Tips To Shoot A Stunt Sequence Under Budget

17th April, 20235 Min Read

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Don’t you think stunt sequences have evolved to greater extents in the cinema industry? Yes! This is an era of VFX that delivers realism at its best.

Have you ever wondered how all of these would cost in terms of production? The most prevalent thought that goes around is “VFX is expensive” but the reality is otherwise. Because these visual effects can cut down the money involved in creating dupe sets, stunt sequences like bombs, crashes, jumping and many more.This broadened the imagination limit, realism, grandeur in cinema. Read more to get into the details of how one can shoot a stunt sequence under budget.

Proficient Team

Choosing the right team that best suits your requirements can give you positive results without compromising on the goals. Experienced professionals from various niches can communicate effortlessly without any lag in the shooting process. By this the shooting process becomes easier & efficient.

A skilled team can really make a difference when it comes to shooting a stunt sequence. An experienced artist can ace a scene without many retakes. The understanding of the scene & enacting with ease majorly reduces all the extra efforts in terms of retakes, background movements, and so on.

Pre-planning & Rehearsing

Realism comes with recreating even the minute details. In order to achieve this the stunt director has to be keen with their visuals and ensure the presence of the VFX team throughout the shoot. This will help in capturing the details at the right angles and moments. 

Working on a storyboard before getting to the shoot will help to curate the visuals in order. This storyboard will help all the members of the team to understand & work towards achieving the same. Following this step will save you a lot of time & effort. Storyboarding also helps in the sequencing the film in order. This will further avoid confusions and can enable the directors to prioritize the shots with respect to time constraints.

In order to get the perfect shot, the actor has to practice to perfection. This will reduce retakes and help us get the frame & angle as planned initially. Coordinating with the VFX team will help the directors to capture the appropriate frames which make the post-vis process smooth & efficient.

Ensuring safety in the sets while shooting a stunt sequence is one of the most primary aspects to look after. Rehearsing the stunt moves diligently will help in the flow of the sequence & avoids any lag. Using a professional stunt double for complicated scenes will avoid causing any kind of injuries. Following these will result in  efficient output and proportionally reduces the retakes and time consumption.


The pre-planning & rehearsing of scenes will help the director to set the frames accordingly. Every shot has to be planned beforehand known as pre-vis, so that doesn't disrupt the flow of the sequence. The artist movements, background movements, camera movements have to be discussed and planned earlier to get the perfect shot. A stunt scene requires a lot of physical activities happening throughout the sequence, which involves actions (Guns, Cars, Running, Driving, Crashing, Bombing). Pre-vis helps to articulate the sequence & cuts down the cost of retakes  or change of sequences. Having a clear vision of what has to be captured can reduce the volume of shots & improves the quality of shots invariably.

Techniques & Properties

Artists are multifaceted & highly talented but when it comes to a stunt sequence it is always wise to have a stunt double or dupe. 

We can present an original fight scene by using green screens if required, jarring effects, high frame rates, recorded presets & more to create a stunt scene. 

Investing in durable properties is advisable as they are highly durable and cost-efficient compared to real properties. Synthetic properties are reusable and help in major cost cutting when it comes to stunt scenes. Using put together techniques for  bombing, crashing, jumping, and more will consume less time and the rates of these properties are cheap compared to original properties.


Pre-planned stunt choreographies & intensive practice sessions will prevent the artist from facing injuries or accidents while performing. This will affect the production process and slow down the shooting schedule. All the necessary first aid services have to be present inside the shooting space to avoid complications. 


When it comes to stunt scenes, to make it real & relatable it is always advisable to have a VFX supervisor on board right from the storyboard stage. The VFX perspective to a film caters to minute detailing, angles, effects added in shots, properties, placements & more. This will enhance the quality of the shots as the VFX explores the odds and present a appropriate  approach to shoot the scene. With this can avoid a lot of post-vis work which results in an effortless editing process.The film director and the VFX specialist have to work hand in hand to deliver the desired results.


Follow these hacks and put in practice to see a vast difference in your shooting approach and to attain incredible results while shooting a stunt sequence. These pointers & hacks on VFX will help you speed up the post production process, enhances the quality of shots, reduces costs & time with utmost safety.


The Birth of Visual Effects in Cinema

8th December, 20235 mins

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Unveiling the Enchantment: Georges Méliès

In the nascent days of cinema, amidst the crackling excitement of moving pictures, one man stood as a magician behind the lens, weaving tales of wonder and enchantment through the art of filmmaking. Georges Méliès, a visionary filmmaker and illusionist, transformed the cinematic landscape, birthing the very essence of visual effects and unleashing the boundless potential of storytelling through the magical medium of film.

The Journey Begins: From Stage to Screen

Georges Méliès, born on December 8, 1861, in Paris, was initially captivated by the world of stage magic. As an accomplished magician, he dazzled audiences with his performances, often incorporating intricate illusions and spectacular effects. Méliès' transition from the stage to the emerging world of cinema happened almost serendipitously when he attended the Lumière brothers' first public screening of the cinematograph in 1895.

Pioneering Innovations in Filmmaking

Driven by an insatiable curiosity and a flair for innovation, Méliès didn’t merely see the camera as a recording device but as a tool to create fantasies. His groundbreaking approach to filmmaking introduced numerous techniques that became the bedrock of visual effects in cinema.

Trick Photography: Méliès pioneered the art of 'trick photography' – a term coined to describe his innovative use of special effects. By manipulating the camera, multiple exposures, and meticulous set designs, he conjured up fantastical scenes that transported viewers to worlds beyond imagination.

Theatre of Illusions: Drawing from his background in stage magic, Méliès seamlessly blended theatricality with cinema. His use of elaborate sets, trap doors, and meticulously crafted props transformed the screen into a canvas where the impossible became possible.

Iconic Creations and Enduring Legacy

Méliès' visionary works are etched in the annals of cinematic history, each frame a testament to his boundless creativity. One of his most iconic films, "A Trip to the Moon" (1902), remains a hallmark of early cinema. The iconic image of a rocket crashing into the eye of the moon stands as an indelible symbol of Méliès' imaginative prowess and technical ingenuity.

Despite his groundbreaking contributions, Méliès faced financial challenges, and as the industry evolved, his pioneering spirit gradually faded into obscurity. It wasn’t until later years that his genius was acknowledged, and he was rightfully celebrated as a visionary whose influence resonates through generations of filmmakers.

Legacy and Impact

Georges Méliès' legacy extends far beyond his cinematic innovations. His boundless imagination and audacious approach to storytelling laid the groundwork for future filmmakers, inspiring the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Tim Burton, and Martin Scorsese. His impact on visual effects and storytelling techniques continues to reverberate in contemporary cinema, serving as a guiding light for artists pushing the boundaries of imagination and technology.

As we celebrate the artistry of modern visual effects and the captivating worlds they create, it’s imperative to pay homage to the luminary whose pioneering spirit set the stage for the enchanting tapestry of visual storytelling that we relish today.

Georges Méliès, the conjurer of cinematic marvels, remains an immortal figure whose legacy transcends time. His boundless imagination and relentless pursuit of enchantment continue to inspire filmmakers, reminding us that within the realm of cinema, the limits of imagination are yet to be discovered.

In the grand tapestry of film history, Georges Méliès stands as a luminary, a visionary whose legacy twinkles like stars in the cinematic sky, forever illuminating the path for generations of storytellers to come.

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