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Cool Videos: John Wick 2 stunt coordinator breaks down badass car chase

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While I was lukewarm about John Wick, I loved the hell out of John Wick 2. It was bigger, badder, and much more brutal. The stunt work, thus, followed suit. One of the coolest sequences was the opening car chase where Wick takes on all those Russian mob goons, just to initiate a truce. Well, if you wondered how they did that, you're in luck, as Darrin Prescott, the stunt coordinator and second unit director breaks... Read More...
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Great Job, Internet!: John Wick 2’s stunt coordinator would be the best career day speaker

If you’re a fan of the John Wick franchise, you can direct a lot of your enthusiastic, whole-armed applause toward Darrin Prescott. He’s the defiantly calm man behind the maniacal, adrenaline-fueled stunts in both John Wick movies. In a new video from Vanity Fair, Prescott breaks down John Wick 2’s opening car chase with the same casual ease an accountant might explain their job to a class of freshman on career day—but it’s doubtful anyone would nod off for this.

The eight-minute video shows Prescott using an interactive monitor to literally draw your attention to the myriad ways in which he cleverly destroys beautiful vehicles. You get to see how they shot a “car gangbang,” took their best guess as to how hard to slam a car sideways into a building, and sent a motorcycle careening toward the camera. At one point Prescott methodically explains
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‘Baby Driver’: How Edgar Wright Is Saving the Action Film

‘Baby Driver’: How Edgar Wright Is Saving the Action Film
The first day of shooting car chase scenes on the “Baby Driver” set, stunt coordinator and second unit director Darrin Prescott asked Edgar Wright if he wanted to sit in while they filmed their first high speed chase.

Read More: The 25 Best Action Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘The Dark Knight’ to ‘Baby Driver

“Oh my god, you’re never prepared for what it feels like to go that fast around the corner and it was incredible,” said Wright in an interview with IndieWire. “That’s the thing — in terms of sitting there as a director, this is what I want the viewers to feel like when they are watching it.” That commitment has yielded one of the best-directed pieces of action filmmaking in years, but pulling it off was no easy feat.

Visceral Pleasures

For Wright, the idea of shooting his heist film about a young getaway driver
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'Baby Driver' Stunt Coordinator: "We Tried to Do Everything in Camera"

'Baby Driver' Stunt Coordinator:
Some very real high-octane car chases have helped steer Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, which opens today, to enthusiastic reviews (98 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes). "We tried to do everything in camera; 99 percent was practical," confirmed Darrin Prescott, the film's stunt coordinator and second-unit director.

Baby Driver follows Ansel Elgort as getaway driver Baby, who drives to his own soundtrack — an idea that instantly clicked for Prescott. "When Edgar first told me about this project, I wished I had come up with it," he said. "The idea of choreographing car chases to music sounded perfect to me....
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Win Passes to the Advance Screening of Baby Driver In St. Louis

“He’s a good kid, and a devil behind the wheel.”

That’s Baby (Ansel Elgort), an innocent-looking getaway driver who gets hardened criminals from point A to point B, with daredevil flair and a personal soundtrack running through his head. That’s because he’s got his escape route plotted to the beat of specific tunes that go from his well-curated iPod straight to his ears, and which translate into expertly timed hairpin turns, gear shifts and evasive maneuvers that leave his passengers on the ride of their lives.

Which makes Baby Driver, with its mixture of mph and music, the newest explosion of genre-crossing excitement from writer-director Edgar Wright, an action thriller unlike any other.

Wamg invites you to enter for the chance to win Two (2) seats to the advance screening of Baby Driver on June 21st in the St. Louis area.

Answer the following question:

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Sierra/Affinity Goes Beyond Sales With Movies Like ‘Atomic Blonde’

Sierra/Affinity Goes Beyond Sales With Movies Like ‘Atomic Blonde’
Producing and financing films, rather than just taking a fee to sell them, has always been an important part of Sierra/Affinity’s blueprint since the company launched in 2009. Nevertheless, it took several years for the company’s ambitions beyond sales to be fully realized.

