Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ben Rowe - Stunt Coordinator - Dash

Born on October 27, 1972, in Newport News , Virginia, Ben’s obsession with film and the martial arts began at the age of seven when is father's love of Bruce Lee films sparked a fire in the youngster's mind that would never extinguish.  Subsequently, he trained in the martial arts, specifically Chin Woo; a style of Kung Fu that traces its origins in the traditions of the Shaolin monks of Northern China. Ben moved on to master various other styles, most notably Wushu.
Soon becoming a regular fixture at martial arts exhibitions and tournaments, the now defined athlete topped America’s martial arts championships before traveling to China to refine his skills, eventually taking numerous championships worldwide and winning multiple medals. Ben realized a personal dream when he competed in the Martial Arts World Championships in 1989.
It was during one of his frequent visits to Wilmington that he was approached to audition as a stunt man for 1991's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. This conjured memories of his youthful cinematic martial arts passion. And even though he majored in Biology in college, Ben couldn’t shake his renewed passion for film making.
As chance would have it, Ben was contacted by stunt coordinator Artie Malesci, who asked him to move to Florida and jump back into the stunt world at the time it was supposed to be Hollywood East. Ben did jump, performing stunt work in feature films and television shows filming in and around Florida. With his new found opportunity to indulge his passion for film, Ben devoted himself to learning as much as possible about the process of film making, everything from P.A.  to producer. Putting his knowledge to practice, he produced and directed his own short films, quickly gaining recognition and wining several awards for his efforts. Even though Ben has over 20 years of experience in the film industry, he feels as if he is just getting started. 

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