Interview With Mark Kubr! (@MarkKubr)
1. How did you get your start in the entertainment industry?
As a teenager I loved going to the movies and drive-ins. With the money I earned bagging groceries, I bought cameras to film my friends. At the supermarket where I worked, a customer who was an actress told me I had a look and introduced me to her agent. The agent took me on and I started auditioning. To this day, I am still like a kid – there is nothing like being on a live set.
2. Can you tell us about your work for the new Lionsgate film “La La Land?”
As a stunt coordinator, I am very proud to be a part of two innovative action sequences. Not to give too much away, but there is a freeway scene where the dancers and stunt performers are integrated together. Again, in the pool scene, the dancers’ and stunt performer’s choreography are intertwined and the vision of director Damien Chizelle is awe-inspiring. For the freeway sequence, the dancers and stunt team were performing on the roofs of cars. In the pool scene, the stunt performer fell from the second story and performed a dangerous dive into six feet of water in time with the camera crane.
3. What was it like getting to work with such a notable cast and crew?
The level of professionalism and creative skill is so high that it makes everyone rise to the best of their abilities. You better come to work prepared and ready to give it your all!
4. What has been your favorite stunt to perform?
A stunt on the “CSI Miami” episode ‘Hurricane Anthony’. I was playing the role of a surfer who gets sucked into a hurricane, thrown through the windshield of a car, then trapped under the car tire and drowned. To replicate the hurricane sequence, I was put in a harness attached to wires. We did the stunt in a sound stage and the hurricane was later added with CGI. The rigger ratcheted me and wrapped the ratchet three times to spin me up to the top of the sound stage!
5. How do you prepare yourself for your work?
I keep myself in shape training a minimum of two hours daily. I read a lot of scripts and always try to improve myself in athletics and educate myself in film making techniques.
6. Do you have any other upcoming projects?
I had a great time working with showrunner Matthew Carnahan on “House of Lies” and look forward to working with him on his next project.
7. What are your social media accounts?
You can find me at @markkubr on Twitter and Instagram!