Following are sample clips from various shows I have edited.
Frankenstein and the Wolfman was to be ILM’s first all digital movie. It was a co-production with Universal, whom eventually pulled the plug after a year in production. The movie was originally supposed to be spooky like the original, but it was then decided by Universal after the popularity of Antz and Bug’s Life to attempt to make the movie “cute.” It never recovered from that attempt.
The grainy video on top represents the only footage in existence from that show. Everything else is locked tightly in a vault at ILM where absolutely no one is permitted to access their work for the use in reels or portfolios.
This SIGGRAPH demo was originally in color with an amazing soundtrack by Skywalker Sound designer Gary Rydstrom.
Work in Progress is an in-house video from ILM that I did not edit… I had moved back to Los Angeles by this point when Frankenstein folded. However, it uses several characters and sets from Frankenstein and gives one a good idea of the “look and feel” some of the movie would have had.
This video clip is chock full of Frankenstein inside jokes. For example, the scientist character (Dr. Pretorius in the movie) has flames coming off his head during much of the short. Universal cut an amazing action sequence from the original script of the Wolfman catching on fire and diving into a fountain because they thought “flames were too expensive to do in CGI.” The “Chihuahua-raffe” is an allusion to the bizarre creatures Pretorius was building in the movie, such as “Rhino-bear,” the mad scientist and the worker represent executives at Universal, and the little girl is ILM.
It’s amazing to look back on this piece and realize this is the type of work we were doing back in 1998.