Michael Possert, Jr. (@circa1964) — I make stuff.
SFX/VFX/Film Pro.
Models, props, storyteller, art.
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My Supernova crew i.d. card from Digital Domain.  The studio was located in Veni
My Supernova crew i.d. card from Digital Domain. The studio was located in Venice California in the 90s and oughts. We were just two blocks from the beach which made for some great lunch time breaks. Seems perfect. But, Venice had a gang and homeless problem then. Lots of car break ins and assaults when just getting to and from the studio gates. These badges and some visitor badges became the norm to stop some of the rougher neighbors from getting in. That is the difficult riddle of California (and many cities) in general. Great wealth and success living cheek to cheek with great poverty and illness. #vfx#security#miniatures#scalemodel#plasticmodel #behindthescenes#handmade#scratchbuild#modelmaker#michaepossert#spaceship#supernova#greenscreen#walterhill#alansmithee#jamesspader#angelabassett #loudiamondphillips#idcard#digitaldomain#custommade#moldmaker#1998#analog#spacetravel#flop#35mm#motioncontrol#wip#space
18.12.2018 17:04:56
Adam Gelbart working on the Chieftan tank miniature for the movie Reign of Fire.
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Adam Gelbart working on the Chieftan tank miniature for the movie Reign of Fire.  Second pic shows it finished before going to stage.  Adam is a long time friend and miniature craftsman for the film industry.  His credits eclipse my own.  He remains one of the most talented and nicest guys in the biz. Done at the Secret Lab, 2001. Pics by Scott Schneider. #reignoffire#dragon#dragons#tank#endoftheworld#scorchedearth#military #firefight#menatwork#bigguns#hide#2002#postapocalyptic#fantasy#robbowman#matthewmcconaughey#christianbale#miniature#modelmaker#adamgelbart#vfx#handcrafted#londonunderground#disney#thesecretlab#wip#behindthescenes#scalemodel#fabrication#hollywood
15.12.2018 20:08:50
The lead module of The Nightingale spaceship for the movie Supernova.  I'm addin
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The lead module of The Nightingale spaceship for the movie Supernova.  I'm adding details to the inner level.  I liked the open skeleton design of the ship.  The second pic is the entire finished ship on stage.  It was 19' or about 5.8 meters in length.  Last pic shows finished head.  This happened at Digital Domain in Venice California in 1998. Pics by my buddy #scottschneider  #vfx#miniatures#miniature#scalemodel#plasticmodel #handmade#custommade#scratchbuild#modelmaker#michaepossert#spaceship#supernova#greenscreen#walterhill#alansmithee#jamesspader#angelabassett #loudiamondphillips#digitaldomain#greeble#studioscale#1998#setlife#spacetravel#35mm#motioncontrol#wip#space#commandmodule
13.12.2018 16:04:30
While in LA this weekend for my art show I finally visited the Idle Hour bar in
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While in LA this weekend for my art show I finally visited the Idle Hour bar in NoHo.  It had sat empty and unused for years until it was brought back to its original beauty recently.  In the back patio they also recreated the original Bulldog Diner that was in the LA area back in the 1930s.  The inspiration for the diner in The Rocketeer came from that one.  Worth a visit when in LA.  Stop for a drink and check it out.  Above the bar is a Bulldog Diner cookie jar and a Rocketeer helmet.  It doesn't look to be original production run helmet that I worked on for the movie but I would have had to look at it closer and check it out.  And they were not having any of that! 😄 . . .  #helmet#therocketeer#rocketeer#barrel#idlehour#custombuild#handmade#bulldog#diner#retro#resin#cookiejar#noho#route66#roadside#pipes#yesteryear#greasyspoon#smallbusiness#vernacular#bulldogdiner#barrel#northhollywood#whiskey#bar#nostalgia#1930s#stucco#restaurant#recreation@1933group
11.12.2018 16:51:48
Today is the closing reception of the gallery show that I am in.  The entire eve
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Today is the closing reception of the gallery show that I am in. The entire event was well received. Now to tear down. My WW2 Paris Catacombs art piece for the group show Remembrance -The Faces and Places is installed.  It is a show in L.A. in November that focuses on the places we remember and give honor to the dead.  Artists are to draw upon the ways different cultures remember the dead with rituals, grief and honor for those who have past. #arroyoartscollective#dayofthedead#halloween#allsaintsday#death#remembrance#catacombs#catacombsofparis#death#thedead#dead#iremember#iwillalwaysremember#altar#northeastla#niche#sculpture#art#ww2#wwii#resistance#resist#resister#paris#france#bones#skull#skulls#southwestmuseum#museumshow
08.12.2018 22:07:27
A walk thru of how I made the pattern for my Blasto pin.  These pics show the va
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06.12.2018 16:10:15
The small Helios spaceship for the movie Solar Crisis - work in progress.  I sta
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The small Helios spaceship for the movie Solar Crisis - work in progress. I started with a plexiglass acrylic half dome.  I followed a design by Syd Mead and made a quarter of the ship.  We molded it and cast four shells that I seamed together.  Boss Film Studios in 1989. #alansmithee#solarcrisis#vfx#miniatures#miniature#iamreadyformycloseup#scalemodel#plasticmodel #scalemodeling#handmade #scratchbuild#modelmaker#michaepossert#bossfilmstudios#1990#helios#spaceship#sun#endoftheworld#solarflare#timmatheson#charltonheston#peterboyle#jackpalance#film#65mm#motioncontrol#wip#practicaleffects#climatechange
04.12.2018 17:30:10
The team I am working for on a sci-fi stop motion animation movie has released s
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The team I am working for on a sci-fi stop motion animation movie has released some teaser pics!  The first is a robot walker.  It is a work in progress shot.  The armature was made by @jspake and the body and leg details are my work.  The second pic shows cryo chambers and their lighting set up getting ready to shoot.  I made the chambers and some details.  Very excited to be part of this project!  You can check out @moviemountain and @filmproductiondesign for more goodies. #vfx#moldmaker#miniature#modelcraft #scalemodel#plasticmodel #scalemodeling#custommade #scratchbuilt#modelmaker#hauntedhouse#handmade#michaelpossert#scifi#scyfy#moviemountain#fantasy#walker#spider#stopmotion#stopmotionanimation#stopmotionpuppet#cryogenic#cryotank#leds#robot#moviemaker#wip#behindthescenes#setlife
01.12.2018 18:18:02
This miniature was for the movie Reign of Fire.
