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May 5th, 2017   |  
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Visual Effects ReelGhostlight has created Visual Effects for major studios and independents alike. Need something spectacular like a spaceship? Something invisible like a boom mic removed or shot stabilized? We make it easy. Enjoy these highlights of our work!

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May 12th, 2019   |  
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Deep Dish Apocalypse BTS Reel

See how Ghostlight created the film’s subway location using a combination of green screens, visual effects, and cardboard sets!

But first, watch Deep Dish Apocalypse! More of our VFX work!

December 3rd, 2018   |  
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Sam Did It

Ghostlight created some killer Visual Effects for this award-winning short comedy, starring Alfred Molina and directed by Dominic Burgess. In it, mortician Sam (Burgess) meets his celebrity idol Alfred Molina (himself)… who is dead.

Nobody can hold perfectly still, especially when somebody’s poking your face, so Burgess enlisted Ghostlight to make sure Alfred stayed dead. This required freezing portions of the image, such as Alfred’s breathing, while preserving camera movement and actor interactions. For example: when Sam opens Alfred’s eyes, they had to be perfectly motionless beforehand, open smoothly without flinching, and freeze again afterward, all while preserving Sam’s hands, shadows, and skin contact.

In addition to freezing effects, Ghostlight added lens flares, created milky dead eyes, manipulated props and wardrobe, adjusted camera movement, and added gore – even removing Alfred Molina’s scalp! (Spoiler)

Watch Sam Did It! See more of our Visual Effects!

June 1st, 2018   |  

Deep Dish Apocalypse

David Codeglia directed this award-winning short comedy film starring Ron Morehouse and Emily Bell about two coworkers trying to find connection during the zombie apocalypse. Go Behind-The-Scenes to see how we created the subway with a combination of real locations, visual effects, and cardboard sets.

Cinematographer James Codeglia created an eerie and gritty atmosphere that was also beautiful. Written by Trey Nichols. Edited by Chris Tonick. Music by Alex Vaski and Andrew Kaiser. Poster by Andy “Aviss” Veilski.

Press & Reviews: FanboyFilmThreat, GizmodoHorrorBuzz, MeawwOmeletoWeAreMovingStories. Like us on Facebook!

More of Dave’s Directing! James’ Cinematography!

November 16th, 2016   |  
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Galactic War RoomWe created the Visual Effects for the new Star Wars parody series from Cracked! We made spaceships, holograms, blasters, lightsabers, decapitations, and Force-like “Space Magic.” We also did screen replacements, green screens, smoke, sparks, speed-ramps, wire removals, re-frames, and stabilizations.

Watch Galactic War Room! See more of our work with Cracked! More Star Wars stuff!

October 12th, 2016   |  
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I'm Worried My Dad's A VampireWe created a swarm of 1,300 CGI bats and other horrific Visual Effects for this new comedy by Cracked which addresses changing family dynamics. And vampires. Starring Philip Labes and Hal Rudnick. Directed by Abe Epperson.

The bats required rigging, animation, fabric simulation, crowd “flocking” simulation, on-set HDR lighting and reference, soft focus, motion blur, set shadows and reflections. For other scenes, we also performed subtle effects like wire removal, blood, smoke, and fire.

See more of our VFX!

 

April 25th, 2016   |  
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Critical Role IntroGhostlight created the magical Visual Effects for the popular D&D show “Critical Role!” Gunshots, fire, arrows, lightning, wind storms, tentacle monsters, face-swapping sorcerers, and crotch magic. What more could a fantasy junkie ask for? The new intro was unveiled on Critical Role’s 50th Episode.

Thanks to Matthew Mercer, Geek & Sundry, the show’s cast & crew, and all the fans for their kind words!

February 7th, 2016   |  

LP CologneDirected by David Codeglia and shot by James Codeglia. Ghostlight produced, edited, and created the visual effects for this ad parody by Adam Ray and Brad Williams.

