Rick Fike creates strong
support for movie industry in Cleveland (photos, video) By
Lynn Ischay, The Plain Dealer
MADISON, OH--Ashley Balas lets
out a chest-rattling yell as she throws Jillian Cole to the
ground. Then, she punches Cole in the head.
Rick Fike walks over to where
the two women are engaged in battle, and, as Cole begins to
roll away from an oncoming kick, he shouts, "Cut!"
The two women smile, jump up,
and head back to join the rest of Fike's students. They are
members of Stunt Predators, USA & SFX, a group of movie
stunt men, women and children trained and guided by Fike,
attending their monthly, day-long training workshop.
Gathered in Fike's Madison dojo,
three-dozen earnest faces turn toward him and drink in his
The fireplug of a man looks over
each of the athletes gathered at the training facility early
on a recent Saturday morning. A latecomer hurries in and
takes off his shoes.
"If you are 15 minutes early [TO
A SET], you are late as far as I'm concerned," he instructs
them, not looking at the group member who has just joined
them. "It's 'yes sir, yes ma'am'. You have to have the right
attitude to succeed. Set etiquette is extremely important,
but set safety is key."
Fike, a stuntman and stunt
coordinator for 30 years, is committed to creating a
well-trained group of stunt professionals to make Ohio even
more attractive to producers and directors looking for film
locations. About 70 films have been made in Ohio since the
state's 2009 tax incentive took effect.
Fike teaches students how to
fight, fall, and shoot; how to ride horseback; crash a car;
blow up a building; safely burst into flames; and, most
importantly, how to sell a stunt to the camera.
"There is a movie coming up that
is going to be set in the hills," Fike tells the group.
"They will be looking for 18-20 stunt men and women.
Auditions are next Thursday, so break out your flannel
shirts and grow those beards. There will be fighting like
crazy in the movie. Some things you need to know how to do;
shoulder throws, sweep throws, hip tosses. Punches and kicks
are intricate, but they are vital. We will be here training
on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you need extra help, be here
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Camera, Action: Dynamic Set
If you make a movie in
Cleveland, chances are you'll end up having one of these
experienced professionals on your crew. Meet the locals
who jump off tall buildings, compose songs, transform
spaces, scout locations and film the whole thing for
RICHARD FIKE Stunt and special effects
For more than 25 years,
the former military special ops officer has been
throwing punches, crashing cars and blowing up buildings
— all safely, of course. With credits in more than 95
movies and TV shows such as Welcome to Collinwood, Take
Shelter and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the
Madison resident now owns the special effects and stunts
company Stunt Predators USA and SFX.
Team Player: Fike got his
first taste of the film industry in 1986 when he worked
on a 15-minute action video modeled after Conan the
Barbarian for the Cleveland Browns called Masters of the
Gridiron. "It had all the major players during that time
— Ozzie Newsome, Kevin Mack, Hanford Dixon — you name
it, they were on it," he says of the film that sold
40,000 copies locally. "They were in search of the ring
of power, which was obviously the Super Bowl ring."
Movie Misconceptions: "The
biggest thing about stunt performers is that we are not
daredevils," he says. "Daredevils take unnecessary
risks. They take it for the fun of it or for the
attention. We take calculated risks." After reading the
script, Fike breaks it down for special effects and
stunts and figures out how to coordinate those scenes
from rolling cars to catching fire to falling off of
Screen Time: His favorite
fight sequence to coordinate was from A Better Way to
Die shot in 1999 with Lou Diamond Phillips and Andre
Braugher. "There was a 12-hour setup for a three-minute
fight scene. We rehearsed it and rehearsed it before
even training the actors and stunt doubles," he says.
"It's very quick. But it's very satisfying to see all
the techniques you rehearsed being used on screen."
Action Packed: The martial
artist has senior black belt rank in multiple systems
such as karate, judo and jujutsu. He even developed his
own system, built on eight martial arts, called
sanchi-ryu in 1977. "It's a common sense way of stopping
an attack," he says. "Our philosophy is to avoid
confrontation, but if we are attacked there are ways to
deflect it. But if, finally, we have to, we fight back."
Biz Tip: Be the fall guy.
