The DangerBoy rigging team just finished up WEDay Toronto where we provided two unique flying effects for the concert event and the live TV broadcast.
The first flying effect was for the lead singer from the band Hedley and this one proved to be a very challenging indeed. The goal was to reenact a scene from Hedley’s recent music video Can’t Slow Down where the lead singer Jacob Hoggard is seen riding his track bike through various scenes and dance sequences.
For the WEDay Toronto live event we set up an automated 2D rig build around our VisualAct flying winch system. This 2D fly system enabled us to fly Jacob from one stage at the Air Canada Centre (ACC) to another about 15’ above the stage deck with millimeter precision. Next came the really tricky part… In order to make this effect work our team had to fabricate a custom, wireless rotate head so when the rider changed directions and came back across the stage in the other direction he was facing forward at all times. We also had to build a custom, fully adjustable spreader bar to suspend and balance the bicycle and the rider while suspended in the air. Phew…
For our second fly gag at WEDay Toronto we orchestrated a complex lowering effect where Jason Derulo appeared “from out of nowhere” and flew down onto the stage deck. Here again, we used our high speed, performer rated winch system but thistime in a simplier lowering configuration. The trick here was that for this act we had to load the performer onto our system from the catwalk 100’ above the stage and get him out into his start position on the high steel beams that support the roof of the ACC. Now, our team regularly traverses beams 100’ up and higher and for us this is easily done. A-list rock stars like Jason Derulo aren’t so accustomed to heights so for this stunt we had to design the rigging and the choreography with him in mind so that he was safe, comfortable and felt 100% confident in the stunt at all times. This gag was the opening to his song and dance number so he had to perform immediately after the lowering stunt so there could be no hickups or missed cues getting him to the stage.
Both our flying stunts at WEDay Toronto worked flawlessly and really impressed both the live and TV audience. The live nature of the event added extra stress but made it all more exciting as well. The show was a huge amount of work but our team rose to the task and pulled it off flawlessly. Thanks to everyone who was involved and helped out along the way, we are looking forward to doing it again next year!
Here’s the skinny: PRDs are basically a type of harness that you wear when working at heights, to keep you from falling to your death! Pretty important around these parts. What sets the Latchways PRD harness apart is the integration of a release tab to slowly lower you back to the ground, because having a fall-arrest system is one thing, but being able to get back down is an entirely different problem to solve. This harness lowers you at 2 metres per second, to a distance of 65′, to return all personnel safely, and in one piece, back to Earth.
We got to create a really fun (and very educational) stunt for the 3-day conference, and have attached the vlog above. Check it out!
This past Monday the Danger Boy stunt team had the awesome opportunity to create a dramatic live stunt for the X-Box Call of Duty: Ghosts release in Toronto. The site was Yonge-Dundas Square, which was made up to look just like a military encampment with everything from real Humvee vehicles to training exercises, costumed performers with replica firearms and, of course, demos of the awesome new Call of Duty video game.
Danger Boy was asked to create stunt performance to fit in with this scene. Our client wanted something truly over the top so we went out and sourced a real ex-Canadian military Kiowa helicopter, and rigged it so that it could be hoisted 60’ in the air by an industrial crane. We then created a stunt scenario where the helicopter appeared to be “shot up” and catch fire while “flying” above the square. The two characters inside were forced to throw down ropes and rappel down to safety with the help of a “ground control” character waving signal flares.
Of course this whole scene was done with special effects magic, pyrotechnics, and our daredevil stunt rappellers. The whole thing was then made even more real with the live sound effects from our friend Mr. Ian Goodtimes. We performed the stunt twice just before midnight, and it had a huge impact on the crowd of eager gamers who all seemed to appreciate seeing the action of their favorite game come to life right before their eyes.
We are super excited to announce that Danger Boy has been asked to provide all the performer fly rigging for the new show called Japanizi. This show is based on those crazy Japanese stunt shows where the contestants do insane stunts and appear to really hurt themselves. The twist here is that it is all done with kids (and they don’t hurt themselves). It has been a lot of fun coming up with custom fly gags for some of the unique “games” that the producers have designed up with for the show. We will have more information on this project once the show airs.
Yesterday we had the amazing opportunity to work with two of our partner companies, Circus Orange and CircusTentForRent, to put up the brand new circus tent for the very first time. Of course, it was the hottest day of the year so far, but that didn’t stop the team from having an amazing time, and learning a lot about “circus rigging” from the previous owner of the tent, and high-wire master, Sacha Pavlata.