Featuring Syd Wilder. Chest by Mark Serritella. Hair and makeup by Salette Corpuz & Hiromi Inoko. AC/Gaffer: Todd Kappelt. Blanche the cat provided by Ashleigh Sumner & Beth Stokes. Shot at Sibling. Music by Alfred Montejano.

More Directing! More Cinematography! Rent our Red Camera! More stuff with Adam Ray!

August 1st, 2015   |  

VFX for Leno & Letterman: RETIRED!We directed, shot, and created the visual effects for Adam Ray’s latest comedy.

For this ejection seat explosion, we used fluid simulation to create computer-generated smoke and fire. Normally we try to use actual explosion footage, but this required very specific timing, shape choreography, as well as high interaction with the moving van. The final simulation took 8 hours to calculate, and each frame took 2 hours to render.

Watch Leno & Letterman: RETIRED! More of our VFX! More with Adam Ray!

June 1st, 2015   |  

Rejected Folgers Coffee CommercialDavid directed this “rejected” sex-and-drugs-filled Folgers Coffee commercial starring comedians Adam Ray, Jon Rudnitsky, and Courtney Pauroso.

James shot on our Red Camera with anamorphic lenses and finished in 4K, making this our first project finished in Ultra-High Definition. Ghostlight also edited and used VFX to remove Adam’s front tooth, requiring an animated replacement tongue and lower teeth. Produced by Brian Dillingham. Makeup by Salette Corpuz. Music by Alfred Montejano.

More stuff with Adam Ray! More Directing! More Cinematography! More Visual Effects!

February 24th, 2015   |  

Is It Your Refrigerator?A Ghostlight original! Dave directed this bizzare short comedic film starring Ellis Court and narrated by Gabriel Oliva. James was the Director of Photography and actually shot on Super 8 film. Ghostlight did all post production including editing and visual effects.

Watch behind-the-scenes!

January 27th, 2015   |  

Adam Ray's Seahawks Super Bowl Checklist

David directed this video for comedian Adam Ray. James was the Director of Photography. Ghostlight provided all production and post-production services including Editing and Visual Effects.

Full credits on YouTube. Featured by: TheComedyStore, FunnyOrDie,Seahawks.net, Q13Fox, KULR8.

More stuff with Adam Ray! More Directing! More Cinematography! More Editing! More VFX!

March 3rd, 2014   |  

Our RoboCop Remake - Scene 9A giant cardboard robot shoots a puppet!

Our RoboCop Remake is a fan-made parody of the classic film RoboCop, where each scene is created by a different filmmaking team. David directed Scene 9 and James was the Director of Photography and they both built the full-size walking replica of the original ED-209. Ghostlight edited and created the VFX. Our scene was a massive undertaking that succeeded because of our amazing all-volunteer cast and crew, whom we thank with all our hearts. Full credits on YouTube!

Press: Tweeted by Mythbuster Adam SavageGizmodo, RightThisMinuteLightWave, Wired (home page), AnimalScreen Junkies, Gigaom, Three Laws, FastCo.Create, Slate

Behind-the-scenes: Re-making ED-209! Photos! Remember Our Footloose Remake? More directing! More cinematography!

March 18th, 2013   |  

Trap Door

When it’s beneath you, it has you!

Dave directed this short horror comedy written by Daniel Acker and Hesley Harps. James, our Director of Photography, came up with the crazy camera angles and lighting. Ghostlight edited and created the trap door Visual Effects. Full credits on YouTube.

Official Selection at ITSA Film Festival 2013! Also on Vimeo. Outtakes! More stuff with Hesley, Josh, & Daniel!

February 11th, 2013   |  
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Lucy In The Sky With DiamondWe created the Visual Effects and opening title sequence for this short by Joey Boukadakis, which stars Lou Diamond Phillips and John Patrick Jordan. James was also Executive Producer, Camera Operator, and helped with lighting. Mature content! Enjoy.

See more stuff we did with Joey!