"Learn to take the hit and the fall so that you make the
stars look good," says the Tri-C Film Crew Tech Training
instructor. "Develop your skills to make the other
person look better."
Film Crew Tech Training at Tri-C: Rick Fike teaches the
art of punching, kicking, falling and flaming
By Clint O'Connor, The Plain Dealer
you’re dangling 400 feet from a helicopter, you better
have the right rope. If you race a van down a highway
and ram it into a tree, make sure the driver’s seat is
welded down. And if your body is ablaze in flames,
double-check that a medic is standing by.
coordinator Richard “Rick” Fike has crashed cars; jumped
from trains, planes, boats and buildings; taught Katie
Homes how to handle a weapon; and, in “Marvel’s The
Avengers,” run from explosions and hurtling cars during
an alien attack. He’s pulled off a lot of crazed and
cool stunts in more than 30 feature films, but his
mantra is always the same: “Safety, safety, safety.”
What’s really cool is that he is sharing his
professional insights with students at Cuyahoga
Community College’s Metro Campus in Cleveland.
Fike is one of several professionals teaching the “Film
Crew Tech Training” class that culminates Sunday with
the making of a short film.
With the recent boom
in local film shoots, including “Captain America: The
Winter Soldier,” “Draft Day” and “Miss Meadows,” the
demand for experienced crew members has increased
dramatically. Tri-C teamed with the Greater Cleveland
Film Commission to create the course, a practical,
hands-on approach to learning the ins and outs of film
production. A pilot program led to the first class this
past January, followed by the current session, which
meets on nights and weekends.
“We’ve been talking
about creating a workforce and a crew base here for a
long time,” said Ivan Schwarz, the film commission’s
executive director. “This is about creating an industry.
We have had all of these productions coming here in the
past four years, but this is about moving forward.”
Schwarz, who worked in the film industry
for many years before coming to Cleveland, also teaches
one of the classes.
“It’s about learning the
language, learning the culture,” he said. “You’re going
to work 12- to 16-hour days. I teach them about who does
what, how to read a call sheet, the right shoes to wear,
how to talk on a walkie-talkie.”
class is a special workshop open to all ages and
backgrounds, not just Tri-C students. The training is
geared toward helping people find entry-level jobs.
“This isn’t just for feature films, this is also for
music videos, corporate videos and television
productions,” said Simone Barros, an adjunct professor
at Tri-C who coordinates the film crew instructors.
“If you have no previous experience, this will help
you get that first job,” she said. “It does not require
an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree. You
receive a certification.”
The noncredit course
costs $1,595 and is limited to 15 students. Barros said
it was developed by Bob Bryan, Tri-C’s executive
director of media engineering and president of the film
commission's board of directors, and part-time professor
Lee Will, working in conjunction with the IATSE Local
“We have people who teach art department,
location management, electric, audio -- we have a
director of photography,” said Barros, herself a 13-year
veteran of film and TV productions. “Each person
teaching a class is a professional.”
That is one
of the program’s great strengths. Teachers with loads of
experience get the students’ attention with their
practical instruction and war stories.
Fike: fighting, fires and more
as attention-getting as Fike. On a recent Sunday, he
held his session: “Stunts, Fighting, Falls, Fire, Auto.”
He and his stunt team show the students how to throw and
take punches, how to kick, how to fall, how to handle
stunt guns and knives, and what protective gear to wear.
The classroom work is mixed with clips shown on a large
screen in the Black Box Studio inside Tri-C’s sparkling
Center for Creative Arts.
Fike breaks down a page
from the “Lethal Weapon 4” script. The scene, which
featured Mel Gibson, Danny Glover and Chris Rock,
involves punches, falls, a gun, a knife, and a live duck
used as a weapon.
The students quickly learn that
just one page from a big-budget action film can involve
multiple stunts and extensive planning.
explains every detail of how to execute such a scene,
then adds, “No ducks were harmed in the making of this
picture.” He also explains the reality of working with
non-humans. “Animals do not go on ‘Action!’ Animals go
whenever they want.”