The company has produced and financed several titles over the past couple of years and is pushing hard in that direction. As company founder Nick Meyer, who is being honored at Cannes with Variety‘s Achievement in International Film Award, sees it, “a key part of our growth as a company is that we are a production entity.”

Set for release this July via Focus Features is “Atomic Blonde,” the graphic-novel adaptation starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy. Recent titles also produced and financed by Sierra include the critically hailed “Lost City of Z” by director James Gray, 1960s melodrama “A Kind of Murder,” John Hillcoat
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The Orchard to Release Pat Healy’s Feature Film Directorial Debut Take Me

A kidnapping service lies at the center of Pat Healy's feature film directorial debut, Take Me, which will be released by The Orchard on May 5th following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – February, 2016 – The Orchard announced today that the company will release director Pat Healy’s feature debut Take Me, starring Taylor Schilling opposite Healy. The Duplass Brothers serve as executive producers while Mel Eslyn and Sev Ohanian serve as producers of the film, which will have its world premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, followed by a theatrical and digital release May 5th.

The acquisition marks an ongoing relationship with the Duplass Brothers and The Orchard as part of an output deal. The Orchard has worldwide theatrical, digital rental and sales, cable/satellite VOD, airline, DVD and soundtrack rights. Netflix will be releasing the film on its worldwide streaming platform later this year.
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A ‘John Wick’ Masterclass with director Chad Stahelski

Chad Stahelski Interview: The John Wick: Chapter Two director talks us through the film.

John Wick: Chapter Two launches in cinemas today. The film continues the story started in John Wick and follows our eponymous hitman now that he is out of retirement. It really is a fantastic sequel, equal to, if not better than, the first.

We were lucky enough to speak to the director of the film Chad Stahelski and he gave us an incredible amount of insight into all stages of the production. Here he talks through everything you could possibly want to know about the production. Be warned, there are spoilers below:

On Getting the Right Guy…

Don’t tell Keanu cause he’ll shit, but Keanu’s very talented. This doesn’t really work – the gun-fu, the long takes – it only works when you got the guy. Every action movie has the scene
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Interview: Talking ‘Gun-Fu’ and ‘Car-Fu’ with John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski

Thomas Harris chats with John Wick: Chapter 2 director Chad Stahelski about all things ‘gun-fu’ and ‘car-fu’…

I left John Wick: Chapter 2 with a bloody nose and a limp that refuses to be shaken off. It’s a ballet of bullets, a grand opera of all things “fu.” Alongside a few others, I had the pleasure of talking with director and veteran stunt man Chad Stahelski about Keanu, Chan and forcing friends to fall downstairs.

See Also: Read our review of John Wick: Chapter 2

Was That The Most Difficult Scene (an opening sequence involving a “gang bang of cars” as Wick attempts to steal back his own) To Coordinate?

Actually no, it was pretty easy. When you come from that background-one of my best friends Darren Prescott, our stunt coordinator for that-we started doing stunt work way back in 1992 and he did a lot of the Bourne films.
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Gerard Butler joins Snow Ponies

Simon Brew Feb 6, 2017

Gerard Butler is to headline a new action movie by the name of Snow Ponies...

Whilst work continues developing a third film in the Olympus Has Fallen series, Gerard Butler is set to busy himself in a new action movie, Snow Ponies. This one’s written by Pat Healy, and the script for it made the 2006 Blacklist of the best unproduced screenplays. The movie is now set to press ahead, with Darrin Prescott directing. It’ll be his directorial debut, following lots of second unit work on the likes of Captain America: Civil War, John Wick and Drive.

