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July 15, 2013

Lewiston pilot does daredevil stunts for top movies

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Niagara Gazette — Just about to head out the door with his flight crew, he took a few moments recently to answer a few questions about about his life as a daredevil in the air.

QUESTION: So, what is your latest project about?

ANSWER: It’s a movie called “Need for Speed.” It’s a (Steven) Spielberg produced DreamWorks movie about a video game come to life. The gamers all know this title already. It’s a really popular car race game. In this case, it’s coming to life as a real time car race across the country, from New York City to Los Angeles. They’ve picked some gorgeous sites along the way.

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Q: What’s your job on this film?

A: I film all the aerial pieces of the movie, so anything to do with helicopters, either in the movie shot from above, or as a stunt. This morning we were filming a car that hits a canyon wall and it did a big flip over three other other vehicles and there was a big explosion.

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Q: That sound’s like something kids would really like, and grown men as well.

A: You are exactly right.

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Q: Are you the flyer or are you the camera guy?

A: I’m flying the helicopter. I work as a pilot. Hooked to the nose of the helicipoper is a camera. The camera man sits besides me and we’re the ones capturing the image.

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Q: Do you have to fly pretty low to get the shots?

A: Today, I was just about five feet above the river next to the canyon.

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Q: So, you are not just shooting an adventure, you are living an adventure?

A: Yeah. Exactly. In this movie we’ve also been a California Highway patrol helicopter chasing one of the cars. This afternoon I’ll be doing a big stunt. I’ve signed a non-disclosure agreement so I can’t say what it is, but I’ll be doing an on-camera stunt with a big Sikorsky helicopter.

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