December 5th, 2012   |  

Guys' NightWe worked on this routy short about a girl invading guys’ night. James was the Director of Photography and shot on the Red Epic. We also did a quick VFX shot that induced a spit-take. Enjoy!

Directed by Matt Wyatt. Starring Hesley Harps, Scott Gairdner, Josh Duvendeck, Daniel Kent, Greg Perry, George Basil, & Clint Gage. Written by Hesley Harps & Daniel Acker. Edited by Whitfield Scheidegger.

Full credits on Funny or Die. Also on CollegeHumor.

October 24th, 2012   |  
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Tesla & TwainWe created the shocking Visual Effects for Tesla & Twain: The Original Odd Couple. This hilarious first episode features creators/stars Rob Kerkovich and Will Greenberg, both of whom we’ve worked with before.

Dave was the VFX Supervisor and created the time travel and blood effects. James composited some of the more difficult multi-Twain shots. Additional compositing by David Wolgemuth.

Watch the Extended Kerkovich Cut! See more stuff we’ve done with Rob & Will! More on this coming soon!

November 18th, 2011   |  

Mickey Mouse Brings Disney Magic To New York CityHappy Birthday, Mickey! James was the Director of Photography and VFX artist for this video starring Mickey Mouse! It promotes a really cool interactive jumbo-tron in Times Square. Be sure to watch to the end for an explosive finale in the Magic Kingdom! James shot on the new RED Epic camera, and used interactive magic lighting both in Times Square and Disney World. Directed by Matt Wyatt. Additional VFX by David Wolgemuth and Whitfield Henry. Thanks to everyone at DigiSynd and Disney Parks!

Featured on Examiner and Mashable! Behind-the-scenes photos!

November 17th, 2011   |  

It's Gonna Be GreatThis is the last video Dave directed for Disney, which promotes the new Winnie The Pooh movie! Dave, along with fellow DigiSynd employees, made a bunch of watercolor paintings, which were scanned into the computer. Dave arranged them in 3D space, choreographed the text and animated the camera movement. It gets pretty zany at the end, so enjoy!

See Dave’s first Pooh Watercolor video!

October 23rd, 2011   |  
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MI4 TrailerDave finished working on some of the Visual Effects for the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise! Thanks to everyone at Bad Robot for an amazing experience. See it in IMAX on December 21, 2011.

Oh, and check this out.

July 8th, 2011   |  
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Promise You Won't Forget MeDave directed this video for the new Winnie The Pooh movie. Dave and James animated dialogue from the classic 1977 Disney film The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh. Dave painted using real watercolors, scanned them into the computer, positioned the text, and animated 3D camera movement. Enjoy!

Because of its popularity, Dave got to make a second Pooh Watercolor video!

June 30th, 2011   |  

Brothers In ArmsJames was the Director of Photography for the latest comedic short from Team Tiger Awesome. Ghostlight provided gun and gore Visual Effects. Guest Directed by Matt Wyatt. Enjoy this cautionary tale that explores the horrors of awkward and disgusting R-Rated deathbed requests.

Behind-the-Scenes photos!

June 27th, 2011   |  

Zero Gravity GulchYeehaw! Scott Gairdner asked Ghostlight for some help on his latest Funny Or Die video Roller Coaster Saftety with Patrick Warburton. James was the Director of Photography, so insert cowboy shootin’ pun here. Though Scott did all the ride graphics, Ghostlight provided invisible Visual Effects including monitor placement, dolly rig removal, boom mic removal, and crew reflection removal. Saddle up and enjoy!

Featured on Huffington Post! On-set photos!

June 3rd, 2011   |  

Darth Vader Goes To DisneylandThis is our favorite video that we’ve done with Disney! James was the Director of Photography and Editor. Dave was the VFX Supervisor. Directed by Matt Wyatt. Brad Conlin was the AC. Music by Alfred Montejano. Thanks to the entire Disneyland crew, Lucasfilm, and our DigiSynd coworkers. You’re the best!

In-park photos! Darth Vader’s Tweet. Examiner. The Daily What. Mashable. The new version! Video of us working!

