Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Doubling Julianne Moore

I am doubling Julianne Moore tomorrow and Friday in the movie Next. This is the same movie Jon just did stunt driving for. Her regular double for this movie isn't able to work this Thursday and Friday so they asked me to do it. Isn't that great! I am super excited. Julianne Moore has been in such movies as Hannibal, Boogie Nights and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Wish me luck.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Jon's First Job on a Movie

Jon is working on his first movie today. He was hired as a stunt driver on the new Nick Cage movie, Next. He is working for the same stunt coordinator who hired my dad on his first movie years ago. Way to go Jon. I know he will do great!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Back in LA

We have been out of town for a few days. We drove up to Washington to visit some family. We had a get together on Saturday at my mom's house and as a joke my cousin and my uncle made shirts with pictures of Jon and I on them. They were pretty funny. I guess that is what I get for putting pictures of Jon and I that look like they could be romance novel covers.

We went white water rafting on Tuesday on the Wenatchee river. It was awsome. I love Eastern Washington and had to get out in nature while I was there.

It was back to "work" for us today. We signed up for an answering service. All stunt people need to have an answering service. Basically it is used so cordinators can get in touch with you easily.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

The Training Continues

We are continuing to spend our time training and trying new skills. This week we did the air ram for the first time. An air ram (picture to the left) is a piece of equipment used in stunts a ton. Typically you step on the air ram and it shoots you in the air. They are used in explosions, fights and lots of other stunts. Here is a great web site that shows the facility where we trained and more pictures of air rams.

We also continued working on our high falls. This week we learned how to do a header which is a high fall where you fall face first and at the last second flip to your back. This is harder than just jumping and falling because if you don't flip you land on your neck and you could really hurt yourself. It is easy to dive into water but it a whole differnt story to ask your body to fall face first into a solid object. It has been a fun week.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Baseball and Hockey

I went to my first Dodgers Game on Saturday. Our friends (Jimmy and Michelle) had free ticket's and invited us to go with them. I don't think I have ever been so hot. It was crazy hot and we sat in the sun for 4 hours. I didn't think I could make it through the whole game. We had great seats, which made it much more exciting.

Yesterday we spent the day in Santa Monica with some friends. We had a great time. Jon is on a stunt man's hockey team and he had his second game last night. He played great! He had three goals. Way to go Jon.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

High Falls and Car Chases

Today we went to a stunt training facility where you can practice and learn different stunt skills. Jon and I did our first high falls there. We climbed these towers and jumped into giant crash pads. I loved it! I was really made to do this stuff. There is training every Thursday and Saturday morning at this place. We had to leave early because we were invited to visit the set of Next a movie that will come out next year. This is part of what new stunt people do to introduce themselves to stunt coordinators. I met some of my dad's old friends, which was really cool.

On the way to the set we were caught in the middle of a real life LA car chase. As we were driving 10 police cars passed us then pulled in front of us (literally right in front of us, we were the first car after the cop car) and stopped and pulled there guns out, big guns. The freeway got shut down and the road had cop cars blocking it. Wow, was it exciting to be so up close. So what did I do, I pulled my camera out and video recorded the whole thing. It was awesome! Here is a picture from the event. You can see how close we were to the action. This was taken after they got the guy.