Snow Ponies tells the story of seven hardened men (it says here), as they travel across an unpleasant terrain to deliver a package. No idea what the package is, and seemingly, neither do they. Their journey is punctuated by encounters with bandits and assorted obstacles. And they must choose between loyalty to each other,
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Gerard Butler signs on for action thriller Snow Ponies

THR is reporting that Gerard Butler has signed on to appear in the action thriller Snow Ponies, which has been scripted by Pat Healy and will mark the directorial debut of Darrin Prescott.

The film revolves around “a crew of men who travel across difficult terrain to deliver a mysterious package, but are forced to choose between survival and honor when they face brutal obstacles and bandits along the way.”

Butler has several projects on the horizon, including Hunter Killer, Den of Thieves, Geostorm and Keepers, along with the third Olympus Has Fallen movie, Angel Has Fallen.
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Gerard Butler to lead out action film Snow Ponies

Gerard Butler has signed up for a new action movie named Snow Ponies, a film based on a screenplay that was on the Black List (the best screenplays of the year) back in 2006. Butler will also produce the film, along with Alan Siegel through their G-base production company.

In Snow Ponies, a crew of seven hardened men travel across a vicious landscape to deliver a mysterious package. Met by murderous bandits and brutal obstacles at every turn, they are forced to choose between survival and honor, loyalty and deceit, all the while wondering what secrets their precious cargo may contain.

Darrin Prescott, who is a renowned second unit director, known for his work on Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, John Wick, John Wick: Chapter 2, and Drive, will make his directorial debut with the film.

The project, which is being financed completely by Sierra/Infinity, is being taken to
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Efm: Gerard Butler to star in 'Snow Ponies'

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Efm: Gerard Butler to star in 'Snow Ponies'
Sierra Affinity to launch international sales on action film in Berlin.

Gerard Butler is to star in the action film Snow Ponies, directed by second unit director Darrin Prescott (Captain America: Civil War) from a script by Pat Healy which was featured on the 2006 Black List.

Sierra/Affinity will launch sales on the title at next week’s European Film Market in Berlin.

Wme Global and CAA are co-representing Us rights.

Kelly McCormick will produce with action and stunt outfit 87eleven along with Butler and Alan Siegel via their G-base production company. Sierra’s Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg are executive producing, along with Pat Healy and Bryan Brucks.

Principal photography is due to get underway later this year.

In Snow Ponies, a crew of seven hardened men travel across a tough landscape to deliver a mysterious package. Met by bandits and obstacles at every turn, they are forced to choose between survival and honor.

Butler is currently
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Gerard Butler to star in 'Snow Ponies'

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Gerard Butler to star in 'Snow Ponies'
Sierra Affinity to launch international sales on action film at the Efm.

Gerard Butler is to star in the action film Snow Ponies, directed by second unit director Darrin Prescott (Captain America: Civil War) from a script by Pat Healy which was featured on the 2006 Blacklist.

Sierra/Affinity will launch sales on the title at next week’s European Film Market in Berlin.

Wme Global and CAA are co-representing domestic.

Kelly McCormick will produce with action and stunt outfit 87eleven along with Butler and Alan Siegel via their G-base production company. Sierra’s Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg are executive producing, along with Pat Healy and Bryan Brucks.

Principal photography is due to get underway later this year.

In Snow Ponies, a crew of seven hardened men travel across a tough landscape to deliver a mysterious package. Met by bandits and obstacles at every turn, they are forced to choose between survival and honor.

Butler is currently
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Gerard Butler To Star In Action Pic ‘Snow Ponies’ – Berlin

Gerard Butler To Star In Action Pic ‘Snow Ponies’ – Berlin
Gerard Butler is back in action with the lead in Snow Ponies, the feature directorial debut of second-unit veteran Darrin Prescott (John Wick: Chapter 2, Black Panther). The script by Pat Healy was on the 2006 Black List. Sierra/Affinity is financing the project and will take it out to buyers at the European Film Market this month. Snow Ponies follows a crew of seven hardened men who travel across a vicious landscape to deliver a mysterious package. Met by murderous…
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Gerard Butler to Star in 'Snow Ponies'

Gerard Butler to Star in 'Snow Ponies'
Gerard Butler is set to star in Snow Ponies, the action film that marks Darrin Prescott's directorial debut.

