Melissa Stubbs began her career in the entertainment industry at a young age, performing stunts. She has doubled countless A-list actresses, including Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba, Sharon Stone, Goldie Hawn, Kristin Stewart, Amanda Peet, Claire Danes, Kate Blanchet, Lucy Liu, Diane Lane, Emilia Clarke, Gillian Anderson, Margot Robbie and Dakota Johnson.

Melissa’s first break as a stunt coordinator came in 1993. Legendary second unit director and stunt coordinator Glen Randall, Jr. (E.T., Star Wars, Zorro, Return of the Jedi, Romancing the Stone, The Fugitive, and three Indiana Jones films), took her under his wing and chose her to coordinate the stunts for Time Cop for Universal. That set her on the path to become the first successful female stunt coordinator and second unit director for feature films.

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Melissa’s goal as Stunt Coordinator and 2nd Unit Director is to strategize the shooting of action sequences, to design and choreograph the action beats, and to build the drama within the action—in short, to support the tone of the film by building character-driven action that moves the story forward.

The key to the success of an action sequence rests with the second unit director and stunt coordinator understanding the director’s vision and helping to execute that vision with exciting moving images that drive the story and resonate with the audience.

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Choreography and blocking of any type of fight sequence, from traditional martial arts using weapons, to an old-fashioned bar room brawl or a complicated aerial fight on wires. Incorporating real characters with digital animated creatures.

Specializing in working with actors to prepare them physically and mentally for their roles using a wide variety of training techniques, from serious roles to light hearted physical comedy.

Melissa brings years of experience and endless amounts of creativity to the table.

Always striving for new innovative ideas and ways to improve a sequence.

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