April 1st, 2011   |  
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American Gladiators VFXHere’s how we put new people into the old show! Thanks to Summer Of Tears, Chris Cantwell, and the entire crew!

Watch “American Gladiators”! Watch Behind-The-Scenes! See on-set Photos!

March 10th, 2011   |  

Adventures of the Blue Sword

We did the Cinematography and film look for Adventures of the Blue Sword, which Chris Cantwell directed for the Channel 101 show Everything. James shot on the RED Camera and approximated the look of 1949 Technicolor film. We also added grain, dust, scratches, weave, tape splices, and thumbprints. Thanks to everybody involved!

Watch on Vimeo or YouTube. Watch behind-the-scenes! Photos!

October 13th, 2010   |  

Music Video Booth SuicideSomething’s wrong with us. Ghostlight did the Cinematography and Visual Effects for this disturbing short by Invisible Engine. Chris’ character shoots himself in one of those old theme park music video booths. First, we added blood effects in full quality. Then the green was replaced (poorly) by some iPhone video. Then we ran it through a VHS deck while messing with tracking. Alfred Montejano created the VHS audio flaws. Starring Chris Cantwell, Matt Wyatt, Sean Bury, and Hesley Harps.

On-set photos!

October 12th, 2010   |  
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Guy From Nickelback: Private Eye Returns VFXHere’s how we put Guy From Nickelback in the sky using Visual Effects. Special guest commentary by the film’s director Scott Gairdner.

Watch Guy From Nickelback: Private Eye Returns first! On-set photos!

September 2nd, 2010   |  

The Perfect PitchWe did the Cinematography and Visual Effects for this Captain Morgan ad produced by FunnyorDie.com and directed by Scott Gairdner. James shot on the RED camera with upgraded M-X chip. Our VFX work included wire and stunt rigging removal, sparks, flames, brand removal, time machine effects, fireworks, and 3D smoke simulation. Special thanks to Scott and the incredible crew at Funny or Die!

Behind-the-scenes Photos!

August 1st, 2010   |  
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Footloose Scene 53 VFXHow we used Visual Effects to enhance the practical makeup effects and props.

See photos! More from our Footloose Scenes! Watch the entire Our Footloose Remake!

June 9th, 2010   |  
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Beauty In The World CupGhostlight did the Visual Effects for this special Macy Gray music video for the South Africa World Cup 2010. It features photographer Giuliano Bekor, BEBE, LA Models, and of course Macy Gray. Thanks to everyone involved! Can you spot the VFX shots?

May 3rd, 2010   |  
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TITLEDirector Joey Boukadakis appointed Ghostlight to create this Visual Effect for the new Dave Barnes “God Gave Me You” music video. The effect involves a photograph developing in Dave’s hands, who looks up to see it has come to life. Click the image to see how we did it!

Watch the Music Video!

April 19th, 2010   |  
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I'm From The Future - VFXHow could Scott Gairdner possibly play two roles at once? Why, with Ghostlight Visual Effects, of course! This video shows how we combined two takes with a handheld camera.

Watch I’m From The Future! See photos of our props!

April 9th, 2010   |  
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TITLEKevin Shahinian already had a beautiful opening title shot for his film City of Lakes, and asked Ghostlight to provide text to match. We worked with Bentlight Digital, who did the original Visual Effects shot, to incorporate our 3D title, which was eventually swapped for simpler 2D text. Thanks to Kevin and the guys at Bentlight for their collaboration.

Watch City of Lakes! We also made the Pacific Pictures Logo!

April 8th, 2010   |  
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My Best Friend's DoctorGhostlight provided three animations for MyBestFriendsDoctor.org, a non-profit online healthcare community. It is founded by Andrew Kaiser, who also composed the music for our Intro Reel and Cinematography Reel. Ghostlight created the word “Broken” crumbling and falling to the ground, the pull-back revealing the web address, and the fluttering swarm of cash. Enjoy!

