Leavittation - Stunt Revolution


Leavittation, Inc.
Revolutionizing the Stunt Industry

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Equipment Innovations

Bigger Stunts, Smaller Bruises. - Lane doesn't build any new equipment unless it will do something
that could never have been done before.

Wireless/Harnessless Parallelogram Flying System

Ideal for greenscreens and floating shots. For vertical or prone flying positions.

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High Speed Motion Control Winch/Hoist System

Fully programmable motion control winch systems suitable for flying rigs and other associated stunt situations. Repeatable parameters down to 1/100 of an inch. The winches can be used for vertical or horizontal movement. Can be controlled manually or automated. Featured on Tech TV.

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Skycycle articulated flight control system allows pitch and yaw compensation and controlled rotation on a flying rig. Can be used in-line with up and down movement, as well as a traveler system.

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Articulated Crash Dummies

articulated crash dummy child dummy

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DOT Style "Crash Test Dummies"

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World's Most Versatile Airram or Airramp Systems

The difference between an airram and an airramp is the airramp has a smooth progressive push. Lane Leavitt in the early 1980's developed the worlds first rising rate progressive push airramp. He changed the name of the device from Airram to Airramp to clearly label the improvement in smoothness and performance.

Continued research and development has benefited the industry with both height and distance records, the world's only vertical jump system, and a variety of different airramp designs to give a choice of flight paths for creativity and power delivery for different riding styles.

Electronically, Lane has pioneered the use of latch circuits, time-delay special effects hookups, and the world's first programmable firing system. Leavittation airramps use only the finest quality aerospace components which give maximum performance with no takeoff delay. Stunt people who have been trained on industrial component systems with inherent valve delay can now have a choice of either no delay, or programmed delay with our systems. Clearly this makes the Leavittation Airramp™ the most successful and versatile systems in the world.

Watch a video clip of the World's Most Versatile Airram or Airramp Systems in action.

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World's Most Advanced Ratchets

Shortly after developing the airramp, Lane went to work on building the world's first progressive-pull nitrogen ratchet. That led to the very first twisting ratchets in the mid 80's and then the first running ratchet™ moving takeoff ratchet. Before progressive ratchets, the stuntman had to stand very stationary with his chin tucked to his chest to prevent injury. Now a whole new world has opened up with the super smooth pull ratchets and digital cable removal.

Vertical Ratchet from a galloping horse, the worlds very first
Vertical Ratchet from a galloping horse, the worlds very first Bullet Time shot.

Lane has introduced to the industry its longest ratchet, 30 ft. long, and pioneered ratchet to deaccellerator stunts. Together with the digital cable removal Lane's innovations have brought a whole new look to stuntwork. Our latest developments include the world's only variable takeoff position ratchet (VTOP™) and a computerized timing system, which can be linked to computerized cameras and is programmable down to 1/1000 of a second.

Other innovations and breakthroughs include the world's very first bullet-time shot ever done and the ability to do vertical ratchets without bounce at the top. Together, all of these continuing innovations make these systems the most versatile and high tech systems in the world.

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Mark IV Carram™

The Carram was developed for a turnover on a city bridge that made hiding a pipe ramp or the use of a powder or air cannon impossible. This unique system can also be used in municipalities that have outlawed the use of high explosives or where a telephone pole bouncing down the street can cause collateral damage. It also opens the door to an entirely new style of car turnovers if that's what the director or script requires. Because the system uses an arm instead of a pole projected from the bottom of the vehicle, traffic or pedestrians can be added as an element around or in near proximity to the crashing vehicle. Often a vehicle is not seriously damaged using the carram and can be recycled in another scene, giving the production more crashes for its cash.
Mark IV Carram™
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Mark IV Carram™ in action
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High Speed Descenders and Deaccelerators

The difference between a descender and a deaccellerator is simply the descender is a cable spool while the deaccelerator is a slack line with a shock-absorbing system in-line. A simple bungee jump in essence is a deaccellerator. Numerous pneumatic and bungee/rope systems work well, the key to the technology is knowing which system to use for which stunt because each has its inherent advantages and disadvantages.

Descenders were developed by the Germans during World War 2 to train paratroopers. After the war, the British started using these devices for training their troops and their stunt industry picked up on the technology much later. These descenders however, had very slow fall rates and cameras had to be run at abnormal speeds to make the falls look faster. This created comical looking motions of the stuntmen onscreen.

In the past, freefall capability was only possible with the deaccellerator. This was unfortunate because deaccellerators have limited height capabilities. Other problems included the possibility of cable entanglement and high cable torque. With the development of the highspeed descender the functional limitations of the deaccellerator have been overcome.

In the early 1990's, Lane developed a descender system that had a much faster fall speed and has become the industry-wide standard. Lane's initial design concept was used on the Sylvester Stalone movie Cliffhanger. Continuing development has created a newer, unique descender system with freefall capability and the lowest cable torque in the industry. Also our newest design allows for unmatched versatility
and shot options because of these lowercable torque. Lane's newest design is the only unit available allowing freefall capability from a cable/drum system without overriding the descender's built in safety features or causing excessive cable torque.

Stunt Package

  • Airramps™ (horizontal jumps out to 40 feet)
  • Leavittator™ (vertical jumps up to 14 feet)
  • Deaccellerators Accellerators
  • Jumping Jacks Harnesses
  • Airbags Jump Ramps
  • Winches Capstands
  • Crash Pads Trampolines/Mini-Tramps/Midi-Tramps
  • Stunt Rigging and Supplies Stunt Safety Equipment
  • Mobile Russian Swing Power Slide ™ (spin cars with ease!)
  • Fire Safety Equipment (including the Leavittation Mini-Breathing System with quick release) a Leavittation Innovation that lets the stunt performer stay on air inside a fire suit for as long as necessary to prepare the shot!

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  • Permanent Flying, Training, Testing, and Fight
  • Rehearsal Facilities (see video)
  • Mobile Production Office
  • Action Backup Trucks and Trailers
  • 50 Foot High Fall Rehearsal Tower

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