It's only the middle of January but Netflix has already released content so iconic and memorable. One series is especially showing viewers just how amazing movie magic can be. The Canadian filmed show used stunt doubles for a lot of their integral shots but you most likely couldn't tell. Netflix's Spinning Out figure skating routines were actually filmed with Canadian professionals.
The newly released drama follows Kat Baker, a competitive figure skater, who sets out on a path to achieve her Olympic dreams. However, pursuing her goals puts her entire personal life at risk.
Netflix describes Bakers' journey as struggling "to balance love, family and fragile mental health as her dream of winning takes a dizzying hold."
As you can imagine, the show involves many scenes with skills and tricks on the ice that actors Kaya Scodelario and Evan Roderick weren't capable of performing.
Just from the trailer, you can see the pair carrying out turns, jumps, and lifts that wouldn't have been possible without the help of professional figure skaters.
Although in the world of figure skating Canada is known for its iconic ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, there are other skaters like Evelyn Walsh and Trennt Michaud who are also amazing.
They happened to be the reason why the figure skating scenes were made possible in the Netflix series.
With some editing magic, the show's creators were able to portray Walsh and Michaud as the two main actors of the show.
However, according to The Globe and Mail, the Canadian figure skating pair relayed that filming wasn't all that easy.
Although the two are used to a rigorous schedule of training and competition, they were asked to perform what is called a lasso lift over 20 times in a row.
The strenuous move involves the male partner to hold the other skater above his head, in the splits position, while continuing to skate.
Walsh revealed to The Globe and Mail that the reason for the repetitiveness was because "they wanted all these different angles" from the GoPro camera that was apparently attached to her head.
The pair admitted to the news outlet that it was worth it in the end, “It turned out so cool, though, so we understood why we were doing so many."
On the bright side, Walsh and Michaud didn't have to travel far from home in order to shoot the ice scenes. Being from London and Brantford respectively, the two headed a few hours north to the Blue Mountain Ski resort where the series was primarily filmed.
They weren't the only Canadian figure skaters involved in the shooting. The Globe and Mail also reported that Dylan Moscovitch, a retired athlete who attended the Sochi 2014 Olympics, portrayed the role of the character Jenn's coach and also helped to stunt double Justin.
In his interview, he revealed he actually ended up helping out with the choreography of the routines, “I ended up helping a little bit organizing choreography, too, in terms of some of the dance lifts and pairs stuff."
From filming locations to actors, to stunt doubles, this new Netflix series might not have come to pass without this Canadian dream team.
Spinning Out is currently streaming on Netflix Canada.