Tagged With stunts
Here's a neat behind the scenes video showcasing how trials cyclist Danny MacAskill pulled off a wild stunt: riding down a very short ramp so he could jump off right next to someone's house on a cliff, and front flip straight into the damn ocean. It's fun to see how he tries to figure out where the best place to jump off of is, because a lot of the planning process is just him throwing rocks off the edge to see where they end up falling.
Video: Yowza. Watch this Sukhoi Su-27 make the lowest of low passes at an air base in Ukraine. Like, it flies so impossibly close to the ground that you can see a guy duck and essentially get blown over as the fighter jet flies above his head. The video shows the entire insane approach: The jet flies a few metres over the runway before it peels left and screams right on top of the guy before picking up air again over the cameraman. Bananas.
Video: For every spectacular wingsuit video you see online, you have to assume there are at least 100 that didn't go as well. They're just rarely posted. But Eric Dossantos decided to share his recent trip down a mountain featuring some spectacular footage of his descent, until things went terribly wrong.
Video: Think you can pull off burnouts, drifts and breath-taking jumps in your sedan just because you've seen all the Fast and Furious films? Being a stunt driver takes years of practise and the right equipment — and you probably have neither. But it turns you can get a similar experience by just slapping a GoPro on a Hot Wheels car and send it hurdling down a track.
Video: These daredevil dudes are total pros, so they aren't fazed at all when one of their guys gets his wingsuit caught on the wheel of an aeroplane. But can you imagine yourself in that holy horror show? You just jumped out of a damn aeroplane and instead of plummeting to the ground (the ideal situation here), you end up dangling upside down on a flying aeroplane at the mercy of a violent wind.
Video: Meet Gimbalninja. He's a crazy athletic cameraman who somehow pulls off the same extreme stunts that the people he's filming are doing — while filming them. This means he runs around doing parkour off structures and holding a camera mounted onto a gimbal rig all while he's chasing down the other stuntpeople for the perfect shot. This behind-the-scenes footage of a Nike spot shows just how nuts it can get.
Video: Am I going to watch that new Bourne movie? I don't know, probably not. Are you? You probably don't need to, because the coolest part of the movie isn't actually in the movie — it's this behind the scenes footage showing the filming of a car chase. The B-roll footage shows how the arm of the chase car camera swings around and swivels, tailing the car perfectly so that it can get all the right angles.
Video: Dubai is equal parts engineering marvel and rich person playground. It's where drones race pricey supercars and skateboarders rent out and drain entire waterparks for their amusement. It's also where BASE jumpers Chris Douggs McDougall and Jimmy Pouchert shot themselves 100m into the air just for the hell of it.
Video: Which one of these crazy people would you rather be? The person making a low pass on a stunt plane knowing if you fly any higher you're definitely going to end up in prison? The dude doing a backflip on a motorcycle while jumping over that stunt plane? Or the totally exposed lunatic walking on a tight rope as the plane passes underneath him and the biker flips right next to him?
In what appears to be a valiant effort to turn the show Black Mirror into reality, Google France has created an escape room in which participants must use Google apps to get out.
Video: Besides a bit of YouTube fame, it's hard to say why stuntman Damien Walters challenged himself to perform a daring backflip over a speeding Formula E race car — which he couldn't actually see coming. It's a stunt more impressive than anything you'll see in a Hollywood movie because there are no wires, and no computer graphics.
Video: Gravity doesn't really apply to world champion jet skier Eli Kemnitz when he's on one of those floating rockets. Just watch him freestyle and bust out an array of jumping tricks on flat water. You get to see see it a little bit from his perspective but the really wild part is just watching him spin and then bounce, spin and then bounce, and spin and then bounce like the water is a freaking trampoline.
Video: You know those basketball and soccer dribbling drills where you snake through a line of cones, dribbling a ball as you weave through them? That's what pilot Hannes Arch is doing in this aeroplane at a wind farm in Tauern Wind Park in Oberzeiring, Austria. The aeroplane just flies through the wind turbines over and over again like it's a video game and not real life.
Video: I don't know what sort of negotiations this person made with gravity, the magnets of Earth and the ground, because he came away with a freaking steal. The balance it takes to pull off all these crazy tricks on a moped and the creativity it takes to imagine them are just from another world. I mean, how does a person even realise that they could do this? Who sees a scooter and thinks "hey, can I stand on the handlebar while popping a wheelie? Or better yet, I'll just ride the handlebar as I spin around?"
Video: There's a lot of good ways to experience a city. You can walk and enjoy the outdoors but that takes a bit of time. You could ride any above ground public transportation system but that traps you inside. You could drive a car but that makes you miss out on things as you focus on the road. Or you could cycle and have fun. Tim Knoll, BMX biker, chose to cycle around Berlin. And to our benefit, he also busted out a few wildly creative bike tricks while doing so.
Video: The folks at NRK Viten are up to their usual nutty antics in their latest experiment. The concept behind this video is that it takes a lot of heat to evaporate water so if a person soaked himself in water and then slid down through an extremely huge fire, the water would provide a sort of protective layer that would prevent said person from turning into human barbecue. Physicist Andreas Wahl tests out this idea... on himself.