March 30th, 2010   |  

Fireside ChatDirector Chris Cantwell needed Cinematography and Visual Effects for this very strange self-interview portion of a reel submission. It’s a fairly basic “split-screen” technique until Chris walks in front of himself, casting and receiving his own shadow.

January 28th, 2010   |  
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Pacific Pictures LogoWe created this logo for Kevin Shahinian’s company Pacific Pictures. Based on his existing 2D graphic, we built the film reel, ocean, mountains, and sky in 3D and designed the camera movement. After much finessing, the objects were surfaced, lit, rendered, and given subtle shine glows. The final result has enough resolution for projection in cinemas. Thanks to Kevin for the fun project!

See the logo used in Kevin’s film City of Lakes! We also did the City of Lakes Title!

October 4th, 2009   |  
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Blackstar VFXWe created these Visual Effects for the Blackstar. The movie was shot in one day and didn’t have the budget for gun blanks, so we added every gunshot, shell ejection, bullet trail, bullet hit, bullet splash, bullet spark, and muzzle flash. We also erased crew members, logos, and crew helicopters. Oh, and the explosion at the end. And the cat’s eyes. Thanks to Craig Dyer, Doug Blake, and the entire crew for an amazing project to work on!

Watch Blackstar to see our Cinematography and Editing! See photos from behind the scenes!

July 8th, 2009   |  
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edge Fighters VFXWe did the Visual Effects for the short comedy Ledge Fighters. Director Scott Gairdner tells us how we used on-set supervision, a dummy, HDR photography, fireball stock footage, and 3D computer generated barrels to create the explosion scene. Thanks Scott!

Watch Ledge Fighters to see James’ lighting and laugh (at the jokes, not the lighting)!

May 24th, 2009   |  
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Krantz Visual EffectsGhostlight did the Visual Effects for Krantz, a dark comedy directed by Chris Cantwell. The opening scene required John Krantz to give a speech in front of a giant banner, which we created as a miniature. The movie was shot on the RED, and the Visual Effects were completed at 2K resolution – the same as major motion pictures.

See behind the scenes photos! More about Krantz!

August 28th, 2008   |  
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ShuttlecocksWe did the Visual Effects for this music video by Shuttlecocks, directed by George Cornelius. The effects include a gunshot, a flying dove, flowing rose petals, a picture coming to life, slow-motion shots of the band, and finally the cityscape at the end.

June 22nd, 2008   |  
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Nowheremen VFXWe did the Visual Effects for the series Nowheremen, DigiSynd’s social reality experience in which players discover the next episode by following a trail of clues. Thanks to directors Matt Wyatt and Rob Maigret, DigiSynd and everyone involved!

Watch the Nowheremen Trailer. On-set Photos with links to Episodes! Visit Club 22.

May 21st, 2008   |  
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Comedy.com LogoWe created this logo for Comedy.com. Using 3D physics simulation, each letter was dropped repeatedly at different orientations until it lined-up with the previous letter. This logo features high quality rendering aesthetics such as soft shadows, light occlusion, and blurred reflections.

April 18th, 2008   |  
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Grand Theft Auto for the NESWe shot up some kid’s room for College Humor’s latest short, Grand Theft Auto for the NES. Watch for our digital gunshots, bullet holes, and fire. We also added an effect where people get sucked into a TV.

April 15th, 2008   |  

Apple iWe made this “Apple i” commercial for a College Humor sketch, which parodies Steve Jobs’ product presentations. We built the Apple i in 3D to match College Humor’s prop. For the dancers, we filmed buddies from Invisible Engine and DigiSynd on a green screen. Music by Alfred Montejano.

See the 3D stills! Watch College Humor’s Apple i sketch!

April 11th, 2008   |  

Rock Band Traffic

Ghostlight made this for College Humor. They sent us the concept, Dave directed, James did the Cinematography, and we did the Visual Effects. It stars Nick Mundy and Michael Ryan Truly from Team Tiger Awesome. Enjoy!