And, as with the other
segments, he brings it back to safety. “Every time a gun
is used on a set, you’re going to have to check it
beforehand.” He holds up a prop gun made of rubber. “I
even check these. Some people say, ‘That’s ridiculous.’
Ask Brandon Lee if he thinks that’s ridiculous. He’s
Lee died in 1993 following a weapons
accident on the set of “The Crow.” Four days before
Fike’s class, crew member Sarah Jones was killed in
Georgia on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight
Rider,” when she was caught on train tracks as a freight
train roared through. Seven other crew members were also
injured, and the movie has since shut down production.
who heads Stunt Predators USA, wears about 20 hats.
Based in Madison, Ohio, where he teaches martial arts
classes, he is retired from the U.S. Army’s Special
Operations unit. He has worked as a stunt coordinator,
stunt double, stunt driver, fight choreographer,
pyrotechnics coordinator and weapons handler.
Thanks to states offering movie and TV tax incentives,
Fike has found steady work in Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Kentucky and Indiana. His next big project will be in
Michigan, working on “Superman vs. Batman.”
has worked on all of the recent film productions in
Northeast Ohio, from major studio projects to small
independents, including “Captain America: The Winter
Soldier,” “Alex Cross,” “Fun Size,” “Fear Clinic” and
On “Draft Day,” he coordinated a
brief fire extinguisher scene with Jennifer Garner,
Kevin Costner and Denis Leary. On “Miss Meadows,” he
worked with Katie Holmes until she was comfortable
handling a gun. On “The Kings of Summer,” he was the
stunt double for Nick Offerman (Ron Swanson on “Parks
and Recreation”), with whom he shares a stocky,
Fike’s students are a mix of
old, young, black, white, male, female.
teachers here bring so much real world experience,” said
Bill Myers of Stow. “You can’t really beat it.”
Myers, who has a degree in political science from John
Carroll University, is especially interested in audio
production, the focus of the four previous classes.
Tierra Pitmon, who works for Cuyahoga County’s
Children and Family Services, said she hopes to launch a
career in film and television.
“I just want to
learn everything I possibly can in order to pursue my
dreams,” said Pitmon. “Right now, I’m interested in set
dressing, props, stunts, special effects and wardrobe.”
The students also learn the most important word of
all: Budget. It determines everything.
producer is always watching the budget,” said Fike, “but
the director doesn’t care. He says, ‘Give me more! Give
me more!’ The stunt coordinator looks at the budget and
figures out what you can really do. I will save you time
Fike does not buy the notion that
some stud performers don’t need doubles and stunt
“You’ve heard about actors who do their
own stunts?” he asks. “No. That is not happening. A film
cannot afford to have its star hurt and missing days
with everyone else sitting around. You hear that Jackie
Chan does all of his own stunts? Baloney.”
Instead, it’s up to Fike and company to fake it. Fake it
“We are professionals, not
daredevils,” he tells the class. “We are not
risk-takers. We are calculated risk-takers.”
• By: Michael Baldwin, newsnet5.com
CLEVELAND - The Avengers movie partly shot in Cleveland
premieres at midnight. Fans are more than thrilled.
Cinemark in Valley View was scheduled to have a premiere
for all the extras that worked on "The Avengers" partly
shot in Cleveland. About 400 people were expected to
attend. When Newsnet 5 reached out to the theater to see
why they canceled the event our calls were not returned.
The movie will be released in over 4,000 theaters and is
expected to generate nearly 160 million in the U.S.,
according to Deadline.com.
The Hollywood industry website reports some theater
owners may run the movie continually during the
three-day opening weekend. Although the numbers are
expected to be big, it's not the largest theater opening
of all time. That belongs to "The Twilight Saga:
"It's fantastic. It's great!" says Richard Fike, a stunt
man from Lake County who's Madison company Stunt
Predators was hired for the film. The company has been
around for 25 years and has been involved in over 70
motion pictures. Fike can be seen in the movie running
from an exploding cab on East 9th street. He played a
New York City cop. "Man this is just fantastic to be
apart of this. Just like a kid at Christmas."
Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda has declared this weekend
Superhero Weekend. Brinda said she hopes the movie
inspires kids to pick up a book. She wants to use the
popularity of the movie to forward her campaign on
literacy. Some comic book stores in the area are joining
in by handing out free comic books.
