Tony Vella is an experienced stuntman, stunt coordinator, actor and San
Francisco native. Legitimately trained in both stunts and acting with more than 25
years experience both on-camera and behind the scenes, Tony is an actors’
stunt coordinator, as he understands the difficulties in choreographing dialogue
and physical actions required by actors when performing their own stunts. He
works efficiently to explain and demonstrate how to execute the actions for
dramatic results. He can also perform the stunts himself, or can bring in stunt
performers or stunt doubles when necessary and is just as adept with directing
and coordinating them to give their best.
In the beginning of his career, Tony became a member of the stunt group he was
training with but later heard a calling to control his destiny and created his own
organization, B.A.S. - Bay Area Stunts, which offers full service action
coordinating: including stunts, precision driving, and specialty rigging
( aka, wire work ) for now over 10 years.
His personal work in both stunt coordinating and on-camera stunts includes a
multitude of commercials, industrials, television, feature movies, and “live” stunt
shows. His stunt coordinator credits include, La Mission (2009), starring
Benjamin Bratt, the quirky cult hit, All About Evil (2010) with Natasha Lyonne,
About Cherry (2012) starring James Franco, Garden of Eden with Eric Roberts
(2014) Quitters with Mia Sorvino (2014) and The Boat Builder with Christopher
His Stunt Credits include doubling various actors on "The Bridge" (Fx), Gang
Related (Fox), Bad Judge (NBC), The upcoming show Angie Tribeca
( TBS ) with Rashida Jones , Antman as driving double for Michael Pena’ and
San Andreas as specialty rigger working directly with Dwayne “The Rock”
Johnson during the parachuting into AT&T Park scene, and several seasons as
both a principal stunt double and occasional bad guy on San Francisco’s own,
Additional stunt coordinator and upcoming credits include "Kicks" ( 2016 ),
Diary of a Teenage Girl, Cardinal X, and the currently in production “Pushing
Dead” with James Roday ( Psych ) and Robin Weigert ( Deadwood ) with more
shows in the works. For more information please see IMBD Pro.or
www.bayareastunts.com – Tony Vella under coremembers.
Unique traits: Multi Ethnic, Dialects, Dialogue. Stunt and Precision Driver. Specialty Stunt Flying Rigger.
Live or Die in La Honda
Film by Jeff Hammer (Crime) Stunt Coordinator, Stunt Actor Blake Baker receives a call from a past lover asking him to help find her missing brother. Once he arrives in La Honda, he learns the task is much more treacherous than it first appeared, and he's forced to decide how much he's willing to risk for the love of his life.
Film by Tom E. Brown (Comedy) Stunt Coordinator, Stunt Actor When a struggling writer, HIV positive for 20+ years, accidentally deposits a $100 birthday check, he is dropped from his health plan for earning too much. In this new era of sort-of universal care, can he take on a helpless bureaucracy but also come up with $3000 a month to buy meds on his own?
Film by Kanen Flowers Stunt Flying Rigger Part Cyberpunk. Part Superhero. All dystopian future.
Television by Steve Carell (Comedy) Stunt Performer From the twisted minds of Steve and Nancy Carell, Angie Tribeca is the greatest drama of our generation. Breaking ground and changing the television landscape, this epic series is mind-blowingly raw, gritty and unapologetic.
Film by Carolyn Cavallero (Drama and History) Stunt Coordinator "I wanted to be one of the wild ones, the ones who broke free." These words begin the semi-autobiographical tale of Catherine's (Elizabeth Rice) journey in 1968 into the heart of the sexual revolution in San Francisco. She dances naked in the Paradise Club. The soul singer works the audience "Brothers and sisters, these are good times! America's doin' fine!" Catherine begins an affair with Earl, the club's owner. She meets her soul mate, Ben (Evan Williams), but love eludes her. She quickly descends into the club's dark underworld where she lives by night while America burns with the war in Vietnam, political assassinations, and anti war protests. By the end of '69, peace and love are dead and Catherine must find her way back into the light." Written by Carolyn Cavallero
TV Movie by Patty Jenkins (Drama) Stunts An investigative journalist relies on questionable methods in order to expose the truth.
Film (short) by Jeremy Breslau (Thriller) Stunt Coordinator, Flying Rigger When an ex-army chaplain hunts for his missing teen daughter, he uncovers a secret that tests the last of his faith.
