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    Default Video: Buffy Stunt Co-Ordinator Releases His Archive Of Behind The Scenes Footage

    Jeff Pruitt was the stunt co-ordinator for many episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and between the breaking glass and stakings, kept a camera running.

    We should be grateful that he's now posted this footage to Youtube (via Whedonesque) as Buffy's DVD supplements are, relatively speaking, pretty thin.

    Obviously, many of these moves are designed to look good from other angles. Here you'll see just how far some blows are from connecting, and the soundtrack isn't as nearly as "plank on watermelon" as we're used to.

    Doubling for Buffy, at least some of the time, is Sophia Crawford who we'll next see, whether we realise it or not, in the next GI Joe movie.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7-9A37HLwE[/youtube]

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNcdnTB-DRo[/youtube]

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QaT0EwQnqs[/youtube]

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R41rA0dnO1s[/youtube]

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWNe3bwuTbk[/youtube]

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfRnihbZRPM[/youtube]

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amp7Ou3bITo[/youtube]

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKp9ozNQ5p8[/youtube]

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    I seem to recall Jeff and Sophia left the show under something of a cloud due to falling out with SMG. Mainly because the latter kept, erm, borrowing Sophia's life history in interviews during the show's early seasons. Must've been pretty frustrating, especially as she never even bothered to learn to throw a punch convincingly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketpilot View Post
    I seem to recall Jeff and Sophia left the show under something of a cloud due to falling out with SMG. Mainly because the latter kept, erm, borrowing Sophia's life history in interviews during the show's early seasons. Must've been pretty frustrating, especially as she never even bothered to learn to throw a punch convincingly.
    I think that's some of the story. From what I remember, he was upset SMG was claiming to do her own stunts when she really didn't. At least not a lot of them. And claiming injuries recieved by her double, like you said. They were actually fired because he was badgering SMG on the set when he should have been professional about things. It was also reported that Whedon found some "nasty" e-mails written by Jeff where he went off on Whedon and the rest of the staff.

    I believe it was after he was fired that he got into it with Whedon and David Fury a few times on The Bronze message boards.

    Not sure if anyone ever reconciled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenny38606 View Post
    I think that's some of the story. From what I remember, he was upset SMG was claiming to do her own stunts when she really didn't. At least not a lot of them. And claiming injuries recieved by her double, like you said. They were actually fired because he was badgering SMG on the set when he should have been professional about things. It was also reported that Whedon found some "nasty" e-mails written by Jeff where he went off on Whedon and the rest of the staff.

    I believe it was after he was fired that he got into it with Whedon and David Fury a few times on The Bronze message boards.

    Not sure if anyone ever reconciled.
    Yeah, it's actually not unreasonable for the showrunner to protect the star in favour of the stunt team, and clearly they were, as you say, pretty unprofessional. Bit of a sad tale, all up.

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    I'll watch these later but they should be interesting stuff. Haven't done a Buffy rewatch in a while, but I remember th Series 3 and 4 particularly being good, fighting wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenny38606 View Post
    I think that's some of the story. From what I remember, he was upset SMG was claiming to do her own stunts when she really didn't. At least not a lot of them. And claiming injuries recieved by her double, like you said. They were actually fired because he was badgering SMG on the set when he should have been professional about things. It was also reported that Whedon found some "nasty" e-mails written by Jeff where he went off on Whedon and the rest of the staff.

    I believe it was after he was fired that he got into it with Whedon and David Fury a few times on The Bronze message boards.

    Not sure if anyone ever reconciled.
    I didn't know any of this, but I do distinctly remember seeing Gellar on the Tonight Show years ago (either towards the end of Buffy's run or soon after it was ended) when Leno was asking her about the stunt work on the show. He then showed a clip from the most recent DVD release that showed Buffy doing some kind of swinging/flying kick. Then he froze the clip just as "Buffy" was spinning towards the camera, revealing that the fight was not only being done by a stunt person, but that the stuntperson as a dude with a pretty sizable black beard.

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