Thursday, 29 April 2010

I make it blog o'clock.

Alright people, time for an update.

As previously mentioned things are definitely going up in terms of recent productivity. We spent the day walking through the whole show with the accompanying soundtrack. I also have my first fight sequnced choreographed, it consists of backflicks, somersaults, free cartwheels, a wallflip, handsprings and lots of kicks and punches. Looks pretty awesome if i do say so myself! However my hands are pretty bruised from tumbling on a solid wooden floor, even more worrying considering when we're doing the show i will be tumbling on solid concrete, better toughen up by then!

Tomorrow after rehearsals we're going to Woodpeckers American Bar and to be honest we're planning on getting a little tipsy to say the least. I think we have definitely earned it this week though, plus we've finally received some money and news from home says I've got my last cheque from Frimley Park hospital. Drinks are on me!

Tomorrow might also see the arrival of our costumes. Some of you may have seen the one i wore in Jakarta, this time they are meant to be slightly different so i'm really looking forward to looking less like a Thunderbird! (Fingers crossed anyhow.)
On Monday we'll be meeting our Italian Director, we can only hope that all the things we've choreographed will be up to his standard (he doesn't really have a say in our fight scenes but will probably give us instruction about stage movement and things like that. Hope he's used to the attitude of Stuntmen!)

I may treat you all to a hungover update on Saturday but there probably wont be much to say as we have the day off!

Till then!


Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Wassup blog.

Hello dear readers.

Well the last 2 days have seen a little bit of productivity, we've been working hard in Studio 4 and have been working on some fight sequences and playing with harnesses and cargo netting. It's quite hard to come up with final choreography when we're not on the actual stage and without the 5 Chinese acrobats and martial artists who are playing the henchmen but still.

Weathers been a bit up and down recently as well, i've been occupying myself by watching scary movies, namely: the fourth kind, drag me to hell and paranormal activity. All were very good in their own right.

Unfortunately the opening of the show has now been pushed back to the 19th. Not even particularly sure why this time but I think it's all to do with the special effects who understandably need enough time to make everything safe. On the plus side though we've been told that we'll be able to rehearse on stage very soon so i'm looking forward to that :-)

That's about it for now, have to say it's satisfying working til 5pm every day, feels like we're finally getting somewhere. It's all forward movement from here!


Sunday, 25 April 2010

Things of recent.

Lo blog.

Still not much to report here I'm afraid, we went into the park yesterday but mainly to go on the rides and see the other Stunt Show. I thought it was pretty good, they have a fantastic set and the cast were all very enthusiastic. We went into Studio 4 today to play around with some of the rigging that will be in the show. Turned out to be a bit of laugh and hopefully productive for when it's all rigged on the set rather than the rehearsal studio.

After that the cast from the other show came to the set to say hello, they're all German but all spoke good English so we chatted with them for a bit and they invited us to join them for a big Barbeque on their set later in the week. Every performer from the park is going including the costume characters and the people from the Dance show so that should be a lot of fun.

Last night Phil, Gareth, Amanda and I went to a pub about 15 minutes from here, to begin with it felt a bit awkward as it was clearly a very 'local' bar but we eventually ended up playing Knieffel (or Yahtzee as we know it). Phil says most small bars in Germany will have Dice games available to everyone. After a few round with just the 4 of us 3 German guys who had been playing opposite us asked if they could join, so we had the first unofficial Knieffel world championships, England versus Germany and one Yank fo good measure. You'll be pleased to hear the Brits won rather comprehensively :-)

We're supposed to be having an orientation tomorrow, which we assume will be listening to someone explain the rules of the park and what is expected of us as employees. Our director returns tonight so we might end up doing some more fight sequences. We were all pleased to see the set is coming along very nicely so fingers crossed we'll be rehearsing in there in the next couple of weeks.

That's all for now guys, will update later in the week :-)


Thursday, 22 April 2010

Passing the time.

Hello again Blog.

Well yesterday we all visited Phantasialand (which i have apparantly been spelling wrong). Thanks to our work passes for MoviePark (which everyone had been refering to as Movieworld...) we got in for free and spent the morning checking out the rides, of which there were some awesome ones! We also stumbled across a Chinese acrobat show which I have some video of and will try to upload it soon.

After that we went to see the Stunt Show that so many of the people here have worked in before, it's currently under the name "Street Extreme" and you can find it on youtube. After the show was over we met the cast, which was esentially a reunion for a lot of people however it was the first time i'd met the people who feature so heavily in stories of days gone by working in Germany. We all left the park and sat in a little outdoor foodery, we drank lots of beer and chatted for a long time before we go invited back to one of the performers houses. Once we were there we continued to drink lots of beer and people remenisced and swapped stories for the whole evening. Eventually though it was time to leave so we said our farewells and all of the Phantasialand cast said they would love to come and see our show when it finally opens.

So a much less boring day yesterday, our rehearsals have now been pushed back even further to Monday so we have 4 more days of tedium to go.