Art School of Horrors
Film by Thijs Bazelmans (Comedy and Horror) Stunt Coordinator
Film by Noah Pritzker (Comedy, Drama and Family) Stunt Coordinator A teenager's family falls apart, so he finds a better one.
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Television Stunt and Safety Coordinator, Specialty Rigger Two men attempt some of the craziest acts in science to determine if they are possible or not.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Film by Marielle Heller (Drama and Romance) Stunts A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother's boyfriend.
Film by Gabrielle Demeestere (Drama) Actor It's the fall of 1985. The intertwining tales of three 5th grade friends, Chris, Joe and Ted, unfold in the suburban paradise of Palo Alto, as the threat of a mountain lion looms over the community.
Film by Sam Hancock (Mystery) Stunt Coordinator, Stunt Actor A late night phone call wakes Anna Ellison from sleep. It's the news every parent dreads: her 20-year-old son, August, has fallen from a high window. A powerful, haunting mystery, August Falls tells the story of one woman's struggle to find the truth behind her son's disturbing death. Traveling to the city where the tragic event occurred, Anna must unravel the surprising circumstances of her son's life as she pieces together the reason for its brutal end. The police, concluding that his fatality was a suicide, offer little solace. Attempting to make sense of the loss of her only child and grappling with feelings of guilt for their estrangement, she takes up in August's old apartment. There she meets Jonas, the building's superintendent. Though guarded at first, Jonas is able to form a tentative bond with Anna, a shared longing for love and company in a world that feels strangely desolate. Soon Anna comes to believe that August's demise was not the suicide the jaded police maintain. ... Written by Sam Hancock
Film by Angie Wang (Drama) Stunt Coordinator When an Asian American girl from the wrong side of the tracks is accepted by a prestigious university, she finds that her academic prowess can be put to lucrative use.
Film by Casey de Fremery (Crime) Stunt Coordinator
The Boat Builder
Film by Arnold Grossman (Drama and Family) Stunt Coordinator An embittered old mariner and an unwanted young orphan form an unlikely bond building a boat.
Film by Justin Tipping (Adventure) Stunt Coordinator
Film by Peyton Reed (Action, Adventure and Sci-Fi) Stunt Driving Double, Michael Pena' Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. Written by @PtotheSmizzo
Film by Brad Peyton (Action, Drama and Thriller) Specialty Stunt Rigger In San Andreas, California is experiencing a statewide earthquake that goes on record as easily the biggest earthquake in history. Dwayne Johnson plays Ray Gaines, a helicopter rescue pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department, who is trying to find his daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario), who is in San Francisco amidst the chaos. Ray's estranged wife, Emma, is forced to turn to Ray for help, as he is her last resort. Together they journey to save their daughter. Written by The Twiz
Television by Chad Kultgen (Comedy) Stunts A hard-living, sexually unapologetic woman who plays with the law, and whose life on the edge is constantly in balance as she also happens to be a judge in the Criminal Court system.
Film by Johnny Martin (Horror) Stunt Coordinator, Stunt Rigger The Hell Gang, an exclusive group of friends, promise a schoolmate that he can join their gang if he can just make it to the porch of a legendary mansion that has a dark and sinister past. Others have tried but none have made it within sight of the mansion before fleeing back in terror. Eddie, who is rigged with a camera to prove he did it, does not return at all! Five members of the gang must now go in to find him. They set off, confident that Eddie is trying to prank them. But what they find in the old mansion is even more terrifying than the campfire stories and legends of the murdered children that once lived there. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Adam Gascho (Comedy and Drama) Stunt Coordinator When a small town police officer's called to a robbery, he must choose between his overbearing mother and the woman he loves. Written by David Cepero
Revelation: The Bride, the Beast & Babylon
Film by Wayne Leman (Documentary, Drama, Fantasy, History and 2 More) Stunts The World's Most Mysterious and Controversial Book is Now Unveiled! No other book in the Bible has been more misunderstood or misrepresented than Revelation. But now, that all changes with Revelation: The Bride, The Beast & Babylon! Going to the very heart of the Bible's most challenging book, this 90-minute documentary decodes the visions of Revelation 12 an 17 for everyone to understand. Journeying from the birth of Christ through the Christian era, this amazing video pulls aside the veil of hidden history to reveal the rise of Babylon, the persecution of the bride of Christ, and the real-world identity of the beast. Educational and inspiring, Revelation delivers the keys to understanding the epic conflict between Christ and Satan and what it means for life today. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Tandy Kyne (Comedy) Stunts, Actor In an attempt to promote inter-life equality, the Human Zombie Alliance organizes a marathon between the living and the dead.
