Grassroots Motorsports Live on Wednesday, July 12: Meeting the Lead Stunt Driver from “Baby Driver”

Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” is the No. 1 action flick in America. It’s also being embraced by gear heads for its amazingly practical car chase cinematography. On the next Grassroots Motorsports LIVE! Presented by CRC Industries, we’ll talk with Jeremy Fry, lead stunt driver for the film. Join us with your questions live at 9 p.m. EST, Wednesday, July 12 on our Facebook and Youtube hubs.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/7/17 10:25 a.m.

Well that sounds pretty rad.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
7/7/17 10:30 a.m.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
7/7/17 10:46 a.m.
David S. Wallens wrote: Well that sounds pretty rad.

Like, totally.

Miles Wilson
Miles Wilson Marketing Assistant
7/10/17 10:09 a.m.

I am IN! One more reason to see this movie. A 97% Rotten Tomatoes score seems worth the price of admission.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/12/17 1:35 p.m.

Just a bump for the afternoon crowd.

See everyone later this evening: 9 p.m. Eastern.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/12/17 1:51 p.m.

And, here, a taste of tonight's guest's handiwork:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/zTvJJnoWIPk

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/12/17 3:16 p.m.

A nearly 6-minute trailer? Okay, fine, it has lots of skids and stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/kcc05_oZlLc

Mitchell
Mitchell UberDork
7/12/17 3:22 p.m.

Will you be posting this to your channel afterwards? Some of us west coasters work late.

Aaron_King
Aaron_King PowerDork
7/12/17 3:58 p.m.

Should be good.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/12/17 4:00 p.m.
Mitchell wrote: Will you be posting this to your channel afterwards? Some of us west coasters work late.

Yes. Through the magic of YouTube it will be preserved for all eternity.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/12/17 7:36 p.m.

Just a bump since we go live at 9 p.m. Eastern tonight. I hear that our guest is in the green room.

T.J.
T.J. MegaDork
7/12/17 8:05 p.m.

Sweet.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/12/17 8:13 p.m.

Thanks for joining us this evening.

Ransom
Ransom PowerDork
7/12/17 8:34 p.m.

This is awesome.

The0retical
The0retical SuperDork
7/12/17 8:43 p.m.
Ransom wrote: This is awesome.

Yea it is. Really enjoying this one.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/12/17 8:48 p.m.

Cool, glad everyone's enjoying it.

Remember, like and share.

Nick (Bo) Comstock
Nick (Bo) Comstock MegaDork
7/12/17 9:22 p.m.

That was everything I hoped it would be

And the new streaming computer seems to be working wonderfully!

Nick (Bo) Comstock
Nick (Bo) Comstock MegaDork
7/12/17 9:24 p.m.

I also really enjoyed the look on JG's face when he realized he wasn't going to be able to contain that massive sneeze but he hadn't quite figured out what to do about it...pure panic

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
7/12/17 9:31 p.m.
Nick (Bo) Comstock wrote: I also really enjoyed the look on JG's face when he realized he wasn't going to be able to contain that massive sneeze but he hadn't quite figured out what to do about it...pure panic

I'm building a sneeze chamber as we speak.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/12/17 9:31 p.m.

Yes, awesome stuff.

If you missed the live broadcast, soon you should be able to catch it again over on our YouTube channel.

Enjoy.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
7/12/17 9:32 p.m.

And thanks to everyone who watched, and thanks to jfryjfry for being part of it. I really could have done that all night, but we gotta keep them around 60 min for Youtube juju. Jeremy will be around the board in the next couple days for followup questions.

Mitchell
Mitchell UberDork
7/13/17 12:11 a.m.

This was a really cool discussion; thanks for sharing! Most other interviewers would have had a few topical questions before switching to something else.

Aaron_King
Aaron_King PowerDork
7/13/17 10:16 a.m.

Life got in the way last night but am watching it now.

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
7/13/17 2:27 p.m.

Just finished- JG- good questions, which is to say- you asked the one I was curious about. Well, more than one.

Very interesting stuff- my wife and I are big movie people, but more in the indie film area- so jfry- if you are ever invited to the Cinetopia Film Festival in Ann Arbor, say yes. We'll meet you there. And that's the same festival where the US premier of "McLaren" was screened a month an a half ago.

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
7/13/17 7:00 p.m.

Just remembered a point you missed, JG- the fact that Baby Driver was in Atlanta- while you got the eastern location that many will be familiar with, you totally missed the GRM noted richness of Craigslist Atlanta- which has become quite similar to the Answer as a highlight here....

jfryjfry
jfryjfry Reader
7/13/17 9:16 p.m.

Just a quick note of thanks - JG, I really appreciate the invitation to be on the show. When I stumbled upon the grm forum, it was amazingly therapeutic; here was a gaggle of like-minded folks when I had felt like a lone sheep in the desert :)

Contrary to my experience with baby driver, I (and 99.7% of all stunt performers) generally are not sought after when the job is finished. And I like it that way - I'm blessed with a great job.

So I probably won't make it to any film festivals any time soon. But you'd better believe I'll take you up on the offer!

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
7/13/17 9:35 p.m.
alfadriver wrote: Just remembered a point you missed, JG- the fact that Baby Driver was in Atlanta- while you got the eastern location that many will be familiar with, you totally missed the GRM noted richness of Craigslist Atlanta- which has become quite similar to the Answer as a highlight here....

We actually talked about that a bit in the preshow, we just weren't able to get around to it in our allotted time. And, yeah, the fact that it was shot in Atlanta wasn't lost on me at all. It was cool seeing areas I recognized, and just cool seeing the location provide a different backdrop for the type of movie that's usually set in LA, New York, or Vancouver pretending to be LA or New York. Don't get me wrong, those cities have some iconic landscapes—and who doesn't love a good car chase through the LA flood control channels—but seeing something both different and recognizable was a treat.

