Magazine article American Cinematographer

Shrink List A Honey!

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Shrink List A Honey!

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My list for Honey, I Shrunk the Kids was as intriguing as it can get, even in weirdy Hollywood. Creations on demand included: a shrinking cannon (with personality); a pony-sized ant; bucking bee abdomen and thorax; 4,000 gallons of ediblemud; 20,000 gallons of warm milk; a dozen exploding apples; 200 4-foot raindrops; a one-ton broom for sweeping kids off their feet, etc. etc....

Most people recognize generic physical effects as rain, wind, and fire - to name a few, but what made Honey so interesting was creating an unusual environment and achieving the correct scale effects while staying true to the camera.

What appeared to be simple rain drops was a collective R&D of evaluating volume, pressure, viscosity and containment in order that the result be a 400 1b. crashing-down drop of water. The same research had to be done on the other fluids in the film: milk and mud. And they had to be purified and warm enough for the children to swim in. The "milk" was in fact, consumable though not very nutritious!

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