‘Ebook of Boba Fett’ Stunt Coordinator Breaks Down Finale, Prepare Scenes
JJ Dashnaw, the Emmy-nominated stunt coordinator on the Disney+ present “The Book of Boba Fett,” wasn’t a giant fan of “Star Wars” earlier than his work on the sequence. However, if you end up contained in the Boba Fett go well with and using an enormous animatronic resembling a “rancor” creature, it’s laborious to not dork out.
“I can’t even say how actual this factor regarded,” Dashnaw advised Selection. “But it surely was enjoyable getting to sit down on high of it and determine the beats. And using this factor, I come from a rodeo background so it was identical to using a horse. Simply attempting to make Boba look cool.”
Dashnaw, whose job revolves round attempting to “make Boba look cool,” labored along with his stunt staff extensively on the sequence to make sure that the present’s stunts have been protected, sensible and unimaginable. “The Ebook of Boba Fett” premiered Dec. of 2021 and adopted the basic “Star Wars” bounty hunter from the unique trilogy generally known as Boba Fett, performed by Temuera Morrison. Presumed lifeless and stranded on the desert of Tatooine, Boba should bounce again and lead a criminal offense empire in Mos Espa.
Within the sequence finale, Boba and his staff of misfits — together with Pedro Pascal’s the Mandalorian — interact in a full-out battle to defend their city. When issues get bushy, Boba resorts to a drastic measure: convey out the rancor. The bounty hunter rides the huge and muscular creature to take an higher hand within the struggle. On set, it’s actually Dashnaw beneath the go well with. And, sure, he fairly actually rode the rancor.
“Mainly, we sat on the pinnacle,” Dashnaw defined. “There was only a head that they manufactured from it, but it surely’s the scale of an elephant. So this factor was fairly large… It was nearly like being on a bucking bull. A mechanical bucking bull. They’d all of it programmed to maneuver and open his mouth and snarl. It was fairly cool.”
Using the beast wasn’t the one problem in staging the finale’s epic battle, although. With bounty hunters flying round and explosions sending individuals flying, Dashnaw and his staff relied closely on fastidiously choreographed wire work.
“Slightly math goes into it, which is humorous for me to say simply because I’m not that nice at math,” Dashnaw stated. “It’s about getting the angles of your wire pulls that truly look not superhuman-y however actual. And that is one thing that comes with years of expertise and studying and seeing what works and doesn’t work. We wait till the digital camera is setup in a sure course and determine what’s going to look finest and most life like for that shot.”
A special sequence that was equally tough to shoot was the prepare heist scene from the sequence’ second episode. The heist entails leaping from speeders, hand-to-hand preventing atop a rushing prepare and intense acrobatics.
“Typically the atmosphere helps us,” Dashnaw defined. “As a result of there wasn’t a complete lot of transfer room up there, so that you had to concentrate on the place you stepped. It appears actual, as if we’re attempting to maintain our steadiness as we’re preventing as a result of that’s really what’s taking place. It’s simply being within the ingredient and explaining to everybody and reminding them that, regardless that we’re standing nonetheless on this factor, we received to make it possible for it appears as if we’re going 80 miles an hour attempting to struggle.”
Whereas viewers may even see a sequence such because the prepare scene as a load of visible results fastidiously constructed to present the impression of hazard, Dashnaw emphasizes that, in actuality, his staff’s stuntwork is on the forefront of any motion sequence.
“I’d say between the consequences and particular results and us, we had a really shut relationship,” Dashnaw stated. “We’d see what labored out and what was helpful to them, and what we are able to do and get away with. I at all times attempt to give as a lot actual stuff on digital camera as potential. They usually can at all times, if they should, spruce it up and improve it a little bit bit extra. A lot of the stuff that you simply watched on that day was actual.”
On the finish of the day, Dashnaw nonetheless remembers his time beneath the go well with as Boba Fett as a once-in-a-lifetime alternative.
“I don’t at all times geek out at work and stuff, but it surely was enjoyable,” Dashnaw stated. “We get to decorate up on a regular basis. It’s like each day is Halloween at work. The costume that they put collectively was fairly cool. I felt like a superhero!”