The other day, we had a stunt where a truck was supposed to crash into a tree, flip over on its side, then explode. For some reason.
Everything was set up and ready to go, and I noticed there was an extra guy at each camera. I asked the stunt coordinator what the deal was, and he told me they were stuntmen. Whenever you have a camera close to something dangerous, you have to have an extra guy ready to pull the operator out of the way, since the cameraman is focused only on what’s directly in front of the lens.
“Do they ever actually have to pull them away?” I ask.
“Not often,” he replied, “but it’s good to be safe.”
So, this truck that’s supposed to topple over on its side? It winds up sailing through the air, flipping completely upside down, and crashing on its hood about a foot in front of the A camera, whose operator had been yanked away at the last moment.
The stunt coordinator just turned to me and glared.
I’m pretty sure I deserved it.