This circus tent is, in fact, a “baby” when it comes to tents, but it is made by the famous tent maker VSO in France, so it is very authentic. VSO makes all the tents for Cirque du Soleil, among others. It measures 65’ X 55’ X 36’ high. Even at that modest size it still took a lot of muscle, sweat and blisters to get it all set up.
Circus tents are designed to be built with nothing more than human power, and maybe an elephant or two if you happen to have them around. As we had no elephants, and this was the very first time we put this tent up, we elected to do it “old school” and that meant no hydraulic tent post drivers. Each of the 70+ giant 4’ long tent stakes was driven with sledge hammers. It was a great workout if I say so myself, but I think we just might rent the jackhammer next time around… All the rigging and the main roof is raised with Tirfor manual cable hoists and elbow grease. It was really satisfying to see it how it all came together, and we learned a lot from our new circus rigging mentor Sacha. I just want to personally thank everyone who came out and helped; It was a great day, and the start of a whole new reality for Circus Orange with this fantastic tent.
Last night we got to do an awesome stunt for the grand opening of Nashville North in Barrie, Ontario. This is a new country bar built in the old Roxx Theatre, so the building and stage had some terrific potential for theatrics.
We worked with the owner to come up with a spectacular custom zip line stunt. We rigged our zip line from the upper level to the back of the stage and dressed two of our stunt performers as crazy cowboys for the gag. Right at midnight the manager, a big burly dude in a huge overcoat came out on stage for a big announcement. Part way through his speech he “noticed” two ne’er do wells on the upper level. This was in fact our two stunters dressed up in cowboy duds. They were supposed to represent guys from the other country bar in town. Once the audience was looking the right way they came flying down the zip line and crashed right into the manager initiating a choreographed fight scene that culminated in the manager shooting both of our baddies and dragging them off stage while announcing to the screaming crowd, “Barrie – there is a new sheriff in town”.
This stunt was a lot of fun and a good example of how we can work in even relatively small venues and create really fun, original stunts. Thanks to Kitt and everyone at Nashville North for having us and we wish you the best of luck with your endeavor.
Yesterday our flying FX team had the fantastic opportunity to fly actor Martin Short during his opening song and dance number at the inaugural CSA Awards Show in Toronto Ontario. Martin Short has had a lot of experience with fly gags in live performance and really wanted to fly for this event but it was a last minute addition. Our fly rigging team had to move really fast in order to put this show together but it was worth it and the act turned out awesome. Martin short was so courteous and professional and everyone on the show had a great time making this flying effect happen.
Hello and welcome to Danger Boy! We are very excited to introduce you to this new business entity. Danger Boy is a division of our parent company, Circus Orange Inc.. At Circus Orange we have been doing pyrotechnics, special effects, stunts and rigging for over 15 years. First it was within the context of our own shows but as time went by we found ourselves offering special effects as a stand alone service more and more. By the end of 2012 we were doing at least as much pure special effects work as we were live shows and that got us thinking about starting up a dedicated company with these specialized services in mind. This is it!
So what is Danger Boy? Basically Danger Boy is all the special effects, rigging and stunt goodness from Circus Orange. Same team, same expertise and gear and the same awesome ability to create spectacular effects fast, safe and on budget. Danger Boy is a division of Circus Orange Inc.
Why did we make this change you ask? Well, I am sure any business owner will tell you that what they had in mind when they started a business is not always what it turns into down the long winding road. Circus Orange has been an evolutionary company and an constantly morphing business vehicle for us. It literally started out with myself and my partner Rebecca doing live stunt, fire performances and evolved into the company that we have now capable of creating large-scale spectacle productions with huge casts, pyro, flying, stunts and special effects. Along the way people started asking for more and more purely FX work from us which we were more than happy to offer because we just love this area of work. Putting together custom machines and creating unique solutions to time sensitive practical problems in the entertainment industry has always been a huge passion for us. Now we have a dedicated business vehicle to do just that. It is very exciting!
Is Circus Orange still around? Circus Orange is currently bigger than ever and continues to thrive. We are hoping that by splitting out and removing the pure SPFX from the Circus Orange brand that we will be able to grow even more as a dedicated performance company. A Circus of Fire if you will.
So now you have the low down on Danger Boy. We look forward to blowing your mind and exceeding your expectations as this new business grows. Call our office if you have any questions. (905) 304-7504
High Elevation Pyro at The Ex 2012
Flying Martin Short at the CSAs
Flame Stunts with Brett Wilson
Corporate FogScreen® Event
Fire Writing at Tryst Nightclub
On Stage CO2 Jets
Smoke and Atmospherics
Gas Flame Music Video Shoot
High Voltage Tesla Coil build for Chevy Vold Launch