Stunts are an art form, blending physical prowess with illusion to create moments that leave audiences in awe. Jan Patrina’s insights provide a fascinating glimpse into the world behind the action, reminding us of the dedication and creativity that goes into every frame. As Prime Video’s The Wheel of Time continues to captivate viewers, it’s clear that the magic isn’t just in the story but also in the craftsmanship of professionals like Patrina.
The Art of Selling a Stunt
In the realm of fantasy television, where the line between reality and magic is often blurred, the role of a stunt coordinator is pivotal. Jan Petrina, the Stunt Coordinator for the acclaimed series ‘The Wheel of Time’, sheds light on the intricacies of his craft in a recent interview. He delves into the challenges and techniques of making stunts appear real and impactful.
“I think a lot of it is also, it’s not only the stunt because sometimes you make it kind of real, but just, you know, you put it up so you say if you kind of take the edge off, you know, the impact and stuff. But it’s so much about the director and the way it builds things.”-Jan Petrina, Season 2 Stunt Coordinator-
The Magic Behind Brutal Scenes
The art of creating stunts that appear brutal without causing actual pain is a complex one. Jan shared some of the tricks of the trade, emphasizing the role of makeup effects and innovative techniques.
“Oh, I think for that, we kind of ask the makeup effects and stuff to create like artificial limbs and stuff. And sometimes you dig a hole, and you panic the real limb, you know, under the actor, and you put the fake one on top. And you make it look really bad, you know, like you see the bones and stuff broken out.”-Jan Petrina, Season 2 Stunt Coordinator-
Jan’s insights underscore the importance of collaboration in filmmaking. From the director’s vision to the makeup effects, every element plays a crucial role in bringing authenticity to the screen.
Wheel of Time Season 2 is now streaming exclusively on Prime Video with new episodes every Friday.
About Wheel of Time
Release: Season 2 Premiere September 1, 2023
Developer: Rafe Judkins
Executive Producers: Rafe Judkins, Larry Mondragon, Rick Selvage, Ted Field, Mike Weber, Darren Lemke, Marigo Kehoe, Justine Juel Gillmer, Sanaa Hamri, Amanda Kate Shuman
Production: Amazon Studios, Sony Pictures Television
Distribution: Prime Video
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Henney, Josha Stradowski, Zoë Robins, Madeleine Madden, Marcus Rutherford, Dónal Finn, Ceara Coveney
Based on the best-selling Robert Jordan fantasy series The Wheel of Time, a humble farm boy, Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski, Gran Turismo), learns he is The Dragon Reborn—a dangerous figure from history destined to save the world … or break it. Desperate to protect him from the Dark One, an army of powerful sorceresses must reckon with his burgeoning power and encroaching madness.
The Wheel of Time turns, and the Last Battle approaches. Though Rand thought he destroyed the Dark One, evil is not gone from the world. In Season Two, threats new and very old seek out the young friends from the Two Rivers, now scattered over the world. The woman who found and guided them is now powerless to help, and so they must find other sources of strength. In each other, or themselves. In the Light … or the Dark.
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