March 19th, 2008   |  
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Viral Video Politician We executed a long list of Visual Effects for College Humor’s Viral Video Politician. And here it is: the Rubik’s cube, the ping pong ball, the Hadouken, and the falling light. No, we didn’t animate the awesome kitty.

February 29th, 2008   |  
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Street Fighter Finale VFXTa da! The world-famous Street Fighter: The Later Years Series Finale arrived at College Humor, and features more of our Visual Effects such as bigger Hadoukens, punches as a means of travel, extended jumps and falls, flying fists of fury, and a guy totally getting stabbed. The very first Street Fighter appeared over 1 year and 3 months ago!

Watch Street Fighter: The Later Years Series Finale! See everything Street Fighter!

February 22nd, 2008   |  
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Spazzz VFXWe added 3D sugar cubes, fructose corn syrup, camera wooshes, a rainbow, a pile of burning books, and more to College Humor’s candy ad Spazzz!!!

Watch Spazzz!!!

February 6th, 2008   |  
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Street Fighter 8 VFXFight! Fight! Fight! Street Fighter: The Later Years – Part 8 aired today. It features Ghostlight’s Visual Effects: ultra-fast kicks, making kicks connect, digital camera shake, electrocution, flaming chest hair, and the biggest Hadouken to date!

Watch Street Fighter: The Later Years – Part 8! See everything Street Fighter!

January 17th, 2008   |  
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TITLE Ew, gross! We supplied Visual Effects for College Humor’s video Urban Legend ER with a bloody explosion and an empty skull. Sick!

Watch Urban Legend ER!

January 15th, 2008   |  
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Roadie Hero VFXThe Roadie Hero video game ad was released today by College Humor. Ghostlight provided the Visual Effects, including titles, fire, and a fire extinguisher. The gameplay animations were created by Lee Mar.

Watch Roadie Hero!

January 8th, 2008   |  
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Boogeyman 2 VFXDave was the Visual Effects Supervisor for Boogeyman 2. This video shows some “before and after” Visual Effects shots from the movie. Enjoy!

Watch in HD!

December 21st, 2007   |  
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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   |  
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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   |  
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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   |  
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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   |  
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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   |  
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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 8th, 2007   |  
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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   |  
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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   |  
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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!

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   |  
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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   |  
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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 16th, 2007   |  
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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!

July 5th, 2007   |  
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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   |  
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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 8th, 2007   |  
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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!

April 19th, 2007   |  
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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   |  
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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 3rd, 2007   |  
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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   |  
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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 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.

December 22nd, 2006   |  
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Street Fighter 3 VFXWe created these Visual Effects for College Humor’s Street Fighter: The Later Years – Part 3.

Watch Street Fighter: The Later Years – Part 3! See everything Street Fighter!

December 18th, 2006   |  
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Winter Wonderland VFXSee how we created 3D Santa ornaments for College Humor’s new short Nick’s Commercials: Winter Wonderland!

December 4th, 2006   |  

What Revver Did 2: The DragonWe did the Cinematography and Visual Effects for the second Revver.com ad by Invisible Engine. This video shows how we did the gnomes. Yummy!

Watch What Revver Did 2: The Dragon! See photos from all 5 ads! See everything Revver!

November 29th, 2006   |  

What Revver Did 1: Magical PowersWe made Nick Clark fly in an ad for Revver.com, produced by Invisible Engine. This video shows how we did the Visual Effects, but we also did the Cinematography. Enjoy!

Watch What Revver Did 1: Magical Powers! See photos from all 5 ads! See everything Revver!

November 27th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Street Fighter 2 VFXWe created the Visual Effects for the second part of College Humor’s comedy series. Here’s how we did it!

Watch Street Fighter: The Later Years – Part 2! See everything Street Fighter!

October 18th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Street Fighter 1 VFX

We created this Visual Effect for College Humor’s latest short comedy series. What’s that you say? You want behind-the-scenes info with more details than you care to know? No problem! Just click the image and enjoy.

