ANATOMORPHEX

 

8210 Lankershim Blvd. #14 / North Hollywood, CA 91605  

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SPECIAL EFFECTS is a very broad category. While many other categories included here on our website also fall within special effects, to simplify navigation we include here only specific areas not covered in our other related categories:

"It's always strange to see something you've made being burned, shattered, etc. It always brings back home the reminder that it is not an object that you've created for filming, but a process."                                                                                       - Robert Devine

SHATTER EFFECTS

SHATTER EFFECTS and Exploding Special Effects require a combination of both technical experience and experimentation. The right choices of materials and processes bring the right unique qualities together and make this magic work. Shattering effects usually involve molding the objects to be shattered and creating lifelike, hollow replicas of them in resins, urethanes, waxes, sugar glass, plasters or aggregate combinations. We use combinations of pyrotechnics, air cannons, mechanical impacts, wire pulls, pre-scoring, and other techniques to achieve our shatter effects.

SHATTERING MAN
Resin
EXPLODING HEAD
Wax
SHATTERING DOG
Plastic
SLUMP BODY TEST
Resin
SHATTERING VASES
Ceramic
EXPLODING SPACESHIP
Plastic
EXPLODING CAVE WALL
Foam
EXPLODING VAMPIRE
Foam
BARKLEY ATLAS
Foam
STATUE 2
Foam
EXPLODING CAKE
Cake
SHATTERING OFFICE
Resin
EXPLODING TIRE
Plaster
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BURN/FREEZE EFFECTS

BURN EFFECTS that are truly convincing usually require real fire with objects made out of specially chosen materials, ones that will not create a health hazard or destroy the illusion by shattering, popping, bubbling or generating toxic fumes. Gypsum plaster is a good material for burn effects- it can be cast thin and lightweight into highly detailed silicone molds and painted with acrylics to achieve trompe l'oeil realism. Natural gases, fire gels and flammable liquids are highly dangerous and always require the supervision of a certified pyrotechnician on set.

FREEZE EFFECTS involve more fakery with clear vacuum form plastics, casting resins and silicones standing in for ice, with the illusion aided by cotton batting snow blankets, bead foam, spray snow, fine foam crystals, methyl cellulose, silicone oil, a-b smoke, liquid nitrogen, and other materials.

BURNING MAN
Gypsum Plaster
BURNING MAN 2
Ceramic Shell
BURNING STATUE
Fire Retardant Resin
MELTING MANNEQUINS
Wax
BURNING LOGO
Ultracal
FROZEN FAMILY
Plastic
FROZEN WOMAN
Plastic
FROZEN BODIES
Resin
FROZEN BODIES
Foam
FROZEN HEAD
Resin
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BODY DOUBLES / PORTRAITS

LOOK ALIKES are lifelike, articulated dummies that can take punishment far beyond what our bodies are capable of. We kill the best- we have exploded, shattered, skewered, burned, battered and frozen many of Hollywood's best.

Duplicating people, especially well-known people, is one of the most technically demanding disciplines, utilising

many special effects techniques and skills:
• accurate sculpting of both broad forms and fine details. 
• extensive life molding for reference or casting.
• casting and pigmenting materials with the movement and translucency of skin over armatures that mimic the movement of skeletons. 

• rigging effects bodies with bungee cords that can mimic the bounce of muscles. 

BRAD PITT
Car Crash Body
JACK NICHOLSON
Chest Burst Effect
JOHN TRAVOLTA
Stunt Dummy
CHRIS MOORE
Stunt Dummy
JAMES DEAN
Mask
JAMES EARL JONES
Prosthetic Makeup
CHARLIE SHEEN
Stunt Body
STEVE EASTON
Shatter Body
MARK McGWIRE
Stunt Dummy
BRIAN WILSON
Mascot Head
BONO
Mask
DRAKE
Masks
DAVE WYNDORF
Shattering Head
MICHAEL BOLTON
Bust
RICK WILDER
Statue
MARTIN LUTHER KING
Statue
ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Statue
SIGMUND FREUD
Bust
HOCKEY PLAYER
Burning Body
HUBERT HOGGIN
Shatter Body
LEE CORSO
Mascot Head
KIRK HERBSTREIT
Mascot Head
SAM PONDER
Mascot Head
RECE DAVIS
Mascot Head
DAVID POLLACK
Mascot Head
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STUNT BODIES 

STUNT BODIES not only need to look realistic, they also need to move realistically -not to mention endure violence far beyond what human bodies are capable of. Due to its combination of durability, elasticity and realistic translucency, silicone rubber has become a very useful material for creating heads, hands and any other exposed skin. Soft urethane foams work well for body parts that are covered with clothing. Depending on applications, the armature (bones) and moving joints of the bodies can be made of anything from lightweight plastic tubing to heavy duty, welded steel and/or aluminum. Stunt bodies can either be made posable - usually easiest with internal flexible aluminum wire holing the parts in position- or they can be left loose, for falls and impacts. When left loose, the strategic placement of bungee cords give more convincing snap and bounce when the limbs are in motion.

CHARLIE SHEEN
Falling Body
WILLIAM SHATNER
Falling Body
MEN
Stunt Bodies
WOMAN
Stunt Body
BOY
Stunt Body
SPOKESMAN
Puppet Body
BLOWN OUT OF CAR
Stunt Body
FETUS
Puppet
BABY
Puppet
BABY
Puppet
WAX FIGURES
Stunt Bodies
DEFLATED GIRL
Deflated Effect Body
SEVERED HEADS
Props
CORPSE
Prop
ZOMBIES
Stunt Body
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PEEL AWAY MASKS

FALLOUT BOY
Silicone Mask
TOYOTA MASK
Silicone Mask
NASCAR 1
Silicone Mask
NASCAR 2
Silicone Mask
NASCAR 3
Silicone Mask
FACE PEEL
Silicone Mask
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