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Moving Target - Commercial Production and Visual Effects - Part 11
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COURAGE UNDER FIRE MAIN TITLESxxx

 

Designer/Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Studio 20th Century Fox
Director Edward Zwick

An oldie but a goodie. We scoured every news agency for Gulf War stock footage. Nobody wanted to license the rights. What a nightmare! Our biggest headache: the director, Ed Zwick wanted a voice clip of Peter Arnett, CNN’s man on the ground in Baghdad. Trouble was, CNN wouldn’t give us clearance. So we called him up and recorded him over the phone. Thanks, Peter.

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HOT WHEELS MICRO MAGNETICSxxx

 

Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Agency Y & R

Anytime a toy is named “Micro” you know you’re in for a tough shoot. The concept was that you could play with these little magnetic cars anywhere in the house. So of course we filmed in a real house. It was like chasing an army of coke-addicted cockroaches. Lucky for us they were fun toys and they worked great. A few prototypes are still stuck to the office heating vent.

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DEFIANCE POLICE SHOOT OUT

 

2nd Unit Director Alan Munro
Studio Paramount Vantage
Director Edward Zwick

No sets here. The police station, interior and exterior, was located just outside Vilnius, Lithuania (spitting distance from where these events actually took place). Every part of this sequence was achieved in camera — the muzzle flashes, the squib hits, even the stuttered-image photographic effect. The last shot — the car headlights through the trees — wasn’t planned; I snatched it as the car turned around. You take ‘em where you can get ‘em.

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DANGEROUS BEAUTY MAIN TITLESxxx

 

Designer/Supervisor Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Studio Warner Brothers
Director Marshall Herskovitz

A simple title sequence set in the world’s most beautiful city, populated with boatloads of half-naked beautiful women. What’s not to like? Seriously, this is a personal favorite. Gallons of perspiration was shed over the relationship between the images, the music, the voice-over, and the credits; I think it shows. Also, it’s got a really nice matte painting of 16th Century Venice. Not many people have seen this film, which is a shame.

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DEFIANCE FIREFIGHTxxx

 

2nd Unit Director Alan Munro
Studio Paramount Vantage
Director Edward Zwick

Originally part of a longer battle sequence, this section was cut from the final film. It was shot in the dim light of a single Lithuanian winter afternoon. 1st Unit was filming alongside, which confined us to very few angles and very minimal coverage (they kept stealing our extras). Limitations aside, I’m rather proud of it. Don’t blame master editor Steve Rosenblum for this assemblage; this is strictly my cut.

More 2nd Unit work from Defiance can be seen here and here.

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HOT WHEELS CAR WASHxxx

 

Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Agency FCB

Probably the most ambitious Hot Wheels commercial ever. We built an entire city out of Hot Wheels playsets — over 1200 square feet — rigged an overhead motion control gantry and flew a camera down its mini-streets. For the car POV shots, we constructed an oversized Hot Wheels’ dashboard — the only time Mattel ever allowed such a cheat. Lots of work, but it really paid off.

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HOT WHEELS DRAGON FIRExxx

 

Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Agency Y & R

What could be more fun than a dragon themed playset? Moody lighting, smoky set, flickering flames. There’s even a Hot Wheels’ photographic first: a POV driving shot through a 360 loop. It’s a super-tiny wireless video camera mounted to a modified Hot Wheels chassis. Always wanted to do it.

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MATTEL XTRACTAURSxxx

 

Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Agency Y & R

We didn’t know which boy would go with which dinosaur. That meant all three boys did all three set ups — plus about ten alternate versions that weren’t used. Add to that, the interactive lights and fans and air cannons. Exhausting, but it really paid off. The fabulous CG dinosaurs were created by our partners-in-crime at Mind Over Eye. Amazing.

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HOT WHEELS TURBO CROSSxxx

 

Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Agency Y & R

This spot holds a little piece of Hot Wheels history: it has the very first Matrix shot. Not a real Matrix shot, of course, but only a clever simulation. The motorcycle was mounted to a clear plastic rod, and the entire set was rotated in front of a static camera. Nothing in a toy commercial is ever what it seems.

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