Rolling Stone magazine recently got together with Mad Max: Fury Road‘s stunt coordinator Guy Norris to discuss the mechanics behind the all-real and completely insane stunts that the film is chock full of. Describing the experience of overseeing the massive orchestrated stunt scenes in the Namibian desert as “literally like going to war,” the native Australian and former traveling stunt-show performer was at times in charge of ensuring that the film’s more than 300 stunt sequences — at times involving up to 150 stunt people — went without any hitches and to maximum explosive impact. Read an excerpt about one of the stunts below and click here for the full article.
The Polecats’ Swinging Party
“The Polecats is probably my most favorite sequence. George always imagined that we would have to use CGI for safety’s sake, but it was my wish and dream that we could do that for real. A lot of effort went into training guys in Chinese pole work. Then a friend of mine who had worked for Cirque du Soleil took it a step further, heading up an eight-week training program. The real breakthrough was raising the pivot point of the pole, like with those old-fashioned desk sculptures where the duck puts his beak in the water.”