After watching the movie, Deadline asked fans in an
informal poll which superhero solo movie they would like
to see next out of "The Avengers." The choices were
Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Iron, Black Widow, Hawkeye
or Nick Fury. 52 percent of fans chose the character
played by Scarlett Johansson. The Black Widow. Marvel
executives have not said whether she would get her own
solo movie. They have confirmed the character to be in
several upcoming marvel movies with at least a cameo.
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RICHARD FIKE HAS STARTED HIS OWN
STUNTMAN BUSINESS NOT IN HOLLYWOOD, BUT IN MADISON
TOWNSHIP September 27, 2011 - The Plain Dealer,
TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- The next time you watch your favorite
actor pull a crazy stunt in an action movie, look
closer. It may be Richard Fike.
Fike, 55, whose motto is "We take the risks. You take
the credit" runs Stunt Predators USA from this Lake
County community. He has been involved in the stuntman
trade for 25 years and worked on more than 75 films and
television shows. He travels all over the country for
his craft, though he prefers to work close to home.
You will see him as a New York City policeman shooting
at alien invaders in next May's "Avengers" movie that
was filmed in downtown Cleveland last month.
He's also all over "Fun Size," another movie filmed in
Cleveland and Cleveland Heights this summer. He was the
film's official stunt coordinator.
He did stunt work for two other movies filmed in
Cleveland this summer, "I, Alex Cross" and "Boot
When Fike is not leaping through windows, shooting at
aliens or getting blown up, he runs Madison Combined
Martial Arts where he trains dozens of students from
children to adults in his own form of martial arts that
combine several disciplines.
Many of his students go on to work with his stunt
company and have performed in movies.
"We had 28 local stunt people, including students, work
in 'Fun Size,' like 8-year-old Emily Smith of Madison
who was the double for little Jackson Nicoll, one of the
main characters," Fike said. "Johnny Knoxville kept
wanting to do his own stunts, so I worked with him a lot
to keep him from getting hurt."
He said he looks for people with specific skills to
handle specific jobs.
"First thing they need to know is discipline," he said.
"That's the advantage my students have because they
already know this. They need to be athletic and be able
to know how not to get hurt. Often, directors will need
someone who can ride a BMX bike, or skateboard, or jump
rope, and we find people with those skills. Once we
match a person up, we train him to do the stunt."
He said shooting got a little scary on "The Avengers"
film when he and a woman had to dive out of the way of a
falling piece of burning building.
"It was safe, but it was scary," he said. "A chunk of
building was dropped from a crane on East Ninth Street,
and we had to dive out of the way."
Fike has handled stunts, special effects or pyrotechnics
("I'm very good at blowing [up] things,") for more than
35 movies including "Welcome To Collinwood,"
"Unstoppable" and "The Babe Ruth Story" and lesser-known
movies like "The Cut Off," "Bet Your Life" and "Martians
He stresses safety, but has had his share of injuries.
"We always try to be careful, but I've had broken
elbows, ankles and ribs, had my nose broken and had my
hair catch fire," he said. "I was in Southern Ohio
working with Val Kilmer recently on a movie called
'Seven Below,' and I got knocked out crashing a van into
a tree. It happens, no matter how careful you are."
Fike became interested in martial arts while in Madison
High School. He continued his training in the U.S. Army.
Soon, he was the one doing the training for the military
with Army Special Operations.
He can't talk in detail about years working in
counter-terrorism in the United States and overseas
because of national security, but said they were
exciting times that make fighting aliens feel like
And when he says he can take down and immobilize an
opponent in less than a second, he's probably not
He could have moved anywhere and set up a martial arts
studio and stuntman business, but he stayed in Ohio out
of loyalty to his hometown. Fike looks forward to
Hollywood coming to Cleveland.
He said the city is getting a good reputation as an
excellent place to create movies.
"There are not many cities willing to close down a
street for a solid month and let you film on it," he
said. "That goes a long way to deciding where a film is
made. And when it happens, the city reaps the benefits
of tons of money spent and local people put to work."
