Last month we took a look at how the crew behind Furious 7 created the “C-130 Drop” scene in which teams are dropped out of a plane during flight in prepped cars. We noted (and praised) the director’s decision not to opt for CGI in the scene, as they instead chose the far more difficult (and awesome) route of actually dropping real cars, and a real camera crew out of C-130 in midair to capture the footage for the scene.
It turns out that the philosophy behind making the C-130 scene feel authentic extended to nearly all of the stunts depicted in the film, as this video shows us how many of the ground-based stunts were performed. You’ll be glad to know there isn’t a laptop to be found here.
There’s some truly jaw-dropping automotive choreography going on here, and it’s interesting to see the elaborate custom rigs required to get the cars to behave the way the crew wanted them to in various scenes. More than anything else though, it’s just refreshing to see stunt work being put together on the street rather than in the editing bay.
While it’s unlikely that any of the footage used in the movie was filmed with the action cams, GoPro was on scene to capture the intensity of executing the stunts as they happened. The durable Hero4 cameras give us a unique perspective into some of the wild scenes that wouldn’t be possible otherwise, like the S-Class Mercedes Benz chase cars that get sent over a cliff, or the off-road prepped Charger that gets about fifty feet of vertical airtime in the middle of forest before meeting a tree at high speed. Impressive stuff without a doubt.