Fon Davis: Miniatures / Practical FX 12/02/12
Fon has over two decades of experience in production design, drafting, fabrication, technology and more recently writing and directing. Fon is the creator and a co-writer on MORAV and Lee’s Chinese Robot Shop.
Fon’s first feature film work was for Disney on Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Since then, he has worked on over 30 feature films including blockbusters like Starship Troopers, Pearl Harbor, and the Star Wars and Matrix series. Fon specializes in overseeing complex or large creative projects in motion pictures, television and product development.
Before listening to his daily tips, Fon suggests listening to the short audio clip below, which is an introduction to the design and fabrication of miniatures and practical effects.
He talks about:
- Why everything you’re about to hear is wrong.
- amortizing costs
- quality & story
We’ll be tweeting links to these tips out daily, so make sure to follow us if you don’t already!
Table of Contents
Week 1: Design
- MON: Production Design, Art Direction & Animatics
- TUE: CAD, Drafting, Illustration, Design & Development
- WED: Prototypes, Mock-ups & Card Models
- THUR: Character design & Maquettes
- FRI: Fonts, Graphics, Logos, Advertising and Packaging
Week 2: Fabrication
- MON: Scale Considerations, Bigatures & Kitbashing
- TUE: Specialty props & Costumes
- WED: Creatures, Puppets, Robotics & Animatronics
- THUR: Computer Tools
- FRI: Traditional Fabrication tools & Techniques
Week 3: Practical FX
- MON: MON: Forced Perspective & Beam Splitting
- TUE: High-speed Photography
- WED: Dry for Wet
- THUR: Stop Motion & Motion Control
- FRI: Creatures & Makeup FX