He said he would rather see more local people employed
on movies shot in Cleveland. For some films, the
directors bring in stunt people from Los Angeles to do
work that Fike or members of his group could do just as
"Sometimes directors get comfortable working with
certain people, so they stick with them," he said. "I
just wish they would let us show what we can do."
Madison-based stunt team seeing more
local work for Hollywood, including recent ‘Avengers’
Friday, August 26, 2011
By Mark Meszoros
Recently, Richard Fike and his Madison-based team had to
drive to downtown Cleveland for work.
There, they were beat up, tossed around and nearly blown
And it was all just great as far as they’re concerned.
Fike, who owns Madison Combined Martial Arts on Main
Street, also is the leader of Team Stunt Predators, a
group of stunt men, women and even youth — typically
students he’s worked with at his dojo — available for
hire for film work.
“The big thing is we’re not daredevils,” Fike says.
“Daredevils are risk takers. They do it for the thrill
and the attention. They don’t care if they get hurt or
someone else gets hurt.
“Stunt professionals are individuals who are
professionally trained, who take calculated risks. The
goal is to get the shot for the director.
Most recently, the director was Joss Whedon, the creator
of TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Firefly,”
and the shots were for “The Avengers,” the big-budget
movie about the Marvel Comics superheroes that’s been
Fike says when he heard a big chunk of the “Avengers”
would be shot in Cleveland, he sent the stunt
coordinator a book with his entire Team Stunt Predators
roster, about 35 people.
“I try to sell the whole team,” he says.
However, they hired four: Tommy Quinn of Melbourne,
Fla., who’s from Ashtabula: John Sundquist of Ashtabula;
Todd Emmett of Geneva; and Fike.
“A lot of it was looks,” says Fike, explaining that the
production was interested in taller guys and joking that
he’s not sure how he was included based on that
Team members have been included in myriad productions
since forming in 1986, mainly in Kentucky, Indiana,
Michigan, Pennsylvania and, of course, Ohio. And they’ve
earned a tremendous reputation, Fike says.
“The word travels very fast,” he says. “(Filmmakers)
don’t want to work with you if you’re a risk.”
Safety is key, he says. Injuries slow down a shoot, and
that means added costs. Fike takes pride in them having
been called “the one-take team,” meaning that his guys
can do it right in one try. He acknowledges, though,
that a director typically wants at least two takes to be
For the “Avengers” production, just as with the shoot
for fellow Marvel production “Spider-Man 3” a few years
ago, a portion of downtown Cleveland is standing in for
New York City. Two weeks ago, Fike and his guys took on
a variety of tasks, mainly playing NYC cops early on.
“The first day, we were driving patrol cars — precision
driving — coming up and stopping to where they wanted,”
says Emmett, a Geneva police officer.
“We were responding to an alien invasion,” Fike says.
“As we got out (of patrol cars),” Emmett says, “the
aliens were coming out from the top of the buildings and
we were shooting up at them.
“I think I got two or three,” he says with a laugh.
At other times, they were pedestrians. Fike says he
traded in the police uniform for a pin-striped suit for
Fike says there are basically two types of stunt person:
The doubles the main cast members get, who travel with
the production wherever it goes: and nondesignated — or
utility — professionals hired for a certain location and
basically asked to do whatever’s needed at the time. On
“The Avengers,” he and his men were the latter.
“We are the workhorse of stunts,” he says, adding that
12-hour days are typical.
And, as members of the Screen Actors Guild, they all can
serve as actors, which they did.
“Instead of paying an actor to play a cop and hiring a
stuntman to double him, they just hire a stuntman,” he
“Out of 120,000 SAG members, only 7,000 are SAG stunts,”
he adds. “It’s easier to become an actor on screen than
“It’s very unique. They use us for everything.”
Fike and his guys have been even more of use to
Hollywood of late thanks to Ohio’s tax-relief-based
efforts to bring more productions to the state. Along
with “The Avengers,” Team Stunt Predators has taken part
in filmings of, among others, “Fun Size,” a Halloween
comedy starring Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville and
Chelsea Handler; and “Boot Tracks,” a thriller starring
Michelle Monaghan and Willem Dafoe.
