July 1, 2020
This week we look at how he does what he does to make the action happen. What does he do when he reads the script? Does he create the action in his head or does he get out his little cars and work out the chase right there on the living room carpet? All will be revealed as Greg gives us his insight into creating the very best action based on whatever condition the script is in when he gets it.
He also speaks his mind about the business today and his take on the stunt register. Is it a good thing? What changes can he see on the horizon and what does he expect from stunt performers on set these days?
All this on top of the state of the world and will the film business survive COVID-19? Ironically the one virus that stops the world in its tracks sounds like a really good sci-fi sequel.
So tune in to THE STUNT POD and find out more this week.
Recorded 2nd May 2020
June 24, 2020
GREG POWELL is a big name in the industry. One of those names that has pedigree and family connections with that industry that go back to the 1940s.
His father FRED ‘NOSHER’ POWELL and his uncle ‘DINNY POWELL’ have both worked on numerous film and television productions over the years. Greg was destined to join the family business and now, finally after years of asking we get an opportunity to get him on THE STUNT POD.
We talk about his early career and what living with a stuntman was like. Early memories and we explore some of Gregs back catalogue to find out more about him as the performer and as the stunt coordinator. Work on classic action movies like SUPERMAN, THE WILD GEESE, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME and NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN - also his recent ventures as coordinator on all the HARRY POTTER films, AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON, THE FOREIGNER, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD and its sequel the highly anticipated THE HITMAN’S WIFE’S BODYGUARD
We also get chance to have a laugh - its not all hard work on set and Greg has one or two stories to explain set life to us.
So pull up a comfy chair, sit back and enjoy as we invite Greg Powell onto The Stunt Pod.
Recorded 2nd May 2020
June 10, 2020
Ladies and gentlemen it is our pleasure to have with us as our guest this week 6 time world kick boxing champion Lee Charles.
We discuss his love for Bruce Lee and how that was the start of this incredible journey into Film and TV - over the last few years he's really come to the forefront with performances in big pictures like Final Score and The Courier.
Most recently his performance in the Sky Atlantic drama 'Gangs of London' has made him the darling of the press interview circuit so we are thrilled that he's been able to squeeze him in.
We've hidden all the sharp objects just in case....you can't be too careful these days right?
June 3, 2020
Well folks, we pulled out the stops for this one to bring you not one, not two but three of the people behind the Netflix blockbuster Extraction.
We are joined by Director SAM HARGRAVE, Chris Hemsworth's Stunt Double BOBBY HOLLAND HANTON and! RANDEEP HOODA, one of the top Bollywood actors who plays Saju.
We discuss the behind the scenes prep and the hard work that went into making this brilliant action movie.
Do like Sam did and strap yourself into something for an epic episode.
May 27, 2020
Welcome to Part 2 of our MELISSA STUBBS chat.
Here she takes us through her breakdown of the action from script to screen. How does she understand the action on the page, what tools does she use to make creating the action scene easier for her stunt team to understand, why is her dog a wolf?
These questions and many more will be answered as with explore more fascinating facts from the world of MELISSA STUBBS.
How has Hollywood changed today, is it easier to be a woman in Hollywood now than every before and does she really like to start rumours on set just to get a laugh…who doesn’t?
Find out as we hot foot it into Episode 2 with MELISSA STUBBS
May 20, 2020
MELISSA STUBBS was born in Canada, lived in Liverpool and has travelled the world in search of action, adventure and somewhere quiet to sit and drink Merlot.
We find out what it was like growing up with two older brothers and how this sibling rivalry may have helped towards her love of competitive sports.
We chat to her about her incredible career and about many of the movies she has worked on over the years including Batman and Robin, The Last Samurai and Suicide Squad.
She has now moved into the world of Stunt Coordination and has once again applied the same hard work and determination in this side of the business as she did when she was performing full time.
So pull up a sun lounger and pour yourself a cold one as we crash through the window of MELISSA STUBBS place, avoid the wolf and get her on THE STUNT POD
May 13, 2020
JUDE POYER is the reel deal - he once had a dream, then followed it to Hong Kong and became a part of the industry that would shape him and continues to challenge him.
It took him eight years of solid work to create the Jude we know today. He has worked alongside some of the biggest names in Hong Kong cinema including JACKIE CHAN, JET LI and SAMMO HUNG.
His transition from Hong Kong to the UK was more of a return, as he is originally from the UK, but was able to bring the experience he had gained abroad back with him to continue creating action for Film and Television.
His recent work on GANGS OF LONDON has brought him to the attention of the average TV viewer. Director GARETH EVANS has been so very complimentary about Jude’s work that its very obvious the two men are really great friends with similar visions and goals to achieve.
We talk to JUDE POYER about everything, his background, his career to date and his ability to get employed even without being on the British Stunt Register. Prepare yourselves for a great chat with JUDE POYER who has, as you will note from the interview, a very calming voice and if the film business should never recover after this COVID-19 lunacy he might consider those restful peace and calm recordings the gives your inner mojo a happy safe place to be.
May 10, 2020
In this episode, Jon gets his soapbox out and, with help, jumps straight on it.
We talk about the current issues facing the Film Industry and the proposed DRAFT ideas of how to operate on set coming form the UK and the US.
Then Jon gets on his high horse about, well most things to be honest.
Have a listen, enjoy a free flowing natter about the current world we are living in.
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May 6, 2020
'Makes Death Wish look like a Disney Musical'
Every once in a while an 'event' moment happens in the entertainment world. It could be the long awaited release of an album by an artist who’s last release was 25yrs ago or a movie so important world events stop to let it have its time in the spotlight. Well, this time its TV’s turn to shine. As the world around us is locked down due to the outbreak of COVID-19 the spotlight once again turns to needles slaughter. Not by the virus but by the point of a pistol and on this occasion it was pointed at the head of a very powerful family.
Director GARETH EVANS brings us ‘GANGS OF LONDON’ a nine part exploration of everyday underworld folk. His vision in creating something that the average telly viewer hasn’t seen yet has been brought to life with the assistance of many of the very best stunt performers the UK has to offer. Under the watchful eye of stunt coordinator JUDE POYER the action is given new areas to explore, new ways to dress up the old ideas of the fight routine and new ways of making the audience hide behind the cushion on the sofa in fear.
We have been lucky enough to get to speak to three members of this production to discuss the many action sequences and the creation and technology behind them. We speak to creator and director GARETH EVANS, we speak to stunt coordinator JUDE POYER (full Bio episode coming next week!) and we talk to cast member LEE CHARLES who is now recognised wherever he goes as “Lenn’, the underpants bruiser from episode 1 and 2.
So join us for a good old fashioned chat about fights and families in this weeks STUNT POD episode.
No stuntmen were harmed in the making of this podcast.
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April 29, 2020
This Episode has a look at Previs (previsualisation) on stunt teams with Mark Kelly of Project 44 Action. As part of a special series of episodes we delve into action design.
Mark and the team from Project 44 Action have pushed the envelope with how they design and create their action sequences and package them quickly so the Director can see and adjust what he or she needs on set.
Working for the last year on TREADSTONE with Coordinator Buster Reeves, Mark and the team choreographed the fights and created previs for the series Directors and Action Directors.
Mark joined the British Stunt Register in 2012 and has quickly made a mark as the whiz kid with a camera.
Hope you enjoy the episode and if you do, let people know.