A galaxy of stars paid fulsome tribute to filmmaker John McTiernan (“Die Arduous,” “Predator”) and stuntman Vic Armstrong (the Indiana Jones, James Bond and Star Wars franchises) as they had been each awarded Shifting Goal awards on Friday for his or her excellent contributions to the motion style on the inaugural London Motion Pageant.
The awards had been offered at London’s Royal London Geographical Society and icons from the motion style attended, together with Corin Hardy (“Gangs of London”), composer David Arnold (“On line casino Royale”) Robert Davi (“Die Arduous”) and Edgar Wright (“Final Evening in Soho”).
Distinguished movie personalities who’ve labored with McTiernan and Armstrong conveyed their appreciation through video messages. Harrison Ford praised Armstrong, saying: “We’ve been doing this Vic for like 50 years! You’ve had the nice sense to show it right into a directing job ‘cos this working, leaping and falling down factor is a sport for the younger guys. The audiences cherished the work you’ve guided within the Indiana Jones movies. Folks don’t actually perceive what goes into an motion movie and it’s a really sophisticated, technical points lately. It’s been an incredible pleasure to work with you, sir.”
James Bond producer, Barbara Broccoli, mentioned: “You actually had an auspicious begin to the Bond movies, propelling down that rope in Blofeld’s volcano in 1967 in ‘You Solely Stay Twice.’ You’ve collaborated with us on so many Bond movies and I’m very grateful to you.”
Fellow Bond producer Michael G. Wilson, mentioned: “Vic, you shared our philosophy when it got here to stunts, and that was you probably did as a lot as you would for actual. You had been a one cease store — you secured the areas, you designed the stunts, you ensured they had been shot with type and tempo, you had been a real collaborator with the director. Sequences just like the motorbike chase in Thailand on ‘Tomorrow By no means Dies,’ the boat chase on the Thames that opened up ‘The World is Not Sufficient’ and the automotive chase on ice, that was one thing, for ‘Die One other Day.’ They had been among the most iconic Bond moments.”
Pierce Brosnan added: “We have now some many nice moments you and I in saving the world within the nice realm of James Bond films. One’s that I’ll cherish in my coronary heart perpetually and being in your organization.” Brosnan mentioned of McTiernan: “ ‘Nomads’ was our first movie collectively. You took off like a rocket, an beautiful director, nice alchemy you carry to the display screen.”
Kudos for McTiernan continued from Alec Baldwin, who mentioned: “In his one performing lesson he gave me after we had been taking pictures ‘The Hunt for Crimson October,’ that also rings in my ears at present, as I used to be twiddling with all the things was ‘Can’t you simply stand there and do nothing?’ And you understand what John, you had been proper. Now once I do a film and administrators says come by way of the door or make an espresso or one thing, I say ‘No. I believe I’ll simply stand right here and do nothing’. It was an incredible honour to work with the good John McTiernan — after they provide the award, simply stand there.”
Jan de Bont, DoP on “Die Arduous” and “The Hunt for Crimson October,” mentioned: “With these films you had been in a position to reinvent, re-energize and re-activate American motion films as they need to be. Your unbelievable perseverance meant you’d do something to make you imaginative and prescient come throughout. You’re the absolute good selection for this award as your films lastly received film-goers excited once more about motion films.”
Michael Tadross Sr., producer on “Die Arduous with a Vengeance” and “The Thomas Crown Affair,” mentioned: “You’ll be able to’t BS him — he’s an unbullshittable director. John McTiernan is a genius, he’s good, one of many nicest human beings I’ve ever recognized in my life and he’s a pal. Congratulations McT.”
Pageant co-director Julian Alcantara mentioned: “It’s been a surprising couple of days, with two extra to go, topped with John McTiernan profitable one among our inaugural, and specifically designed, Shifting Goal awards. ‘Die Arduous’ and ‘Predator’ are two of probably the most iconic, universally cherished and adrenaline fuelled movies ever to be made and set the bar for future films within the style. Stuntman and motion director Vic Armstrong’s award is indicative to what he has delivered to the film enterprise through the years. Being the stunt double for the likes of Harrison Ford in ten films together with the Indiana Jones and Star Wars sequence, and stunt coordinator on virtually all the things, it’s greater than properly deserved.”
The pageant continues this weekend with a bunch of panels, screenings and Q&As, together with Corin Hardy showcasing footage from season two of “Gangs of London”; McTiernan conducting a Q&A after a thirty fifth anniversary screening of “Predator”; director Simon West on “Con Air” after a twenty fifth anniversary screening; MARV screening unique footage from “College Battle”; and Proof Inc. demonstrating a masterclass in particular results from “Jurassic World Dominion”; and a number of other different occasions at Picturehouse Central.