Saturday, August 30, 2008

Tomb Raider Kit

We've finally got this one ready to go. Sean did a build up of a copy of it and here's the pics. Final price is $190 (plus shipping). Again, she stands at nearly 20" tall (1/4 scale).

Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Dark Knight - The Miniatures

We did a number of things for The Dark Knight at New Deal Studios over the course of a 3 month build and 2 months of setup and shooting. The main sequence we put together was a 1/3 scale miniature/mechanical effect of the Tumbler (Batmobile) colliding with a garbage truck and then turning a 180 degree turn. We built 5 garbage trucks and 2 Tumblers (one cable pulled, one radio-controlled) all at 1/3 scale. Along with the vehicles, we built the entire surrounding environment to match the live action footage shot on Lower Wacker Drive in Chicago. This was a BIG miniature to say the least...

I acted as a key model maker and concurrently as the Lead of the production Staff Shop where we produced parts in the 1000s...

Anyway, here's a few low-res pics... better ones coming soon...

A scene not used in the final film called for the garbage truck to turn over and come apart with pieces smashing through the surrounding walls/pillars/etc... The truck can be seen on its side in the background of the following picture. The 'compactor' part of the truck was made to 'disengage' as part of the damage.