A zombie, a Sharknado and the Apocalypse walk into a bar.
Tammy Klein, Visual Effects Supervisor and Glenn Campell, Visual Effects Artist, were a delight to work with. Glenn gave Holly and I the tour of Asylum in Burbank. Glenn and Tammy were kind of enough to meet with us during the lockdowns and their hectic schedule.
Glenn shared with us old war stories of some timeless movies he worked on since he was a young guy - everything from the original STAR TREK movie to JOHNNY MNEMONIC to the infamous Sharknado movies. They just finished directing THE SHARKSIDE OF THE MOON.
Glenn also directed the VFX of the shopping cart scene which was eventually cut down. It’s the scene where Marcus gets agitated from his conversation with Me Young. He ends up pushing her into a busy intersection. But he quickly realized his mistake and rescues her. Our consulting editor Florent ‘Danny’ Retz thought that Me Young wouldn’t have the heart to ever forgive Marcus. And we realized that Danny's note was a great one.
Tammy and Glenn showed us a lot of what they can and can’t do in the time given. That’s the key words: They were able to produce results with their limited time.
They gave us the very fancy flaming zombie and house explosion. They explained that doing visual effects on moving objects is extremely challenging... Things to consider such as the light that is given off. Other challenges are the shadows that the fire makes. Another factor is our shots is how wind blows the fire while Joshua Griffin chases Lisa K. Crosato's character “Sharon”.
Their shot of the house exploding is super cool. Our Director of Photography Rachel Dunn added to this by making the camera shaky to add another layer to this shot. As Rachel also does visual effects, she brought along her smoke machine to add realistic elements to the shot. They all explained that things like smoke are very hard to do with visual effects. We thought that this was a cool bit of knowledge to learn since we have training wheels when it comes to visual effects.
And at ComicCon 2022, we all shared about loving the TV shows Star Trek: Next Generation and the Expanse. As the old saying goes... A fun time was had by all that day.