August 19, 2011 at 15:27
Hi there, I'm Matt Taylor and I am Grimm's Stunt Coordinator. A stunt can vary in size and scope but is defined as any unusual or difficult feat requiring great skill or ability. This can be a choreographed fight scene, a car chase or someone jumping off a building... and lots of actions in between.
For Grimm's stunts, the objective is to ride that fine line between reality and supernatural. I want to give the audience the feeling that what they are seeing is as real as possible, whether it involves humans or creatures. I usually have about a week or two to discuss an upcoming episode's stunts with the team and plan what the director wants before we actually shoot it. We rehearse it a few different ways, then modify as needed for the actual shoot. Generally, I try to shoot all the rehearsals myself and then review the action with the director. After we go over it, the director will tell me what he or she likes or wants to change. People always want to know if actors do their own stunts. The simple answer is "no." My job is to keep our actors safe. The goal is to have the actors do as much as possible without being irresponsible. If our actors get hurt, we all go home, and no one gets paid. Safety is number one. My top priority. As much time as necessary is spent on the safety of a stunt.
The most memorable stunt I've worked on recently was the opening shot of "Cowboys & Aliens." Not necessarily because it was an incredible stunt, but because I was able to work with my father, Buck, and my brother, Cooper. If you've seen the movie, we played the "bad guys" that confront Daniel Craig's character while he is travelling on foot through the desert scrub. My father is an actor best known for his role on "Gunsmoke," but he's appeared in dozens of films such as "Tombstone" and "Wild Wild West." It was the very first time that the three of us were together on a film, and that was special.
The favorite part of my job is that I'm getting paid to do what I've always dreamed of doing. I've grown up surrounded by the best of the best in the stunt community, and I feel so blessed to making a living doing what I love to do.