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December 21st, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Million Dollar Babies VFXKids fighting? Sign us up! We created the Visual Effects for College Humor’s new comedy Million Dollar Babies! We added titles, camera flashes, spittle, and a 3D retainer. Ding, ding!

Watch Million Dollar Babies!

December 21st, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Hot Xmas LightsWe produced yet another Christmas short! This one was for National Banana, a comedy site created by Jerry Zucker, who’s known for Airplane and the Naked Gun series. We shot stills of the house, isolated lights in Photoshop, animated the lights to the music, and added the Visual Effects (except that last explosion, that was them). Awesome!

December 19th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

A Simple GiftWe created the Visual Effects for this short comedy at JoeyandDavid.com. Some people think it’s offensive, so check it out!

December 17th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

TITLEWe created two epic Visual Effects shots for Team Tiger Awesome‘s short comedy Claus, a hilarious combination of The Santa Clause, Lord of the Rings, and 300.

Watch Claus!

December 13th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Street Fighter 7 VFXWe added a sky, candle flames, tranq darts, and lightning to CollegeHumor’s Street Fighter: The Later Years – Part 7.

Watch Street Fighter: The Later Years – Part 7! See everything Street Fighter!

November 26th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Street Fighter 6 VFXWe provided sonic booms, teleportation, destruction, and the “Hundred Hand Slap” for College Humor’s Street Fighter: The Later Years – Part 6.

Watch Street Fighter: The Later Years – Part 6! See everything Street Fighter!

November 17th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Cinematography, Editing

Two Guys Episode ThreeThere’s someone trying to kill us? Part three of the series we shot and edited for Adam Ray and Evan Gaustad.

Watch Episode One, Episode Two,or Episode Four! See photos from Adam Ray TV stuff!

November 13th, 2007   |  
Posted in: News

TITLETwo Guys – Episode One is featured on Funny or Die and is super-highly rated! We shot and edited the web series, which was created for Adam Ray TV.

Watch Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three,or Episode Four! See photos from Adam Ray TV stuff!

November 9th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Cinematography, Editing

Two Guys Episode TwoThe second adventure we shot and edited for Adam Ray and Evan Gaustad. “These guys are good.”

Watch Episode One, Episode Three,or Episode Four! See photos from Adam Ray TV!

November 8th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

24: The Unaired 1994 PilotWe created Visual Effects for 24: The Unaired 1994 Pilot. This College Humor parody strips the popular Fox series of its modern technology by setting the show in 1994. Ghostlight created the opening 24 logo and added old computer graphics to the monitors.

Watch 24: The Unaired 1994 Pilot!

October 22nd, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Brohemian RhapsodyWe made a digital “lights up” effect and “leg wipe” for the opening of College Humor’s Brohemian Rhapsody – the fraternity version of Queen’s legendary song. Enjoy the short and beware the “mature” content!

October 19th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Street Fighter 5 VFXCheck out the sonic booms, fast kicks, teleportation football, and baby hadoukens we created for the latest episode of College Humor’s popular comedy series!

Watch Street Fighter: The Later Years – Part 5! See everything Street Fighter!

October 16th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Cinematography, Editing

Two Guys Episode OneWe did the Cinematography and Editing on this short with Adam Ray and Evan Gaustad. Enjoy!

Watch Episode Two, Episode Three,or Episode Four! See all photos from Adam Ray TV.

September 18th, 2007   |  

Twisted TerrorDigiSynd hired us to create these three ads for the Twisted Terror Collection from Warner Brothers. Dave Directed and Edited, James did the Cinematography, and Ghostlight did the Visual Effects.

Starring David Nash, Evan Gaustad, Jenna Finley, Beck Bennett, Ashleigh Sumner, Sarah Atwood, Jessica Wheeler, and Sarena Khan. Narration by Adam Ray. Music by Andrew Kaiser. Thanks everybody!

Behind-the-scenes photos!

September 14th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Gummi Bears VFXWe did these Visual Effects for College Humor’s Gummi Bears: The Movie Trailer. Watch for our flying 3D hair balls and glowing gummi berries.

Watch Gummi Bears: The Movie!

September 7th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Street Fighter 4 VFXStreet Fighter has returned! We created two Visual Effects for this episode: a taxicab license plate and a flying inverted spinning helicopter splits kick!

