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Watch Now: Sundance Home Movie Show #1 With Mike Plante

By Mike Everleth ⋅ March 8, 2012

In the cold Park City night air, professional stuntman Nash Edgerton (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith) teaches filmmaking brothers Nathan and David Zellner (Goliath) how to throw a punch in this “home movie” by journalist/curator/filmmaker Mike Plante for the Sundance Film Festival. You know, it’s not as easy as it looks.

Edgerton, who doubled for Ewan McGregor in two Star Wars films and did stunts for The Matrix, Superman Returns and other high-profile blockbusters, is also an indie filmmaker himself who broke into his profession by producing short films showcasing his stunt work. Which is really a pretty smart way to go about things, provided one is as professional and serious about his work as Edgerton is, otherwise weaker souls might just end up dead, really.

In above home movie, Plante includes clips from Edgerton’s short film Lucky, where he leaps around a speeding car, as well as several examples of the stuntman falling off of tall things in TV commercials.

This is a really fun little web episode that makes one hungry for future installments. It’s a good twist on the old, stale sit-down indie filmmaker interview one typically sees. Plante has a great, breezy interviewing style, so this format fits him perfectly.

P.S. The other fellow you see doing the 2nd unit camerawork is animator Brent Green.

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