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More great press support as we move closer to getting the much needed sponsorship in to enable Steve Truglia and Space Jump to beat the Austrian Red Bull sponsored rivals.
Great interview on BBC Radio London on Friday morning with Paul Ross and Gaby Logan, thanks guys.
Thanks for all the messages of support and donations, I'm deeply touched. Let's make it a British record!
Red Bull have announced an attempt at the Space Jump with one of their 'athletes' at the end of 2010.
This is great news because my project can launch THIS SUMMER!!! beating them to it. Everything is firmly in place and ready to go. To make this happen we urgently need sponsorship to get the balloons built, test jump and launch this incredible adventure.
This article from BBC News today explains more:
BBC NEWS ARTICLE STEVE TRUGLIA SPACE JUMP
The opportunity for PR is now better than ever before as the prospect of a space race between myself and Red Bull wil intensify the publicity surrounding this attempt, please spread the word!
Thanks for your continued support,
The great people at TED have kindly put my talk about stunts and Space Jump online today.
A veteran of over 10,000 jumps and a Red Bull athlete, Eli was lost whilst training in Switzerland, doing what he loved. He will be missed by the whole skydiving community across the globe.
Our sincere condolences go to Eli's wife and family at this sad time.
The TED Conference in Oxford July 2009 was absolutely amazing. It was a huge honour to be asked to be a speaker at such an incredible event.
Here are a couple of pictures from that talk. Witin the next few weeks the video of the talk will be published on TED's site.
I am honoured to be doing a talk about the Space Jump project at the highly prestigious TED Conference in Oxford on Tuesday 21st July 2009.
More about TED here in a Times article https://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article6716427.ece
And here for TED's site https://conferences.ted.com/TEDGlobal2009/
The talk will be published on TED's website at some point.
It was by far the biggest and best car stunt of his career to date. At 12 metres diameter it is a new World Record and the first of it's kind at this size.
Watch a video of the TV show highlights by clicking HERE
Five's motoring magazine show returns for an action-packed one-off special. Stuntman Steve Truglia prepares to perform a toy-car trick in a life-size vehicle fitted with Dunlop SP30's. He will attempt to defy gravity and neck-breaking G-forces to loop-the-loop.
This stirring 'Fifth Gear' special follows Steve every step of the way to see how he prepares for this extraordinary stunt. He seeks advice from Finnish female stunt riders, a daredevil aerobatics pilot and a Cambridge University doctor of mechanical engineering, while training to withstand the incredible G-forces he will experience while driving in the loop.
Steve needs to hit the launch ramp at the perfect speed. If he is too slow, he will drop out of the sky as soon as he is upside down. If he is too quick, he will experience enough G-force to make him blackout. Steve has never failed to complete a stunt yet - but will he succeed this time? Will his Dunlop SP30's keep him on the track, even when he's upside down?
There are some nice press articles too:
Here from Sky News
And Here from The UK Dail Mail Newspaper
Like most busy people, I find it hard to keep a regular physical training regime whilst working. As a busy Stunt Coordinator I often travel the country and work long days with very early starts. Non filming days are filled with reading scripts, budgeting stunt sequences, writing risk assessments, traveling to recces and production meetings.
Staying fit, strong and supple enough to perform stunts is critical to helping physical coordination and avoiding injury. Many stunt people find these fitness levels decrease as they get more regular work and become generally busier. Fortunately experience and having a strong sports background often makes up the shortfall but it's not the ideal solution.
I've met many people in other walks of life who face the same challenge. We'd all like to be as fit as our schooldays or teenage years, have boundless energy and a feeling of well being. Sadly it seems many kids today are not as fit or as health as kids were years ago. I got to wondering how their health will fare as they become busy adults.
6 months ago a friend and mentor Wag Bennett died, (see earlier post). It somehow motivated me to get in the best shape of my life. This meant setting aside the 'I don't have the time' excuses once and for all. I remembered the words of a great personal development trainer, he said, "for things to change, you have to change; for things to get better, you have to get better". So I decided to change my habits, in terms of training and diet.
I set about a regular routine of weight training which rekindled a long running theme of bodybuilding and strength training which started when I first visited Wag's Gym in London when I was 15 years old.