First pic shows the crew I worke
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This miniature was for the movie Reign of Fire. First pic shows the crew I worked with doing final assembly and electric for lights.  It is a 1/4 scale model of the London Underground service tunnel elevator that the dragon climbs up.  It was 40' tall and all metal.  Second pic shows it installed in the "miniature" service tunnel that leads down to the subway construction area. The Secret Lab, 2001. #reignoffire#dragon#dragons#tunnel#endoftheworld#scorchedearth#custommade#handmade#menatwork#burnedout#hide#2002#postapocalyptic#fantasy#robbowman#matthewmcconaughey#christianbale#miniature#modelmaker#michaelpossert#vfx#subway#londonunderground#disney#thesecretlab#hardhat#servicetunnel#scalemodel#underground#elevator
29.11.2018 16:35:31
Finally, it has happened!  I got my copy of Star Trek - The Art of John Eaves by
Finally, it has happened!  I got my copy of Star Trek - The Art of John Eaves by Joe Nazzaro. Illustrator extrodinaire!  John has been a long time friend and colleague.  We have been on many projects together over the years.  When I first met him he was a prop and model maker - one of the best.  But once he started getting work designing and illustrating there was no turning back!  If you don't know his work you have probably seen it if you enjoy the Star Trek series over the last two decades. I think this book is long overdue!  So happy to see it out!  Cheers, buddy! @johnmichaeleaves#husqurvana#vfx#startrek#drawing#iamreadyformycloseup#illustrator#designer#artist#illustration#modelmaker#johneaves#paramountstudios#spaceship#enterprise#enterprised#finalfrontier#explore#custommade#handdrawn#hardworker#penandink#cgi#scifi#scyfy#friend#buddy#published#joenazzaro#theartof#itsabouttime
28.11.2018 16:05:40
These are parts to the SQUID playback unit from Strange Days.  Another Syd Mead
These are parts to the SQUID playback unit from Strange Days.  Another Syd Mead design I got to work on. There were many, many versions of the headset "trods" before the final screen used sets.  These are just two designs that were tried.  The handle I made was also supposed to house any batteries to run the playback unit (spin the mini-disc and light the LEDs). This was cumbersome to pull off so we just housed them in the main unit of the player. Don't over think things. #strangedays#lightstormentertainment#kathyrnbegelow#scalemodel#plasticmodel #prop#propmaker #scratchbuild#modelmaker#michaepossert#custombuild#handmade#practicaleffects#flashback#memories#moldmaker#sydmead#jamescameron#stanwinstonstudios#ralphfiennes#angelabassett#juliettelewis#dystopia#scifi#future#electronics#memorycatcher#fantasy#1994#1999
24.11.2018 18:36:32
What am I thankful for?  A lot!  But this week I'm thankful for all the various
What am I thankful for? A lot! But this week I'm thankful for all the various detail bits I have amassed over the years. These pics show a tiny portion of all the pieces I have been saving since I started making stuff when I was 5. I'm thankful because a project, I can't share with everyone yet, benefitted from some odd nurnies I had been sitting on for awhile. Hoarding can be good sometimes. 😁 #miniature#custommade#handmade#modelcraft#scalemodel#scalemodeling#scratchbuilding #moldmaker#modelmaker#modelmaking#custombuild#michaelpossert#details#nurnies#greeble#parts#modelparts#modelkits#wip#thankful#hoarding#saving#investment#secretproject#plastic#bits#random#collector#storage#justletgo
22.11.2018 18:19:19
The SQUID playback unit from Strange Days.  Another Syd Mead design I got to wor
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The SQUID playback unit from Strange Days.  Another Syd Mead design I got to work on.  It was a small crew of us at Stan Winston Studios making these.  We made 3 or four units, all a little different.  Some pieces mixed and matched to make it look different for different characters.  I worked on all the pieces at one point.  The smaller snap on modules are mostly my work.  We made a really distressed "street" version.  I still have the handle for that.  The handle was also supposed to house any batteries.  The second pic I swiped from rik1138 off Youtube as I didn't get many pics during the build.  The first pic is just before we delivered it.  The last pic is the Syd Mead reference drawing we used.  We did these in 1994. #strangedays#lightstormentertainment#kathyrnbegelow#scalemodel#plasticmodel #prop#propmaker #scratchbuild#modelmaker#michaepossert#custombuild#handmade#practicaleffects#flashback#memories#moldmaker#sydmead#jamescameron#stanwinstonstudios#ralphfiennes#angelabassett#juliettelewis#dystopia#scifi#future#electronics#memorycatcher#fantasy#1994#1999
