Eric is a stuntman, martial artist, and actor based in California. Jacobus began his stunt and filmmaking career in his hometown of Redding, California in 2001 with the formation of The Stunt People. Originally a gymnast and weightlifter, Jacobus enlisted the help of local martial artists and gymnasts Chelsea Steffensen and Gavin Merrick to create short action comedies. When Eric moved to San Francisco to attend SFSU for cinema in 2002, he began formal martial arts training under Andy Leung, who soon became a Stunt People member.
As Jacobus brought on more talents like Edward Kahana, Dennis Ruel, and Ray Carbonel, The Stunt People expanded to a team of 30+ members spread out across California. Their 2002 hit film Teamwork 2 caught the eye of producer Jeff Centauri, who featured it on his DVD Everyone Is Kung Fu Fighting.
Through Jeff Centauri, Jacobus and his team connected with local filmmaker Stephen Reedy and began production of Reedy’s short film Undercut in 2004, which combined the team’s collective gymnastics, martial arts, and stunt expertise with Reedy’s run-n-gun filmmaking style and witty humor. The film would ultimately be runner-up for the 2006 MTV Movie Awards. Centauri’s DVD also brought producers Ro Sahebi and Cliff Tang in contact with Jacobus, and they offered a small budget to produce Jacobus’s feature film debut, Contour, which garnered numerous awards and put The Stunt People on the map upon its release in 2006.
After putting his producing and directing abilities as well as his physicality to the test in multiple short and feature films for the next five years with newer members such as Shaun Finney and Lucas Okuma, Jacobus tackled his second feature film effort Death Grip in 2011 with the help of producer and local stuntwoman Rebecca Ahn. For Death Grip they raised a $110,000 budget using both crowd-funding and private equity. The film was distributed worldwide and earned notoriety, particularly for two scenes – a fast-paced knife fight, which netted Jacobus and company multiple jobs in the ensuing months, and a “silent” comedy action scene involving a toilet sensor. The latter caught the attention of veteran American stuntman and producer Clayton Barber, who approached Jacobus with a business proposition.
Clayton Barber knew that his experience as a producer and stunt coordinator would be the perfect counterpart to Jacobus’s physical, comedic, and filmmaking abilities. In keeping with the mantra of “Action Guys Doing Action Films” Jacobus had developed with The Stunt People, Barber and Jacobus developed an American martial arts film brand in the vein of Jackie Chan and Charlie Chaplin with their first short film Rope A Dope, co-directed by long-time collaborator Pete Lee, which was an instant hit. Barber used the film to secure a starring role for Jacobus in ABCs of Death 2 in the first segment “A Is For Amateur”. The team then produced Rope A Dope 2, a bigger and bolder example of what the team could do on a small budget.
Eric Jacobus and Clayton Barber are currently developing more short and feature films. Jacobus produces short films for his YouTube Channel and has expanded into the untapped world of “Real Life Videogames,” starting out by performing the complete move list for Tekken’s Hwoarang. He continues to work full-time as an actor, stuntman, and stunt coordinator throughout California.
2001 – Founded The Stunt People
2002 – Teamwork 2 released on Everyone Is Kung Fu Fighing
2003 – Escapee released with Kahana and Leung, mass downloading crashes server
2004 – Starred in Stephen Reedy’s MTV Movie Award-nominated film Undercut
2005 – Produces, directs, and stars in first feature film Contour
2007 – Stars in Micah Moore’s Dogs of Chinatown
2008 – Featured on Discovery Channel’s Time Warp with Ray Carbonel
2009 – Stunt coordinates for Love Aaj Kaal
2010 – Stars in Hiroshi Adachi’s Detective Story
2011 – Produces, directs, and stars in second feature film Death Grip
2012 – Stars as “Stryker” in Mortal Kombat Legacy
2013 – Directs and stars in Rope A Dope in collaboration with Clayton Barber
– Stars in ABCs of Death 2’s first segment “A Is For Amateur”
2014 – Co-Directs and stars in Rope A Dope 2, his second Barber collaboration
2015 – Fight coordinates under Barber for Heart of a Champion in Beijing and Bangkok