I have since decided to compete in a bodybuilding contest, (when I'm ready), and produce a fitness DVD, as a way of setting a clear target to keep me on track.
This post is, in part, a way of making the goal public, and hopefully it may motivate others to commit to becoming fitter, stronger and healthier. I should emphasise that I am personally, totally against performance enhancing, (or any other), drugs and am training entirely naturally. Interestingly I'm still building muscle and am in my 40's with good food, training and rest.
The Sunday Telegraph Newspaper asked me to do an article on what takes to be fit enough to do movie stunts. I spent the day with journalist Alex Benady, who was a great sport, he was fit, strong and determined. A true example of someone with a busy full on deskbound career staying in very good shape.
Last week was the first opportunity to fly my new Russian custom made spacesuit. It's the only one of it's kind in the World, having been put through it's paces at the American company which makes suits for NASA, (company and manufacturers names witheld until after the jump).
Photo courtesy of Aikix. Geeking in on my pic is Andy Godbold, sky god!
The next tests will include the life support system and parachute container. Further tests will include flying the drogue chute in the tunnel to test stability. Then it's on to the hypobaric and cold temperature tests.
NB: THIS PROJECT URGENTLY NEEDS SPONSORSHIP, please help us break this exciting record which has stood since 1960!
Wag ran a bodybuilding gym in East London for around 50 years. He won some early bodybuilding titles, became the first person in Britain to bench press 500 lbs, (when he only weighed 150 lbs!!), in 1951, and was the President of the English Federation of Bodybuilders.
Wag inspired many people with his willingness to share his vast knowledge and passion for bodybuilding and strength training. We would sit for ages after my workout talking. He'd share dozen of stories of the bodybuilding legends he knew and trained. He was a fountain of knowledge and shared it willingly.
One of those bodybuilders was Arnold Schwartzenegger. When 'Arnie' was 19, he came to London. He met up with Wag who soon spotted his huge potential. Wag (and his wife Dianne), took Arnold into their home and Wag set about training (and feeding and housing), the young Austrian. Wag taught Arnold to pose for competitions, and introduced the idea of posing to music, which they pioneered together. Wag is on the left here.
As a skinny (8 and a half stone), 15 year old, back in the late 70's, I tentatively, and nervously stuck my head around the door of Wag's gym, to be greeted with a warm welcoming smile from Wag, and his gym manager Nick (Jeremiah) Tyler. "So you want to build some muscles eh?, well you've come to the right place lad", was the response I got. Nick set about writing me a beginner's routine and Wag began teaching me the basics of good exercise form, nutrition, sleeping, and positive thinking....what a revelation to a young mind.
One day Wag announced that Arnold would give a seminar in the gym. We sat about the benches and on the floor agog, listening to the most positive thinking human being I'd ever met. I left that seminar believing that almost anything was possible to achieve. Clearly that drive remains with him to this day.
This influence got me to change my scrawny body into an 11 stone athletic, strong physique within a few months, gave me the confidence I lacked previously, and taught me about the power of positive thoughts. I developed an interest in other sports, like boxing, fencing, martial arts, canoeing, running and climbing. A new life opened up before me. Some years later I got very carried away and rose to 14 stone 10 lbs with 16 3/4 inch biceps, squatting over 400 lbs and benching over 350 lbs in training. This was bodybuilding the old fashioned way, 18 eggs a day washed down with 4 pints of milk. Protein drinks, chicken and enough vitamins to sink a boat. Training so hard you couldn't walk home in a straight line. Contributing to more ozone damage than a field full of cows!!!
Without Wag's seminal influence, kindness, training, positive attitude and that gym, I would never have joined UK Special Forces, never have had the life of adventurous sports which I've enjoyed, and would never have become a Stuntman and Stunt Coordinator.
I owe a great deal to the man who helped so many to live a stronger, healthier, fitter and more positive life. I'll miss popping into his old gym for the odd workout, and I'll miss sitting with him afterwards, telling him stories of my stunt exploits, which he always asked about.
