Two people step off a nearly 30-foot scaffolding. If this were a television show, an authoritative voice would sound the warning, "Do not try this home." But this isn't a television show. This is Hollywood Stunts NYC, an operation helmed by stunt professionals who teach students how to safely and believably pull off gasp-inducing spectacles for film, television, stage, and theme park audiences.
Inside a 4,000-square-foot facility that rises to 40-foot ceilings, experienced stuntmen and staged-violence choreographers run training programs ranging from weekly classes to three-week intensives. Beneath instructor supervision, students learn the art of leaping, tumbling, falling, and fire stunts through using apparatus such as trampolines, air rams, and flying harnesses. The training facility also spans greenscreen and bluescreen studios. And since New York possesses one of the world's most vibrant production scenes, teachers place emphasis on industry etiquette so students know the right way to throw a chair at agents, casting directors, and stunt coordinators. Beyond training burgeoning stunt professionals, Hollywood Stunts NYC's team stages kids' birthday parties, as well as rents its facilities and equipment for production work.