Two of the most highly regarded craftsmen contributed much to CUSTER OF THE WEST, Francisco Prosper at left and the great Emilio Ruiz del Rio at right. Production Designer and Miniature Effects Director Eugene Lourie contributed much to other notable effects shows such as KRAKATOA EAST OF JAVA, CRACK IN THE WORLD and CUSTER OF THE WEST, all of which are examined in this very blog. After Mueller, Dresti continued to build Locarno’s industry component working alongside artistic directors Irene Bignardi, Frederic Maire, Olivier Pere, Carlo Chatrian – under whose mandate she also served as deputy artistic director – and with Locarno’s current chief Lili Hinstin. This saved us in a number of cases where the director or the vfx supervisor they had hired made changes or threw out work because of a change. The Japanese didn’t stand a chance from this aerial vfx bombardment. Another of those all time greats in NZPete’s VFX Hall of Fame was the stunning BOOM TOWN (1940) from MGM. THE BLUE BIRD (1940) was an amiable family film with Shirley Temple, though it did have a staggeringly well done out of control forest fire sequence by Fred Sersen which garnered Fred an Oscar nomination for his work.
From bombed out miniature cities to remote control model tanks engaged in battle, the trick work was excellent. Superbly executed optical printing allows the actor to be enveloped in the out of control conflagration. Astonishingly, MAROONED took the Oscar that year and beat out the superior KRAKATOA EAST OF JAVA which should have been a no brainer as they say. Westbury Design & Optical’s Cliff Culley and Leigh Took created this sequence in miniature, with live action extras blue screened in later by Roy Field or Frank van der Veer. Production designer Al Nozaki was a former matte artist at the studio and was chiefly responsible for the spacecraft design. You’ll work with our internal discipline directors to gather input for content pieces, and you’ll partner with designers to ensure that copy and design work in concert to create something high-value content. More sensational shots from THE DAM BUSTERS featuring George Blackwell’s finely detailed miniatures and some Les Bowie matte work. Just some of the outstanding and truly frightening trick shots in BOOM TOWN, with heart stopping combinations of fire effects with the actors.
Miniature set combined with actors by way of Vic Margutti’s travelling matte process. A wonderfully carried out miniature train wreck from CRACK IN THE WORLD. Eruption, landslide and lava as seen in CRACK IN THE WORLD. According to Leigh one of the takes looked great until they projected it at dailies the next day whereby a huge candy bar wrapper was seen floating through the deluge. Would you like your web address to be seen by ten million people in ten minutes? Meddings was, and remains, a hero of mine thanks to my formative years being very much exposed to all of those shows like STINGRAY, THUNDERBIRDS, JOE 90 and UFO. Without a focal reducer, the BMPCC has a crop factor of 2.88. This means a 24mm lens will actually act like a 69mm lens on a full-frame camera. If other vehicles pass by, the height difference will make it apparent that the picture car is on a trailer. Here we want to scale an object on the X axis, so it will be “scaling.x”. Lots of meticulous optical printer manipulation going on here folks. And even in these places as the workers get more skills and experience their wages are going up.
Rarity Certain posters are rarely sold especially when only a few copies exist, that too in museums and private collections. Peter Jackson had already started filming his remake a few years ago but put it on hiatus as he got tied up with those bloody HOBBIT films. About Blog IronBird Aerial Cinematography Ltd is a leading UK provider of remotely piloted drones for the use of aerial photography and aerial filming. However, if they do now, you may want to think about applying acoustical foam where looks are not a concern, or purchasing diffusers to use around surround sound speakers to create a more natural sound. The frames above though are from Ray’s last feature CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981) which was a very bitter disappointment in my book and lacked everything that made Harryhausen’s films an event worth waiting for. The film was nominated (plus some 13 other films) for the best special effects Oscar that year but lost out to THE THIEF OF BAGDAD. Animation was being launched in normal commercial movies as well when special effects were needed for particular scenes, eg: Aladdin.
Russian born Eugene Lourie was a multi-talented larger than life figure in European based cinema, with a versatility in production design, hanging miniatures, models, special effects and even feature film direction. Eugene Lourie poses with one of his magnificent miniature tanks. George Blackwell’s large miniature of one of the dams over the Ruhr valley in Germany. A great shot with large dam set and miniature RAF bomber flying across and dropping the famed bouncing bomb which did the trick very nicely, thank you Dr Barnes Wallis. If multiple companies are involved with a large number of shots they each may send their own supervisor when one of their sequences is being filmed. There were a number of big all star showcase war pictures through the sixties with BATTLE OF THE BULGE (1965) being one such production. BATTLE OF THE BULGE (1965) – Mayhem in miniature. With miniature constructor Charles-Henri Assola and physical effects expert Alex Weldon, Lourie produced a number of stunning effects sequences for BATTLE OF THE BULGE. Derek Meddings handled all of the quite considerable effects direction, with scores of terrific miniature sequences complimented with excellent optical composite work by Roy Field. Q: Typically, do you photograph all of your own mattes – both plate and composite?