Thoughts and experiences from the trippin’ crew on this and other projects.

How to make a Fake Turkey

December 29th, 2009 by Ian Strandberg (S/VFX Mastermind)

reference-turkey-01Whatever your circumstances is life, it’s pretty likely that at some point you’ll need to construct a fake  turkey from scratch.  Here’s how you do it:

Get yourself a block of foam.  You can buy insulation foam from the hardware store and laminate it together with some kind of non-solvent, non-aerosol adhesive, the film-ey double stick tape (as in, NOT mounting tape) or some kinds of spray glue (3M makes some specifically for bonding foam).   Read the rest of this entry »

The Sound of Music

December 8th, 2009 by Brian Y McLaughlin

Sound of MusicAhh, just reading that title probably evokes images of Julie Andrews spinning in circles in the Austrian Alps as she sings all about music in the hilltops.  And while I enjoy The Sound of Music as a movie, that’s not really what this post is about.  It’s about movie music in general.  Read the rest of this entry »

OK, I admit, I should be flogged…

December 1st, 2009 by Brian Y McLaughlin

Pans LabyrinthYes, that’s right, I admit it.  I should be flogged.  I don’t know exactly how or why it came about, but I had never seen Pan’s Labyrinth.  Much to the chagrin of our directrix Devi Snively and probably even our FX wizard Ian Strandberg, if not others on the cast and crew, I had not seen Pan’s Labyrinth, a movie I have now watched and can say with full authority that it is an awesome flick.

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I Smoked the MAIL for this Movie

October 27th, 2009 by Ian Strandberg (S/VFX Mastermind)


Devi sent out some marketing materials for me to review today and I noticed that the Zed puppet picture featured wasn’t too hot.  It was kinda over exposed and was taken before my lovely wife had taken the time to give Zed the proper hairdo.

(As an inveterate collector of skills I’d like to take responsibility for this homage to television housewives of the 50’s whose husband’s just unexpectedly brought the boss home for dinner but alas, leave it to the nuclear physicist of the family to upstage me at least one more time.)

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Cool VFX Team Photos Coming Soon…

September 16th, 2009 by Ian Strandberg (S/VFX Mastermind)

wuhan smOur ridiculously talented and supportive team of Chinese VFX artists are sending over some group and individual men-and-women at work photos for us to use in press-kits and whatnot. I’ve never seen any of their faces! I’m so excited I could spin until I barf.