Stunt Double – learn everything you need to know about stunts in the TV and film industry.
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- Beginner’s guide to becoming an actor
In our guide to joining the entertainment industry, we discussed how to find representation in the film industry. However, Unlike actors, stunt coordinators do not go through talent agencies to find stunt doubles for a TV show or movie. In fact, most stunt coordinators hire people they know. The best way to get involved with other stuntpersons is by training with them at gyms, stunt schools, or networking with them on set.
When you get involved in the film industry in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York, ask everyone you meet if they know any other stunt actors. The same way you approach a possible talent agent or manager is how you should approach a stunt coordinator.
- Contact the stunt coordinator with your headshot, resume, and cover letter
- Have your existing manager or talent agent give you a referral
- Attend stunt gym classes
- Get a reference from another stunt person
- Meet an agent or manager to give you a referral.
Ultimately, networking is the best way to get find stunt work in the entertainment industry.
What is “Hustling”?
Hustling is traditionally the way stunt doubles find work in the entertainment industry. Few stunt coordinators allow stunt doubles to visit a set during production downtime and introduce themselves. It is an introduction where you show up on set of a production you have heard about, have security alert the stunt coordinator, and then hand the stunt coordinator your headshot and resume in case an opportunity opens up. While many stunt coordinators are not fans of this way of networking, it is definitely a great way to get a stunt coordinator’s attention and it is how many stunt doubles find opportunities.
How a stunt double works on a film
Want to know how to film a Marvel fight scene? YouTuber Rustic B shared an amazing video on how to shoot a fight scene. The professional stuntman reveals how to film a fight scene, fight choreography tips, and camera tricks used in all fight scenes.I n this action filmmaking tutorial series, Hollywood stuntmen Rustic Bodomov and Justin Gant break down how to film a fight scene in the safest, fastest, and best-looking way.
Check out the video below.
The future of stunt doubles
Disney’s involvement in the entertainment industry extends beyond creating movies and TV shows. The Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development has invested in technology that can alter actor’s facial expressions in post-production and now Disney has created a flying robot stunt double.
A new report from TechCrunch reveals the advances the company has made in animatronics. These are future robots, designed to entertain crowds at Disney theme parks and resorts. But, a new generation of animatronics is pushing the limits of engineering and could replace stunt doubles with robots. Following the company’s Stickman project, Disney’s engineer is now building humanoid robots designed to take part in aerial stunts. Advances in technology have allowed for robots to adjust their positions in mid-air, nailing perfect superhero flight poses.
You can check out a video of the robots in action below:
Stunts are not easy. Ruby Rose is the star of CW’s upcoming new series “Batwoman“. On Saturday, the actress posted a graphic video on Instagram that shows her getting “emergency surgery” following a stunt injury after not using a stunt double.
“To everyone asking about my new Pez dispenser scar on my neck… A couple of months ago I was told I needed emergency surgery or I was risking becoming paralyzed,” Rose wrote in the Instagram post. “I had herniated two discs doing stunts, and they were close to severing my spinal chord [sic].”
“Thank you Dr. Bray for everything you did and for allowing me to keep working and doing what I love. I am forever in your debt,” Rose continued. “And to anyone asking why I let them video it. Did you not watch that ‘Grey’s anatomy’ episode where they left a towel in a patient?? Also I wanted to see what happens when we go under.”