CUTTING EDGE

STUNTS & ACTION DESIGN

[BY ROBERT ALONZO]

ROBERT ALONZO - SECOND UNIT DIRECTOR & STUNT COORDINATOR

Content production in Hollywood is rapidly shifting and evolving, with digital technology serving as the catalyst for its change. This new paradigm requires that the approach to action design evolve as well, in order to stay at the cutting edge — Robert Alonzo’s 25-years of experience, diversified skill-set and expert-level execution, coupled with an innovative and progressive vision has allowed Dynamic Action Design by Robert Alonzo to remain one of the top action design companies in Hollywood.​

Robert Alonzo’s journey through the film business began early on in the city of Angels. He started with a passion for animation at age six, when he began drawing flip pages of his favorite cartoons. He focused on this craft until he was introduced to martial arts at an early age. Martial arts would ultimately turn into a lifelong obsession for Robert. He trained incessantly and eventually earned black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido, training under Grandmaster Jun Chong.

Robert’s devotion to martial arts was fueled by his hunger for knowledge in all martial arts styles & disciplines. This passion led him to broaden his training and become proficient in multiple martial arts disciplines and to compete and excel in various international martial arts competitions.

Although Robert had a deep passion for martial arts, he never forgot his childhood dreams of film making. After graduating from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, he received an academic scholarship to attend Loyola Marymount University (LMU), where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Arts and Communication Studies, while minoring in Animation and Business Marketing. This is where Robert trained under Dan McLaughlin and made his first hand drawn animated senior thesis film titled “The Dive of Life”. After graduating from LMU, Robert dabbled in the commercial world as a Junior Art Director at Envision Group, but ultimately his love for martial arts and film came calling and led him to become a stunt performer.

Robert has accumulated over 200 credits in film, television, commercials, and music videos and he has worked extensively and repeatedly with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, both in front and behind the camera. This who’s who list includes; Tom Cruise, Will Smith, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, Jeremy Renner, Joel Edgerton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Noomi Rapace, Milla Jovovich, Morgan Freeman, Taraji P. Henson, David Oyelowo, Chris Pine, Charlize Theron, Brad PittJosh Brolin, George ClooneyCameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot RobbieJason Momoa, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Tyrese Gibson, Naomie HarrisSteven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Doug Liman, Joseph Kosinski, Chris McQuarrie, Tim Miller, Brad Bird, Albert Hughes, David Ayer, and Quentin Tarantino.

Equipped with an extensive international resume as a Stunt Performer, Fight Choreographer, Stunt Coordinator and Second Unit Director, Robert Alonzo combines his creative storytelling ability and his wide array of live action filmmaking techniques, with his broad knowledge of today’s use of visual/special effects and digital technology to provide unforgettable action that spans a variety of genres. His Second Unit directing credits include; OBLIVION, TOMORROWLAND, DEADPOOL, PROUD MARY, BRIGHT, BRAVEN, BLACK AND BLUE and ALPHA. Also, at Brad Bird’s request, he worked closely with the storyboard artists and animators of the blockbuster Disney Pixar release of INCREDIBLES 2 to help formulate character driven action that displays the physics of live action filmmaking.

Robert is currently in development for his directorial debut of PALE HORSES, written by Chad St. John, packaged by UTA and Mike Esola’s Fiction Riot. He is also developing a psychological thriller feature film as writer/director titled THE GEMINI STRAIN.

CREDITS

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BLACK AND BLUE
Second Unit Director, Supervising Stunt Coordinator

Studio: Sony Pictures, Sony Screen Gems

Director: Deon Taylor

Writer(s): Peter A. Dowling

Cast: Naomi Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Frank Grillo, Reid Scott

DEADPOOL
DEADPOOL
Second Unit Director, Supervising Stunt Coordinator

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Tim Miller

Writer(s): Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller

INCREDIBLES 2
Action Consultant

Studio: Disney, Pixar

Director: Brad Bird

Writer(s): Brad Bird

Cast: Holly Hunter, Catherine Keener, Samuel L. Jackson

ALPHA
Second Unit Director, Supervising Stunt Coordinator

Studio: Sony, Columbia, Studio 8

Director: Albert Hughes

Writer(s): Albert Hughes, Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt

Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Leonor Varela, Natassia Malthe