20.11.2018 17:19:48
The alien craft that rises from the trench in The Abyss.  One quarter of the shi
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The alien craft that rises from the trench in The Abyss.  One quarter of the ship designwas sculpted.  Then I made a mold of that.  Still the largest mold I personally made.  It was about 8 feet or 2.5 meters across.  Then four copies were laid up in resin and fiberglass cloth and seamed together. Done at Design Setters in 1989. #theabyss#jamescameron#deepsea#underwater#miniature#miniatures#handmade#modelcraft#scalemodel#scalemodeling#scratchbuilding#wip#workinprogress #scratchbuild#scratchbuilt#modelmaker#modelmaking#vfx#35mm#dryforwet#galeannehurd#edharris#designsetters#1989#submersible#aliens#Maryelizabethmastrantonio#deepseadiver#lightstormentertainment#20thcenturyfox
17.11.2018 18:18:56
Sanding.  Ever present and everlasting.  The necessary and hated eventuality of
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Sanding.  Ever present and everlasting.  The necessary and hated eventuality of all model and prop makers.  From the smallest miniature to the largest prop - we sand, fill, sand some more and repeat.  Occasionally we prime it to see where we need to fill and sand even more. Then we sand again. How do you save a rough casting - like this Iron Man helmet?  Sanding, sanding and more sanding. #ironman#boots#marvel#robertdowneyjr#jonfavreau#helmet#comicbooks#tonystark#sfx#handmade#stanlee#scratchbuild#scratchbuilt#heavymetal#prop#propmaker#resin#polyesterfiller#marvelcomics#stanwinstonstudios#superhero#blastoff#wip#workinprogress#illustrators#moldmaker#keeponkeepinon#sandpaper#wetsanding#workshop
15.11.2018 16:10:52
Some closer shots of me doing final assembly on the finished Iridium Satellite m
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Some closer shots of me doing final assembly on the finished Iridium Satellite miniature. Lots of metal and moving parts. The last pic shows a computer render of the entire craft. It was for the investors to look at and get excited about the project.  At the time the program of 66 satellites were owned by Motorola.  We had to build to more exacting standards on this model.  Since it was for investors, legal said it had to represent the actual satellites more faithfully. It was back in the day of 35mm film, stepper motors and motion control. Done at VIFX in 1995. #iridium#iridiumflare#iridiumsatellitecommunications#vifx#motioncontrol#1996#michaelpossert#vfx#35mm#miniature#scalemodel#milling #wip#steppermotor #mcdonnelldouglas#scratchbuild#modelmaker#satellite#space#telecommunications#engineering#motorola #custommade#handmade#michaelpossert#solarpanels#launch#launchpad#orbit#technology
13.11.2018 17:12:00
These are the columns for the opening of the Tales From the Crypt cable show.  Y
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These are the columns for the opening of the Tales From the Crypt cable show.  You can see my work as the camera zooms thru the stairwell.  I worked on the columns back in 1989 at Boss Films and it was one of my early projects there. The remaining two pics are wide shots of the set.  That's a motion control rig in the center.  The camera arm travelled the length of that vertical column. #talesfromthecrypt#hbo#latenight#1989#bossfilmstudio#eccomics#cryptkeeper#dannyelfman#richarddonner#walterhill#vfx#moldmaker#miniature#modelcraft #scalemodel#plasticmodel #scalemodeling#custommade #scratchbuilt#modelmaker#hauntedhouse#handmade#abandonedplaces#michaelpossert#stairwell#scary#horror#devil#motioncontrol#richardedlund
10.11.2018 17:50:48
I recently posted this small vacuum former in a story.  I received several comme
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I recently posted this small vacuum former in a story. I received several comments on it and a couple questions about its use. Here is a video showing just how simple and super useful it is. I'm using a hardhat pattern made by Jeff Pyle for the movie Reign of Fire. The plastic is .030 styrene. Heat it up, drop the platen and the blower motor (not really a vacuum pump) pulls it tight. Done! You can find these on Ebay or Amazon for between $95 and $140 U.S.D. #miniature#custommade#handmade#modelcraft#scalemodel#scalemodeling#scratchbuilding #moldmaker#modelmaker#modelmaking#custombuild#diy#vacuumforming#heatforming#styrene#plastic#vacuumformer#howto#tools#110v#wip#hardhat#reignoffire#jeffpyle
09.11.2018 17:40:23
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