Film by Jennifer Juelich (Drama and Family) Stunts A small traveling carnival owned and operated by the Sullivan family struggles to keep their way of life, despite being told by town after town that they are no longer welcome. Faced with what lies ahead, they work to keep their band of misfits and drifters together even though it may be the end of the road.
Film (short) by Gregorio Back (Drama, Romance and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew Struggling through a stale marriage, a disheartened husband follows his wife as she engages in what appears to be an illicit affair.
Stitch in Time
Film by Jigeesh Magar (Crime and Drama) Stunts Family is business and business is money. Roy Stitch was the best collector his Uncle Norman had ever seen, but when an unforgivable act is committed, Roy is pushed into the depths of depression, unable to perform on the job. Trapped in a world of brutality and deception, tormented by memories of the past, Roy must now choose between loyalty to his family or control of his own destiny. Written by Anonymous
Film by Bill Guttentag (Drama) Stunts, Actor If a political candidate is personally flawed, but stands to make a positive difference in millions of lives, would you help him win? That question looms over the life of "true believer" Paul Turner (Rob Lowe), a savvy strategist sharply maneuvering politicians out of scandal and into public office. With the help of a bright young assistant (Jamie Chung) and a seedy operative (Richard Schiff), Turner spins every news cycle and a shrewd reporter (Julie Bowen) on behalf of his clients: a philandering Kentucky governor (Eric McCormick), a blackmailed California senator (David Harbour), and an idealistic doctor turned gubernatorial candidate (Carrie-Anne Moss). When the ugly side of Turner's work begins to haunt him, he learns that even in the bloodiest of battles, sometimes you have to fight clean. Written by IFC Films
Film by Stephen Elliott (Drama) Stunts The eighteen year-old Angeline raises money with a session of naked pictures and leaves her alcoholic and dysfunctional parents fleeing to San Francisco with her friend Andrew. They rent a room in the apartment of the gay Paco and Angeline finds a job in a strip club and Andrew in a bookstore. Soon Angeline has a love affair with the drug-addicted lawyer Frances and joins the adult industry making porn. Meanwhile the lesbian director Margaret becomes obsessed on her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Film by Steven Soderbergh (Drama, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Stunts Soon after her return from a business trip to Hong Kong, Beth Emhoff dies from what is a flu or some other type of infection. Her young son dies later the same day. Her husband Mitch however seems immune. Thus begins the spread of a deadly infection. For doctors and administrators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, several days pass before anyone realizes the extent or gravity of this new infection. They must first identify the type of virus in question and then find a means of combating it, a process that will likely take several months. As the contagion spreads to millions of people worldwide, societal order begins to break down as people panic. Written by garykmcd
All About Evil
Film by Joshua Grannell (Comedy and Horror) Stunts A mousy librarian inherits her father's beloved but failing old movie house. In order to save the family business she discovers her inner serial killer - and a legion of rabid gore fans - when she starts turning out a series of grisly shorts. What her fans don't realize yet is that the murders in the movies are all too real. Written by Anonymous
Television by Anthony E. Zuiker (Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery and 1 More) Stunts Horatio Caine, a former homicide detective, heads a group of investigators who work crimes amid the steamy, tropical surroundings and cultural crossroads of Miami. His team includes Calleigh Duquesne, a bilingual Southern beauty with a specialty in ballistics; Tim Speedle, a cocky yet disarming investigator who is well connected on the street, and Eric Delko, an underwater recovery expert who knows all the twists and turns of the Florida waterways. Rounding out the team is Alexx Woods, the no-nonsense, know-it-all coroner. And, after Speedle is killed in Action, Former Patrolman Ryan Wolfe joins the team. Together, these investigators collect and analyze the evidence to solve the crimes and to vindicate those who often cannot speak for themselves -- the victims. Written by Anonymous
Film by Peter Bratt (Drama) Stunts Growing up in the Mission district of San Francisco, Che Rivera (Benjamin Bratt) has always had to be tough to survive. He's a powerful man respected throughout the Mission barrio for his masculinity and his strength, as well as for his hobby building beautiful lowrider cars. A reformed inmate and recovering alcoholic, Che has worked hard to redeem his life and do right by his pride and joy: his only son, Jes, whom he has raised on his own after the death of his wife. Che's path to redemption is tested, however, when he discovers Jes is gay. To survive his neighborhood, Che has always lived with his fists. To survive as a complete man, he'll have to embrace a side of himself he's never shown. Written by Global Cinema
Television (Reality-TV) Stunts A group of inventors create contraptions to solve life's first-world problems.