I've had lots of messages regarding the status of the jump so here's the update, and answers to many of the questions received:
Just about everything is now in place to perform the jump as soon as the last bit of sponsorship is in. The spacesuit is in great shape and passed all it's basic tests at the American company that makes suits for NASA. It will undergo the final proof pressure tests as soon as we start the battery of pre launch testing.
The specially 'designed for purpose' parachute rig is now with me, as is the spacesuit.
Launch site(s) have been established and permissions are to be sought shortly.
A slight delay in the Life Support System has meant a switch to an alternative supplier who supply the NASA systems. They will be building a special system for my suit.
We have put the documentary on hold until the funds are in and will start filming shortly after that occurs.
The French team now have to wait until next May, and it seems unlikely they will launch even then. This gives us a comfortable breathing space of at least eight months. With no other serious attempts out there, things are looking great and we can still launch this year or early 2009.
To answer the many questions regarding the spacesuit, balloon, scientific team, launch crew and strategy, please be patient. You may have noticed a couple of people who jumped on the 'I'll have a go at that' bandwagon, with clearly no idea of what something like this entails, and without the skills or background, (one isn't even a skydiver!!). For this reason, and because there is still a serious threat from the French, my team and scientific support are not being publicised. They are an incredible group of world leading specialists and will be fully credited and revealed in the book and documentary.
The photo below was taken at the headquarters of the US spacesuit company who have helped me so much, and will be rebuilding the suit after the test jumps, ready for the big one. This is a current NASA suit which they manufacture.
It's been a long road; 15 years of research and planning, 24 years of parachuting and extreme sports experience and 12 years of specialist stunts and risk assessing .... and we could be launching in a few months. Exciting times indeed.
Thanks for all your support and interest thus far,
Things are progressing very well at this end. UK's Channel 5 have agreed to make the documentary which will be distributed internationally. A book deal is being planned to coincide with that.
There are huge advertising benefits available for companies, in terms of the worldwide media which will report on this event, inclusion in the documentary and book, and many other corporate benefits including presentations after the event and future advertising opportunities.
Philanthropists out there who support this event can rely on a 'return' on their financial support in the form of fund raising activities after the jump for their chosen charities.
If you have any ideas, contacts or want to be involved in helping us make this happen in any way, get in touch. Project Space Jump 2008 needs your help.
Well the great news is that my new suit has been delivered, having been tested and adjusted in the USA at the company that makes the NASA space station suits. The suit itself was designed and built by one of the world's leading space suit designers in Russia. This incredible collaboration is driving a new breed of spacesuit designed to service the new emerging space tourism market.
I am both proud and excited about my part in driving this development, and ultimately, test flying the suits as we modify them for sub orbital stratospheric flights.
The full pressure suit is designed to keep the wearer in a fully pressurised environment. This is the only safe way to survive in a near vacuum. The life support system for the suit is at the final design stage and will be ready for testing within two weeks.
A barrage of cold chamber, hypobaric chamber and skydiving tests will then follow. Some initial test flights will be made at the Airkix indoor skydiving tunnel in Milton Keynes, UK, before real time tests and balloon jumps from my gondola, which has just been built.
Here's a great news feature which was filmed by Reuters and distributed internationally.
I spent a day in the USA fitting and testing the suit at an American company that makes spacesuits for the NASA space station.
The suit itself has been prototyped, designed and manufactured by one of Russia's most experienced and prolific spacesuit engineers for almost 20 years. Following on from my trip to Moscow to try on the suit and check it for suitability for the jump, a new shell has been designed specifically for this purpose in an amazing teaming up of spacesuit expertise from across the globe.
There is technically an argument for jumping in a partial pressure G suit, but the risks would be unacceptably high. Above 64,000 feet the liquid in the cells of the human body will try to boil (vaporisation), causing the body and it's organs to swell. This would cause loss of consciousness and death in seconds.
The safest, most responsible way to mitigate this danger is a full pressure spacesuit designed specifically for this purpose.
We also spent some time testing a good position for me in the gondola with the parachute on. My parachute manufacturers are actually designing a custom rig for this jump, based on the one I'm wearing here, the CPS Sigma tandem rig.
The measurements we took are now being implemented by the gondola and balloon designer and manufacturer in the USA. A semi seated position like this is the favourite at this time.
