| Clockstoppers |
|The Special FX|
| Jesse has to jump, and we have to get him really far very fast, so we put him in whats called a fly rig, explains Fink. Its a harness apparatus operated by the special effects guys that allows an actor to jump and be carried on a cable. We then surround him with still cameras in a large semi-circle so that we can look at him from a range of 180 degrees. |
Its a really complicated array shot, adds Hurd, using over ninety cameras to create the effect. I think it will really astonish audiences.
You get those sorts of shots in commercials or music videos, but you cant normally do that in the middle of a feature film because it just stops the reality of the situation, adds visual effects producer Jacqui Lopez. But the sci-fi premise of Clockstoppers lends itself to a very stylized visual look. It was really exciting to try to figure out what that would look like, and what wed want to see by stopping time. The onscreen combination of people simultaneously in hypertime and normal time was tricky to manage, and the club scene is a prime example of just how difficult the process is.
The onscreen combination of people simultaneously in hypertime and normal time was tricky to manage, and the club scene is a prime example of just how difficult the process is.
Usually we can shoot someone against a blue screen, along with someone else on the set, and do it as a composite shot says Lopez. But in this instance, the invisible actors had to work with a third visible person in that Zak and his girlfriend had to actually manipulate Meeker into cool dance moves. We did this by having Meeker remain motionless while Zak was walking around normally, and to achieve the hypertime effect, we manipulated the speed of the film, normal to fast, starting at twenty-four frames per second and then speeding up to three hundred and sixty. It gets complicated, but the effect is pretty cool.
Clockstoppers was filmed in mid-winter, 2001, in Los Angeles and Orange County locations that included Long Beach Airport, the city of Orange, homes in Pasadena and Altadena, the Verizon Building in Westlake Village and the Biltmore Hotel. The production also employed the Boeing facility in Downey for various visual effects and to stage the clean room set, which is the high-tech science lab where the climax of the film takes place.
Release Date: 11 Oct 2002
Running Time: 94 mins
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