Film by Daniel Davila (Drama) Stunts In a rundown apartment complex in San Francisco's Tenderloin, a septuagenarian seer is waiting for his final message. For decades the eccentric recluse has chronicled the phrases of the Wheel of Fortune and deciphered their hidden meaning - the details of a mission to save his neighbors from their troubles. Written by Anonymous
Film by Gus Van Sant (Biography, Drama and History) Actor Using flashbacks from a statement recorded late in life and archival footage for atmosphere, this film traces Harvey Milk's career from his 40th birthday to his death. He leaves the closet and New York, opens a camera shop that becomes the salon for San Francisco's growing gay community, and organizes gays' purchasing power to build political alliances. He runs for office with lover Scott Smith as his campaign manager. Victory finally comes on the same day Dan White wins in the city's conservative district. The rest of the film sketches Milk's relationship with White and the 1978 fight against a statewide initiative to bar gays and their supporters from public school jobs. Written by <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Film (short) by Chris Del Sordo (Comedy) Stunts Wondrous Woman is a super-heroine with a specialty in foiling petty-crime. She is a strong role model but unsuccessful in her personal life. She struggles to earn the respect of the police, the people she meets, and the men she dates. Her vulnerability makes it difficult to trust her intuition which leads to a compromising situation. Yearning for true love and acceptance, she's manipulated into changing who she is and must battle to stay true to the identity that makes her unique. Written by Chris Del Sordo, Peter Hathaway and Rosanne Lucarelli
Film by David Fincher (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Stunts A serial killer in the San Francisco Bay Area taunts police with his letters and cryptic messages. We follow the investigators and reporters in this lightly fictionalized account of the true 1970's case as they search for the murderer, becoming obsessed with the case. Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the movie's focus is the lives and careers of the detectives and newspaper people. Written by tom day
Just Under a Million
Film (short) by Hester Schell (Comedy) Actor How hard can it be to find a good script? Four dysfunctional producers need another hit and put on the Hit-A Homer pitch fest looking for the next big deal. From King Lear to Romeo and Juliet, pitch after pitch, the writers don't seem to know it's already been done ... everything already been done. Our producers are about to finally decide on an update of Oedipus Rex, pitched by a very pregnant ninny who doesn't understand how they figured out her plot points - "It's a trilogy." - they give up and hit the beach in Margueritaville. Written by Hester Schell
Film by M. Black (Mystery) Stunts Racing against time, a naively ambitious Lorelle leaves family and home behind in Texas in order to embark upon a new life in San Francisco -- as an aspiring actress. But even in a city so far removed from all that she has known before, Lorelle finds herself stalked by her former life in the person of an apparently crazed denizen of the streets, a ranting sibyl who seems to know entirely too much about Lorelle's past... and future. Something relentless keeps reaching out of the past, signaling that it's not about to let her go, and each intriguing encounter pushes Lorelle closer to the realization that what she thought was a new start may well be the end of the road. Written by M. Black
Film by Chris Columbus (Drama, Musical and Romance) Stunts This rock opera tells the story of one year in the life of a group of bohemians struggling in modern day East Village New York. The story centers around Mark and Roger, two roommates. While a former tragedy has made Roger numb to life, Mark tries to capture it through his attempts to make a film. In the year that follows, the group deals with love, loss, AIDS, and modern day life in one truly powerful story. Written by Alex W
Film by Philip Kaufman (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actor Jessica Shepard is an on the rise police officer of San Francisco's esteemed police department, after having solved a big case about a serial killer. Her mentor John Mills is proud of Jessica as a father would be of his daughter, since Mills was the partner of Jessica's late father. With a newly established promotion, Jessica finds that she might once again have to prove herself in a department that takes no prisoners. Not to mention a new partner named Mike Delmarco, who might be Jessica's next closest thing to a confidant. However, a man has been found dead and the two officers are brought into the investigation. What they find is a surprise when the dead in question was a man Jessica slept with, he being part of a list of one night stands that Jessica has engaged in. Now under suspicion and a terrible drinking problem gnawing at her, Jessica will have to prove to her superiors and to her skeptical partner that she's not the one behind the murders and Mills is one of the few people ... Written by mystic80
Video by Jörg Andreas (Adult) Actor
