We’ve seen too many “Evolution of Dance” videos to count, but the “Evolution of Movie Stunts” is far cooler.
Damien Walters is a British freerunner, former gymnast, and stunt performer who worked on films like Kick-Ass, Captain America: The First Avenger, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and next month’s Assassin’s Creed. With the help of Honda and All4, the on demand channel for Channel 4 in the U.K., he was able to channel all of his skills into portraying the evolution of stunts in films.
And the best part is, he does it all on a treadmill.
Walters begins with a mild jog, but the magic of wall and floor projections transforms his environment into the side of a building, a bar-room brawl, and the crop-duster scene Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest. Then he threw in a ticking clock, some Matrix moves, and flames for good measure.
Watch the video below.
And, yes, those flames were very real. Walters posted a behind-the-scenes video from the fiery stunt in which he’s lit on fire by crew member with a torch.