone knowledgeable in motorcycles can help a production source the right bike, the right rider and customize it to do what you want it to for the shot.
Stunt Riggers Hank Kingi and Mike Li on an NBC TV Show Promo
Stunt Design and Stunt Rigging is one of the most important jobs in Safety and Stunts that no one talks about or even knows about. Years ago the Grips would rig an actor to a wall or fly them in the air. As safety precautions have increased by OSHA regulations so has the cost of equipment and fabrication. Stunt Coordinators spend sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars testing and designing equipment to be able to us it today. Some of them even have an Oscar for the technical achievement they have made in film making. One of the more famous stuntmen has been Kenny Bates “Transformers, Pearl Harbor, Con Air” and his design of custom stunt equipment you have scene being used in any Micheal Bay film. Kenny has been with Micheal Bay from the beginning of his transition from music video and commercials to full length feature films. It is that loyalty that a director gives a stunt coordinator to be creative and design the equipment it would take to make these great action films.
Other Action Designers like Stunt Coordinator – 2nd Unit Director Dan Bradley and Special Effects Supervisor Elia P. Popov when they designed the Go-Mobile for the Bourne Identity Trilogy enabling the SFX and Stunt Department to cable on a car to a high speed moving platform with actors in the car delivering there dialogue while driving at a high rate of speed.
Using qualified Stunt Design and Stunt Rigging companies helps you get your safest and most dynamic action scenes.
Stunt Riggers Terry James and Shawn Robinson on LG Nitro Commercial
Stunt Riggers Fly a full Size Air Balloon basket for FoxSports Nascar Commercial
Justin Bieber tweeted this Picture of him on a Ledge at Universal Studios Back Lot
Flying Wire Rig on Set
Enrique Iglesias on the Bridge for a Music Video
Chris Brown Tweeted this Picture of Models Levitating
When your looking for epic concepts and creativity look no further than an artist like Katy Perry. This artist likes to use every color in the spectrum and shock the world with animals. Production called Stunt Coordinator TJ White from T Minus Productions, and Norbert Phillips “Fear Factor” to over see the Stunt rigging and fly the talent by wires.
What do you do when a live Tiger is on set ? You defiantly don’t walk around the set with a box of burgers from in-n-out. Working with exotic animals could be very dangerous and you need to make sure you are working with reputable companies. These companies start training there animals at a young age to be able to perform on set.
This music video was directed by Grady Hall & Mark Kudsi and produced by Motion Theory. These two very creative directors incorporated Katy’s multiple looks with a fun stylized music video that has over 1.4 Billion views on youtube.com alone.
Using exotic animals , visual effects, stunts with wire work and being creative with camera moves the directors were able to create a dynamic vibrant video that will last the for years to come.
Pretty Bird Pictures a Culver City California, Commercial and Music Video production company and it’s founder and director Paul Hunter best know for working with “Michael Jackon, JLo,Will Smith, Britney Spears” created this explosion of visual art closely with Pharell Williams “The Voice”.
Using a complicated wire system to fly a stuntman dressed in a astronaut suit 60 ft across the street in downtown Los Angeles in the middle of the night can be complicated. This takes a qualified Stunt Coordinator and Stunt Rigging company to design the rig to give the director the exact shot they are looking for. In this case the director wanted to have the astronaut float like the were on the moon across the street.
Many elements like water, height, wind were used in this video to enhance the the dynamic style of this director. People parachuting, free falling through the air to people sitting on the couch under water.