Until then folks!


Monday, 19 April 2010


Well hello blog.

Things have taken a weird turn here. Everything has been postponed, mainly due to the airports being shut, until Friday. We can't get performers or stage equipment here and the opening date of the show has been pushed back. Our director has gone back to England for the time being and we've been left to fend for ourselves.

So as for updates there's not really anything to say. We've checked out a bit more of the local area and have just returned from a big lake near here. It's going to be perfect in the summer as the waters great for swimming and there's plenty of barbeque friendly areas.

We're planning to go to Fantasialand in the next couple of days, it's a theme park in Colone where many of the guys here have worked before and there's currently a stunt team out there who would love to hang out with us. We've been given petrol money for our mini-van so road trips are quite high on our to-do list.

Admittedly we're all a bit annoyed that we're not doing anything as all of us have jobs back home and we could be earning money instead of spending it but there ya go.

As always i'll keep you posted on whatever goings on may happen but this hasn't turned out to be the exciting venture i thought it would... not yet anyhow.

My love to all of you back home.


Sunday, 18 April 2010

Hello again.

Well howdy folks.

At long last I have some internet access again so it's time to fill you all in.

Things are still moving pretty slowly out here, the 6 Chinese acrobats who are playing the part of Magnetos Mutant Army still haven't arrived, mainly because Dusselldorf Airport is shut due to the Ash cloud that you all no doubt know about.

We still can't rehearse on the set as it's a very complex design with an awful lot of special effects to factor in so our rehearsal days are spent practicing fight sequences and refreshing our acrobatic skills. The good news is that once we do get access to the stage it will only take a few days to work out our fight sequences (it's what our director does best).

We managed to find a cheap place to go drinking the other night, I'm sure we'll be spending a lot of time there to cure the boredom, i know i should probably be appreciating these days as come next week we are going to be spending a lot of time in the Studio getting our lines perfect and figuring out our movements around the stage.

Well that's about it for now, coming soon; the details of my entrance and opening fight sequences. Time to kick some mutant ass!


Saturday, 17 April 2010

Bear with me.

Sorry folks, i'm having a lot of trouble getting internet access. The USB dongle that i'm sharing keeps running out of credit unexpectedly. Will hopefully be able to come online frequently as of next week.


Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Day 7

Hallo there.

Today was quite productive, we spent the morning brushing up on our Acro and visualising how the show itself is going to run. First off we unloaded some more of set from the storage container, a job which was eventually taken over by the American and German stage hands. After that it was a case of establishing just what gymnastic skills we would be able to put in the show, Cyclops has the potential to do the most Acrobatic stuff as it seems to go better with the character; Wolverine is a much more brutal fight, Gambit has a staff to work with and Nightcrawler doesn't get the chance to do much fighting in the script.

I haven't really done any training since the last show (the odd backflick and somersault combo on the Royal Holloway field doesn't exactly count) so it was reassuring to know I can still pull it off when necessary. I also learnt a couple of new tricks involving a supported no-handed cartwheel combo and a running Gainer (this is used when a character gets clotheslined by someone and does a 3 quarter roation into front support). This was all made a bit harder due to a lack of padded flooring, but hey, were tought Stunt guys so what the hell.

Tomorrow will involve putting these skills into some fight sequences, we can only do so much without the set to work around but transfering what we come up with onto the stage will be quicker than waiting for the stage to be finished.

That's about it for now, I'll keep you all posted with any other news :-)

Monday, 12 April 2010

Day 6

So at long last we visited the set today, the seating capacity is very impressive, the stage itself is huge and has lots of potential with many trapdoors and underground corridors. The set has been delivered in a huge cargo container but we couldn’t really unpack it as most of it is big and heavy, apparently there will be people from the park doing that tomorrow.

We also got to read the script and listen to the recorded sound track. The entire show is in German and we’ve all been given a copy so we can start to learn our lines. Undoubtedly changes will be made to accommodate lengthy fight scenes, but that shouldn’t take too long.

Tomorrow we will start to choreograph some of the parts, my entrance into the show involves jumping from a collapsing balcony onto a lamppost which in turn falls to the ground, however since Cyclops is so awesome he then gets to roll out of the fall and do some acrobatics/fighting. Nice.

I’m attaching some photos of the stage and the park; it’s much like any theme park you’ve been to with plenty of rides, stores and shows. There is already an attraction that puts you into a mock stunt scene from a Hollywood film set, don’t know if that will be running whilst our show is on but some healthy competition can’t hurt :-P






So tonight I’ll be listening to the soundtrack to try and get my lip-syncing up to scratch, Cyclops has a fair few lines so I’m going to have to work pretty hard at it. I’ll probably have to learn some other lines as well since most people have to cover other characters when they have time off. It’s nice to finally be doing some work but equally it only gets harder from here!

Will let you know how our first physical rehearsing goes tomorrow.

Peace out ya’ll!

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Day 5

Alrighty then!

