WEDAY TORONTO FLY GAG

WEDay Bike

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!

FLAMING CAR PHOTO SHOOT

We recently partnered up again with photographer, Matt Barnes, and Westside Studios to work on a firefighter training shoot at the Brantford Municipal Airport. As always, this team is a blast to work with, and the shoot has been one of our best days on site to date! Check out the gallery below for some behind-the-scenes stills we took!

SUNSET OVERDRIVE MAYHEM PLAYGROUND

Well it is video game launch season again and that means some super fun, FX laden events for the team at Danger Boy. This recent event we just completed for Sunset Overdrive was particularly awesome due to the amazing props and effects seen in the game. Our job was to recreate these props and effects safely in real life as an “experiential” marketing experience for hundreds of eager gamers.  We helped crate an interactive “mayhem playground” where gamers could enter a cordoned off 60′ X 60′ area, and basically cause as much havoc as they wanted for two whole minutes. Crazy! There is nothing better than when your job description includes building teddy bear launchers and making 500 gallons of green slime! Here is a little video with some of the highlights.

LIQUID FLAME GENERATORS @ YDS


This past Sunday was the culmination of just over a week of World Pride Celebrations. In addition to the Circus Orange team featuring in the parade, and a grinder performance at the closing ceremonies, the Danger Boy side of things got to field-test our brand new liquid flame generators at Yonge-Dundas Square! Check out the quick BTS vlog we shot of these incredible(ly fun) new machines.

DANGER BOY TALKS FOGSCREEN TECHNOLOGY WITH DAILY PLANET

Last week we had the pleasure of bringing the folks from Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet down to check out our exciting FogScreen® technology. We always have a great time working with these guys, and can’t wait for more opportunities to collaborate with them in the future.

Here is a link to our segment of the episode with host Dan Riskin, and make sure to check out the pictures below for some behind-the-scenes fun on site.

DANGER BOY HAS LASERS

In the ongoing quest to bring our clients the best selection of practical special effects in Canada, we are super-excited to announce that we now offer lasers.  We have systems from small, self-contained club and corporate sized lasers to full featured, multi-laser systems for large touring shows.  We can even provide very powerful lasers for use in outdoor settings.

We recently had a great example of how we can combine lasers with pyrotechnics at Toronto’s Cavalcade of Lights.  For this project we added three high-powered lasers to our eight-minute long high elevation pyrotechnic show.  In the past we had to allow time between songs for the smoke from the pyro to dissipate.  This year we used the smoke to our advantage as it became the canvas for us to paint with 30w full spectrum lasers.  It brought a new dimension to the overall show and we got a lot of great comments.

We plan to integrate lasers into more of our projects going forward and to offer them as a stand alone effect.

Photos of our lasers at this years Cavalcade:

Here is a video from this years Cavalcade that showcases our lasers outstandingly.

Toronto Cavalcade of Lights 2013 Fireworks, Presented by Great Gulf, Saturday November 30, 2013, Nathan Phillips Square from Peter Mykusz on Vimeo.

ROMANS VS BARBARIANS STUNT BATTLE AT YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE

To say that our work here at Danger Boy is diverse would be an understatement, particularly these past couple of weeks. One of the more “out there” stunts that we have been asked to create this past year was an epic battle between Romans and Barbarians that took place last Monday in Yonge-Dundas Square. This live stunt was for the Toronto launch of the of the new Xbox One console, and specifically to create a lot of buzz around the next gen exclusive game called Ryse®: Son of Rome.

Danger Boy was asked to design a dynamic fight scene between fourteen authentically costumed Roman and Barbarian stunt performers. The battle was complete with pyrotechnic arrows (hey, it’s a video game and doesn’t have to be completely based on reality…), background explosions, and lots and lots of blood, guts and gore when the Romans inevitably kicked the Barbarians to the curb.

We spent weeks in the shop and the costume department building everything from battle axes to authentic buckskin Barbarian costumes. The most fun we had was in creating the blood effects. Usually we are doing blood for film and TV where there is time to “reset” between camera takes when the blood can be added, or cleaned up as needed. This was not the case in this five minute long live stunt where we had just one take to get it right. For this dynamic live action stunt we designed and built custom, wirelessly triggered, “blood belt packs” that could pump out up to a half a liter of blood from any of the eight characters who got axed during the scene. The fake blood was plumbed to any part of their body via surgical tubing and could be triggered in any sequence based on the live timing of the event.

This stunt show that we did for X-Box Ryse® represents a new form of advertising that we are being asked to help create content for more and more of these days. I call it viral stunt marketing. The goal is twofold: 1) to make a scene for the live audience and certainly impress the hell out of them and 2) for the content created by the stunt to hopefully go “viral” on social media sites like Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. It is a different way to think about stunt performances, choreography and story but we are really enjoying some of the new venues and opportunities it is opening up for us.

It was a huge amount of work for a five minute show but it was also a lot of fun and the kind of thing that we hope to have the opportunity to do again sometime soon.

XBOX CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS STUNT

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.

Yes, it was another awesome day at work!

PYRO PIPER

On Friday night we teamed up with The Toronto Bagpiper and Circus Orange Inc. to create an all new hybrid act called the Pyro Piper.  What is a Pyro Piper you ask?  Well, it is pretty much just what it says – a bag pipe act combined with a boat load of pyrotechnics.  It is a little bit crazy for sure but we had fun doing it and, who knows, maybe it is an act that will catch on.

This is one of those cases where we had to be very careful because we were combining pyrotechnics with weird things like bear skin hats and irreplaceable bag pipes.  We thought it turned out pretty good.

FLYING MARTIN SHORT

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.