Watch Street Fighter: The Later Years – Part 4! See everything Street Fighter!

August 17th, 2007   |  
Posted in: News

KrantzWatch Ghostlight’s interview on Viral, a behind-the-scenes series dedicated to video on the web. Special thanks to the delightful Sunny Gault and our buddies from Invisible Engine for saying nice things about us. Here are a few photos from the shoot.

August 16th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Robert De Niro Back In Time Dutch West hired us to create these Visual Effects for their funny and ambitious series Robert De Niro Back in Time. Ghostlight created time portals, the main title, a night sky, gunshots, and a saber-toothed tiger. Most shots required time-consuming rotoscoping (tracing) actors frame by frame.

Watch Robert De Niro Back In Time Episode One, Episode Two, or Episode Three!

August 15th, 2007   |  

GalileoDigiSynd produced this video, also known as Houdini’s Moon, for Ashton Kutcher’s Room 401. Ghostlight did the Cinematography and Visual Effects for this video, which was just one of many clues for DigiSynd’s online alternate reality game, eventually becoming Nowheremen. Thanks to DigiSynd and everyone involved!

Watch in HD! Read fans dissecting the video here!

August 14th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Cinematography

Cheap and Shameless - Part 1James shot Lifestyles of the Cheap and Shameless for Invisible Engine, Sprint, and College Humor. It stars Sarah Atwood, Julia Bellows, Sean Bury, Chris Cantwell, Morgan Mead, Makinna Ridgeway, and Matt Wyatt. Artwork by Brad Conlin.

Watch: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5!
Watch in HD: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5!
See photos from behind the scenes.

July 18th, 2007   |  
Posted in: News

Daily Reel features GhostlightA clip from our Pop It VFX video is shown on the Daily Reel! Michelle DeForest hosts the show, which helps viewers find the best video content on the web. Enjoy!

July 5th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Pop It VFX

We blew up our front door and totally nuked Los Angeles for Invisible Engine’s new short film Pop It. Here’s how we did it!

Watch Pop It! See photos from behind the scenes! See screenshots of Pop It featured on several sites!

June 29th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

iPhone VFXWe made our own iPhone before it’s available! College Humor parodied the new iPhone ads using a prop phone with a green screen. We created and animate the screen’s graphics from scratch. Sometimes the finger didn’t point to the right place, so we warped it. Click the thumbnail on the left to see how we did it!

Watch iPhone Parody One, Two, and Three!

June 15th, 2007   |  

Olmec: Sex TherapistDave Directed and James did the Cinematography for the last scene of Olmec: Sex Therapist for College Humor. It stars actor Kirk Fogg, host of Legends of the Hidden Temple and actress Morgan Mead.

Check out photos from behind the scenes!

June 8th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

WHIT Radio VFXHere’s how we created the Visual Effects for College Humor’s hilariously offensive short WHIT Radio. We placed radio station graphics on taxi cabs, buses, billboards, and a blimp using 2D and 3D animation. Enjoy!

Watch WHIT Radio!

May 22nd, 2007   |  

What Revver Did 5 VFXWe levitated a possessed girl in What Revver Did 5, the final Revver.com ad created by Invisible Engine. We did the Cinematography and Visual Effects. This video shows how we made Sean fly!

Watch What Revver Did 5: Exorcist! See photos from all 5 ads! See everything Revver!

May 22nd, 2007   |  
Posted in: Cinematography

What Revver Did 4: Civil War BTSHere’s some behind the scenes footage from What Revver Did 4: Civil War! James was the Cinematographer on this 4th ad for Revver.com created by Invisible Engine. If you like guns, trucks, fire, and handlebar mustaches – this is for you!

Watch What Revver Did 4: Civil War! See photos from all 5 ads! See everything Revver!

April 19th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Momentos VFXHere’s how we created the Visual Effects for College Humor’s latest sketch Mementos, a Mentos commercial in the style of the film Memento. We helped plan the effects with College Humor before the shoot. Always a good idea!

Watch Mementos!

April 19th, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Momentos VFXGhostlight summoned butterflies for College Humor’s The Sopranos Censored. The 3D butterflies were modeled, surfaced, and animated in 2 days. Here’s how we did it!

