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5 Reasons Doing Movie Stunts Is Harder Than You Think

A good reality check on choosing a stunt performing career, from Cracked.com: #5. Stunt Work Is Tougher for Women (But Not for the Reasons You’d Think) #4. You Never Know … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

In Memory of Hal Needham

I met Hal Needham at a book signing for Stuntman! at the Screen Actors Guild, along with a ton of his stunt performer peers. He was the legendary inventor of the … Continue reading

December 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Action Camera Motorcycle

Just embarked on a new project, to build an electric camera motorcycle. The new Zero electric motorcycles are pretty awesome and well suited for action cinematography. They have no gears, … Continue reading

November 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Low Budget Car Chases – Part 2

There is a minute long car chase in my short film “Run Cholo Run” (starting around minute 4:00) that almost didn’t happen. When planning the eight page shoot, I couldn’t budget … Continue reading

May 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

SAG Stunt Rates

Here’s my research so far into rates for stunt performers and coordinators for all the agreements Screen Actors Guild offers. These rates are mostly accurate until June 31, 2013. I … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Human Jib

So, in my quest to design cool shots for action scenes, I took apart my jib and mounted it to pivot on my hips in a proof of concept for cool … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Low Budget Car Chases – Part 1

Today’s post will be about a low budget car chase I directed from my short film “Welcome to Sundown” (starting at 06:34). The story surrounding the chase is the demon … Continue reading

February 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Fight Scenes, Improv Acting and Story Structure

Alternate title: How Improv Broke My Nose. What do improv acting and story structure have to do with fight scenes? Where do I start? Let’s build up a fight from the … Continue reading

February 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Cool Pipe Ramp Stunt

Ok, film experts. Watch the video of this cool pipe ramp stunt (click). How did they do it? What can you deduce about how the stunt was accomplished using your powers … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 6 Comments

The Skyscraper Scene in MI4: Ghost Protocol

This article from the L.A. Times gives some great insight into the stunts and stunt rigging: ‘Mission: Impossible’s’ tall order: Filming the skyscraper stunts. I didn’t work on this film, but I … Continue reading

February 6, 2013 · 1 Comment

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