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Stuntman Spotlight: Jim Churchman

Stunt Coordinators Bring Stunts to Life


Hello, dear reader, and welcome back to our blog! Here at Stunt Stories, we have made it our mission to put a face to the men and women who risk life and limb to bring movie stunts to life. Stunt work, inherently, is a dangerous job. Purposefully putting yourself in a position of danger in order to pull off an amazing stunt may seem crazy to some people but, for others, it is a way of life. While the men and women who perform these amazing stunts deserve all the praise in the world for what they do, their stunts would not be possible without an experienced, dedicated stunt coordinator who has the vision to make a conceptual stunt a reality. Jim Churchman is one such stunt coordinator and, in today’s post, we are going to go over exactly what it is that a stunt coordinator does and what makes this position on a movie set so vital. Continue reading below to learn more.


Managing Stunts is a Job Like No Other


Imagine for a moment that you walk into your place of employment tomorrow only to be told that you need to figure out a way to jump a 3,000 pound vehicle over a tractor trailer that is engulfed in flames during a rainstorm while simultaneously ensuring that no one in the vehicle is injured and that the car lands in relatively good condition. If you are a Hollywood stunt coordinator, those types of scenarios are ones that you are faced with every single day. Typically, a stunt coordinator is an established stuntman or stuntwoman who is hired by a production crew to arrange the casting and performance of stunts. The stunt coordinator is responsible for finding the individuals that will complete the stunts, is in charge of directing how the stunt is performed, and is tasked with making sure that the stunt is set up in such a way that as much risk is mitigated as possible Sound easy? We didn’t think so. As a pivotal part of the production crew, stunt coordinators work closely with the director to make sure that the framing of the stunt is in line with the overall vision of the movie and that the scene the director has in his or her mind is recreated as faithfully as possible.


Jim Churchman is as Good as it Gets


In any profession, there are those individuals who rise above the rest. They are the people that are sought out for their talents and, through the proper execution of their given task, make a name for themselves as an elite player. The son of Ward and Barbara Churchman, Jim Churchman is one of the most respected stunt coordinators in Hollywood. When a director wants to make sure that their stunts are completed exactly as they envisioned them, they call Churchman. After years of working on such films as Fast Five, Underworld, X-Men, and Tron, Jim Churchman has become one of the busiest stunt coordinators in Hollywood. Working on sets the world over, Churchman has truly become one of the most notable players in the world of stunt coordination.


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