Kazakh stuntmen conquer global film industry
Every Hollywood filmmaker knows about the stuntmen from the ‘Nomad Stunts’. European and Bollywood filmmakers also turn to them to stage complex and sometimes seemingly impossible action scenes. The stuntmen manage to make the tricks look effortless. Nomad Stunts team have been demonstrating its professional approach to work for already two decades. Horse riding, swordsmanship, fire tricks and falling from a great height – there is nothing the stuntmen cannot do. That is why the Nomad Stunts international team participated in more than 60 modern blockbusters of famous filmmakers. Nomad Stunts founder and leader Zhaidarbek Kunguzhinov was nominated for the Taurus World Stunt Awards for his work on staging stunts in the historical drama ‘Tomiris’. This is the second nomination for Kunguzhinov. In 2017, he was nominated for the ‘Oscars for stunt performers’ the Taurus World Stunt Awards for his professional work in the 2016 Russian historic film ‘Viking’.
“The stuntmen of our team are universal. We do not specialize in one thing. That is why the foreign film production studios often invite us to the film sets, as they are confident that we can perform more tricks than those stuntmen who only work in one direction. The thing is that in the Western world, there is a clear differentiation – a stuntman, who rides a horse (a rider), doesn’t do blockages of horses, sweeps or horse falls. Horse stuntmen will not do braces and stunts on cables, but we do perform all of these tricks, because our stuntmen have the necessary training and experience,” said Yevgeniya Lee, Nomad Stunts manager.
Currently, Nomad Stunts team collaborates with leading film studios in the United States, India, Turkey and many other countries. Their filmography includes the work on such high-profile and large-scale projects as ’47 Ronin’, ‘The Expendables 2’, ‘The Way Home’, ‘Marco Polo’, as well as series for the ‘Netflix’ and ‘HBO’ streaming services.
“As for our approach to work, we give all our best equally on the film sets of the Kazakh projects as well as the foreign ones. Of course, there are certain subtleties and nuances. For example, when we work in Hollywood, stuntmen have much more time to prepare tricks and practice all the details. The rehearsals of battle scenes can last several months there, whereas the shooting takes only about a week, precisely because everything is rehearsed in advance. In India, Bollywood, sometimes everything can change in the last moment, right on the set, but this negatively affects the quality of the action, therefore the filmmakers are trying to give up on this practice,” Lee said.
The Nomad Stunts team had big plans, but they had to postpone them this year because of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
“At the beginning of the year, we planned a series shooting in the Czech Republic for the Netflix streaming service, as well as a big project in Bulgaria and shooting of a historical film in India. Zhaidarbek Kunguzhinov was supposed to act as a stunt coordinator of an Indian film project. Unfortunately, due to the current global pandemic, all of the projects were postponed, but we hope that as soon as the epidemiological situation stabilizes, we will return to the negotiations,” Lee added.
Disney’s ‘Mulan’ will be released this summer. Kazakh stuntmen also took part in the studio’s live-action remake. Little time left before the theatrical release of ‘Mulan’ – it will hit the big screen in August 21. Nomad Stunts team performed all of the spectacular action scenes and difficult stunts on horses, and Kunguzhinov will also appear in the Disney’s Mulan remake in a role of the leader of a huge army of ‘wolves’.