So it's the last day of boredom before we actually get to do something! Hooray!

Went for a long walk earlier and felt quite bad when a car pulled over and asked me for directions to Movie Park, not only did I feel bad because my German was only good enough to tell them that I can't speak it and also that I dont know how to get there yet myself. So yeah, emabarrasing.

The weathers taken a turn for the worse, it's now freezing cold and threatening to rain, which is a shame because looking out the window last night i realised that there are so many good areas for parkour round here! I promise you i'll start filming some soon. I've only taken 2 photos so far as i've found nothing to be photo-worthy, will take the camera with me tomorrow though.

As Dan has pointed out in his comments, this isnt a very exciting blog for a Stuntman but i'm working on it, trust me it's hard to make life sound exciting at the moment but just you wait, i've heard that there are going to be 4 high powered air-ramps in the show which will be launching people onto the stage. There's also a collapsing tower and from what the others have told me, plenty of potential for high falls etc so give it time!

That's all for now folks, tomorrows the important day, will let you know how it was when i get the chance :-)

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Day 4

Hello world.

Well last night the entirity of the cast so far went to a pub across the road from where we're staying, it was very nice and the locals found it quite amusing to have a load of English people around (no-one mentioned the war...)

We were taken to a big mall this morning (despite hangovers) I got myself a cheap German phone and bought a Subway (against my usual fast food morals) but it certainly cured the hangover :-P

We've been told that on Monday we're going to the park to get our official work passes and to do a little rehearsing, hooray!

Accommodation continues to cause a few problems, we lost our hot water in the Kitchen yesterday and our showers only have 2 temperatures, freezing and scalding, I think baths might be the way forward there. Good news is one of the other characters in the show has already been house hunting and says there are some good double bedroom places for around the same cost that we're paying now so in a few weeks we could be settling in somewhere else. Phil (magneto) says it's commonplace for the cast to befriend workers from the park and pay to stay with them (very few people own properties in Germany, it's mostly done by renting) so that could be cool.

Anyways, i'm going to spend the rest of the weekend lying around watching movies on my laptop, or if the weathers nice, wander round Kirchhellen a bit more, see how far I can get without getting lost :-)

If I don't update again soon rest assured that the next time i do i'll be able to tell you all about the park and the show (i'm assuming we'll see some scripts soon).

Until then! Bye!

Friday, 9 April 2010

Day 3.

Alright everyone.

So we've been here a couple of days now and since there's nothing else to be doing I took a little wander around this small town of Kirchhellen.

The weather is fantastic today, summer is well and truly on its way.

The main purpose of my little walk was to buy some dinner, I was quite surprised to find an Aldi in the town and consequently found it to be the cheapest place for food so tonight i shall feast on pasta and Bologneise!

We're still awaiting instruction regarding the show, it may be a few days yet before we even visit the Park where the show is being performed. There is talk of using this time to visit another theme park, Fantasialand, as many of the performers here know the cast of the stunt show over there. It would be nice to see a bit of the show that I've heard many stories about.

I'm aware that there are a few of you now reading this blog, please feel free to leave me some comments (I dont know if you have to sign up to blogger for that, probably not!) I'd love to hear from you all to stop me going completely insane at the moment. Very glad I've got so many films etc on my Laptop to keep me entertained.

That's all for now really, hopefully over the weekend i'll have some more exciting things to talk about!


Thursday, 8 April 2010

And so it begins...

Hello there :-)

Well I guess i'd better start this blog by introducing myself, my name is Paul Davis and I'm a 22 year old English guy who has just broken into the live stunt show business, so far I have already performed in 2 live-action shows in Indonesia playing the part of Cyclops in the X-Men. I write to you now from the latest venue of the show, Movie Park, Dusseldorf, Germany.

The purpose of this blog is mainly to keep in touch with all my friends and family back home but i'm hoping to accumulate some new followers from the world wide webs :-)

Today is actually my second day here but i've only just been able to buy a USB dongle enabling me to get online.

I arrived in Germany yesterday afternoon along with Wolverine (Jason) and his wife. We were met at the airport and taken to our current accomodation, a series of rooms above an American style diner. Eventually most of the cast will end up residing here but we are still waiting for documentation for some of the performers.

We are due to start rehearsing the show on Monday but find ourselves restricted by many factors including the arrival of the set itself and, as previously mentioned, some of the performers.

Over the next few months I hope to keep this blog updated with all goings on, proffesional and social to give you guys an impression of what it's like working in the live-action stunt industry. Once I get to grips with the system then I can hopefully upload photos and videos too :-) For now though it looks like i'll be using the blog to keep myself from getting too bored during the day, I'm having to share the USB dongle so will not be online 24/7, this may change once the local Vodafone shop gets some more dongles delivered.

I hope you all are looking forward to reading these posts as i am about writing them, it's always nice to feel like i'm sharing this awesome experience :-)

Peace out for now! Coming soon, the arrival of more cast and our first visit to Movie Park itself.