JJ Dashnaw, the Emmy-nominated stunt coordinator on the Disney+ present “The E-book of Boba Fett,” wasn’t an enormous fan of “Star Wars” earlier than his work on the sequence. However, when you find yourself contained in the Boba Fett go well with and using an enormous animatronic resembling a “rancor” creature, it’s laborious to not dork out.
“I can’t even say how actual this factor regarded,” Dashnaw instructed Selection. “Nevertheless it was enjoyable getting to take a seat on prime of it and work out the beats. And using this factor, I come from a rodeo background so it was similar to using a horse. Simply attempting to make Boba look cool.”
Dashnaw, whose job revolves round attempting to “make Boba look cool,” labored along with his stunt crew extensively on the sequence to make sure that the present’s stunts have been protected, sensible and unimaginable. “The E-book of Boba Fett” premiered Dec. of 2021 and adopted the basic “Star Wars” bounty hunter from the unique trilogy generally known as Boba Fett, performed by Temuera Morrison. Presumed useless and stranded on the desert of Tatooine, Boba should bounce again and lead against the law empire in Mos Espa.
Within the sequence finale, Boba and his crew of misfits — together with Pedro Pascal’s the Mandalorian — interact in a full-out warfare to defend their city. When issues get bushy, Boba resorts to a drastic measure: convey out the rancor. The bounty hunter rides the huge and muscular creature to take an higher hand within the battle. On set, it’s actually Dashnaw below the go well with. And, sure, he fairly actually rode the rancor.
“Mainly, we sat on the top,” Dashnaw defined. “There was only a head that they fabricated from it, nevertheless it’s the dimensions of an elephant. So this factor was fairly massive… It was nearly like being on a bucking bull. A mechanical bucking bull. That they had all of it programmed to maneuver and open his mouth and snarl. It was fairly cool.”
Driving the beast wasn’t the one issue in staging the finale’s epic battle, although. With bounty hunters flying round and explosions sending individuals flying, Dashnaw and his crew relied closely on fastidiously choreographed wire work.
“Just a little math goes into it, which is humorous for me to say simply because I’m not that nice at math,” Dashnaw stated. “It’s about getting the angles of your wire pulls that truly look not superhuman-y however actual. And that is one thing that comes with years of expertise and studying and seeing what works and doesn’t work. We wait till the digicam is setup in a sure path and work out what’s going to look finest and most life like for that shot.”
A distinct sequence that was equally troublesome to shoot was the practice heist scene from the sequence’ second episode. The heist includes leaping from speeders, hand-to-hand combating atop a dashing practice and intense acrobatics.
“Typically the setting helps us,” Dashnaw defined. “As a result of there wasn’t an entire lot of transfer room up there, so that you had to concentrate on the place you stepped. It seems to be actual, as if we’re attempting to maintain our steadiness as we’re combating as a result of that’s truly what’s occurring. It’s simply being within the factor and explaining to everybody and reminding them that, although we’re standing nonetheless on this factor, we acquired to make it possible for it seems to be as if we’re going 80 miles an hour attempting to battle.”
Whereas viewers might even see a sequence such because the practice scene as a load of visible results fastidiously constructed to provide the impression of hazard, Dashnaw emphasizes that, in actuality, his crew’s stuntwork is on the forefront of any motion sequence.
“I’d say between the consequences and particular results and us, we had a really shut relationship,” Dashnaw stated. “We might see what labored out and what was helpful to them, and what we are able to do and get away with. I at all times attempt to give as a lot actual stuff on digicam as potential. They usually can at all times, if they should, spruce it up and improve it slightly bit extra. Many of the stuff that you simply watched on that day was actual.”
On the finish of the day, Dashnaw nonetheless remembers his time below the go well with as Boba Fett as a once-in-a-lifetime alternative.
“I don’t at all times geek out at work and stuff, nevertheless it was enjoyable,” Dashnaw stated. “We get to decorate up on a regular basis. It’s like daily is Halloween at work. The costume that they put collectively was fairly cool. I felt like a superhero!”