VR Short “Augmented” Features Action by The Stunt People


IGN has just released part 1 of their new VR short Augmented on their YouTube channel featuring action by Eric Jacobus and his stunt team The Stunt People and directed by Blair Kelley of the hit short Wake Up Juice. Though best enjoyed through a VR device like an Oculus or Google Cardboard, any device can view the short.

Stunt coordinator Eric Jacobus and veteran Stunt People performers Dennis Ruel, Ray Carbonel, and Edward Kahana Jr. are joined by new talents Allen Quindiagan and Eddie Ray Johnson III. The first episode puts the viewer in the position of a scientist held captive in a medical bay, and follows the action into a hallway gunfight which ends in an explosion. The viewer experiences the explosion in a bullet-time sequence where they can view the carnage in full VR 3D.

Eric Jacobus coordinated with stunt riggers Mike Martinez and Paul Crawford to create the effect of bodies suspended mid-air during the explosion. Stuntman Allen Quindiagan spent the better part of the day hanging on wires from the ceiling, while the remote-controlled camera drove under his body through the middle of the blast.

Jacobus details the difficulties of shooting a stunt scene like this in VR:

If we did this stunt the old fashioned way, we could have hung Allen up anywhere in the room because we could have used a more elaborate rig and kept it hidden out of frame. But in VR, there is no frame. The viewer sees everything. So we had to use what anchors there were in the ceiling at the location, which required meeting with the building manager to make sure we weren’t tying Allen to an insecure spot.

Action is a challenge in VR. The viewer is experiencing a 360 degree world, so cutting the shot can be jarring for the viewer. What cutting there is has to be deliberate, but generally the action scenes have to be shot with no cuts. And since the technology is so new, I wasn’t able to review the shots until the following day, which meant everyone had to hit their marks perfectly.

The Stunt People in Augmented

Part 2 of Augmented to be released soon.

Eric Jacobus Trains Like An Assassin As Tekken’s Anna Williams


California-based stuntman, filmmaker, and videogame fan Eric Jacobus has taken on his first female movelist from Tekken, choosing the assassin Anna Williams for her kicking combinations and throws.

Jacobus comments on the first Williams sister’s style:

Anna Williams’ movelist is described as “Assassin arts” in the Tekkenpedia. She features a range of Taekwondo and Hapkido strikes and her throws are primarily Aikido/Hapkido with some Jujitsu rolls. In the mix are a few acrobatics, probably the same ones captured by Law/Lee’s stunt double, and some low strikes that smack of Karate. For fighting applications her throws are practical, while her combinations are less realistic, more geared for gameplay trickery.


Trivia: Jacobus changed studios in the middle of shooting Anna’s movelist, so you’ll see a variety of locations in this one.

Eric Jacobus channels Sarah Bryant in his new Dead Or Alive Movelist


Eric Jacobus is keeping the movelist train rolling with his new video where he plays Sarah Bryant, originally a Virtua Fighter character, but in this case featured in Dead Or Alive.

Jacobus broke down the movelist on his YouTube channel:

Sarah Bryant’s movelist from her first appearance in Virtua Fighter was largely comprised of kickboxing with a few gymnastics moves thrown in, and maybe some Jeet Kune Do flare. With Dead or Alive borrowing the character we see a few more combination kicks and acrobatics in the mix. Sarah’s strikes are more kickboxing-based and practical, while many of her throws are textbook TKD.

A Different Kind of TKD Workout as Eric Jacobus Channels DOA’s Rig


With Eric Jacobus’s recent foray into Dead or Alive real life movelists, it looks like Jacobus will be taking on more DOA characters. By popular demand, Jacobus took to the kicking paddles and took on Rig’s Taekwondo-heavy movelist.

Because Rig’s movelist involves so many trick kicks, Jacobus took multiple days to complete the full set.

Jacobus notes in the YouTube description:

Everything about Rig from his stance to his strikes and throws is pure Taekwondo. While many of Rig’s kicks are too flashy to use in real life, his spins and feigns are the same moves one would see in a standard Taekwondo sparring session. Integrate his fast footwork with some boxing and you can make a well-rounded IRL movelist.

Be sure to enable annotations and vote in the poll to tell Jacobus who you’d like to see him perform in the future. Looks like he’s already working on the top result.