Television by Deborah Joy LeVine (Action, Crime, Drama and Romance) Stunts It's a cop show with a twist. Lifetime's series explores the personal and professional lives of five very different policewomen in San Francisco. "The Division" features action, suspense, crime and cat-and-mouse chases. It also looks at the ups and downs of romance, family, motherhood and female friendships. It's good, old-fashioned drama about working women with real-life problems. Written by Anonymous
Television by Randy Gardner (Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery and 1 More) Actor Nash is a smart-alecky police inspector (Don Johnson) who's seen fighting crime on the streets of San Francisco, while driving around in his screaming yellow 70ish Plymouth Hemi Barracuda. He's the typical super-cop on the beat, who always wins in the end. Unfortunately, his personal relationships leave much to be desired. He has two ex-wives, a 16-year-old daughter needing a lot of supervision, and a father with Alzheimer's disease who keeps getting kicked out of retirement homes and dropping by to visit. Written by NASH-B Discussion List Moderators <email@example.com>
Film by Chris Columbus (Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance and 1 More) Stunts This film follows the 'life' and times of the lead character, an android who is purchased as a household robot programmed to perform menial tasks. Within a few days the Martin family realizes that they don't have an ordinary droid as Andrew begins to experience emotions and creative thought. In a story that spans two centuries, Andrew learns the intricacies of humanity while trying to stop those who created him from destroying him. Written by <N2XFYLS@aol.com>
Film by Clint Eastwood (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Stunts Steve Everett, Oakland Tribune journalist with a passion for women and alcohol, is given the coverage of the upcoming execution of murderer Frank Beachum. His attractive colleague Michelle died in a car accident the night before. Bob Findley, Steve's boss and husband to Steve's current affair, wants him dead and gone as soon as possible. When Steve stumbles across the possibility of Frank Beachum being innocently on death row, Bob feels his time to have come. Now Steve only has a few hours left to prove the innocence of Frank and to be right with this theory, as he definitely will be history if he's not. Written by Julian Reischl <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A Smile Like Yours
Film by Keith Samples (Comedy and Romance) Stunts A childless couple attempting to conceive discover that his sperm are "lazy". Several trips to a fertility clinic prove fruitless. Also, the wife had surreptitiously quit taking the pill and provided her doctor with a sperm sample before the husband agreed to start trying to have a baby. The deception alienates the husband for a time. To compound things, a female architect has the hots for the husband and lures him out of town on business at exactly the wrong time. Written by Tony Berkoff <email@example.com>
Video by John Langley (Action and Thriller) Stunts A San Francisco detective (Elliott) goes wild when he discovers his partner dead and the presumed culprit standing over him. After beating the man to death, he comes to his senses and realizes that he has to get rid of the body of the beaten man. Dumping the man in the river, he returns to his partner's body and calls in the death. He is then given a new partner (Morales) and is assigned to investigate the death of a man just pulled from the river causing all the expected problems. However, the investigation does lead to police corruption and his own partner's involvement in drug running. Written by John Sacksteder <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Somebody Is Waiting
Film by Martin Donovan (Drama) Stunts Leon is a good hearted boy who can't stay out of trouble. When a tragic turn of events costs his mother her life, Leon's abusive and alcoholic father returns to "take care of" Leon, his two brothers, and his sister. Leon is haunted by guilt over believing he caused her death, and because he hadn't told her he was sorry. His father still drinks, and it gets worse, culminating in an argument with a drunken Roger Ellis (the father) and Leon, ending with Roger dead. Leon tries to take care of his family, but the death is quickly discovered and Leon goes on the run, more from himself than from the law. As the police try to find him, Leon finally discovers that he shouldn't fear the love of others, and should except forgiveness. Written by Summer S. Wilson <email@example.com>
Film by Koreyoshi Kurahara (Drama) Stunts Hisa Ishii and his brother Akira emigrate from Japan to the United States. They settle in rural California and start a strawberry farm, slowly integrating themselves into the life of the community, which includes Japanese-Americans of both lengthy and brief residence. Written by Jim Beaver <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jean Shelton School of Acting
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Ann Brebner Cold Reading
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Lucille Bliss, Voice Over
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