BRIGHT
Second Unit Director, Supervising Stunt Coordinator

Studio: Netflix

Director: David Ayer

Writer(s): Max Landis

Cast: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace

ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD
Co-Stunt Coordinator, Fight Coordinator

Studio: Sony

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Writer(s): Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Timothy Olyphant

OBLIVION
Second Unit Director, Stunt Coordinator

Studio: Universal

Director: Joseph Kazinski

Writer(s): Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt

Cast: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Andrea Riseborough

TOMORROWLAND
Second Unit Director, Supervising Stunt Coordinator

Studio: Disney

Director: Brad Bird

Writer(s): Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird

Cast: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie

AMERICAN MADE
Splinter Unit Director, Supervising Stunt Coordinator

Studio: Universal, Cross Creek Pictures, Imagine Entertainment

Director: Doug Liman

Writer(s): Gary Spinelli

Cast: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright

STAR TREK
Assistant Stunt Coordinator, Fight Choreographer, 2nd Unit Stunt Coordinator

Studio: Paramount, Spyglass Entertainment, Bad Robot

Director: J.J. Abrams

Writer(s): Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman

Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg

SKYSCRAPER
Stunt Coordinator

Studio: Universal, Legendary Films

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Writer(s): Rawson Marshall Thurber

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Pablo Schreiber, Neve Campbell

PROUD MARY
Second Unit Director, Supervising Stunt Coordinator

Studio: Sony Pictures, Sony Screen Gems

Director: Babak Najafi

Writer(s): John Stuart Newman, Christian Swegal

Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Jahi Di’Allo Winston

BRAVEN
Second Unit Director, Stunt Coordinator

Studio: Saban Films, Highland Film Group, Ingenious

Director: Lin Oeding

Writer(s): Michael Nilon, Thomas Pa’a Sibbett

Cast: Jason Momoa, Stephen Lang, Garret Dillahunt

AD ASTRA
Splinter Unit Director, Supervising Stunt Coordinator

Studio: New Regency Pictures, Plan B

Director: James Gray

Writer(s): James Gray, Ethan Gross

Cast: Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland

AMERICAN ULTRA
Fight Coordinator, Stunt Coordinator

Studio: Lionsgate

Director: Nima Nourizadeh

Writer(s): Max Landis

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton

THE WALL
Stunt Coordinator

Studio: Amazon Studios, Roadside Attractions

Director: Doug Liman

Writer(s): Dwain Worrell

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3
Fight Choreographer

Studio: Paramount

Director: J.J. Abrams

Writer(s): Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci

Cast: Tom Cruise, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames

JACK REACHER
Assistant Stunt Coordinator

Studio: Paramount, Skydance

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Writer(s): Lee Child, Christopher McQuarrie

Cast: Tom Cruise, Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK
Stunt Coordinator

Studio: Paramount, Skydance

Director: Edward Zwick

Writer(s): Richard Wenk, Edward Zwick

Cast: Tom Cruise, Cobie Smulders, Aldis Hodge

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL
Fight Coordinator

Studio: Paramount, Skydance, Bad Robot

Director: Brad Bird

Writer(s): Bruce Geller, Josh Appelbaum

Cast: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg

ULTRA VIOLET
Assistant Stunt Coordinator

Studio: Sony, Screen Gems

Director: Kurt Wimmer

Writer(s): Kurt Wimmer

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Cameron Bright, Nick Chinlund

THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
2nd Unit Stunt Coordinator

Studio: 20th Century Fox

Director: Stephen Norrington

Writer(s): Alan Moore, Kevin O’Neill

Cast: Sean Connery, Stuart Townsend, Peta Wilson

JONAH HEX
Fight Coordinator

Studio: Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, DC Comics, Weed Road Pictures

Director: Jimmy Hayward

Writer(s): Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

Cast: Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich

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