CTV’s crime-drama Motive, shot and set in Vancouver, is premiering this Sunday and Vancity Buzz had the chance to get an inside look at one of the show’s hottest stunts happening this season.
The original drama, starring Kristin Lehman as main detective Angie Flynn and Louis Ferreira as Detective Oscar Vera, along with Brendan Penny, Lauren Holly and Warren Christie as supporting cast, starts each episode by revealing both the killer and the victim in a crime, making the show more of a “whydunit” than a “whodunit”. Beyond the unconventional plot structure, the show is one of few ever to be set in Vancouver, meaning locals don’t have to see our city dressed up as Seattle… again.
Vancouver’s bustling and distinct film community means Motive doesn’t have to take short-cuts with their stunts. Doug Chapman, Stunt Coordinator with the show has been a mainstay on the Vancouver film stunt scene since 2001, with credits including “Arrow”, “Smallville” and “Stargate: Atlantis”. He has also worked feature films such as Inception, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men 2, 300 and Watchmen.
But some of Chapman’s hottest work may be one of the stunts on Motive this season. In episode 10, Chapman had to be lit on fire.
It may have been a silly question, but when asked what being on fire felt like, Chapman gave the expected response: “Hot! It feels like you’re on fire!”
While not many of us can know exactly what that feels like, Chapman has some tips to minimize the pain.
“The calmer I can be the more aware I am about the heat that’s building so I can make adjustments on the fly,” he states, noting that he will try to face into the breeze to prevent the flames from licking his face. He also holds his fingers tight together and his arms next to his body to prevent hot spots from forming.
The fiery stunt was shot back in January inside a film studio in Burnaby. In rehearsals for the scene, Chapman had to work with the crew to ensure the the scene could be filmed in the fastest and safest way.
“We rehearsed the burn using multiple camera angles as a pre-visual shoot to help everyone understand what the burn will entail, best camera angles, fuel, heat, how the wardrobe burns – just to make sure there is no unforeseen things that may rise up on the day.”
Of course, Chapman’s safety was a major concern. “I was wearing multiple layers of Nomex fire retardant underwear that had been soaked in a fire retardant gel. [It was] very cold! The gel acts as a barrier from the flame and the cold temperature of the gel helps keep the heat down for a longer period of time.”
The entire scene took only one hour to complete, including safety meetings and two burns from two different camera angles.
Check out the exclusive preview of Motive’s stunt in photos below.
Motive’s third season will premiere on CTV on Sunday, March 8 at 10 p.m.