Stunt Performer/Stunt Supervisor/Stunt Coordinator


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Highlights
Jeannie Epper on her style as a stuntwoman, and insurance coverage for her profession
Gene LeBell on preparations for stunt fistfights and fire stunts
Hal Needham on doing stunts "by the seat of his pants"
Leslie Hoffman on performing fire stunts
Jeannie Epper on accidents she's had as a stuntwoman
Leslie Hoffman on advice to aspiring stunt people
Who talked about this profession

Jeannie Epper

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Jeannie Epper on learning her way when she started as a stuntwoman
Jeannie Epper on the thrill of doing stunts
Jeannie Epper on what she learned about stunts from her father and challenges for women
Jeannie Epper on accidents she's had as a stuntwoman
Jeannie Epper on receiving the lifetime achievement award for stunt work (the Taurus World Stunt Award)
Jeannie Epper on the types of stunts she's performed- high falls and stunts she performed as Lynda Carter's stunt double on Wonder Woman
Jeannie Epper on stunt driving
Jeannie Epper on her favorite stunts to do
Jeannie Epper on how she gets jobs in stunt work now
Jeannie Epper on the challenges of securing stunt work
Jeannie Epper on being one of the founding members of the Stuntwoman's Association of Motion Pictures
Jeannie Epper on dealing with the risks and fears that come with being a stuntwoman; on being part of a stunt family
Jeannie Epper on how safety regulations have changed for stunt people over the years
Jeannie Epper on the lack of women stunt coordinators
Jeannie Epper on doing stunt coordinator work
Jeannie Epper on her style as a stuntwoman, and insurance coverage for her profession
Jeannie Epper on how CGI has affected stunt work
Jeannie Epper on advice to an aspiring stunt person

Sandra Gimpel

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Sandra Gimpel on how she learned to do stunts on Lost in Space, on which she was Bill Mumy's stunt double and stand-in
Sandra Gimpel on the community of stunt performers when she started out in the business, and on the most importance advice she got from early mentors
Sandra Gimpel on the fact that most stunt performers were men when she started out in the business
Sandra Gimpel on how her background as a dancer helped her when she became a stunt performer
Sandra Gimpel on the importance of emulating actors' movements and walk when doubling for them
Sandra Gimpel on why her small stature was advantageous when she became a stunt performer
Sandra Gimpel on "sugar glass", which is made of resin and used for stunt performers to be able go break through glass windows, and other forms of breakable glass used for stunt performers
Sandra Gimpel on the idea of actors "doing their own stunts": "99% of the actors have a stunt double...it's not that the actor can't do the stunt, it's not smart to let them do the stunt"
Sandra Gimpel on how she handled an actor wanting to their own stunts when she was the stunt coordinator on set
Sandra Gimpel on working with directors as a stunt coordinator, and on working with Jim Carrey on a stunt he wanted to perform in "The Truman Show" (where she was a stunt performer, not the coordinator on set)
Sandra Gimpel on a near fatal accident during a stunt she performed on the show Bring 'Em Back Alive, and on the importance of safety on set and double checking the set up before performing stunts
Sandra Gimpel on an accident when she was performing a stunt where she had to jump off a building, and on how she tries to ensure safety on sets
Sandra Gimpel on how much she rehearses a stunt before performing it on film, and on an accident that happened while she was performing a stunt in a Kellogg's cereal commercial
Sandra Gimpel on what a stunt coordinator does and what a second unit director does, and how it worked when she was acting as both on set
Sandra Gimpel on how the sunt coordinator works with the second unit director on set
Sandra Gimpel on her thoughts on the fatal accident that happened during the filming of a stunt on the 1983 "The Twilight Zone" movie (she did not work on that project), and on an incident when she insisted a director not shoot a stunt due to dangerous circumstances
Sandra Gimpel on whether accidents like the one on the set of "The Twilight Zone" movie have led to changes in safety standards in the industry
Sandra Gimpel on speaking out about the safety of a stunt, even at the risk of losing a job, but the fact that not everyone can or will speak up for fear of losing a gig, and on an accident on the set of Other World where she was acting as stunt coordinator
Sandra Gimpel on stunts she won't perform, including her dislike of motorcycles, and on how she handles it when the on-set set ups don't meet her expectations
Sandra Gimpel on the most dangerous stunt she's performed, and on the closest calls in her career
Sandra Gimpel on injuries she's sustained while performing stunts
Sandra Gimpel on insurance coverage for stunt performers
Sandra Gimpel on not having a speciality as a stunt performer, but being able to perform many different kinds of stunts, and on how the equipment stunt performers use has changed over time especially for women
Sandra Gimpel on redoing stunts when she is acting as second unit director
Sandra Gimpel on what makes a good stunt performer
Sandra Gimpel on each stunt person having an indvidual style, and on why Taekwondo is a good style for fighting on-camera
Sandra Gimpel on being the stunt coordinator and second unit director on Harts of the West with Beau Bridges, and on her feelings about Westerns
Sandra Gimpel on performing stunts for television versus film: "television's much faster... features, they take their time"
Sandra Gimpel on what she likes about doing stunts, and on not know she would end up as a stunt performer when she was starting out
Sandra Gimpel on how stunt work has changed since she started in the industry
Sandra Gimpel on legendary stunt performers and on her mentors in the stunt profession
Sandra Gimpel on advice for aspiring stunt performers

