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Vision Crew Unlimited

Vision Crew Unlimited Vision Crew Unlimited was founded in 1994 with the goal of providing high quality visual effects for feature films, commercials, and television.

Building upon our excellent reputation for miniature fabrication and mechanical effects, VCU later expanded into a full service visual effects facility while keeping the flexibility that comes with a smaller company. This allowed us to take on projects, both large and small, and give each of our clients the high quality work and personal attention that we became known for.

Operating as usual

Another look back into the history books!
12/14/2021
RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION (2007) miniature effects

Another look back into the history books!

RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION (2007) miniature effects. Evan Jacobs talks about supervising the miniatures made by New Deal Studios. New segment from my Sense of...

More memories from the Sense of Scale project.  This time, Species II.
11/23/2021
SPECIES 2 miniature effects

More memories from the Sense of Scale project. This time, Species II.

SPECIES II miniature effects. Evan Jacobs talks about the miniature spacecraft made for the film by Vision Crew. New segment from my Sense of Scale documenta...

A look back at VCU’s work on another project!
09/28/2021
FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON (TV) miniature effects

A look back at VCU’s work on another project!

FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON (TV) miniature effects. Evan Jacobs talks about the miniature effects for the show by Vision Crew. New segment from my Sense of Sc...

09/07/2021

For this Hyundai commercial directed by Justin Klarenbeck, VCU fabricated a miniature version of the car as well as gimbal and the surrounding environment. It's the kind of commercial that would be done completely CG today but we did it all practically.

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08/27/2021

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VCU’s work on Armageddon
08/19/2021
ARMAGEDDON miniature effects part 2

VCU’s work on Armageddon

ARMAGEDDON miniature effects (part 2). Evan Jacobs talks about the large scale shuttle miniature made at Vision Crew Unlimited. New segment from my Sense of ...

08/14/2021
NY,NY Hotel and Casino Commercial

Here's the NY, NY Hotel and Casino commerical. Vision Crew supplied a 48th scale miniature casino exterior. One of the reasons they opted for a model is because the casino wasn't actually finished while we were producing the commercial. In fact, they radically redesigned the entrance right before the shoot so we had to scramble to update our model to match.

We built a miniature NY, NY Hotel and Casino for a commercial to launch it in Las Vegas.
08/13/2021

We built a miniature NY, NY Hotel and Casino for a commercial to launch it in Las Vegas.

08/08/2021

Another collaboration with late director Terry Windell. VCU provided the miniature environment - trees and steel columns. The truck was shot motion control and composited by Sight Effects.

08/04/2021
Buick Igor Commercial

Buick "Igor" Commercial with miniatures by Vision Crew Unlimited and VFX by Digital Domain. VFX Supervisor was the legendary Leslie Ekker

07/30/2021

Vision Crew provided miniatures for a Pizza Hut commercial produced by Rhythm & Hues Studios. How to make carved foam look like fresh baked bread was a fun challenge.

Some memories of the early days of Vision Crew
07/14/2021
BROKEN ARROW miniature effectsNEW

Some memories of the early days of Vision Crew

BROKEN ARROW miniature effects. Matthew Gratzner, Ian Hunter, and Evan Jacobs talk about the B3 jet models by Hunter-Gratzner Industries (New Deal Studios) a...

The Mummy Miniatures
03/02/2020

The Mummy Miniatures

Here's your chance to pick up a Vision Crew piece at auction!  https://content.propstore.com/auction/la2019/catalogue/EM...
09/03/2019

Here's your chance to pick up a Vision Crew piece at auction! https://content.propstore.com/auction/la2019/catalogue/EMLA2019_Online.pdf

07/23/2018

Today we're mourning the loss of one of our most consistent collaborators, Terry Windell. Terry directed many of the commercials we worked on over the years at Vision Crew. He was incredibly talented and his sense of humor will sorely missed. RIP Terry.

Came across this polaroid in storage. Not sure what the occasion was but here's some of the crew.
07/04/2017

Came across this polaroid in storage. Not sure what the occasion was but here's some of the crew.

12/17/2015
Ted at wortk 2002

I did a bit of digging into the VCU archives and came across is little video of Ted. It's just a dumb clip of him at work from Jan 2002 but I thought everyone might enjoy hearing his voice again. It certainly made me smile. RIP Ted.

Just got word that we lost one of our own.  Saying goodbye to Ted Van Doorn.  He was an extraordinary artist and a great...
12/16/2015

Just got word that we lost one of our own. Saying goodbye to Ted Van Doorn. He was an extraordinary artist and a great guy as well. He will be missed. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

Great shots!
04/20/2015
Bladerunner Model Shop

Great shots!

Images from slides taken during the construction of the miniatures for the film "Bladerunner"

Came across this auction. We built this lifeboat and all the others for the film. I wonder how it got into the wild.
03/27/2015
Miniature Lifeboat | Prop Store - Ultimate Movie Collectables

Came across this auction. We built this lifeboat and all the others for the film. I wonder how it got into the wild.

A miniature lifeboat used in the 1997 James Cameron Oscar winning epic Titanic. This small little piece was used in the long shots of the ill-fated ship such as when leaving Southampton, dotted around the upper decks with others of this size to create the stunning illusion. This is one of the more d…

A nice history lesson...
12/11/2014
Matte Shot - a tribute to Golden Era special fx: MAGICIANS OF THE MINIATURE

A nice history lesson...

This blog is intended primarily as a tribute to the inventiveness and ingenuity of the craft of the matte painter during Hollywoods' Golden Era. Some of the shots will amaze in their grandeur and epic quality while others will surprise in their 'invisibility' to even the sophisticated viewer. I hope…

House of Blues Xmas Party
10/12/2014

House of Blues Xmas Party

09/07/2014

So sorry to share this news. We lost one of our family yesterday. Jon's dad, Mike Warren, passed away. He was an extraordinary man and a good friend. RIP

Frost moco shoot
10/11/2013

Frost moco shoot

Here's the Hollywood Reporter from March 1997.  We made their "Emerging Talent" list.
10/09/2013

Here's the Hollywood Reporter from March 1997. We made their "Emerging Talent" list.

Misc VCU Photos
10/08/2013

Misc VCU Photos

Misc VCU Photos
09/29/2013

Misc VCU Photos

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Los Angeles, CA
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A fantastic job by everyone involved! Great work.