Hollywood Reporter. 10/31/2018, p66-69. 4p. 5 Color Photographs.
Diversity in the workplace, Filmmakers, Stunt performers, and Stunt production
The article focuses on the need to find a solution to safety of stunt performers in motion pictures. It discusses the rise in injuries and death of stunt performers due to haphazard hiring of people with not enough stunt experience, how even the talk of diversity in productions make the choice not based on experience, and how Screen Actors Guildâ€�American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) is trying to put safety measures.
Popular Mechanics. Jun2019, p22-23. 2p. 5 Color Photographs.
STUNT performers, HORROR films, SCENES (Motion pictures), and STUNT production
The article discusses how stunts are filmed in a horror movie with reference to the forklift scene in the film "Child's Play." Topics include scenes involving heights look more real when they're filmed in the air than when they're filmed over a green-screen floor, and to make the noose look realistic one have to have some pressure on the performer's neck.
Popular Mechanics. Apr2019, p22-23. 2p. 3 Color Photographs.
MOTION picture production & direction, STUNT performers, and HELLBOY (Fictitious character)
The article reports on the use of a movable rig by key stunt rigger Francois Coetzer and his company, Blackrat Stunts, for the Lionsgate reboot of "Hellboy" in 2019. Coetzer thought it may be fun to make a movable rig that stunt double Ivailo Dimitrov and actor David Harbour, both playing Hellboy, could interact rather than trying to air-fight an invisible giant. The stunt double needed fighting skills and gymnastics and had to physically match the size of Harbour.
Women stunt performers and Women in the motion picture industry--California--Los Angeles--History
They've traded punches in knockdown brawls, crashed biplanes through barns, and raced to the rescue in fast cars. They add suspense and drama to the story, portraying the swimmer stalked by the menacing shark, the heroine dangling twenty feet below a soaring hot air balloon, or the woman leaping nine feet over a wall to escape a dog attack. Only an expert can make such feats of daring look easy, and stuntwomen with the skills to perform -- and survive -- great moments of action in movies have been hitting their mark in Hollywood since the beginning of film.Here, Mollie Gregory presents the first history of stuntwomen in the film industry from the silent era to the twenty-first century. In the early years of motion pictures, women were highly involved in all aspects of film production, but they were marginalized as movies became popular, and more important, profitable. Capable stuntwomen were replaced by men in wigs, and very few worked between the 1930s and 1960s. As late as the 1990s, men wore wigs and women's clothes to double as actresses, and were even'painted down'for some performances, while men and women of color were regularly denied stunt work.For decades, stuntwomen have faced institutional discrimination, unequal pay, and sexual harassment even as they jumped from speeding trains and raced horse-drawn carriages away from burning buildings. Featuring sixty-five interviews, Stuntwomen showcases the absorbing stories and uncommon courage of women who make their living planning and performing action-packed sequences that keep viewers'hearts racing.
New Scientist. 7/26/2003, Vol. 179 Issue 2405, p26. 4p. 2 Color Photographs.
STUNT performers, SOLAR atmosphere, and SPACE vehicles
Cliff Flemming is no stranger to hair-raising stunts. As a helicopter pilot in the film industry, Hollywood often calls on him to stage a police helicopter shoot-out or fake a catastrophic crash. But one day in September next year, Fleming will take time out from the Hollywood high life to go on a special assignment for NASA to fly up and grab a little piece of the sun. NASA's Genesis spacecraft has been soaking up wisps of the solar atmosphere since December 2001 and will return to Earth in September 2004. To minimize the risk of contamination with material from Earth, the spacecraft will drop a canister containing the solar sample into the atmosphere. Fleming's helicopter will gently catch it in middle-air before the precious cargo can crash to the ground. INSET: SAMPLING THE SOLAR SYSTEM.
The article discusses the how film and TV action professionals helps actors perfect any stunts. It is mentioned that these consultants provides knowledge and skills to the actors to help them portray their character efficiently. The article talks about various stunt coordinator including Rob Inch for the "Outlaw King," Victor Paguia for "A Quiet Place", and Wade Eastwood for "Mission: Impossible: Fallout".