Leslie Hoffman

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Leslie Hoffman on training to be a stuntwoman
Leslie Hoffman on rehearsing stunts
Leslie Hoffman on dealing with life or death situations as a stunt person
Leslie Hoffman on doing pratfalls
Leslie Hoffman on doing staircase falls
Leslie Hoffman on performing fire stunts
Leslie Hoffman on the risks of a high jump stunt and precautions she takes
Leslie Hoffman on advice to aspiring stunt people

Julie Ann Johnson

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Julie Ann Johnson on the training and physical requirements to be a stunt performer
Julie Ann Johnson on the role of a stunt person
Julie Ann Johnson on the wardrobe she wore as a stunt person
Julie Ann Johnson on the logistics of being a stunt person in terms of getting work
Julie Ann Johnson on the different types of stunt work she did
Julie Ann Johnson on the people on the set she works with most closely
Julie Ann Johnson on her reputation as a stunt person and what she was known to be able to do well
Julie Ann Johnson on how stunt performers pay scales are determined, and on working for Hal Needham
Julie Ann Johnson on changes that have taken place in the stunt performing industry
Julie Ann Johnson on forming the Society of Professional Stuntwomen in 1975
Julie Ann Johnson on her style as a stunt performer and her favorite kinds of stunts
Julie Ann Johnson on the importance of a stunt person staying in good shape, and on the substance abuse problems in the industry
Julie Ann Johnson on comparing how stunt women are treated in features and in television
Julie Ann Johnson on how budgets impact what a stunt person is able to do
Julie Ann Johnson on advice to an aspiring stunt woman

Gene LeBell

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Gene LeBell on early stuntwomen and men doubling for women
Gene LeBell on preparations for stunt fistfights and fire stunts
Gene LeBell on how he got into stunt work
Gene LeBell on the lack of early safety regulations for stunt people
Gene LeBell on his specialty in stunts and the background necessary for the profession
Gene LeBell on coordinating stunts
Gene LeBell on different types of stunts - high falls, stunt driving, pratfalls, stair falls and fistfights
Gene LeBell on stunts he won't do and stunts he'd like to do
Gene LeBell on essential qualities for a stuntperson
Gene LeBell on how he's credited a stuntperson

Hal Needham

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Hal Needham on doing stunts "by the seat of his pants"
Hal Needham on being a stunt coordinator
Hal Needham on advice to aspiring stuntmen and directors
Hal Needham on stunt men staying physically and mentally fit
Hal Needham on insurance coverage for stunt men
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