As the life support system team continue working on this essential piece of equipment, I will need to decide on whether to use the Mig pilot's helmet (te white one), or the custom made spacesuit (orange) helmet with the large visor. Once this is done we'll test it in a hypobaric chamber.
The start of that training was with one of the World's leading hot air balloonists Brent Stockwell in North California. Brent patiently took me through the astonishing amount of information required to safely fly a hot air balloon. Brent has been flying balloons for almost 40 years, so I couldn't have picked a better teacher. My other instructor Gloria and the lovely Debbie who ground crewed for us taught me a great deal about this fabulous thing.
In an amazing twist of fate I discovered that Brent was lifelong friends of Joe Kittinger who holds the current high altitude parachute jump record. Joe is a keen balloonist too and indeed the early pioneers of high altitude balloon and parachute testing were all qualified balloon pilots. joe and Brent have often flown together. This is an essential part of my training, but outside of it's functionality I have absolutely fallen in love with this most wonderful of sports, it's simply stunning.
During my week's training I logged over 10 hours of flying including four solo flights. This picture is of my first solo. I learnt so much from Brent who had me in constant ground school, from the moment I awoke, to the moment I retired. Not a moment was wasted as the information flowed.
I now need to pass my FAA pilots exam, pass a check ride, then get my gas balloon rating so that I can fly Helium or Hydrogen balloons as well as hot air balloons. I am already working towards my commercial pilots license and clocking up as many hours as possible.
The trip was extremely useful as I got my head around the sheer difficulty in moving in a pressuried suit. Skydiving in this thing is going to be extremely challenging. Fortunately I have the Airkix indoor skydiving tunnel to practice in.
The life support system for this suit is being made from scratch and I'm fortunate in having a tremendous team of scientists, a leading Doctor of aviation medicine (with a mass of HALO jump experience), and a leading space suit designer and manufacturer behind me. This group of outstanding professionals are working together to custom build my suit's life support system for my jumps in a near vacuum.
A cold chamber test will be performed to simulate over 2 hours at more than -60 degrees. Following that the whole system will be tested in the skydiving tunnel, followed by a full mission profile test in a hypobaric chamber. Air will be removed in the exact mission time to establish that all systems are operating correctly and reliably.
Following all this I will wear this suit for my 52,000 feet test jump this June in the USA.
A New suit with added safety and structural features is being made for the 120,000 feet jump this July.
Newsflash: Team Space Jump can reveal that the High Altitude Parachute Jump World Record has been brought forward to THIS JULY 2008.
Training is going very well and a gas balloon system has been sourced, along with two full pressure space suits.
The current schedule is as follows:
June 2008, Steve Truglia to perform a 52,000 feet High Altitude Parachute Jump from a gas balloon which Steve will pilot himself, wearing a full pressure spacesuit.
July 2008, providing a successful test flight in June, Steve will attempt to break the High Altitude Parachute Jump World Record by jumping from over 125,000 feet. Both jumps will take place in the USA and will be ratified by the FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale).
Here's a link to the News story about the High Altitude Parachute Jump Record which was shown on ITV regional news, ITV News at 10, and CNN News. Many thanks to ITV News team and reporter Nina Nannar.
Here's a video of my first jumps in the spacesuit. It's a Russian high altitude Mig pilot's suit. The jumps were done at Hinton Parachute Centre in the UK. My thanks to Dougie, Geoff and Eammon for their help in making this happen. Also big thanks to Dave and Matt at Point Zero Rigging for their help, advice and modifications to the kit to make it jumpable.
The great difficulty in this suit is to keep the helmet from lifting up in freefall. After a foam inner chin pad that Dave made me it became a bit easier but still meant pressing my chin into the front of the helmet to keep in from moving. A strap was fitted to hold it down, as originally designed on this helmet. The original retainer strap was a skydiving hazard wih spring clips behind the helmet just waiting to catch stray rigging lines... so we cut it off. The new system means the helmet is attached to my waist belt making it very difficult to arch properly and relax in freefall.
This is exactly the kind of training and kit shake down that I'll be doing from now on to ensure the maximum possible preparation for the high altitude jumps.
