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"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Stunt Scenes Hit YouTube

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | January 10, 2013 | Comments ()


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Stunt coordinator Jeff Pruitt has uploaded a few videos onto YouTube showing stunt work behind the scenes from the third and fourth seasons of "Buffy." These aren't edited up to the nines for DVD extras, they're more like home movies, but that makes them more entertaining in their own way. Other than an appearance by Seth Green rambling to the camera about his katana training, the actors don't show up much since the focus is on the more intense stunts.

Here's a bunch of footage from the shooting of the Buffy/Faith scene in "Graduation Day", along with a bit from the big battle at graduation itself:

And here's one showcasing "Hush" and "Doomed", including a great few seconds of the Gentlemen floating along down the street.

I find it simply amazing that people who look nothing alike can be substituted in for each other without it being noticeable in the finished episode, without a disruption of the suspension of disbelief at all.

There are eight such videos in total on Pruitt's YouTube page. Plus here's a bonus video of Buffy stunt double Sophia Crawford's work out:

I don't think she would even need magic slayer strength to effectively fight vampires.




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  • Tarn

    I could usually tell when it was Spike's stunt double, though. The guy bleached his hair, and got the body language right, but he just wasn't built the same as James Marsters. Especially during the period when Marsters got scary thin.

  • poopnado

    My roomie and I are Buffy fanatics, and I do think the fighting sequences were really well done all things considered. I usually tune out the fight-scenes--I'll use them as an excuse to grab a drink or run to the bathroom, but there have been a few times when we've both been watching a fight scene and we'll both say "WHOA!" and I'll remember that Buffy is a show about kicking evil's ass.

    Speaking of ass, we both got obsessed with how awesome Buffy's stunt double's was. You could instantly tell from booty shots when it was SMG and when it was the double. Not that SMG's wasn't great, but DAYUM SON, her stunt double's butt was amazing. Sometimes the change between stunt double and actor is distracting, but for the most part it doesn't bother my viewing, and I often think of how amazing the stunt doubles are, how much work they put in for much less recognition.

  • I do believe this has diminished my Sarah Gellar crush, but now I've got major hots for Sophia Crawford.
    Holy Effin Cow, you are a freaking super hero(ine) ma'am! I'm hoping that I will gain a fraction of your strength and dexterity in my workouts during the coming year.

  • Ben

    The fights look more impressive in these home camera footage things then they did in the show.

  • ViciousTrollop

    Great. Now one part of me wants to sit on the couch and rewatch Buffy and another part of me feels like I should get up off the couch and start rolling huge tires around. Fat me wins!

  • alwaysanswerb

    Ha, fat me vs. not fat me isn't even a contest. (Fat me always wins.)

  • koko temur

    man, "Buffy" had so much wit, you kinda forget how action packed it was and how well that action was made for such a small budget . it's just like Prince keep distracting people from his musical talent with blatant weirdness.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    One other thing - Sophia Crawford weighs 100 lbs. Getting punched by her would really really hurt, but F=ma is a reality. There's just not a lot of "m" in 100 lbs. Up against a person weighing 220+, she'd be in big trouble. This is why boxing, judo, taekwondo, etc. have weight classes.

    Edit:

    Thought about it some more. If you look at someone like Manny Pacquiao, who weighed the same as Sophia Crawford when he started, I guess you could assume that she could take out an untrained person weighing 200 lbs or more. But if you give the brute relatively similar training (if not talent or skill), it's gonna go bad for the small one.

  • nosio

    That's why she has the super slayer strength!

  • poopnado

    Yeah, I frequently remind myself of the slayer strength. SMG is pretty scrawny, although she did such a great job of conveying strength and toughness through acting. I'll often think "there is NO WAY SMG could take that large vamp/man/demon down", but then I'll think, "Oh yeah slayer strength duuhhhhhh." Also the answer to "Why is Buffy always wearing heels? Girl knows she's get in a fight every 5 minutes." WHATEVER slayer powers come with the ability to fight in ridiculous shoes too.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    exactly! Magic beats physics like paper covers rock.

  • Anna von Beav

    But.... I .....

    You know there's a script, right? In this fantasy show? About VAMPIRES?

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    yes yes, I was still on my rant about "Salt" and other movies where 100 lb women knock out 200 lb guys. Seeing Sophia Crawford working out actually helps the suspension of disbelief.

    You can think to yourself "self, she may be tiny, but that legislator from the Philippines is tiny, and he's won more boxing titles than any other man ever."

  • Anna von Beav

    *phew*

    Just checking.

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    Sophia Crawford is the reason why sentient people hate Angela Jolie in "Salt".

  • Slash

    I've always loved those red leather (or pleather or whatever) pants.

  • KatSings

    My little stuntwoman heart goes pitter pat that this is posted here. I can't watch at work, but I will be watching these on loop when I get home!

  • Afferbeck

    I'm surprised at how brutal the fights look 'in real life'.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I can't begin to say how impressed I am with the stuntwomen. Holy crap.

  • BlackRabbit

    I tried that rope thing. It's pretty tiring, even just as an experiment. I salute her dedication.

  • BobbFrapples

    Stunt Buffy was ripped!

  • Nitpick on "was" just because it makes it so much more impressive. Those fight scenes were filmed thirteen years ago, but the workout video is from last month. Sophia Crawford is 46 years old.

  • BobbFrapples

    Holy Schnickes! I hadn't looked at the date. She is ripped still!

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