The Stunt People
Flips and Flops Stunt Training
11/22/2008

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This was almost entirely springboard-based, focusing on front tucks and front suicides, as well as some front 1 3/4 rollouts and some elevated HK spins.


Day 3 – Sunday – November 15, 2008
The final day of the shoot. We took Manny and Shawn to the airport in Raleigh, then Blake, Micah and I went to a little diner called “Waffle House.” Not bad, but super cheap. I love these places. People yelling right in front of you, folks smoking 3 feet away, food that has some flaws in it but tastes great, and servers who love eating the food there too. The polar opposite of safe places like IHOP.

We went and met with Brian, then headed out to the college in Raleigh to shoot the Parkour stuff. I hadn’t done this kind of action in YEARS. It was how SP started actually, doing Parkour, except it wasn’t called Parkour. It probably didn’t have much of a name back in 2000. Now I’ve come full circle, and I’m doing it once again, except this time for a feature film. My legs can handle the impact just as well as they could in 2000, maybe even better since I have a regular workout routine I stick to, but my shoe soles were so thin that the first front tuck I did off a ledge, I landed on my heel and bruised it instantly. We kept going anyway, and I did a few wall flips (which I’ve been practicing for!) and a couple Parkour gags.

Micah and Blake took me to the airport after that, my heel bruised like an old banana, but I was so confident of myself after the day because most of this Parkour stuff was stuff I had never done before, not outside in the real world. Just in soft gyms. We threw around the idea of me learning how to do tricks with a skateboard, and between now and shooting the actually feature, I’ll be working to learn more cool crap.

Thanks to Micah, Blake, Andy, Manny, Shawn, Angela, Brian, Matt Sumner, and everybody else for an amazing weekend. Photos coming soon.

Now that we’ve discovered Flips N’ Flops Gymnastics, we’ve no shortage of videos of us doing flips, tricks, kicks, wushu, falls, and stupid stuff. Every once in a while I’ll post some practice clips on the Stunt Practice Page.

I’ve also added film sections for Detour and Flower thieves, where you can watch and download these films, and if you want, leave some lovely, thought-provoking comments at the bottom. We read all of them and take them to heart, even the classic “you guys suck, stop making movies and die while you’re at it” ones. We like those.