Outperformer Lance Gilbert – Need For Speed “Behind The Scenes”

Stunts Unlimited, Lance Gilbert, is a 3rd generation stuntman and stunt coordinator – Bigger, better, faster. With over 100 credits to his career, his latest project is the feature film Need for Speed bringing the top selling racing video game to life on the big screen. Check out this behind the scenes look of how the Need for Speed stunts were done, more about Lance and three generations of stuntmen in the Gilbert family.

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Stunts Unlimited President, Pat Romano, coordinated 400ft high, 2200ft (2 blocks) across zip line for Nissan.  Joseph Kosinski / NISSAN QASHQAI / FLY BY NIGHT

Need for Speed

The Need For Speed video games have been around since 1996, back in the days of Sega Genesis and the very first Playstation. However, the upcoming film will appeal to more than just gamers. With a hot cast and fleet of hot supercars – we can’t wait to see the movie either! Here’s the first full length trailer for the film, directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) and starring Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) among others. Need For Speed is due for release on March 14, 2014.

YouTube Description:
Framed for a crime he didn’t commit, muscle car mechanic and street racer Tobey (Aaron Paul) gets out of prison determined to settle the score with the man responsible for his false conviction. #NFSMovie

Need for Speed Wallpaper

Fast & Furious 7

Fast & Furious 7 will be the next installment in the Fast and the Furious series following up from Fast & Furious 6 and Tokyo Drift. Justin Lin has announced he will not be directing. James Wan is signed on as director for the next film. Jason Statham will play the villain, Ian Shaw, brother of Owen Shaw (Luke Evans, Fast & Furious 6). Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Ludacris, and Jordana Brewster are all signed on for the film as their characters from previous films. Fast & Furious 7 rolls into theaters in 2015, next summer. Filming will start in September, 2013 only three months after the release of Fast 6.

In a post-credits scene, while Han is being chased in Tokyo (realigning the events from Tokyo Drift to the present time), he is hit by an oncoming car, resulting in Han’s car exploding, killing him and revealing that the crash was an orchestrated attack. The other car’s driver is revealed to be, Ian Shaw (Jason Statham), Owen Shaw’s older brother, walks away from the scene and calls Dominic, leaving him a threatening message saying “Dominic Toretto, you don’t know me, you’re about to”.

 

Act of Valor

When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt. As the valiant men of Bandito Platoon race to stop a coordinated attack that could kill and wound thousands of American civilians, they must balance their commitment to country, team and their families back home.

‘Act of Valor’ uses active duty U.S. Navy Seals as actors. The characters they play are fictional, but the weapons and tactics used are real.

Act of Valor – Behind the Scenes – Navy SEALS Movie

ARGO

Based on true events, Warner Bros. Pictures’ and GK Films’ dramatic thriller “Argo” chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis–the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades.

The official trailer for ‘Argo’ starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman. As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

Producers Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney winning the Oscar® for Best Picture for “Argo” at the 2013 Oscars®.

 

A dear friend, and former member, David Ellis has passed.

David Ellis, 60, a journeyman director and former stuntman whose credits include the 2006 thriller “Snakes on a Plane,” died Monday morning in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was in pre-production on the upcoming film “Kite” with Samuel L. Jackson. The cause of death was unknown, said his agent, David Boxerbaum.

011013-celebs-snakes-on-a-plane-director-David-R-EllisEllis most recently served as the second unit director on several upcoming high-profile films including “47 Ronin,” starring Keanu Reeves; “R.I.P.D.” with Ryan Reynolds; and the adaptation of Mark Helprin’s novel “Winter’s Tale.” It was not immediately clear whether Ellis’ death might affect those productions.

Ellis grew up in Santa Monica and Malibu, where he was a top-ranked junior pro surfer. He began his career in Hollywood with a brief acting stint but was introduced to stunt work at age 19. His first credit was for Bob Crane‘s “Superdad.” His IMDb.com page boasts 75 stunt credits for films as varied as “Scarface,” “Patriot Games” and “Fatal Attraction.”

He graduated to directing in 1996 with the Disney film “Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco” and did second-unit directing work for 20 years, on movies including “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and “Waterworld.”

