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Not a stub?[edit]

dunno, this seems kinda long and detailed for a stub. -—Preceding unsigned comment added by Joh6nn (talkcontribs) 6 February 2005

Tidy and prune[edit]

Am going to try tidying this page up as it seems to have lost structure over time. -- bigpinkthing —Preceding unsigned comment added by Bigpinkthing (talkcontribs) 9 February 2006

I serioulsy need help?[edit]

At school, my group is doing a project and out topic is "Stunts in racing movies" (cars. I've been looking everywhere on the internet, but i can't find anything, please help:

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How long does it take to film a stunt?

How are stunts filmed?

What safety precautions are required in settung up + preforming stunts?

How long does it take to master a stunt?

What driving skills are involved?

What risks are you taking when doing stunts?

How is music used to heighten stunts preformed in racing movies?

How long does it take to film a stunt

what type of cars are involved on the stunts?

please help any way you can.

Dumoren 03:13, 10 May 2006 (UTC)

Hi Dumoren,

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My name's Geoff. I've been working as a stuntman for about 6 years. I've done everything from major motion pictures through to indie films. Here's my answers to you questions.

How long does it take to film a stunt?

Depends on the requirments of the gag (stunt). For example, simple handbrake 180 stopping on a mark would take about an hour to complete (2-3 rehersals, 4-5 takes) once you factor in all the set up time for the gear and the discussions with the directors.

If you're doing a roll or jump then you're looking at about half a day to a whole day just for one gag.

How are stunts filmed?

Stunts are filmed like any normal scene in a film. You have establishing and lead up shoots which set the scene. The gag itself. Then the aftermath. Most stunts are captured on a wider angle lense from at least one stationary camea (Usually mounted on a tripod). Secondary cameras on a tighter focus pick up the small detail.

What safety precautions are required in settung up + preforming stunts?

First part of safety is in the planning. The Stunt Co-ordinator choreographs the whole thing, usually on paper after inspecting the location. Rehersals are done at reduced speed if approriate with traffic cones substituted for where the cameras will be. Then we do full speed rehersals. Before rehearsals the area for the stunt is inspected and dangerous objects (rocks, branches glass etc..) removed. This process is repeated just prior to the filming of the stunt as well.

We also review the car just prior to use. And make sure that medical and fire saftey teams are equipped and on standby (Fire teams are used if the car is going to be used with pyro FX.) Saftey equipment is also used. These vary depending on the stunt, usually things like seat belts (A must) saftey harnesses, helmets, nomex fire proof suits etc.
Safety crews play a huge part in the running of any stunt. There is a phrase in the industry. "Never sleep with your safety man's wife". :)   

How long does it take to master a stunt?

Your basic driving stunt can be learned in one afternoon of driving around the wet pan of a race track. After that it's a lifetime of constant practice to master.

What driving skills are involved?

Timing, perhipheral vision and most importantly being able to drive the car in the desired route, stopping in the desired place. (Usually on a mark)

What risks are you taking when doing stunts?

The riskes are damaging the driver, the crew, and property. These are reduced through training and obeying saftey instructions. Having an excellent Stunt Co-Ordinator goes a long way to reducing the risk.

How is music used to heighten stunts preformed in racing movies?

Bit beyond my area of expertise. Music usually builds to a tempo then slows down remarkable as the gag is going off. Especially if it's a jump.

what type of cars are involved on the stunts?

Typically cars with a solid weight and large engine.

For turning gags rear wheel drive is good because it pushes the back of the car round corners. Automatic transmissions are generally preferred because of the ease in going from reverse to forward and back.

For jumping gags then most drivers seem to prefer manual transmission as it gives better control of speed and acceleration. I've never done a jumping gag so I couldn't offer anymore insight.

