Back to training and the “Cable Deadman”

Jan 13, 2013

So yesterday my heels were feeling all heel-ed up (badum-tssss) enough to drive down to Topanga Canyon for a training session with the team! Since I haven’t had a camera now for the longest time, we haven’t been able to make any videos..but I just found out my new phone processes videos in full-HD, and looks great! So there will hopefully be more videos to come at regular intervals again..

Anyway, I arrived at 9am to a FREEZING group of stunt people. We warmed up with a quick jog up one of the hills in the area, pulled out some mats, and got straight to practicing some prat falls. James, Milly and I started with front/back falls with reactions, but quickly moved on to slightly more complex moves. As soon as Mike arrived, Tony (who always leads class) pulled out some of his rigging moves and had the “Cable Deadman” set up in no time. I strapped myself into a jerk vest and awaited my fate..

The Cable Deadman (or “Anchored Wire Jerk”) is a stunt which works on the principle of gravity…well, which ones don’t? hahah. Anyway, the stunt performer wears a “jerk vest” which is hooked via a non-stretchy-yet-in-some-cases-stretchy line to an anchor, in our case a big tree trunk. The brave soul travels/runs forward at speed, and is violently jerked backwards and down upon reaching the end of the line. This is often used play off the illusion of crashing into something or being knocked down by someone. Definitely not a move for beginners, as I found out it has the potential for some strong whiplash. The cable deadman has been around for a while, it is one of the oldest stunt gags/rigs to have been developed for the first films, and I’m sure it was used in theatre way back to ancient times as well..

I ended up doing 3 takes, and my verdict is that the next time I’m doing this, I definitely want to get paid..hahah. My main notes to my future self is to stretch and warm up my neck, and figure out how to not jerk my head as much.

Anyways, thanks for watching! I’m hoping to have some more videos to put up soon..

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Have a great day! Namaste.


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Rustic Bodomov is a Hollywood Stuntman and Stunt Coordinator, who shares his experiences in the action film industry. He also creates instructional and entertainment YouTube content under the name Rustic B

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