As we get closer to Game of Thrones’ final season, HBO just dropped another cool behind the scenes video. This time, we get an up-close look at how stunt work plays a critical role on the series, with an emphasis on some of the more fiery, action-packed sequences.
A group of parkour daredevils from the Storror Team do their best Mirror’s Edge impression as they run and jump from rooftop to rooftop, overlooking the busy urban streets of Hong Kong many stories below, as they pretend to be chased by a non-existent security force.
Daredevil flyer Jeb Corliss pays tribute to base jumper Uli Emanuele by attempting to fly some of the incredibly magnificent and dangerous flight paths his late friend was famous for. A truly immersive 360º experience you’ll want to watch in fullscreen or on a VR headset.
In a video that is the very embodiment of “don’t try this at home,” guitarist Davidlap performs a brief solo while it looks like his hands are ablaze. He created special gloves to protect his hands from injury, and the fire was far enough from the guitar that it didn’t get damaged.
Wingsuit flyers Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet aka “The Soul Flyers” pulled of an insane stunt in the mountains of Switzerland. They B.A.S.E. jumped from a 13,000 ft peak, took aim at an airplane cruising at a lower altitude, then landed inside while it was in mid-air.
On July 8, 2018, motorcycle master Travis Pastrana successfully recreated three stunts originally performed by the late Evel Knievel, first jumping over 52 crushed cars, then 16 Greyhound buses, and finally the Caesar’s Palace fountains, which eluded the late daredevil.
32 stunt performers put on an incredible show of courage, as each of them donned a firesuit, slathered on fire gel, and were lit ablaze to set a new Guinness World Record for the most simultaneous full-body burns. Each person had to remain on fire for at least 30 seconds.
Actor and backyard daredevil Johnny Knoxville has subjected himself to all manner of torture in the name of entertainment. In this clip from Vanity Fair, the Jackass and Bad Grandpa star breaks down the rich history of his numerous injuries. That Butterbean bit still hurts.
It’s a simple matter of physics that with enough horsepower and torque, you could move any 4-wheeled vehicle along pavement. In this case, YouTuber MrBeast decided to see how many off-the-shelf R/C toy cars it would take to pull a Jeep Grand Cherokee. Cut to the chase at 6:36.
A group of stunt actors perform a series of routines in the fighting styles of five video game series, Assassin’s Creed, Metal Gear, Witcher, Uncharted, and our personal fave, God of War. The sound design is a little over the top, but the fight choreography is spot on. (Thanks Micah!)
F1 cars are hard enough to handle around a smoothly paved race track, so we can only imagine how much effort it took racer Max Verstappen to muscle his Red Bull F1 car down a ski slope in Kitzbühel – Tirol. Even with chains on the tires, it had to have been a handful.
“I like being inside strange things.” The Slow Mo Guys Dan Grunchy gets packed inside of a giant inflatable ball, then launched into the air using a bunch of powerful water jets. From the outside, it really does look like some kind of out-of-control tentacled monster.
After tearing through 99 nailbiting turns on the way up, Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung and a Range Rover Sport Plug-In Hybrid became the first vehicle ever to climb the insanely steep 999 steps to the top of Heaven’s Gate at Tianmen Mountain, China.
Say what you will about Tom Cruise, but one thing you can’t say is that he isn’t dedicated to his craft. Not only did Cruise learn to fly a helicopter for Mission Impossible: Fallout, he performed solo flying stunts, while acting his part, and operating on-board cameras.
Skier Candide Thovex is incredible on the powdery slopes, but in this collaboration with Audi, he shows off just how little snow matters to him, as he tears down rocky cliffs, dirt trails, over grass, rocks, lava stone, and just about any place he can point his tips downhill.
Another year has passed, and GoPro action cameras yet again helped to capture some of the year’s most epic, beautiful, entertaining, and dramatic sights. There’s no way a sub-3-minute video can sum it all up, but it’s still worth a watch – even if it is just a commercial.
Daredevil Antony Britton set the Guinness World Record for longest distance full body burn w/o oxygen, running 670 feet before the Stannage International Stunt Team put him out. He also ran the fastest 100m fire sprint, which is something most of us would do if set ablaze.
Freestyle MTB rider Matt Jones shows off some epic tricks out in the forest in Red Bull’s beautifully shot short film which uses rotoscoped multiple exposures to peer into Matt’s mind as he works out and improves each maneuver. That loop de loop was totally sick.