Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Project Review: Pacific Bell 1992

A Pole insulator flies to camera.

A cracking Telephone Pole done with a balsa wood miniature prop.

A wire compressing the wood in a pole.

A Large Earthquake Fault line Splits open with dirt and dust.

Exploding the Insulators.

Visual Effects Design: Practical.

Client: Pacific Bell via Design Setters.
Art Director: N/A
Project Date: Summer 1992.

Back in 1992 I was doing quite a bit of set design work for Design Setters out of Burbank CA., and I was put on a quick half day project to design some simple effects for a new television spot. Now an effect like this would more than likely be done fully as a CGI sequence, but this was 92' and a practical miniature was what was in the budget. The concept was showing telephone poles being pulled out squeezed and exploding. I don't remember the concept, just they needed to have these specific shots seen in the storyboard. The sketches were sent to various Sub-Contractors to bid the effects as a way of explaining what they needed to do.

Cheers, THOM

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