Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Written, directed and produced by Bruce Branit and Jeremy Hunt, a pair of "self taught" visual effects artists, "405" is STILL a classic and an inspiration to aspiring filmmakers the world over.

Observe the mind-blowing special effects and consider the fact that this film cost them absolutely NOTHING to make. Zip. Nada. $0. They just used a simple digital video camera, an everyday home computer, and the following software:

LightWave 3D by Newtek for all of the 3D animation (the plane, the car, the environment).
Digital Fusion by Eyeon Software for compositing the CG and the live action footage together.
Adobe Photoshop used extensively for creating maps for 3D objects.
Adobe Premiere to edit the entire piece.
Illusion to create some of the smoke effects.

They shot all the footage on a weekend. The post production and visual effects were done in the late night hours after work (and on weekends). All in all, the entire production took about 3 1/2 months.

You can visit their website


Mim said...

AUGH! My heart! My mother always said to keep a clean pair of underwear in the glove compartment in case of an accident. I'm sure that poor guy did have an accident during that incident. He probably needs a towel as well as the clean underwear.

wcdixon said...

Awesome Still trying to wrap my head around how they did it, since the car interiors were competent but looked student filmy...but the exteriors looked amazing.

Mystery Man said...

Mim - Hehehe... But what if you don't usually wear underwear?

Dix - I completely agree with you. The interior shots did, indeed, look student filmy, but the FX says quite a lot about just the possibilities of filmmaking ON YOUR OWN, ya know? I just love this one for the endless possibilities it brings to the table to the aspiring filmmaker.


Mim said...

Whether you wear underwear or not, always keep a clean pair in your glove compartment.

Sometimes your girlfriend might need them.

Back on topic: I'm going to show this to my director. He needs to see.

GimmeABreak said...

The only thing I could think about was Clara Peller.

Mystery Man said...

Hehehe... That's hilarious, Pat. Good ol' Clara Peller. I hadn't seen that commercial in years.

Mim - I don't know why, but girls love wearing my clothes.