Eric Jacobus Tackles Dead Or Alive in Real Life with Bayman’s Sambo Move List


Stuntman Eric Jacobus is known for his Tekken IRL videos, but now he’s venturing into new territory by taking on the Dead or Alive franchise. Jacobus’s latest video features Bayman’s Sambo style from DOA5.

Jacobus notes the real-life applicability of Bayman’s style:

Bayman is a Spetsnaz soldier who practices Sambo, which is a Russian martial art based in Judo. While Sambo strikes aren’t flashy, the throws are fantastic. Most of Bayman’s movelist is applicable in real-world situations.

Be sure to enable annotations and vote in the poll during the video to tell Eric which character you’d like to see next.


Eric Jacobus and Clayton Barber’s Blindsided Completed


Eric Jacobus and Clayton Barber (of Creed and Blade II fame) recently completed postproduction on their latest action short titled Blindsided, produced by David No (Matrix Reloaded).

Blindsided tells the story of Walter Cooke (Jacobus), a blind man with a smile who ventures to his neighborhood grocery store, run by Gordon (Roger Yuan, Shanghai Noon) to buy milk and apples to make a pie, but when mobsters threaten to shake down the store, Walter shows them what a blind martial artist is capable of.

Jacobus, who wrote the screenplay, and Barber, who directs the pic, set out to retell the classic Japanese samurai tale of Zatoichi from an American perspective. Walter isn’t your typical brooding superhero ala Daredevil. He’s innocent, witty, and likes his pie.

Walter’s neighbor, played by Pete Antico (Lethal Weapon 3), can’t understand how a blind man can get around so easily without breaking stride. While the inspiration for the Walter character came initially from Zatoichi, Jacobus studied under a blind athlete named Walter Raineri (coincidentally, Jacobus wrote the “Walter” character before ever knowing about Raineri) which added a new layer to the character. Jacobus said in a recent screening of the film:

Meeting real Walter gave us a new insight into the world of the blind. Walter became less a victim, more a stumbling block for everyone around him in this dangerous environment, which he passes through without a hitch.

The title for Blindsided was created by Barber, who wanted to create a deep character who was an original take on Zatoichi.


Everyone is blindsided in this film by a mysterious man who wanders into these situations and wrecks havoc, only to walk away smiling every time.

David No, acting as producer of the film, also oversaw post-production, which involved months of editing, sound design, color correction, and an entirely original score by Steffen Schmidt.

Since Blindsided finished post-production, Jacobus, Barber, and No have entered the film into multiple festivals. Screening details will be posted as they become available.

Blindsided is slated to release online early 2017. Be sure to like the Blindsided Facebook page where more updates will be posted.

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Eric Jacobus Returns to His Tekken Roots as Armor King


After a hiatus during which he changed studios and traveled the state working on various stunt projects, Eric Jacobus has released his latest Tekken IRL video. This time Jacobus dons the cat mask and performs the movelist for Armor King. After going back and forth between his favorite gym The Open Matt and his personal studio for 4 days, Jacobus held a live YouTube session where he edited Armor King’s movelist while answering questions from fans.

Jacobus posted a small description of the experience on his YouTube upload:

While he doesn’t have the huge array of throw combos King has, Armor King does have some throw chains along with some powerful kicks. He’s King Lite.

The decision to tackle Armor King’s movelist was made after poll results from the Raven IRL video showed a clear preference for Armor King over any other choices.

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Jacobus posted a new poll for Armor King. While he prioritizes Lili’s movelist, he’ll consider the next poll’s highest rank as well. Additionally, Jacobus revealed in his Facebook live chats that he already has all the footage for Anna Williams’ movelist and only needs to edit it, which he plans to do live again.

Enjoy the video, and be sure to share it!

TekkenGamer.com interviews Eric Jacobus

How do you even become a stuntman? Is their training or a school you can go to?

These days, if you put a reel together of the insane stuff you’re willing to do, you’re a stuntman because someone will probably come knocking. The term is so loose now, so it probably annoys the veteran stunt guys who take very calculated risks in specific fields, like driving, horseback, high falls, burns, and all that stuff that requires some schooling. When you meet those guys you can also see the difference in quality of the individual. They came up during a time when we didn’t worship ourselves the way we do now through social media and all the modes of expression. They just got the job done, whether they were the star or not. That’s the other side stunt performers should focus on.

Check out the full interview here: http://tekkengamer.com/meet-eric-jacobus-actor-stunt-double-and-the-guy-who-broke-the-internet/