Stunt Performer Spotlight: Joe Perez

Featured Interview With Stunt Coordinator: Joe Perez

Tell about yourself and your background! *

52 year old Filipino Stunt Coordinator / Second Unit Director

What inspired you to become a stunt performer?

Hong Kong films of the 80s.

What is your greatest skill as a stunt performer, is there a stunt behind it?

Hm. I'll say basic:  selling a head hit. Did many live show (audience within 5 feet ;)) sells.  Helped make a 240 fps fight sell with reaction right on time.

What is the best part about being a stunt performer?

Bringing action to life.  Making words into an edited sequence.

Tell your all-time favorite stunt story!

So. Many...Bruce Barbour gave me this one: Showed up to get into a prop sub.  Daylight leaving, they told him they tested it, get in, let's go.  He said he hasn't seen it work.  After some arguing they demonstrate it.  The sub breaks it's tether, falls off the shallow shelf, and is gone.  Unrecoverable.  Check your rigs!  Know what you are connected to.

What advice would you give other stunt performers?

Especially since hustling is different these days, work on tightening up whatever media you have to present.  Recommendations from other coordinators, along with seeing your physicality in real time helps.  Some reels I've seen lately are not edited in their favor.

Anything else you'd like to tell the community about?

Word spreads quickly and rumors turn into telephone game too fast.  Keep your head down, perform your best, and your work will speak for you.

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Please include any links to stunt reels or videos you'd like to share!

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