Sierra/Affinity is handling sales and will introduce the project to buyers this month at the Berlin Film Market.

The film follows a crew of men who travel across difficult terrain to deliver a mysterious package, but are forced to choose between survival and honor when they face brutal obstacles and bandits along the way.

The film, developed from a script written by Pat Healy, was featured on the 2006 version of the Black List.

Kelly McCormick will produce with 87eleven, with Butler and...
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Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther Will Stage A Huge Chase Sequence In South Korea

Variety is reporting that Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther movie has drafted up plans for a suitably huge chase sequence in Busan, South Korea.

Citing sources from within local production company Mr. Romance Film, the report claims said sequence is a thrilling car chase scene involving the protagonist (Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa) and the villain (Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger, perhaps?). More than 700 extras will populate the scene, with Variety going on to note that “helicopter(s) and guns (firing blanks)” will also feature.

Darrin Prescott, second unit director on Marvel’s Black Panther, reportedly approached the Powers That Be about using the fishing port of Busan as a potential shooting location last year, and the rest is history. Thanks to the likes of Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange, the McU is beginning to incorporate scores of international locations, and it’s refreshing to learn that Coogler’s Black Panther
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Black Panther Big Car Chase Scene Details Unveiled

Black Panther Big Car Chase Scene Details Unveiled
Production started on Black Panther in Atlanta last week, with Marvel releasing the official synopsis and full cast list. There was one surprising detail in that announcement. Along with filming in Atlanta, which had long since been confirmed, the official Marvel PR revealed that shooting will also take place in South Korea, which had many fans scratching their heads as to why, since the story is believed to be largely set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Today we have new details about the South Korean shoot, which will take place in the port city of Busan, and will involve a massive car chase scene.

Variety reports that this shoot will utilize a number of Busan landmarks such as the Gwangalli beach, Gwangan Bridge, and the Jagalchi fish market near Nampodong. A representative for Mr. Romance Fiml, the local production service company for Black Panther, spoke to Variety, revealing
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Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ to Shoot Huge Chase Scene in Korea

Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ to Shoot Huge Chase Scene in Korea
Marvel’s “Black Panther” will use South Korea’s port city, Busan as the backdrop for a huge chase scene. The city, known for hosting Asia’s biggest film festival, will see its landmarks including the Gwangalli beach, Gwangan Bridge, and the Jagalchi fish market near Nampodong, used in the movie.

“The shoot, which will involve some 150 cars and more than 700 people, is a car chase scene with the protagonist and the villain,” said local production service company Mr. Romance Film. “It will also involve helicopter(s) and guns (firing blanks) and may cause noise as well as traffic restrictions.”

“Last November, the city invited Darrin Prescott, the film’s second unit director, to pitch Busan as the film’s potential shooting location,” said the Busan Film Commission in a statement.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, “Black Panther” features a king who takes over the African nation of Wakanda after the murder of his father.
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Aaron Eckhart Is Set To Go Live!

Aaron Eckhart Is Set To Go Live!
The real-time gimmick can be a dicey proposition for filmmakers. More often than not, the result is a less-than-satisfying attempt to drum up a little extra tension at the expense of characters and story. Still, that doesn’t stop them trying, with stunt co-ordinators and second unit directors Darrin Prescott and Wade Allen hiring Aaron Eckhart to star in their switch to first unit work with Live! Grand Theft Parsons writer Jeremy Drysdale came up with the script for this one, which finds Eckhart as a disgraced cop called Kyle Penny. He’s on a mission to rescue the police commissioner’s daughter, who has been kidnapped and is being held somewhere in the city with a countdown clock of 80 minutes before she dies.If that wasn’t enough, Penny also has a deranged killer tracking him down. He’ll have to team up with an ambitious young online reporter
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