Watch Street Fighter: The Later Years – Part 1! See everything Street Fighter!

October 13th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

TITLEGhostlight made this video for a DVD company that wanted to show what an in-store game might look like. Our friend Joey Boukadakis wrote the concept. We created the game’s interface, color scheme, mechanics, menus, buttons, doors, shifting backgrounds, TVs, confetti, and so on. Thanks to Joey and everyone involved in this project.

August 11th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Eulogy For Chad VFXCheck out how we burned Chad in Eulogy for Chad, a short comedy by Invisible Engine.

Watch Eulogy For Chad!

June 6th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

The Dorm That Dripped Blood TitleWe created this bleeding title for the re-release of Jefrey Obrow’s 1982 horror film The Dorm That Dripped Blood. Thanks to Glenn Hemanes for the font treatment!

Watch the Dorm That Dripped Blood trailer!

April 8th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

TITLEGhostlight finished the last Visual Effect for The Harvest in which one actor puts a cigarette out in someone’s eye. Because the cigarette was not lit during filming, we shot and composited smoke and spark elements in post.

April 8th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Watch Harvest Eyes VFXWe created some cool Visual Effects for The Harvest, a horror film about revenge from beyond the grave. Here’s how we replaced this actor’s eyes with scarier ones!

April 8th, 2006   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Watch Harvest Fireflies VFX!Ever wonder how Disneyland does those amazing fireflies? Well, this ain’t it. We used Visual Effects to populate this scene from The Harvest with tons of 3D fireflies. Here’s how we did it!

November 6th, 2005   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Prototype Fish Visual EffectsThis was Zoe Jarman’s best take, but it could’ve used more fish in the background. Here’s how we added fish from other takes!

See everything from The Prototype!

November 6th, 2005   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Prototype Fire Visual EffectsHow to light a kitchen on fire! Borrow a friend’s barbeque. Build a trough out of blackwrap. Fill with lighter fluid. Film the flames in front of a black background. Composite the flames over the shot. Add a little glow. On-set light interactivity preferred.

See everything from The Prototype!

November 6th, 2005   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Prototype Train Visual EffectsGhostlight created this train entirely in the computer for the film The Prototype. The handheld shot was never intended for Visual Effects, which made incorporation difficult due to a lack of on-set supervision and measurements. This video shows how we modeled, surfaced, animated, and composited the train for the film’s climax.

Featured by Lightwave 3D and PFhoe! See everything from The Prototype!

October 24th, 2005   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

4x4 DVD Today we completed our most technically complex DVD ever. The disk will accompany the filmmakers and script for 4×4 on financing missions. Behind its seemingly simple interactive environment are months of intense Visual Effects and programming work. This video is a guided tour of the completed DVD.

Check out the rejected 4×4 title Visual Effects we did! See photos from behind the scenes!

October 2nd, 2005   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

4x4 TitleGhostlight created this 3D title for the “4×4” pitch DVD.  The title, which is an early example of camera tracking, was later rejected, but here’s how we did it!

March 29th, 2005   |  

New Directions For Women HighlightsGhostlight was hired by Merging Promotions to provide Cinematography, Editing, Visual Effects, and DVD services to promote New Directions For Women, a chemical dependency treatment center for women. Here are highlights from the video!

Check out the DVD we created!

July 26th, 2004   |  
Posted in: Visual Effects

Leigh In Hawaii DVDEnjoy this walkthrough of the DVD we created for our documentary Leigh In Hawaii.

You can also watch the trailer! See photos from us working in Hawaii!

January 22nd, 2004   |  

Butterflies

Ghostlight shot this joke video for a medical company which required an office to be infested with butterflies. We cut out paper butterflies, which were lightly taped to the walls and actors, then blown with fans. For the butteflies in the air, we used computer animation.

See behind-the-scenes photos!

April 1st, 2003   |  

Canon Commercial (spec)Dave shot and directed this during film school at USC. It stars Aaron Fischer and Trevor Peterson.


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