Big thanks to one of the world's leading skydiving cameramen Andy Ford for shooting this great footage. Find out more about Andy Ford here www.infiniteskydiving.com
The press frenzy continued throughout this week as Channel 5 News, ITV News, Kerrang Radio, LBC Radio and a host of other media took an interst in the High Altitude Parachute Jump Project.
ITV News were keen for some skydiving footage of me in the pressure suit. Fortunately I had already flown the suit and helmet in the Airkix indoor skydiving tunnel at Milton Keynes on Monday for Channel 5 News. The great value of the tunnel is the ability to test equipment in a safe environment. Over 30 minutes of flying the suit, many of the problems were solved. One overiding issue was the fact that I cannot get my head back or arch my body in this suit. This makes skydiving very difficult. The body position, combined with the difficulty trying to arch properly, makes for a slightly unstable freefall with my body rocking slightly. More modifications to the kit and tunnel testing should iron out these niggles.
It is becoming increasingly clear that a small drogue chute may be needed on the big jumps for stability.
Master skydiving cameraman, wingsuit expert and freeflying champion Andy Ford has joined the SpaceJump team with his extensive expertese as a freefall cameraman. His amazing video of my jumps today were shown on ITV's 6.30 and award winning News at 10 programme. The ITV production team were blown away by the skill and sheer quality of Andy's camera work.
Andy teaches complete beginners to advanced skydivers, from first time jumpers to freefly teams. Find out more about his services here www.infiniteskydiving.com
Watch this space...video clip coming soon...
I had a fantastic time doing an interview on Nuts TV. The highlight was being interviewed by Steve and Dan (Of Big Chef Little Chef and Crash Test Dummies fame). I had the great pleasure of working with these two loonies on Sky's Crash Test Dummies series as their Stunt Coordinator. That job, thanks mainly to these guys and the great crew from Granada Manchester, stands out as one of my favourites.
I'll post a video link of the interview as soon as it becomes available.
Project SpaceJump welcomes Airkix Indoor Skydiving as it's latest sponsor and I started testing the freefalling characteristics of what will be a long line of various space suits in their Milton Kynes Tunnel today. This one was designed for Russian high altitude Mig pilots.
The suit flew me, rather than the other way around. Helmet visor steamed up, hose pulled helmet out of line and the parachute (tunnel rig), stopped me from arching properly and keeping my head up. A testimony to the usefullness of this tunnel is the fact that just 5 minutes saw me overcome those problems and fly the suit more easily. This is a major safety factor. I can test systems here before ever stepping out of a plane or balloon...brilliant.
Over the next three months I'll be training in this tunnel for at least 10 hours, which is equivalent to 600 skydives. On top of the 300 real skydives I'll be doing, this makes for an awesome training package. The great thing is that you don't need to be a skydiver to fly there. It's great fun.
What a day! The Sun ran a great full page feature (link to follow), on my SpaceJump project High Altitude Parachute Jump Record. This got the attention of Channel 4's Richard and Judy Show, who asked me to guest, (BTW, what a thoroughly nice couple they are, which also goes for the crew, fabulous).
Photo shoot this morning in the Airkix Indoor Skydiving Tunnel in Milton Keynes for The Sunday Times, and a host of other media stories to follow...phew, I'm exhausted!!
I was all set to travel to Spain for a few day's jumping until I checked the weather. Empuriabrava is cloudy and there's rain predicted. The UK on the other hand, is blue skies all the way!! So a great weekend was had at Hinton, Northamptonshire, (as this picture shows).
Whilst in the area I popped into Weston on the Green today to have my sacrificial training pressure suit adjusted for safe use in freefall. There are packages of equipment arriving almost daily...if only the postman knew, what would he think?
Watch this space for a post and some photos of the kit, (including a full pressure space helmet), which I'm going to test jump soon, after flying it in the Airkix indoor skydiving tunnel. In a week's time I start my serious tunnel training regime consisting of 10 hours tunnel flying between now and the end of May...more info on this to follow.
