Clarenville stunt man has key role in Crown and An­chor film

Tom Dunne is stunt co­or­di­na­tor for movie shot in St. John’s

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - BY MARK SQUIB Mark.squibb@thep­acket.ca

There’s a Clarenville con­nec­tion to the gritty, in­die drama Crown and An­chor, that opened at St. John’s Sco­tia­bank Theatre Aug. 24.

Tom Dunne, owner-op­er­a­tor of Clarenville’s Ve­loc­ity, was the film’s stunt co­or­di­na­tor.

As co­or­di­na­tor, it was Dunne’s job to build the film’s fight scenes.

“If you’re a stunt per­former you’re be­ing told what’s go­ing to be re­quired of you, what the fight’s go­ing to be, but as the co­or­di­na­tor, you’re the per­son that’s giv­ing the di­rec­tion, mak­ing sure the ac­tors have pad­ding on, telling them how they can make the scene a lit­tle bit more in­tense,” Dunne told The Packet.

“And it’s all about com­ing down to the safety of the ac­tors… safety is para­mount.”

Dunne says there’s more to the job than just throw­ing punches and wrestling guys to the ground.

“A lot of it is meet­ings. It’s very much business ori­ented. You need to have good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.”

It’s a job he says, that can go from 0 to 150 in heart­beat, as one mo­ment you’re on set await­ing your cue, and the next your tak­ing a kick to the (heav­ily padded) gut.

Dunne be­gan his stunt work ca­reer in 2010 as a stunt per­former on Repub­lic of Doyle, and has since worked on the sets of Mur­doch Mys­ter­ies, Fron­tier, Caught and Lit­tle Dog.

Crown and An­chor made its Cana­dian de­but at the LSPU Hall on July 22 as part of the Nickel In­de­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val. It will also be screened in Hal­i­fax, Montreal, Toronto, At­lanta, Los An­ge­les and other lo­ca­tions.

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