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Moving Target - Commercial Production and Visual Effects - Part 10
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LOVE & OTHER DRUGS JILL CLAYBURGHxxx


 

VFX Supervisor Alan Munro
VFX Producer Brian Jochum
Studio 20th Century Fox
Director Edward Zwick

With an older… that is, a more mature actress, one always needs to balance between improving her looks and keeping her age appropriate. That was doubly difficult in this case since Ms. Clayburgh was not in good health (she passed away shortly after the film was completed). The decision was to concentrate less on wrinkles, and more on general skin texture, liver spots, and the whiteness of her teeth and eyes. The results were subtle, almost undetectable, but very effective. I hope she was pleased.

For more Love and Other Drugs fx work, click here and here.

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LOVE & OTHER DRUGS GREENSCREENxxx


 

VFX Supervisor Alan Munro
VFX Producer Brian Jochum
Studio 20th Century Fox
Director Edward Zwick

One of two greenscreen driving sequences. The background driving plates were devoid of source lights, but rather than reshoot, we simply dolled up the foreground with a lot of digital elements: lights, reflections, camera shakes, and so on. The results, though imperfect, are rather convincing.

For an overview of LAOD fx work click here. Also, you should check out the main titles.

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MEN IN BLACK MAIN TITLES

 

Designer/Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Studio Columbia Pictures
Director Barry Sonnenfeld

Director Barry Sonnenfeld had the general idea — adventures of a flying bug — but allowed us the freedom to fill in the details. What fun. Technically the sequence is something of a hybrid. The intrepid dragonfly is an early experiment in digital creature animation, while the background is a combination of miniatures (complete with 1/12 scale traffic), matte paintings, day-for-night shooting at Vasquez Rocks, and a desert-dressed parking lot. Of all our Adventures in Main Titleland, this is the one I’m most proud of. Until the next one, of course.

By the way, the scene was originally cut to Jerry Lee Lewis’ rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” I still hear it whenever I watch.

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YU-GI-OH! MODEL KITSxxx


 

Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Agency Y & R

Fast builds are always a challenge. In this case, it was doubly tough. You see, joints need to be loosened so the hand model can easily disassemble the pieces (yes, we film these scenes in reverse). These particular toys were cast in very heavy plastic. Why is that a problem? Because all that extra weight made the toy collapse once the joints were loosened. Lots of unseen putty and tape and pins and tacks and praying are keeping these guys together. You’d never know.

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YU-GI-OH! DOUBLE IMPACTxxx


 

Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Agency Y & R

Quite a challenge. We needed to animate toys that had very limited articulation. A pain in the you-know-where, but it worked out rather well. Helped immeasurably by the bold — and beautiful — color styling of the Yu-Gi-Oh toys. They give the spot a lot of style.

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DR. DREADFUL MUMMY MAKERxxx

 

Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Agency

Tyco put out a bunch of ghoulish candy-making toys under the banner of Dr. Dreadful. We only did one campaign, but it was a beaut. And yes, Dr. Dreadful is playing his own mother. Fun toys, great commercials, dreadful candy.

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MATCHBOX HAUNTED HOUSExxx

 

Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Agency Y & R

The best thing about shooting these Matchbox “marble machines” is, the kids never have to fake their smiles. Always great fun. The only challenge is how to squeeze lights and lenses into such tiny spaces. Keith Peterman, our ace DP, is a master at it. As you can see.

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SLEEPY HOLLOW COACH CHASExxx

 

2nd Unit Director Alan Munro
Studio Paramount
Director Tim Burton

Director Tim Burton and I have always shared a love for the Hammer horror films of the 60s. What a thrill to actually shoot one — and in England no less. And what a logistical nightmare. The forest was built inside an aircraft hangar — just long enough for the coach to get up to speed. Add to that, the ceiling was only 22 feet high — the horseman’s swinging sword was barely missing the lights. As a result, every edit is pretty much the entire usable piece of film; on the next frame you’re seeing off the set. Painstaking, but worth it. A childhood dream come true.

For a further sampling of my Sleepy Hollow 2nd Unit work, click here. Or if you’d rather look at previous collaborations with Mr. Burton, check this out.

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DEFIANCE MAIN TITLES

 

Designer/Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Studio Paramount Vantage
Director Edward Zwick

It started as an abstract Saul Bass title treatment. But very quickly we realized the movie needed a short prologue — something to explain who, what, and where. Quite a challenge to condense World War II into five title cards and a half dozen images. After four months of snooping through the world’s most depressing film archives, we managed to get there. Gruesome but very rewarding. By the way, we also shot a lot of the second unit on the flm. Check it out here.

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