A Brief History of Stunt Performers

Stunt Performers - So The Theory Goes

Year on year, the work of stunt people, coordinators, and teams are wrongfully overlooked. These industry professionals put their lives on the line each day to make unforgettable and heart-pounding scenes that leave our hearts pounding.

The stunts are becoming more and more complicated over the years. Stunt performers work very hard to produce scenes that are complex as well as safe for the actors working on them. The reality is that film stunts have a long history in which technology, and innovation are a key factor. This article will briefly highlight the history of film stunt performers in the film industry.

Early Stunt Work

The first film stunts that we can relate to today were brought to life in the silent slapstick films. The silent films were the only way of entertainment and since the actors wanted to get a response, they invented new and dangerous ways of receiving that reaction. One of the most unforgettable scenes from the silent era happened in Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928).

This skilfully arranged scene sees Buster Keaton dodging a 2-ton house that is dropping through a window. The team referenced their calculations and proceeded to mark the exact location where Keaton needed to stand. Fortunately, it all went as planned, thus making this stunt one of the most defining in cinematic history.

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