In my book, Masters of FX, I profiled 16 visual and special effects supervisors about their bodies of work. One of those was Ian Hunter, who, through Hunter/Gratzner Industries and New Deal Studios, has contributed a wealth of practical, miniature, and other effects work for large scale films and other projects.
Hunter supervised the miniature explosion of the federal building in The X-Files Movie, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this week. Back in 1998, the film featured a mix of practical and digital effects work, but the building explosion and subsequent partial collapse – which happens very early on – was easily the most spectacular scene.
That work made its way as a dedicated spread into Masters of FX, but as a special for the anniversary, I’m sharing Hunter’s full notes on that scene that he prepared for me for the book. Read on to find out more about the concept of ‘pre-disastering’, air rams and cut-up phone books. Continue reading On the 20th anniversary of The X-Files Movie: ‘splosions!
For Cartoon Brew, I talked to Encyclopedia Pictura about their neat DIY minisodes for Cartoon Network.
If you get a chance to see Google Spotlight Stories’ latest VR experience, Piggy, do it. Or you can read about it in my piece at Cartoon Brew after I had a go of the short at Annecy and then spoke to director Jan Pinkava.
For VFX Voice, I asked Solo vfx supervisor Rob Bredow about some of the rear projection work for the cockpit scenes.
For VFX Voice, my newest piece on Deadpool 2 – the huge convoy sequence!
Felix & Paul Studios is behind the ‘Jurassic World: Blue‘ VR mini-series available on Oculus Go, Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR headsets. They worked with ILM on the experience, and here’s a neat featurette on how the mocap was achieved. Look for ILM’s awesome animation supe Glen McIntosh!
Here’s my coverage of the visual effects for Solo’s L3, Rio and Lady Proxima at Thrillist.
For Spark CG Society, I asked ILM’s Rob Bredow about the opening speeder chase in Solo.
For 3D Artist magazine, I dived into ZBrush 2018 with a bunch of the beta testers. So much great imagery here to check out.
I recently got to chat to Solo visual effects supervisor Rob Bredow about the film – you should be able to read various articles around the place, and I’ll post links to them at vfxblog.com. One of the standout sequences in the film is the conveyex train heist on Vandor, and Bredow shared his scouting, shooting, and miniature explosions process for bringing that incredible sequence to life. Check it out at the link below: