Disney Imagineers Unveil Robot Capable of Aerial Stunts
Disney Imagineers who 55 years ago introduced the world to the concept of audio animatronics, in the form of singing birds in the Polynesian-themed Tiki Room at Disneyland, again are looking to the heavens for inspiration in the latest evolution of the technology.
The company unveiled what its calling “Stuntronics figures,” robots who perform aerial maneuvers with precision. The Imagineers’ objective was to create a robot with an acrobat’s timing and reflexes. It’s all… Read
‘9-1-1’ Stunt Coordinator Mark Vanselow On Coaching Actors Through Harrowing Season 1 Stunt Work
For Season 1 of Ryan Murphy's first responder procedural series 9-1-1, Mark Vanselow took on as much as any stunt coordinator could: an oceanic plane crash, apex predator attacks, bloody motorcycle wrecks and more.
Learning Murphy's process while working on American Horror Story: Cult, Vanselow went into the producer's latest series as part of a large team of disaster manufacturers, collaborating closely in bringing each of its visual terrors to the screen.
Joining forces… Read
Jimmy Nickerson Dies: Veteran Hollywood Stuntman On ‘Rocky’, ‘Raging Bull’, & Dozens Of Others
Jimmy Nickerson, a veteran Hollywood stuntman who performed and/or coordinated stunts on more than 70 films and TV shows spanning 30-plus years, has died. He was 68. He died May 4, but no other details were available.
A 1985 inductee into the Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame, Nickerson’s long list of stunt credits includes Rocky, Rocky II, Raging Bull, Lethal Weapon, Gladiator, Waterworld, Fight Club, True Lies, Last Action Hero, Batman & Robin, Con Air, Volcano, Crimson… Read
Stuntwomen Panel: Evangeline Lilly Says She Was Intentionally Injured While Filming ‘Lost’
Evangeline Lilly, who stars as the Wasp in Marvel's upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp, revealed that she flayed the skin off both of her forearms during a stunt that went wrong several years ago on the set of Lost. "There were open wounds, pus-y and oozing," she said during a panel discussion Wednesday night on the Fox lot about women in the stunt business. "I looked like a mutant. My mom said, 'You'll never be able to wear an evening gown again!'"
Lilly also made it clear… Read
Evangeline Lilly, Deven MacNair Set For Panel On Discrimination Against Stuntwomen
Stuntwomen will take center stage at a panel discussion and networking mixer to be held at Fox Studio on May 16. The panel, which comes in the wake of recent reports about "wigging" – the age-old practice of stuntmen donning wigs and women's clothes to double for actresses – will address bias in the underemployment of women and people of color in the stunt industry.
"I recently signed on to direct my first action film and when I started looking into female stunt… Read
Cirque du Soleil Returns To Action After Tragic Death Of Aerialist
Cirque du Soleil returned to performances on Friday in New Jersey, offering a tribute to the aerialist who died last month on stage. It was the first show since the March 17 accident that claimed the life of Yann Arnaud.
The show, titled VOLTA, began with a tribute to Arnaud, the 38-year old aerialist who perished after falling about 20 feet to his death. The accident happened March 17 during an aerial straps routine in Tampa.
New Jersey’s show was postponed in the wake… Read
SAG-AFTRA Establishes “Standards And Practices” For Stunt Coordinators
EXCLUSIVE: In a move to bolster safety and foster diversity and gender equality, SAG-AFTRA's national board of directors has established a new set of "standards and practices" for film and TV stunt coordinators. The move comes in the wake of two-stunt related deaths last year, and a growing outcry from stuntwomen about stuntmen donning wigs and women's clothes to double for actresses – an age-old practice known as "wigging."
The union's contract with employers has long… Read
SAG-AFTRA: “Knockoff” Stunt Harnesses Pose Safety Hazard
SAG-AFTRA is warning the stunt community about "knockoff" stunt harnesses that don't meet industry standards and pose a threat to safety on the set. Used to suspend actors and stunt performers in the air, one of the phony harnesses already has failed, the guild reported. "Thankfully, no one was hurt," it said.
"This SAG-AFTRA safety bulletin is an urgent advisory to alert you to these dangers and to remind everyone to be very diligent about the harnesses and other safety… Read
Time’s Up Turns Down Deven MacNair’s Plea For Help In Fighting Sex Discrimination In Stunt Biz; Spokesperson Responds – Update
UPDATED with Time’s Up statement, 1:10 PM: Deven MacNair claims that the Time's Up movement has turned its back on her. The Hollywood stuntwoman, who launched a one-woman crusade against "wigging" – the age-old practice of stuntmen donning wigs and women's clothes to double for actresses, said that she’d asked for the group’s assistance but was told that her case was “outside the scope of their work”.
"Really? It's outside the scope of their work?" Deven told Deadline… Read
‘The Domestics’ Special Effects Coordinator Says He Shares Blame in “Wigging” Incident
Guy Clayton, the special effects coordinator on MGM's The Domestics, says he feels responsible for the "wigging" incident that led to a sex discrimination complaint filed with the EEOC by stuntwoman Deven MacNair, because he told “the powers that be” that he could get the special effects ready on short notice.
MacNair, however, isn't having any of it. "How many excuses are we going to hear?" she asked. "They said I was too big to double the actress, that I'm a horrible… Read
Stunts Unlimited’s Pat Romano Said He Never Witnessed “Wigging,” But Photos Say Otherwise
In a recent article about stuntmen donning wigs and dresses to double for actresses – an age-old practice known as "wigging" – Stunts Unlimited president Pat Romano told Deadline that he'd never seen it in all his years in the industry.
"I have never seen a guy dress up as a girl, and I've been in the business 30 years," he said. Deadline, however, has obtained photos of him wearing a woman's wig for a stunt he performed on a Progressive auto insurance commercial in… Read
SAG-AFTRA Closes “Wigging” Probe, Says It “Remains Committed” To Ending Practice Of Men Doubling For Women
UPDATED with SAG-AFTRA statement: SAG-AFTRA has closed its investigation into the "wigging" of a stuntman on MGM's The Domestics and concluded that "wigging a male stunt performer to double for a female performer is not acceptable and that this should not happen again." The union, however, did not fine the film's production company for not doing more to find a qualified stuntwoman to do the job, though it says it "will remain committed to doing what it can to eliminate… Read