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Interviews | Dan Curry
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The Transporter effect, gold flakes in water effect, how has it moved on from there and how did you make the Next Generation Transporter effect?

Picture Oatmeal Sunssubhead : Story boards and creating suns with beer and cereals body : Story boards help us visualise the sequence of events. And I especially like to do it for the visual effects sequences because it lets me make sure that we’re not showing a similar image and keeps screen direction constant. And in this example, the story board is showing photon torpedoes igniting and trying to rekindle a sun.

I noticed that on a still photograph, the surface of the sun reminded me of dried oatmeal. So, I sprinkled oatmeal on the surface of a light table and put a little electric motor next to it, and the motor caused the oatmeal to dance a little bit. And then by using a computer to wrap it over the surface of an imaginary sphere, that became the surface of the sun. The corona was a laser beam bounced off a beer can onto a piece of cardboard. And the solar ejecta was baking soda tapped up, shot with a high speed camera, so it would kind of come up and collapse, and everything looked pretty natural.


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