1997-visual effects at Dream Quest Images
1/5 scale Ford Thunderbird created for the flying sequences in the movie Flubber.
I was finishing up model work on ConAir when I got word that we going to be doing visual effects for Disney’s remake of The Absent Minded Professor (one of my favorite movies) and the featured car in the film was going to a 1963 Ford Thunderbird (one of my favorite cars). I immediately called the project supervisor and told him a wanted to make the car.
The model had to be finely detailed inside and out. It took 5 guys 7 weeks to build. It came out absolutely amazing. Fiberglass body, automotive paint finish, real chrome plating…..very cool.
Last year I started doing body work on my single cab. I got tired of the rusty “rat look” and decided it was time for shiny paint. The left side of the truck was very straight but the right side was pretty hammered, so I started there. I drive the truck every day so I decided to work in sections (when I had some spare time) and paint as I go. About a week after I had finished up the left side (minus the gate) I got hit driving home from work, flipping onto my side and grinding down the “good” left side of the truck.
All is good,.. the insurance co. is now funding the repair and restoration.
I’ll be posting progress pics soon.
This is Skyler, a robot puppet I created for kids puppet shows and to use in my short films.
The body parts are vacu-formed styrene plastic. I sculpted 4lb urethane foam to create the patterns for vacu-forming.
The arms are made up of various pvc plumbing parts and hand shaped pvc.
The head and mouth are lever controlled. The eyes rotate to create different emotional expressions and are actuated with radio controlled servos.
Gingerbread Target store made for a Target Christmas commercial. (2012)
Miniature diner and full size interior set for a JCP commercial. (2012)
The model is set up on stage at universal studios along with the full size interior set.
The model was shot against blue screen and the background was added in post.
Christmas cab for a JC Penny commercial.
The car was completely covered in Christmas buttons. For the wheels,I got a set of salt flat discs from Mooneyes and covered them with a vinyl graphic.
My ‘64 VW never had a radio installed and is still running on a 6 volt system. I decided to leave it that way and make myself a portable car stereo to take along for the ride.