The balloon envelope has arrived ahead of schedule. Some test flights will be made in it soon. The balloon gondola modifications are now being planned to allow me to sit on the edge of my 'step off' platform. Kittenger's step had a sign which read 'The Highest Step in the World'. For this jump mine will read 'The Highest Step in Europe'.
Our research shows that this 52,000 feet jump will make me the third highest parachutist in history.
Pressure suit, HALO helmet and Oxygen mask, together with the high altitude oxygen consol for both parachutist and balloon pilot are now being ordered in advance of altitude chamber and indoor wind tunnel testing. The parachutist's bail out system (ie the personal oxygen system worn during freefall) is also on order.
Intensive wind tunnel tunnel training will continue in the UK or overseas with press photo opportunities. Ultimately I'll be in the tunnel with all the kit for the big jump. After this jump, it'll be in a full space suit...watch this space :-)
This week and next week I'll be arranging some fighting scenes on UK Channel 4's Hollyoaks up in Liverpool.
I have been performing and coordinating stunts for the show since 2004. We've done everything from huge high falls, car knockdowns, blowing up The Dog pub, car stunts and abseiling gorrilas (don't ask).
Unlike many UK soaps, Hollyoaks like the fights to look realistic, whether it's a girlie slap or a full on punch up. Proper fight arranging allows us to work with the artists, allowing them to perform a lot of the fight themselves in safety.
I am convinced that it's worth the effort when you see the finished scene. I love working with one of the friendliest crews in British television.
Those nice people at the Sunday Times ran a short item on the forthcoming Space Jump project.
The link to the article is here: https://driving.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/driving/news/article3250598.ece
And here's a word doc copy: Download sunday_times_article_27_jan_2008.doc
A couple of weeks ago I performed a massive car stunt for Channel Five's Fifth Gear car show, where I've been the resident stunt driver since 2004.
It's another in our series, 'How Hollywood Works', where the viewer gets to see behind the scenes, and exactly how we perform some of the movie worlds biggest car stunts. You'll see how we switch stunt performer with artist for the final scene.
Read about the stunt at Fifth Gear's website here: https://fifthgear.five.tv/jsp/5gmain.jsp?lnk=401&featureid=1042&show=s13e2§ion=On%20test
The wonderful Sunday Post newspaper in Scotland ran this great article on my forthcoming High Altitude Parachute Jump record attempts. In 2002 they covered my British no limits freediving record which was set in the cold water of Loch Linnhe. The European Record High Altitude Parachute Jump location is still undecided. Likely venues will be Norfolk or Scotland depending on the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) permissions for use of airspace at 52,000 feet.
Here's the article: Download sunday_post_spacejump_article.pdf
I'm just back from a fantastic trip skydiving at the Beni Mellal Parachute Centre in sunny Morocco. Nestled in the Atlas mountains, this dropzone is a tremendous place to jump. The French military team were there, the Russians and a few Brits. A great time was had by all. Thanks to Andy Lovemore who took these fantastic photos.
Over the next 3 months I plan to complete around 300 more jumps and 10 hours in the skydiving wind tunnel, in preparation for my 52,000 feet European Record High Altitude Parachute Jump in the Spring of 2008.
My training will involve almost every discipline in sport parachuting to ensure I hone my skills before subjecting myself to the harsh environment of 52,000 feet. I'll be practicing canopy control and accuracy skills with the larger canopy I'll be jumping on the day and freeflying to improve my ability to remain stable in the rarified atmosphere. This will bring my jump total to over 1,500 jumps.
There was time to sit back and enjoy the view over the Atlas mountains too. What a stunning location for a winter sun skydiving trip.
Soldier Magazine have run a great two page spread on my forthcoming SpaceJump project high altitude parachute jump record attempts.
The article was based on the fact that much of my early parachute training was with the Army, and I probably wouldn't have become a stuntman, and certainly wouldn't have been making these record attempts had I not been a military reservist for so many years.
This was where it all started, with early parachute jumps from a balloon at 800 feet. I always loved those jumps because of the thrill of stepping off the balloon edge. It'll be the same on the Space Jump but a whole lot higher!
I'm delighted that my local Esporta Club is to sponsor me in my Space Jump project. I'm currently training at their premier Repton Park Club in Woodford near Chigwell Essex around 4 times a week. The European Record High Altitude Parachute Jump will require me to be at an absolute peak of fitness, strength and flexibility, which I am working towards with the help of this fabulous club.
Apart from the great gym equipment, which is brand new, the club has the finest spa and pool of any health club I've ever used, as it's situated in a former chapel, absolutely stunning.
Esporta Health Club and Spa
Repton Park, Manor Road, Woodford Bridge, Essex IG8 8GN
Tel: 020 8506 6300
I was asked to perform the opening stunt for the Guinness World Records 50th anniversary television special which went out on Saturday 11th Sept 2004 on ITV1 with 8 million viewers.
The producers asked me if I would abseil into the studio from the lighting grid LIVE and be interviewed by presenter Jamie Theakston before the VT of the stunt abseil was shown. Performing the abseil live on prime time TV posed many challenges; the rope had to be dropped as I entered the studio as it was central to the set. If, as often happens, the rope had knotted, I'd be left dangling in mid air. I planned a get out for this scenario which fortunately didn't happen.
The video is now in the public domain so you can watch it here:
The online Stunt Shop and Space Jump Shop is now open with a great range of products. The Stunt Shop offers Prostunts official Stunt Crew clothing. In the Space Jump store there are a number of price ranges for those who want to just buy a T shirt or mug, and for those who want to donate to the project.
Corporate sponsors should visit the sponsorship link on the Project Space Jump Site.
The event was over-subscribed and many couldn't get in to see and hear the talk. Next year they promise a bigger venue!
Watch the video of a live webchat that followed my talk here: Industry Trust Webchat
I've played a wonderful array of roles as a 'stunt double' over the years.
But I don't think I've ever been anyone's 'Glamorous Assistant' - until recently that is...
I was invited to be Antony Cotton's special guest 'Glamorous Assistant' on That Antony Cotton Show
As well as abseiling into the studio, I arranged a 'western style' bar brawl with Antony and two volunteers from the audience. Great fun!
I've been busy in August doing, amongst others, some stunts with a teenage twist.
I stunt co-ordinated and did the stunt driving for a road safety commercial entitled "2Fast 2soon". The scene involved a brutally graphic high speed crash as a teenage driver loses control of his vehicle.
Hope it gets the message home.
I also stunt co-ordinated a series of skateboarding stunts for the children's TV series Grange Hill.
It was a 'lad's mags' special in July.
This meant teaching the journalists to be stuntmen for a day. We blew them up, shot them up and taught them car stunts!
The stunt was for 'The Real Dick Turpin - Revealed' for The Discovery Channel. I was involved in co-ordinating, rigging and yes, performing the hanging stunt.
I did another 'hanging' job back in February (pictured). That time, I coordinated and performed a live medieval hanging for premiere tourist attraction The London Dungeon as a PR stunt to promote the Dungeon's new Extremis drop ride to hell.
I've been performing some more high speed car stunts for ITV's "The Bill".
Police car chases are always good entertainment - and as one of the UK's leading stunt drivers I'm always looking to make the stunts look interesting and exciting for the viewer.
This episode was no different.
Other TV and film stunt work that's been keeping me busy this summer:
I've been doing the stunt co-ordination for a new Discovery programme 'Science Changed My Life'... oh and filming in Brighton and London for a new feature film called 'Dummy'. I'm co-ordinating the stunts for the film. More on those to follow.
I've just stunt co-ordinated another 'disaster' stunt for Hollyoaks.
I had to 'fight direct' a number of clashes in the show - leading to the dramatic high point (literally!) when Clare, played by actress Gemma Bissix is pushed off a balcony.
But who did it? You'll have to watch the show to find out!
Hollyoaks is a fantastic show. Great cast and crew and, perhaps more importantly from a Stunt Coordinator's point of view, great writing and storylines. Check out this feature about the biggest physical stunt ever performed on a British Soap: A 100ft high fall backwards which I did for the show back in 2003.
Here I doubled 'Toby Mills' (actor Henry Luxemburg). 'Toby' is run over by a speeding car, jumps 15ft between two 75ft roof tops and then falls 100ft backwards off a Liverpool building.