No matter how small I am in the business I always try to watch how the big ones do it. Probably I won't be able to do most of the work those big budget movies do, but I still want to know the principles. Who knows what may come up my way that may need key knowledge I get from videos like these. In that segment the stunt coordinator Darrin Prescott describes how they shot the opening scene from "John Wick 2."
Car chasing scenes are quite hard to be accomplished especially when the director wants to make them as much in camera as possible. Although most of the work is made on set the final word is the editors'. They cut the scenes in a way so it makes us feel immersed in the action. In this video, Prescott gives us an insight how they organized the stunts. It's interesting to know Keanu Reeves did some of the stunts himself for he was one of the best drivers in the business. But most of the time there's a close-up of him in the car there was a stunt driver sitting on the top actually driving the vehicle. For us, the small budget filmmakers, the cheapest way to accomplish "big budget looking shots" is using a green screen. It's good to know they pulled one of the stunts this way. Prescott describes in detail how they shot the background plate and how they positioned the cameras for the green screen set. He shares some tips on small details stunt drivers and doubles know we never noticed.
[via Filmmaker IQ]