Can you imagine watching a concert and seeing one of the back up dancers jump out front to do an un-choreographed solo number? It wouldn't happen. Yet there are times that choreographed action stunt sequences are spontaneously changed once the cameras are rolling, and those changes can have dangerous consequences Whether it's a stunt fight or just standing on your mark delivering dialogue as a car comes sliding up to you, you must stick to the action that was rehearsed. Never assume that the other person will be able to adjust to your changes, no matter how great a stunt person she/he may be. It's also important to note that when you are asked to do action while acting, there is a tendency to get in the moment and amp things up. However, by doing so you are putting everyone in the scene at risk. You say you're a ‘by-the-numbers, Simon Says' kind of person and that you should have nothing to worry about, right? Wrong. Just as important as knowing and performing your choreography is knowing everyone else's moves. That way you can protect yourself if you see someone deviating from what was rehearsed. Scenes with stunts can be exciting as long as you keep it safe. So remember, when you hear “rolling”, keep your eyes open and your mind on the action that was set. If for any reason you feel unsafe with the person you are performing the stunt with, make sure to let your stunt coordinator know. Preferably before you get taken out by an overzealous performer.
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