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PostSubject: Kerner Optical (formerly ILM's model shop) out of business   Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:08 am

When ILM divested itself of creatureshop and miniature makers a few years back, the group stayed together and made up Kerner Optical Lab (which is kind of an in-joke, since Kerner Optical is what was on the door at ILM for years, before they moved to The Presidio.) Anyway, it is kind of an end-of-era thing, since guys who have been building miniatures there since the original SW are I guess at this point out of work.
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PostSubject: Re: Kerner Optical (formerly ILM's model shop) out of business   Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:40 am

Who are the main players in miniatures these days? I loved Mark Stetson's modelmaking, but I am badly out of touch, having lost interest with the demise of Les Bowie and his protege Derek Meddings.
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PostSubject: Re: Kerner Optical (formerly ILM's model shop) out of business   Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:53 am

New Deal (formerly Hunter Gratzner Industries) are just about the only folks I know of. They do work on most Scorsese pics, including a big model train crash in HUGO and a shot for REAL STEEL.

They also do the miniature work in the BATMAN movies and INCEPTION as well, and are on the new BATflick now. They do fantastic far-out stuff as well as photo-real things (the miniature church used for much of END OF DAYS' conclusion is a thing of beauty, I've told these guys they need to do a coffee table book of their work.)
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PostSubject: Re: Kerner Optical (formerly ILM's model shop) out of business   Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:23 pm

Avarice wrote:
Who are the main players in miniatures these days? I loved Mark Stetson's modelmaking, but I am badly out of touch, having lost interest with the demise of Les Bowie and his protege Derek Meddings.

Bill Pearson (model maker on ALIEN) is still in the business. He designed the models for Duncan Jones's MOON.
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