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How to Film Dangerous Movie Stunts

Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 7

Hollywood actor Tom Cruise is famous for performing incredibly dangerous stunts for the Mission: Impossible franchise.

Even so, for each stunt Cruise performs, there are crew members who assemble the props, sets, and equipment needed for these scenes - not to mention the camera crews who sometimes find themselves in as much danger as the actor.

Movies Insider has compiled a video of 12 near-impossible stunts, several of which are featured in Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One.

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For example, look at the fight scene on top of a train moving at 60 mph. A steam locomotive was constructed by the crew, along with special flatbed carriages to carry equipment.

In our opinion, one of the most remarkable people in this photo is that determined handheld-camera operator.

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Another brave camera operator was the one equipped with a Gimbal rig and two cameras as he flew alongside Cruise during the speed flying scene. Movies Insider says speed flying can be treacherous because you're just a few feet above the ground and the slightest wind can knock you off course. Although the cameras themselves were controlled from nearby helicopter and drones, the camera operator maneuvered the Gimbal rig while in mid-air.

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The most iconic stunt of the film is the one where Cruise drives a motorcycle off a cliff, which many consider to be the most dangerous stunt of the entire Mission: Impossible series.

While the camera crew was not in the same danger as Cruise during filming, set crews had to engineer and build a ramp to exact measurements: 443 ft. long, 35 ft. high, and 10 ft. wide. The ramp was first constructed in a British quarry for testing before it was dismantled and shipped to Norway, where it was reconstructed on the side of a mountain.

A lot of training and planning went into this film, and you can check out the Movie Insider video HERE. Then join us at the Jewel starting July 28 to see this incredible movie on the big screen.

Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One plays at Stettler's Jewel Theatre July 28 - August 3. Check for showtimes, and plan to come early to beat the ticket and popcorn lines.

See you at the movies!


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