The Stunt Pod
Tara Macken

Tara Macken

October 16, 2019
Did you know that as of 2016 only 14,725 people lived in Ireland who were from the Philippines with Irish decent.
 
To the best of our knowledge only one works in our industry. That someone is the legendary Tara Macken.
Her dad is Irish and her mum is Filipino and Tara is was is commonly known as a'bad ass'.
 
Having worked on such pictures as SUICIDE SQUAD, FAST 7, MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL and 7 Marvel Universe projects she is the go to girl when it comes to petite action adventure.
 
We had a great time chatting to Tara about her career and her incredible journey from Kuwait to the third season of WESTWORLD
 
Ladies and gentlemen, hold on tight its going to be an exciting ride!
 
TARA MACKEN
Will Willoughby Part 2: Stormtrooper, Stormtrooper and some more Stormtrooper.

Will Willoughby Part 2: Stormtrooper, Stormtrooper and some more Stormtrooper.

September 29, 2019

Part 2 with Will covers his gags on tons of films, his take on the industry today and some fun stuff on the way.

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Will Willoughby: Part 1 - From baby steps to horse balls

Will Willoughby: Part 1 - From baby steps to horse balls

September 22, 2019
From being knocked down by a car to sliding a motorcycle under a truck to falling down a flight of stairs or fighting the lead in a Hollywood blockbuster. Will Willoughby can literally do it all and has been doing so for the last 21yrs.
 
214 credits doubling the likes of Matt Damon on The Martian and  Hugh Grant on Paddington 2 and playing 6 roles in the Star Wars pictures has given him a fair bit of kudos over the years.
 
Today we examine what its like to be Will Willoughby - the stuntman, the husband the father. He tells us about starting out and his dreams and aspirations growing up. He talks about some of his many on screen appearances and gives us a bit of technical talk about how the 'gags' were done.
 
So sit back, pull up a pouffe and dive into the deep clear waters of action adventure.
 
Ladies and gentlemen, Meine Damen and Herren - Will Willoughby
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chris O’Hara - Part 2

Chris O’Hara - Part 2

September 15, 2019

Here we have part 2 of our chat with Chris. In this episode we talk about his take on the industry today and the lighter side of set life.

A great chat with a devout family man and we hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

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Chris O’Hara - Part 1: Non stop man of action

Chris O’Hara - Part 1: Non stop man of action

September 9, 2019

We are joined in this episode by Chris O'Hara. Born in New York, Skied for his country and now creates some of the most exciting action sequences in Hollywood.

His work includes Bourne Legacy, Red Dawn, Jupiter Ascending, Jurassic World, Red Sparrow, Venom and Hobbs & Shaw.

Hugely experienced and a bloody nice bloke too.

Find his career on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0641233/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

Gregg Smrz: Part 2 - Being Smrz

Gregg Smrz: Part 2 - Being Smrz

September 1, 2019

Gregg Smrz: Part 2.

Here is the second part of our chat with Hollywood stunt royalty Mr Smrz.

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Gregg Smrz: Part 1 - Becoming Smrz

Gregg Smrz: Part 1 - Becoming Smrz

August 26, 2019
Gregg Smrz: Part 1
 
Gregg Smrz really does have it all. Not content with being one of the very best stunt coordinators and 2nd unit directors in the business he also has two 'G's' in his first name. Some might say that's extravagant, but let me tell you he is fully aware of how good he is and what he can bring to any production. 
 
The first G is for 'grunt'. No, not what he does on set - its the sound of the motorcycle engines that brought him to join the sport he loves so much. A professional for many years, he raced with the best and then chose a different path.
 
The second G is for 'gasp' which is what the audience do whenever they see his work on screen. Throw a stick and you'll hit a Smrz action sequence in a big budget picture.  Face Off, Inspector Gadget, Knight and Day and Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol - his 2nd unit directing work is once again very much on its A-Game. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Mission Impossible Rogue Nation and the soon to be released 6 Underground.
 
He's a biker with a passion for movies and a need for speed - ladies and gentlemen we give you GREGG SMRZ
 
 
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Bonus Episode: Action on a budget series - Indie Film Hustle

Bonus Episode: Action on a budget series - Indie Film Hustle

July 29, 2019

If you're a budding filmmaker then you have to listen to the INDIE FILM HUSTLE. Jam packed full of helpful advice and experts giving 'knowledge bombs' galore!

Alex Ferrari, operating out of his back alley in Hollywood has forged a career as an editor and filmmaker, made short and feature films on low budgets, been there, done that, got the T shirt and made a podcast all about it.

We had a blast talking to Alex about negotiating the pitfalls of shooting action with cock all money and getting his take on how he did it and what advice he can give to others.

Enjoy!

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Alex's website which has links to all his goldmine of knowledge! https://indiefilmhustle.com

See you next time!

Kachina Dechert: The Rock & Roll Stunt Woman

Kachina Dechert: The Rock & Roll Stunt Woman

July 21, 2019

Kachina Dechert was born in London England to Rock and Roll Musicians Jody Linscott (The Who, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Tom Jones... ) and Greg Dechert (Bad Company, Uriah Heap, David Gilmore...). Kachina spent most of her youth and teens on the road touring the world with these bands - and more. Drawn to high speed vehicles Kachina started racing Motorcycles on and off road. Her skills on the track soon lead her to the Stunt World where her size, look and all around athletic abilities lead quickly to a full time career. Always looking to expanding her skills Kachina joined, Drivers East, as the only female on one of the top Driving Crews in the US. 

Kachina has appeared in such blockbusters as MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 6, THE MUMMY, INFERNO, AMERICAN HUSTLE, JOHN WICK, THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2. Her work includes doubling such stars as Jessica Biel, Anette Benning, Mila Kunis, Uma Thurman, Famke Jansen, Megan Fox, Selma Hayek and Sophia Bush.

Find Kachina on all the social media platforms and here on her website:

https://www.kachinadechert.com

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Luci Romberg: Just being herself.

Luci Romberg: Just being herself.

July 14, 2019

Hang on tight! 

Luci Romberg is a professional stuntwoman in Hollywood, CA. Luci is a member of the Stunt Women’s Association of Motion Pictures and Tempest Freerunning. Luci has appeared in numerous films, TV shows, commercials, and freerunning competitions (11 time female world champion in Red Bull Art of Motion). As a national champion gymnast and all-league soccer player in college, Luci’s transition into stunts was seamless. 

She has performed stunts on films such as the up and coming Ghostbusters reboot, Spy, Zombieland, Transformers 4, The Conjuring, and Indiana Jones 4, to name a few. She has also worked on numerous TV shows including NCIS, Criminal Minds, Suburgatory, and Raising Hope. In 2014 she won a Taurus World Stunt Award for Best Overall Stunt By a Stuntwoman for her car hit doubling Melissa McCarthy on Identity Thief.

For more information on projects Luci has worked on, listen to this weeks episode of THE STUNT POD

http://www.luciromberg.com

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2086539/

https://www.tempestfreerunning.com

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