He received more attention for his work on two “Final Destination” films and the much-hyped Internet sensation “Snakes on a Plane,” starring Jackson.

New Line chief Toby Emmerich praised Ellis for his action work on “Final Destination 2,” calling his opening car crash sequence “the best action footage” since 1971’s “The French Connection.”

Ellis directed 2011’s “Shark Night 3D” .

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Stunts Unlimited Founding Member,Hal Needham, Passes Away At Age 82

October 26, 2013 – Hal Needham, one of the founders of Stunts Unlimited, and a top Hollywood stuntman has died. He was 82.

His best-known directing efforts involved 1970s Burt Reynolds action comedies, including “Smokey,” ”Cannonball Run” and “Stroker Ace.” He also directed Arnold Schwarzenegger in “The Villain.”

Hal Needham, longtime stuntman and director of “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Cannonball Run” for Burt Reynolds, died Friday in Los Angeles after a short battle with cancer, his manager confirmed.

hal_needham-topAt one time the highest paid stuntman in the world, he was said to have broken 56 bones, broken his back twice, punctured a lung and knocked out a few teeth while working on 4500 TV episodes and 310 feature films. His work was admired by generations of filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino.

In a Twitter posting, Schwarzenegger calls Needham an icon.

Needham, a native of Tennessee, broke into show business as a stunt double for Richard Boone on the series “Have Gun, Will Travel.” Among the hundreds of films on which he did stunts were “Stagecoach,” “How the West Was Won,” “The Bridge at Remagen,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” and “Little Big Man.”

He became friends with Reynolds, who offered Needham the opportunity to direct “Smokey and the Bandit,” for which Needham had written the screenplay. Needham also directed “Hooper,” “Stroker Ace,””Street Luge” and “Rad.”

Needham received a Governors Award from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences last year, where he was introduced by Tarantino, who said, “I have ripped off a lot of shots from you, and today I say, ‘Thank you very much.’” At the tribute,  Needham called himself “the luckiest man alive and lucky to be alive.”

He developed numerous camera and production innovations, and won a Scientific and Engineering Oscar in 1987 for the design and development of the Shotmaker Elite camera car and crane. Among his other inventions were the air ram, air bag, car cannon turnover, nitrogen ratchet, jerk-off ratchet and rocket power.

Needham received an honorary Oscar last year.

A former paratrooper, Needham appeared in thousands of TV episodes and hundreds of movies, performing and designing stunts and new equipment to execute them.

Variety Article: http://variety.com/2013/film/news/hal-needham-legendary-stuntman-and-director-dead-at-82-1200763031/

Needham’s first break was as the stunt double for actor Richard Boone on the popular TV western Have Gun, Will Travel. Needham trained under John Wayne‘s stunt double Chuck Roberson and quickly became one of the top stuntmen of the 1960s on such films as How the West Was Won, The Bridge at Remagen, McLintock!, The War Lord, and Little Big Man. He doubled regularly for Clint Walker and Burt Reynolds. Needham moved into stunt coordinating and directing second unit action, while designing and introducing air bags and other innovative equipment to the industry. Needham told Adam Carolla during an interview that he lived in Burt Reynolds’ guesthouse for the better part of 12 years.

In 1971, he and fellow stuntmen Glenn Wilder and Ronnie Rondell formed Stunts Unlimited. Needham had written a screenplay titled Smokey and the Bandit and his friend Reynolds offered him the chance to direct. The film was a huge hit, and the two followed it with Hooper, The Cannonball Run, and Stroker Ace. Needham also directed the 80’s BMX cult classic film Rad.

Hal Needham

Hal Needham

Needham moved out of stunt work, focusing his energy on the World Land Speed Record project that eventually became the Budweiser Rocket, driven most notably by stuntman Stan Barrett. The team failed to set an officially sanctioned World land speed record with the vehicle, and their claims to have broken the sound barrier in 1979 have been heavily disputed. In the 1980s he was best known as the owner for the Harry Gant Skoal Bandit #33 car driven in the Winston Cup Series.

Needham received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Taurus World Stunt Awards. In 2012 he was awarded a Governors Award by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, where he was introduced by Quentin Tarantino.

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