Clarenville stunt man has key role in Crown and Anchor film
Tom Dunne is stunt coordinator for movie shot in St. John’s
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.