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!
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.
Two weeks ago, the Danger Boy team headed west to Calgary, AB for the annual Global Petroleum Show. While there, we helped 3M Canada showcase some pretty incredible new tech in the world of PRDs (Personal Rescue Devices) from the team at Latchways.
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!
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.
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.
We just finished a great show with our new FogScreen® out in Banff, Alberta. The event was called Snow Tracks for Corona, and it was basically a big DJ party in a club. The guests were winners of a contest Corona had online and it was actually a really great party and the DJs were awesome. Lots of old school tunes!
Corona went all out on the decorations and extras for the event. There were ice sculptures, a buffet, great DJ’s, awesome lighting (nice one Ian) and of course, our FogScreen®. In this case the FogScreen® was placed over an entranceway where people move from one part of the club to the other. t was a great use of the screen as it made the clientele walk right through corporate branding for the event. The photographer set up right in front of the screen and took pictures of people all night long as they played in the screen.
In this case the video playing on the screen was a wicked Corona loop. One thing that that we have learned with regards to FogScreen® video content is to get it early from our client so that we can optimize it and make it look the very best it possibly can. In this case the client gave us the video loop a week in before the show so we had a chance to tweak it for the FogScreen®. We adjusted the contrast a little and slowed the loop down by about 50%. We also added a static logo shot on a black background at the beginning and end as contrasting colors on black look best on the screen.
This was a really successful event for us and a lot of fun. Here are some pictures from the show.
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.
Here are some picture of this great event.