Robin Williams | The Final Cut In Vancouver

Whenever someone has asked me, who my favorite celebrity, that I have worked with, is? My answer is always the same, Robin Williams! In 2004 I had the honor of working with Robin on a little known movie called The Final Cut. The Final Cut was a darker movie than his usual roles.

I was a production assistant on that film so I was lucky enough to spend a little time just hanging out and chatting with the crew and the actors. Robin was an amazing guy. He treated everyone with respect, from the guy who picked up the garbage/cig butts on set to his fellow actors and everyone in between. I brought my son to the set to meet him one day and he recognized his voice as the Genie from Aladdin Continue reading

My Interview With Stunt Woman And Actress | Maja Aro

Maja Aro

Maja Aro

It is my overwhelming pleasure to bring to you the story of the beautiful and talented Maja Aro, formerly Maja Stace-Smith. This is a true vancouverstuntgirl, born in Williams lake BC. She has worked on some big productions both in Canada and abroad. She broke into the stunt world by way of meeting some stunt performers who hung out in an establishment she worked at, Toby’s Bar And Grill right in my very own neighbourhood. See East Van sign story!

So without further ado. here is my interview with Maja Aro,enjoy! Continue reading

Uros (Uki) Certic: Portrait of a stuntman

A few years ago I had the honor of meeting stuntman Uki Certic. It didn’t take long for me to realize he was the real deal and I wanted to learn more. When I asked him for an interview he graciously accepted! I asked Uki how he got started with stunts and motorcycles, he replied,
“I started working as a background performer while auditioning for tv commercials and acting roles and at about the same time I met a group of guys who were freestyle sport bike stunt riders and started training with them every weekend. I got very good, fast and soon I was doing stunt shows for all major events in B.C like monster trucks at BC place, the annual motorcycle show at Trade X in Abbotsford , all show and shines and bike rallies and a lot of charity events like Cops for Cancer, Firefighters for burns, The Virtue foundation annual stunt show and many more.” (Gosh I’m getting winded just thinking about it!)
He went on to say, “A couple of guys I rode with were film stunt guys and they informed me of where to train, what other skills I needed to perfect, in order to have a shot at being a stunt performer in film” I, “took all that in and started training in; gymnastics, horse back riding, long sword and daggers seminar, car stunt driving courses, kick boxing and weapons training at the famous, “Action Room” in New West etc.” He said he, “also started volunteering on set for coordinators, pulling mats, doing safety and learning 1st hand on set which was really priceless and after a while I got my chance and my 1st stunt credit on Smallville season 8 and the rest is history.” That really is exciting stuff!
I asked Uki, what accomplishments he is most proud of and what was the most favorite film that he had worked on? He replied,
“I am very proud of becoming a full union member as well as working on HUGE feature films like, “Mission Impossible 4 and the A-team, its not a small thing getting a call from a coordinator to work on blockbusters like that. They really have to trust you 110% that you will do what is asked of you 10 out of 10 times without one little mistake so that was confirmation in my mind that I am good at this and that hard work, really hard work does pay off.” “getting flown out to Egypt for a KFC commercial to jump a motocross from a ramp to ramp over a jeep was not a bad deal, and is one of my favorite gigs and experiences as well.”
I asked Uki, what challenges he has faced to get to where he is now? Injuries, rejections, anything of that nature? And he replied, “Discipline to train so much and eat right all year round not knowing when the next call will come and always being on hold so to speak.” I can relate to this statement, keeping in shape is a struggle. He says,
“I have not turned down a job yet and had to change plans and re-schedule my life many times but I truly love my job and I am very lucky to do it. I have had some injuries of course but nothing too major, broken scaphoid on my left wrist and a lot of cuts, scrapes and bruises, A LOT! My last two questions to Uki were, what are your future goals in the industry? And, who would you most like to work with/favorite celebrity you have already worked with? He answered,
“my goal is to keep doing what I love for as much as I can and start stunt coordinating, when hitting the concrete and riding wheelies becomes too painful 🙂 “I would love to work with Daniel Craig and the stunt team on the, “James Bond” films and would love to work with Steven Seagal, Danny Trejo, Tom Cruise, Ben Stiller and of course STONE COLD again, they are great to work with and true veterans.”
I must say I agree with Uki all the way, that is an amazing list of talented people and I am an undying fan of The James Bond series! I think Uki Certic would be a great fit in those films. I would like to express my gratitude to Uki for allowing me this opportunity to interview him and will be keeping an eye out for his upcoming projects! Thanks Uki!!

Philip Seymour Hoffman: An Epitaph and a half. 1967-2014

Philip-Seymour-Hoffman_lAs some of you may know, if you have read a few of my stories, I sometimes like to sound off when certain entertainers pass from this life, I am not sure why? My goal of course is to write about stunts, film, acting, and that sort of thing. And though, that is important to me for some reason it is also important to record the milestone, when a great talent passes from this life. I guess this due to my belief that if one is remembered, and not, just as a passing thought but, you know, to be made part of the world through thoughts. When you do this you make that person a part of life again and therefore they aren’t dead and gone forever. When I heard of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing I have to admit I was taken aback. I was also moved to write this as a farewell note to him. Continue reading

Fifty Shades Of Grey | Tomorrowland | George Clooney | Chooses Vancouver

Fifty Shades Of GreyWho needs Superman, Batman, and The Fantastic Four, when you have The World Of WarCraft, Fifty Shades Of Grey, and George Clooney in town. After announcing that the World Of Warcraft movie will be filmed in Vancouver, I have learned that the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie And Tomorrowland starring George Clooney will be filmed in Vancouver and surrounding areas. Readers, I think I may have to eat my words on the notion that the Vancouver film industry is faltering. This doesn’t mean that I  feel that our government has done everything needed and everything is ok now, more can always be done but with that being said, I am very happy 😀 for the future of BC film. The Fifty Shades Of Grey franchise has shattered sales records and I know the movies will do the same, based on the books by E.L. James, it has swept the world, surpassing The Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight series. It is the fastest selling and best-selling book of all time! I love great stories and I love being a part of great stories more than anything in the world, reading them, writing them, filming them, guess my chances of doing that has just improved, ten fold. I plan to try to get any updates to you as soon as I have them and hoping for some interesting interviews, thanks all!