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Moving Target - Commercial Production and Visual Effects - Part 9
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STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE ICE CREAM ISLANDxxx

 

Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Agency Colby & Partners

If you’re trying to get in touch with your inner rainbow, this spot’s for you. Ice Cream Island, with its confectionary landscape and gamboling sweet-scented ponies (Milkshake, Cookie Dough), is off-the-charts adorable. In case you’re wondering, the ice cream sundaes are carved out of foam and the grass is green plush carpet.

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DURACELL OASISxxx

 

Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Agency

If you’re shooting a camel death march, who should the camel characters be? Arab Trader Camels wearing mini bernooses? Desert Explorer Camels with little pith helmets? Or French Legionnaire Camels? The correct answer: Legionnaire Camels. And what desert are they in? A little known strip of sand that runs between Giza and Las Vegas.

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THE COMPANY MEN VFX MONTAGExxx


 

VFX Supervisor Alan Munro
VFX Producer Brian Jochum
Studio The Weinstein Company
Director John Wells

With any straight drama, the fx work has to be seamless. Hard enough, but when you add a director with an impeccable eye and master cinematographer Roger Deakins, you’ve got yourself some serious challenges. Like for instance, replacing a modest office building with a sprawling multi-national corporate complex. Or transforming an emerald spring day into Halloween. Numerically, it wasn’t a lot of shots; technically, it pretty much ran the gamut. Tough, but worth every lost hour of sleep. The film is an under-appreciated gem.

Click here to see the full length autumn sequence, here to see the other matte paintings, and here to see the main title sequence. It’s all worth a look.

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LOVE & OTHER DRUGS VFX MONTAGExxx


 

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

Of course the reel highlights the more obvious work — greenscreens, matte paintings, 3D animation, face fixes — but most of the shots are much subtler. A little snow added, a lot of rain subtracted, a room’s color altered, a snap shot replaced. The stuff you’re not supposed to notice. The stuff that’s really hard to do, but doesn’t make the show reel.

If you’d like to see a few of the longer fx sequences, click here and here.

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VISUAL EFFECTS MONTAGE 98


 

Designer/Director/Supervisor Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum

My first decade of film work compressed into two minutes. Most of the clips are from four movies: Beetlejuice, Nightmare On Elm Street, The Addams Family, and Addams Family Values. I was both effects supervisor and 2nd unit director on all four. Technically a lot of it wouldn’t pass muster these days. Still, for sheer inventiveness and energy, it’s mostly aged quite gracefully.

If you’d like to see a few of these sequences in their unedited glory, click here, here, and here.

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GET THE GRINGO GUN BATTLExxx


 

VFX Supervisor Alan Munro
VFX Producer Brian Jochum
Studio Icon Productions
Director Adrian Grünberg

Muzzle flashes, ejecting shells, squib hits, breaking glass, exploding mustard bottles, exploding hands. You name it, we shot it apart. Our job was to turn this scene into an epic bloodbath. Mission accomplished.

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GET THE GRINGO OFFICE EXPLOSIONxxx


 

VFX Supervisor Alan Munro
VFX Producer Brian Jochum
Studio Icon Productions
Director Adrian Grünberg

This sequence was fraught with technical and logistical problems. The biggest one being time: the scene had to be thrown together between Christmas and New Years. Not perfect, but lots and lots of fun. Can’t wait for the movie to be released — it’s terrific.

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THE COMPANY MEN AUTUMN SEQUENCExxx


 

VFX Supervisor Alan Munro
VFX Producer Brian Jochum
Studio The Weinstein Company
Director John Wells

Director John Wells wanted a spectacular — but believable — fall day. Once we agreed on a look, the execution was quite a grind. Lots of added details: leaves, water puddles, Halloween decorations. On film, we acheived an extraodinary range of subtle fall colors, but sadly that’s been lost in this video transfer. Most of the scene was shot on a steadicam, which meant it was easier to repaint the entire background as a multi-level matte and then re-track it back in.

For other Company Men work, click here and here.

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BATMAN BATMOBILExxx


 

Director Alan Munro
Producer Brian Jochum
Agency Y & R

It started as a great concept from agency creative Fernando del Rosario: unfold the story in a continuos scroll. It became a 50 Tylenol headache trying to overlap the action, while emphasizing the key toy features, and not running afoul of toy-spot legal requirements. The results were more than worth the migraines.

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