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.
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!
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.
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
MTV VMA 2015 nominated Kendrick Lamar’s latest music video “Alright” filmed mostly in San Fransisco and Oakland California and parts of Los Angeles has gotten over 16 million views on a little over a month. This visual piece is from the uber talented director Colin Tilly “Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias, Little Wayne” from London Alley a Music Video production company in la. Colin decided to go to his root in Oakland and create visual art that could capture Kenricks voice in the video. Putting Kendrick in very dangerous stops was done by using his Stunt Coordinator “TJ White” that he has worked with for years on such video as Chris Brown, Justin Beiber and David Guetta.
TJ stated ” Working with Colin is challenging , He likes very dangerous shots that makes people think the stunt is fake or that we are not using the real artist, but in fact it is so real that many safety parameters have to be put in place to make it happen. In this video you will see the artist Kendrick Lamar on top of two light pole 2o feet plus in the air standing rapping. This is done through using cranes and specialized stunt equipments and a crane. It takes a team of stunt riggers to set up these gags so that the director will be able to shoot almost 360 degrees around the artist and keep the artist safe.
Colin also really wanted to see some high performance stunt driving in the video to capture the feel of this area and there car culture. This was done by using cars that were altered for drifting and having qualified stunt drivers for Los Angeles in San Fransisco to do the driving.
Terry James and son TJ White on Justin Bieber Video set
If you listen closely to the back roads of Northeast Ohio, you may still hear Terry James 1967 El Camino big block echoing.
In the 60’s and 70’s, the Motorcity was pumping out some serious horse-power. And the young, lead-foot drivers of Geauga County, Ohio were eating it up. The towns of Middlefield, Burton and Chardon were stomping grounds of many a street and drag racer. They were just far enough outside Cleveland to avoid the police, but close enough to have good asphalt!
To this day, classic car shows and drag racing at Thompson Raceway are still thriving, thanks to the passion and elbow grease of these hundreds of pioneers. While most of these guys still tinker with their hot-rods, one of them took his passion and talents to the Silver Screen.
Producer Terry James moved to LA in the 1970’s and quickly began driving and performing stunts for film and TV. His passion for cars, speed, and safety is on display in car-centric classics such as B.J. and the Bear, The Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, and The Cannonball Run. He has performed, stunt coordinated and directed 2nd unit on countless shows, including: Stripes, The X-Files, Prison Break, Thank you for Smoking, and Michael Bay’s Transformers, and many others. Terry has also been nominated for an Emmy for Young and the Restless and Days of Our loves in 2011 and was just nominated for an 2012 Emmy for Days of our Lives.
As a producer, his thrillers are keeping audiences on the edge of their seats, while giving investors a nice ROI.
His latest film, HUFF, starring Charlie O’Connell and Clint Howard, is in the can and beginning to show at festivals.
Sci-Fi action thriller The Hunger Games (directed by Gary Ross) proves that audiences want to see action, drama, and perhaps more importantly, great stunt work!
To date, the film has grossed nearly $500M worldwide. Critics have compared THG’s staying power to that of Avatar and Titanic. The film’s female centered cast and compelling action sequences have been credited as the key elements to the film’s success.
The Hunger Games’ stunt performers, as well as stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, and Liam Hemsworth, have called their THG stunt training the most intense of their careers. Stage Combat moves are abound in the film, with actors taking each other on with knives, bow and arrow, and seemingly anything they can get their hands on! The chaotic fight sequences keep the action moving and the audiences hearts pounding .
Action reigns supreme in this box office smash – as is the case with nearly all of the top grossing films in history.
Stunt Coordinator TJ White with Stuntwoman Boni Yanagisawa
Stunt training actors and actresses is something that elite stunt coordinators and stuntmen do quite often on set. The reason there is an industry in stunts is because in most cases it is impossible for an actor to be able to act and have the ability to perform all stunts. Although in many cases there are a few that insist on doing some of the labor and in more cases the directors are the ones that require the actor to enlist in stunt training so they can get their shot for their action sequence.
Using the Bourne film series as an example of why stunt training actors can increase profit in the box office. These films wouldn’t be as thrilling if you didn’t see Matt Damon speeding through the streets of Paris in a Mini Cooper. The fight sequences wouldn’t be as brutal if you didn’t see a glimpse of Damon’s face versus just the back of his stunt double’s head. Of course his double is there to do more of the extreme and technical aspects but directors know what audiences want and they want to believe their favorite action hero can actually do most if not some of the stunts.
As filmmaking advances with new technology there is an advancement that is happening within the actors as well. With new creative ideas of how stunts can be done and how far the line can be crossed the evolution of stunt training actors has to forge ahead.
Today, it is a fact that stunt training has elevated the action actor into another realm of fame and glory. Tom Cruise’s ability to train and do many of his stunts in the Mission: Impossible film series is due to the hard efforts of the stunt department training and perfecting his proficiency in stunts. Audiences flock to the theater to see Cruise be Ethan Hunt because they believe the action. Fans don’t like to be fooled so when they see their action actor performing alongside their doubles it gives them a sense of relief to know that their badass hero that they just spent $20 dollars to go see at the theater is delivering the goods.
Training begins many weeks and even months before any director ever yells “Action!” In pre-production the stunt training can include motorcycle driving, stunt driving, and various forms of fighting to make sure that the actor is believable when it comes time to film. When the actors have gone as far as they can go then the stuntmen and stuntwomen come into play. Many stunt performers include: college athletes, cirque de soliel performers, high divers, Olympic athletes, MMA fighters, NASCAR drivers, and even sensi’s themselves. These experts will work alongside the actor to create a reality that then can be taken on screen and be creditable.
As always safety is rule number one and stunt coordinators and stuntmen will always be sure to use proper stunt equipment and pads to reduce the risk of injury. It is important to have well qualified coordinators on set and involved with the stunt training because if your lead actor gets injured because he or she thought she could do the stunt, well then your whole picture is postponed and all your momentum becomes deflated along with the studio’s pocket book.