Hal Needham’s Six Greatest Stunts

Hal Needham

Hal Needham

Decades before CGI allowed filmmakers to create exciting action sequences from the safety of the editing bay, men and women who were exceptionally brave, tough and a little crazy had to perform the stunts themselves—and wear the bruises and broken bones as badges of honor. Stuntmen jumped the cars, fell from the highest towers and tackled the bad guys from their horses. When it comes to the most influential, iconic and pioneering stuntmen of all time, the nearly indestructible Hal Needham is it—one of the greatest to ever walk onto a movie set. Here are his six greatest stunts. (more…)

Congratulations to the SU Nominees and Winners of the 2015 Taurus Awards!

 

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10 Nominations, 2 Wins

Best Fight Sequence:

NOMINATED 300- Freddy Bouciegues
NOMINATED Captain America – Freddy Bouciegues

Best Work With a Vehicle:

WINNER Need For Speed – Brent Fletcher, Tim Gilbert, Troy Gilbert, John Meier, Mike Smith
NOMINATED Nightcrawler – Lance Gilbert, Logan Holladay
NOMINATED Captain America – Jack Gill, Henry Kingi, Jay Lynch

Best Specialty Stunt:

NOMINATED Need For Speed – Craig Hosking, Henry Kingi

Best Coordinator/2nd Unit Director:

WINNER Captain America – Andy Gill
NOMINATED John Wick – Chris O’Hara
NOMINATED Need For Speed – Lance Gilbert

Best Action in a Foreign Film

NOMINATED PI ZI YING XIONG 2 – Jack Gill

 

Black and gold, baby!

NIGHTCRAWLER

According to Indiewire, Stunts Unlimited Member, Mike Smith, coordinated/2nd Unit Directed the most thrilling action sequence of 2014 in an action packed car chase for NIGHTCRAWLER.

Also on the list, Andy Gill, Stunt Coordinator: 2nd Unit CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.

NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.

 

Need for Speed: Exclusive Blu-ray Clip

From CraveOnline: If you’ve got the need… the need to see car chases in Blu-ray format, then you may want to check out Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed, which arrives on home video this week. The clip also features Lance Gilbert, Stunt Coordinator, from Stunts Unlimited. The film stars “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul as a racecar driver enacting cross-country revenge on his nemesis Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) while romancing Imogen Poots (Filth) along the way. The car chases in Need for Speed really are need, and they were all done practically, so this CraveOnline Exclusive clip from the Blu-ray about how they were pulled off is really something fun to behold. Check it out!

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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