PS: There's a legitimate business case to be made for opening one of those 'Exotic Car Driving Experience' type deals, but instead you let people drive hot rods in the LA river.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
7/13/17 9:42 p.m.
jfryjfry wrote: Just a quick note of thanks - JG, I really appreciate the invitation to be on the show. When I stumbled upon the grm forum, it was amazingly therapeutic; here was a gaggle of like-minded folks when I had felt like a lone sheep in the desert :) Contrary to my experience with baby driver, I (and 99.7% of all stunt performers) generally are not sought after when the job is finished. And I like it that way - I'm blessed with a great job. So I probably won't make it to any film festivals any time soon. But you'd better believe I'll take you up on the offer!

Thanks so much man. I really appreciate those rare occasions that my car nerd and film nerd sides get to work together for a common cause.

You might not have been around the board long enough to know this, but I have a little side hustle building low-cost motion and mounting gear for indie filmmakers. Basically affordable, portable, adjustable dollies that let grassroots filmmakers put a little motion in their shots for a fraction of the cost of pro gear. We've sold like 3000 of the things all over the world to everyone from students to CBS Sports. So I'm a bit of a dork for a well-moved camera. The insane steadicam, Edge, and rig shots in Baby Driver—and your ability to work in such harmony with those operators—made for a pretty special experience at the theater.

Thanks so much for being a part of the show, and a part of the scene here.

racerdave600
racerdave600 SuperDork
7/14/17 11:02 a.m.
jfryjfry wrote: Just a quick note of thanks - JG, I really appreciate the invitation to be on the show. When I stumbled upon the grm forum, it was amazingly therapeutic; here was a gaggle of like-minded folks when I had felt like a lone sheep in the desert :) Contrary to my experience with baby driver, I (and 99.7% of all stunt performers) generally are not sought after when the job is finished. And I like it that way - I'm blessed with a great job. So I probably won't make it to any film festivals any time soon. But you'd better believe I'll take you up on the offer!

I have a friend of mine that's not much of a car person, but she's a huge movie fan, and she's now seen Baby Driver 4 times. She loves it. One of her comments was that the cars were normal cars, not like sports cars and muscle cars most car chase movies use. It did not go unnoticed to her at least. I enjoyed it quite a bit as well. Having a non-CG car chase was epic! I think you've now gone to the top of having everyone on here's dream job!

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH MegaDork
7/14/17 11:08 a.m.

Copying this from the other thread that's apparently been abandoned:

Just watched the recording. A couple of questions for jfryjfry:

How do the biscuit rig controls connect? Is it drive-by-wire?

How do you attach the car to the biscuit rig?

I've always wondered about what mods are done to the Russian Arm vehicle with its ultra-high CoG. I'm guessing beefy sway bars are standard. Do you know if they use hard springs or do they have to keep them soft to keep the picture smooth? Do they go all-out and put FRICS on them?

jfryjfry
jfryjfry Reader
7/16/17 10:05 a.m.

In reply to GameboyRMH:

You would love to check these things out! The pod is just bolted to the top, often using the roof rack mounting points. They used to cage the cars and bolt to that but have realized that was overkill.

They can be drive by wire or direct mechanical or hydraulic or a combo. They used to have ujoints and shafts going down the apillar and connecting to the rack but now it's hydraulic. Usually the feel is pretty vague and not self-centering. Sometimes there is slop in there as well. These are not fun to drive. At all. But some of them feel great and it is not a hindrance.

The shifting is usually left alone and has to be done by a person in the car. Sometimes the ignition also falls into this category.

Brakes can be done with a mc and hydraulic unit on the pod with brake lines running down and a vacuum line running up. They can also use a hydraulic cylinder mounted on the stock brake that is actuated by a master on the pod.

Overall, they are surprisingly stable, although they really need good anti-sway bars and springs to cope with the weight and raised cg.

The camera cars have all the stability and vibration control built into the head that the camera mounts onto.

I can't speak to the current fleet of vehicles but the older ones definitely have power, brake and suspension improvements.

They are very impressive vehicles but only as good as their drivers, arm operators, etc...

As far as the biscuit rig goes, the cars or bucks (stripped out cars) are usually bolted down. They make mounting bosses on the car that line up with some of the myriad of mounting holes on the rig. They can also be ratchet-strapped, or a combination.

I need to get a picture of that thing up on my Instagram. It's a vicious beast :)

The0retical
The0retical SuperDork
7/16/17 11:27 a.m.

In reply to jfryjfry:

Have you had the opportunity to try out The Mill's Blackbird rig yet?

It seems like it's usefulness would be a bit, I want to say suspect but that's not quite right, limited for action sequence type items.

Still would be interested to hear what it's like vs the biscuit rigs or if it's even a viable replacement since such a huge deal was made out of it.

jfryjfry
jfryjfry Reader
7/16/17 4:54 p.m.

In reply to The0retical:

I don't have any firsthand experience with it but Robert Nagle who helped design and drives the biscuit rig was involved with the blackbird. Sounds capable and allows for very cool stuff but has limitations and extra costs.

Time will tell if it becomes something that is used a lot or just does a few things.

wheelsmithy
wheelsmithy Dork
7/19/17 8:50 p.m.

Just saw the movie. Indeed, it is great. I am commenting so I can more easily find the video in the future. Cheers!

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH MegaDork
7/20/17 7:49 p.m.

Hey thanks for answering my questions jfryjfy. Saw the movie on the weekend, don't think I've ever seen a musical action movie before Great movie, and it easily earns a spot in the car chase pantheon.

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