Watch The Sopranos Censored!

April 5th, 2007   |  
Posted in: News

Out of more than 50 other films, Rushers won the Audience Award at the Method Fest film festival! Dave edited the movie, and Ghostlight did the Visual Effects. Congrats to Joey and Paul Boukadakis, plus everyone who worked on the film!

See everything Rushers!

April 3rd, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Rushers VFX 2Most of the time, filmmakers don’t want you to notice the Visual Effects in their movies. Here are some shots from Rushers that director Joey Boukadakis didn’t want you to see!

See everything Rushers!

April 2nd, 2007   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Rushers VFX 1While Dave was Editing the film, director Joey Boukadakis asked if we could make this particular shot more exciting. Here’s how we brought this shot of Greek Row to life using crowd duplication and a 3D banner. Enjoy!

See everything Rushers!

March 31st, 2007   |  
Posted in: News

Rushers screened at the Method Fest film festival today and was a big hit with the audience! It was selected from hundreds of submissions, hopefully due in part to Dave’s Editing or our Visual Effects. Congratulations to director Joey Boukadakis and the entire crew!

See everything Rushers!

March 21st, 2007   |  
Posted in: Fun

We had one evening before we had to return some film equipment, and this is the result. Starring Ryan Eggold and Aaron Fischer.

March 20th, 2007   |  
Posted in: News

AwkwardWe helped shoot this hilariously violent short by Invisible Engine. See if you can spot Dave and James throwing a few punches!

Check out behind-the-scenes photos!

March 12th, 2007   |  
Posted in: News

Sandwich Pals on MySpaceWe’re #1 on MySpace! We shot and edited Sandwich Pals, a short starring comedian Adam Ray, Drew Coolidge, and David Nash.

Watch Sandwich Pals! See photos from Adam Ray TV stuff.

March 5th, 2007   |  

Bruin's Tale VFX

Here’s how we created these 3D titles tracked into real environments shot with a hand-held camera for Branham High School.

February 25th, 2007   |  
Posted in: News

This was James’ last day of shooting an edu-tainment story in High Definition. James enjoyed filming on Cal Tech’s lovely campus and lighting a variety of scenes. Thanks to Edwin the director, and all the actors for the good times!

February 15th, 2007   |  
Posted in: News

Today, James finished his third and final day of production at Branham High School in San Jose. Now he will edit the footage into a 15-minute promotional video aimed at parents, students, and financiers. Dave will provide 3D titles. Thanks for the fun gig, Rich!

February 12th, 2007   |  
Posted in: News

Real OrangeSome of James’ camera work aired on TV tonight! It was featured in a news story about Chapman University on Real Orange on KOCE. Fellow alumnus Brenda Brkusic did the reporting. Good work, Brenda!

February 10th, 2007   |  
Posted in: News

Real OrangeJames attended the Chapman University premiere of their new film school with award-winning filmmaker and friend Brenda Brkusic, a fellow alumnus. Things sure have improved there since they graduated! James ran camera as Brenda reported on the event for Real Orange on KOCE.

February 9th, 2007   |  
Posted in: News

For the past 3 weeks Dave has been on the set of Boogeyman 2 as the Visual Effects Supervisor. Now that filming is over, he’ll soon begin making creepy effects for the film. He had fun working with the guys who made scary flicks like The Grudge. Thanks everybody!

February 5th, 2007   |  
Posted in: News

Tonight James took a friend to a screening of Little Miss Sunshine, followed by a Q and A session with directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris as well as screenwriter Michael Arndt. James really enjoyed listening to their stories and advice, and especially chatting with them afterwards. What a treat!

February 3rd, 2007   |  
Posted in: Cinematography, Editing

Sandwich PalsHere’s the famous cliffhanger episode of Sandwich Pals! Enjoy this short comedy we shot and edited for our buddy Adam Ray.

See photos from Adam Ray TV!

January 8th, 2007   |  
Posted in: News

Shake

We couldn’t resist any longer. We just purchased Shake 4.1, the Visual Effects compositing software used in films like Lord of the Rings and King Kong. It will help us create more stunning visual effects with a better workflow.

January 1st, 2007   |  
Posted in: News

Make it a good one!

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