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By: 32TEN Studios | August 13, 2013
32TEN Studios, a San Rafael (Marin, CA)-based company that provides production facilities and practical and visual effects services to entertainment, advertising, and corporate clientele, has provided a number of practical effects for Elysium. The film, from TriStar Pictures in association with Media Rights Capital, opened # 1 this weekend at the box office.
The practical effects team from 32TEN Studios (working at that time within Kerner Optical) began their work on Elysium in 2011 by building and executing several shots for the film on the backlot on Kerner Boulevard, base of 32TEN Studios. The team built a 50x50-foot outdoor model of part of the space station at 1/12 scale, featuring buildings and landscaping on Elysium. The film's Raven Shuttle was mounted on a travelling rig, and the team at 32TEN crash landed the shuttle into the set. A seven-camera shoot captured the action of the shuttle crash - the sequence involved flying Red Epic cameras and other cameras that were hidden within vegetation.
Elysium writer-director Neill Blomkamp came to site of the shoot at 32TEN and was impressed with the realism of the chaos that had been created by a practical miniature shot. In an unusual procedure, this miniature shot was done well before principal photography even began, because the ensuing wreck had to be created on location. The miniature shot of the shuttle had to later be matched precisely on the full-size set on location.
During post production for Elysium, a team from Image Engine worked in tandem with the same practical team, now operating as the FX Group within 32TEN Studios. In this capacity, 32TEN supplied explosion elements for a sequence in space - the explosions had to appear as they would actually appear in zero gravity. This imagery was a specialty achieved by the 32TEN team, as they gained extensive similar experience during their years with ILM creating the Star Wars movies and numerous other space-based epics.
Shawn Walsh, Visual Effects Producer for Elysium, said, "The team at 32TEN Studios is easy to work with, they understand the pressures, budgets and time constraints involved with complex productions, and are willing to be flexible in delivering exactly what is needed."
Adds Peter Muyzers, Visual Effects Supervisor for Elysium, "The practical effects team assembled at 32TEN Studios is unmatched in terms of experience. The shots they gave us were just what we needed, adding that extra layer of realism Neill Blomkamp was looking for."
The 32TEN FX Team for Elysium included:
FX Supervisor - Geoff Heron
FX DP - Carl Miller
FX DP - Marty Rosenberg
Model Supervisor - Fon Davis
In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined planet. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the crime and poverty that is now rampant throughout the land. The only man with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission - one that pits him against Elysium's Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces - but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well. Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp. The QED International / Alphacore / Kinberg Genre production is produced by Bill Block, Neill Blomkamp, and Simon Kinberg.
ABOUT 32TEN STUDIOS
Launched in early 2012 by longtime entertainment industry leaders Tim Partridge and Greg Maloney, 32TEN Studios is a production facility and VFX services provider located in San Rafael. The company provides its services to producers of major motion pictures, independent films, TV programs, commercials, industrials, web content and multi-media projects. 32TEN Studios is located at 3210 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, CA, 94901. The phone is 800 717 3210, and the website is: www.32ten.com