Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article omitted Jeff Pruitt's contributions as director of MMPR and incorrectly stated that Sophia Crawford only worked on 3 episodes of instead of over 60.
Before the Zeo Crystal, before the shift into Turbo, and before the Chase into Space , there was Pruitt and Crawford. We are delighted to announce that this lovely and talented couple will be joining us at the Warner Center Marriott for WhedonCon 2017, taking place May 19-21 in Los Angeles. While they have made select appearances at Ranger conventions in the past, this will be their first appearance in several years and their first appearance ever for their roles in Buffy.
Jeff Pruitt and wife Sophia Crawford both joined the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers team in the show's infancy and helped to shape it into the cult classic it became. Pruitt [pictured ABOVE with the stunt team of rangers] first set foot in Angel Grove in 1994 with episode 41 of the series, "Rita's Seeds of Evil." He stepped in as stunt
coordinator, the only person to hold that role for the show's three season run. Pruitt went on to coordinate stunts for 63 episodes, including the rest of season one, and up through episode 43 of season two, "The Wedding: Part III." He also served as stunt coordinator on the 1995 Movie. In addition to coordinating stunts for both his episodes and the film, Pruitt also directed the fights scenes, serving as second unit director. A few years later, Pruitt would join the crew of Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the start of its second season. Pruitt's eventual wife, stunt performer Sophia Crawford doubled as the pink ranger (occasionally taking over as a putty patrol) in over 60 episodes of season two and followed Pruitt onto the 1995 film.[RIGHT: Crawford as pink ranger Kimberly Hart]
Join Jeff Pruitt and Sophia Crawford for their first convention in years at WhedonCon 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. Purchase memberships here!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
WATCH THE EXCLUSIVE COMEDIC VIDEO THE COUPLE MADE FOR WHEDONCON
This week, a member of our WhedonCon staff spoke to Pruitt about his contributions to Buffy, what Buffy means to him (A whole lot, considering that he asked Crawford to marry him on the set of the show), and what he hopes to get up to at WhedonCon 2017. He weighed in on the following topics:
On What He Did for Buffy
"I was the stunt coordinator and fight choreographer for the Buffy series. That was my title."
[RIGHT: Pruitt pictured with Buffy star Seth Green]
On Other Tasks
"I did double Spike and Xander from time to time and performed all sorts of stunts on camera throughout the show as various characters."
[RIGHT: Pruitt with Vampire stunt doubles while shooting "Doppelgängland"]
On Setting the Record Straight
"I noticed that [in the press] I [sometimes get] called 'Angel's stunt double.' I didn't do that. I choreographed the fights but I hired several others to be the Angel double."
[RIGHT: Pruitt in vampface on the set of Buffy]
On Previous Con Appearances
"We've only attended one Buffy event and that was back in 2000 in Scotland. We brought 8 x 10's and signed those . . . We also sat on stage and answered questions. We have done a few Power Ranger events.*"
[RIGHT: Danny Strong, Zach Hudson, Jeff Pruitt, Sophia Crawford, and Lee Whitaker shooting the episode "Superstar"]
On What Fans Can Bring or Buy
"As far as autographs go, we usually just sign whatever people want us to. [W]e can print up some photos of us with demons or vamps or something from the show and use that to do the autograph thing."
[RIGHT: Crawford explains an action to Sarah Michelle Gellar on set for "The Wish"]
On What Pruitt and Crawford Bring to WhedonCon
"I only have one request: As far as special projects we'd like to screen, I would like to bring a behind-the-scenes DVD of stunts, actors, and Joss and the crew to play for the fans somehow. Including some of Joss telling me what he wants for the finale of season three and a bit of our struggles to keep it within the budget. No one has ever seen this before . . . I have four years' worth of daily footage of the making of BUFFY. I think it would be something [the fans] would enjoy. And, of course, we'd be happy . . . on any panel you want to put us on. No problem there. Buffy was such a great show, I could go on and on about how we made it."
[RIGHT: Gellar (left) and Crawford (right) flank The Master during "Prophecy Girl"]
Don't Miss Out on this Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity!
If you want to meet the couple that kept the rangers skilled, the Slayer nimble and the vampires fierce and even lay eyes on some exclusive never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage, pick up your WhedonCon membership today.
For a delightfully in-depth interview with both Pruitt and Crawford, click here.