—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 25 May 2006

Keep the talk page related to the article[edit]

I won't remove the above Q&A session from the page, but a friendly reminder: Wikipedia talk pages should be used to discuss articles' content. They are not meant as discussion boards. -Phoenixrod 19:35, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

Who is Sonya Jones[edit]

In the section headed "The future of stuntwork" it states that "A backlash against dangerous stunts following the death of Sonya Jones..." it gives no indication who this person is. I have tried Googling for a few minutes but cannot see anything in relation to this. The section in question would benefit with a bit more info on the details of the death. 23:08, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

It's possible they're referring to Sonya Davis who died performing a stunt for the movie "Vampire In Brooklyn" —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:03, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Goof 03.jpg[edit]

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BetacommandBot (talk) 22:22, 13 February 2008 (UTC)


When did women start performing stunts in Hollywood? (talk) 16:34, 12 February 2010 (UTC)

Stunts that have gone wrong (Death), Exit wounds (2001)[edit] —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:26, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

Pearl White[edit]

Don't have the reference, but Pearl White's stuntman died in a leap from a moving vehicle to an overhead girder. Pepso2 (talk) 19:48, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

Safety Last[edit]

The anecdote about Harold Lloyd hanging over traffic from a clock face is not true. Production photographs exist that reveal the clever camera angles and sets used to imply such a location. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:33, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

 Done by someone earlier. Leprof 7272 (talk) 20:12, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

Merger proposal: Stunt performer[edit]

I propose that Stunt performer be merged into Stunt. The Stunt performer article is poor and what little value it has could easily be merged into the superior Stunt page. Andrew Oakley (talk) 22:16, 27 December 2011 (UTC)

I agree, both articles could be improved by combining them, as well as the Stunt coordinator page. Nathan Black (talk) 18:33, 27 April 2012 (UTC)
@Andrew Oakley, @Nathan Black: Make this formal, and move it forward? Note, I will be watching to ensure that it moves the article toward being a sourced, encyclopedic article, and away from its current blog/dropbox appearance. Leprof 7272 (talk) 20:11, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

Comments and criticism[edit]

Many of the stunts in the notable stunts aren't that notable. As fond as I am of Back to the Future, was the walking over the car in the skateboard chase really noteworthy? Perhaps this segment needs to be edited into two ways: record breaking as one category and influential as another. That may prove more useful and avoid any unnecessarily complex categories like fights (eastern vs European fighting), vehicles (land, sea, air, non motorized), male/female, et cetera.

Were I to include a notable, it'd definitely be Douglas Fairbanks's one-handed handspring to a sword in 1921.

Secondly, there's some NPOV speculation at the end. That things may look like video games and we may see a fetishization of non CG stunt work is speculation. I suggest this be considered for deletion or at least improvement. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:58, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

Completely concur, see next Talk section. (talk) 20:01, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

Called for expert attention[edit]

Today I came because I wanted to create a link to this article, so students would read it. I found article completely non-encyclopedic, devoid of ANY sourcing. So, I added the first source, so a format would exist for further source additions.

NOTE: Because this article repeatedly discusses persons who are still living, the lack of sources for their material is, per WP BLP policies, a first priority to remediate. It is for this reason the BLP article and section tags were placed.

Otherwise, the scope and sophistication of the article was so poor—what appears, what does not appear, the way in which lists are composed, the lack of thorough-going historical perspective, the way in which specific categories are discussed, etc.—is so poor, I had to leave various cleanup and sourcing tags.

NOTE: If we stop writing "off the top of [our] heads", and draw material from sources, the nature structures from those books and articles will make their way here. Please, stop just adding tidbits because they come to you. Source, and rewrite sections!

Finally, the images were moved about, leaving one at opening, the second close to its relevant text, and the Belgian fire-breating street performer image was removed as being completely non-germane to this article, though visually interesting—it is performance art, not stunt work. If everything dangerous is stunt work, the term loses its meaning and specific relevance. Le Prof Leprof 7272 (talk)

I deleted the excessive tags. Throwing a tantrum doesn't give you faster service on Wikipedia, and repetitive tagging doesn't help anybody. --Dennis Bratland (talk) 22:39, 16 April 2015 (UTC)