While much of the visual effects for The Mummy were awarded to ILM, several important shots were assigned to Cinesite Hollywood who turned to Vision Crew for physical elements to enhance the realism of the shots. The 'rain of fire' shot was accomplished using miniature elements built and photographed by VCU in the foreground and a matte painting to fill in the background. J.D. Streett handled the miniature pyrotechnics.
VCU fabricates a number of miniatures for this Disney Feature Animation project. J.D. Streett was responsible for the miniature pyrotechnics.
VCU produced a motion control fly-over of a miniature neighborhood for this Warner Bros. Feature Film. Resident DP, Doug Miller, oversaw the miniature photography.
VCU fabricated a 1:4 scale (35 foot long) miniature space shuttle for this high-profile summer release.
For the sequel to Species, VCU constructed several miniature space crafts for the opening sequence depicting a mission to Mars.
"Motal Kombat: Annihilation" is the long awaited sequel to New Line's highly successful feature film "Mortal Kombat". Vision Crew headed up the Velosphere sequence visual effects, using a combination of traditional miniatures, 2D compositing, and even some 3D work for good measure. It's a wild ride!
Flubber is a 90's remake of the Disney classic with up-to-date visual effects. Vision Crew was called into service to provide a large scale miniature of a jet liner which makes an appearance in one of the films sequences.
In this Universal release directed by Roger Donaldson (Species), a small town is overtaken by an unexpected eruption of a volcano. The visual effects, both traditional fx and CGI, were supervised by Pat McClung and miniatures crew chief Alan Faucher of Digital Domain. For a scene in which several vehicles, including two military style Humvees, are nearly washed off of a bridge by a flood, Vision Crew built two highly detailed 1:3.5 scale Humvees with RC steering and working lights and windshield wipers.
Another show at Digital Domain which subcontracted several model making tasks to Vision Crew.
After a call from Digital's model shop supervisor Niels Nielson, It was decided that Vision Crew would fabricate two large scale (20' tall) skyscrapers. After the completion of this successful venture, another call came in this time involving visual effects supervisor Mark Stetson. This time they wanted VCU to build a 1/2000th scale Imperial Cruiser-type space ship. When all was said and done, the spaceship looked great and all involved were quite happy with Digital and VCU's sub-contract relationship for this project.
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As production began on the James Cameron film, Digital Domain was faced with a very tight schedule to build a museum quality miniature of the Titanic. They looked to Vision Crew for assistance in building most of the highly detailed deck pieces. VCU contributions include lifeboats, davits, cranes, ventilators, and the nearly 2,000 portholes!
VCU was approached late in the post schedule to shoot a bluescreen element for the film. The shot was then digitally composited by Digital Magic Company. VCU partner, Douglas Miller, acted as Director of Photography while DMC's Rich Thorn supervised.
VCU provides physical effects for Rhythm and Hues on a feature film. Liz Ralston, visual effects producer, approached VCU to create elements for several shots in this film where junk food begins to "rain" down from the sky. VCU built special candy dumping rigs to dump a variety of junk food, including 750lbs of miniature chocolates, 250lbs of jellybeans, and more french fries than we could count. Charles Gibson supervised the filming which took place in front of blue screens for later compositing by Rhythm and Hues into CGI candy "raining" scenes. Kazaam is directed by Paul Michael Glaser and stars Shaquille O'Neal.
A Warner Brothers feature for which VCU provides miniatures. Working with Pam Easly and Helen Elswit (visual effects producers) and James Lima (visual effects supervisor) VCU takes on the building of several miniatures for this Joe Pytka project where the Looney Toons come to life with basketball great, Michael Jordan.
VCU provided the entire effects package for this Trimark feature film directed by Adam Grossman. VCU's Evan Jacobs served as visual effects supervisor on the film, wrangling make-up effects, floor effects, on set pyro, and even CGI effects for this sequel to the Stephen King film, "Sometimes They Come Back."