Not surprisingly, the guys love when they can work in
“Obviously, it means that we get to stay home,” Fike
says. “We can work more because we don’t have to travel
Of course, the stunt work means extra cash for the guys,
but the benefits go beyond that.
“It’s part of expanding our martial arts training in a
way,” says Quinn. “We all grew up watching Bruce Lee, so
you think, ‘This is kind of cool.’”
"It’s just fun,” says team member Tom Dziak of Madison,
who wasn’t on “The Avengers” job but was hired as
Knoxville’s double on “Fun Size.” “It brings out the kid
in all of us.”
Few productions are like “The Avengers,” which will
bring together Marvel heroes Iron Man (Robert Downey
Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris
Hemsworth), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Black Widow
(Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Nick
Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
According to Fike, the movie boasts a $300 million
budget. If the guys couldn’t tell they were on a pricey
production based on the explosions and pieces of phony
buildings falling around them during the shoot, it could
be the fact that each had his own trailer.
“When it’s all said and done, it will be marketed as the
biggest action adventure to date,” he says. “For us to
be part of that was an honor and thrilling.”
PRESS RELEASE – Madison, Ohio 23
Ohio based Stunt Professionals; Stunt Predators USA has
had a busy summer. All totaled, they have worked on five
feature films, most recently wrapping up with Marvel
Studios super feature “The Avengers” a $300
million dollar film that is reported to be the biggest
action super hero film ever made. "The Avengers"
features, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey
Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson.
Besides “The Avengers”, Stunt
Predators members have worked Paramount Pictures “Fun
Size” starring Victoria Justice, Johnny Knoxville
and Chelsea Handler, Cuyahoga Brothers film “Boot
Tracks” starring Willem Defoe, Michelle Monaghan and
Stephen Dorff; “Seven Below” with Val Kilmer,
Ving Rhames and Luke Goss, and they currently working “I
Alex Cross” starring Tyler Perry, Jean Reno, Matthew
Fox, and Cicely Tyson.
Richard Fike, Director of the Team Stunt
Predators is extremely proud of his team and noted that
this is his 25th anniversary in stunts. It started back
in 1986 with the NFL Cleveland Browns fantasy video,
“Masters of the Gridiron”. Since then he has worked in
and stunt coordinated over 70 feature films, commercials
and videos. “I never had an interest in moving to LA. My
family, martial arts school and church are located here,
and I would have to give up too much to leave. My team
will travel on request to work films, but it is nice to
have them moving into Ohio to produce their projects.
The waiting has finally paid off.”
“I am fortunate to have a strong base of
stunt players to build from. Many of them have been with
me for over 20 years, and I am currently developing more
stuntmen, women and children from by martial arts school
here in Madison. I do get requests and accept
applications for membership from throughout Ohio and
also receive a large amount of contacts from other stunt
professionals from around the country.”
“My dojo has been here for over 23 years and I know that
my students are disciplined and talented. That is why I
draw most of my stunt team from my martial arts school.
I know them very well and they know me and understand
what I expect. I have high standards and require strict
requirements to enter this industry. Safety is priority
and skill is second. My team members are very respectful
and work very hard to perform at the level necessary to
compete for work in film and television. We are from
Ohio not LA so we must work even harder to keep our
skills sharp and offer what “Hollywood” Producers and
Directors expect from Stunt Professionals. With over
120,000 Screen Actors Guild members, only 7000 are
professional stunt players. It is easier to become an
actor then a recognized stuntman.”
“I would really like to note the hard
work and effort provided by the Greater Cleveland Film
Commission for spear heading these feature films to the
Greater Cleveland area. Executive Director Ivan Schwarz
seems to appear everywhere promoting Cleveland and our
skilled talent, vendors and crew that we have right here
in North East Ohio. Hollywood is definitely listening
and it doesn’t look like we’re going to slow down
anytime soon. Also, I want to thank Jason Drake the
Cleveland Office’s Production Coordinator for his work
and support; he is always ready to help and answer your
questions. Production companies need a strong connection
– strong communication with the venue they plan on
shooting in; without the support from the Cleveland Film
office and Gail Mezey from the Ohio Film Office, nothing
would be happening.