Moving the camera on Tremors.
Possibly more than you want to know about how we moved Nestor’s trailer for the graboid attack sequence.
More on the air powered Graboid moving system. The hump that almost wasn’t.
The crew tests the system for doing the first full scale graboid burst-up.
The first day of 2nd unit photography on Tremors. Deleted scene at Edgar’s barn. Dirt slides down embankment. The unseen Graboid pursues Rhonda. We do the first Graboid dirt hump shot.
More behind the scenes video on the building of Perfection and on the first day of Production.
The first in a series of videos created by S.S. Wilson which uses personal camcorder footage to document the making of the original Tremors film.
Writer, producer and director S.S. Wilson was interviewed on AZTV Morning Scramble 8/17/2015. Topics covered included his films Short Circuit, Tremors, Batteries Not Included, Heart and Souls and his books Tucker’s Monster and Fraidy Cats.
It’s been 25 years since TREMORS was released in theatres. In that time, it found its audience, spawned three sequels and a television series… all from a little monster movie that was not even considered a success back in 1990.
Seemingly creatures unto themselves for the first act of TREMORS, the snake-like graboid “tongues” were mostly independent puppets for much of the filming. Looking like heavy duty vacuum hoses under their foam latex skin, the tongues were cable operated and used extensively throughout the film. Co-writer S.S. Wilson and director Ron Underwood even helped out on the reverse photography tests!
The 25th anniversary of TREMORS continues. Part 3 features the work put into fabricating the full-size graboids–from early movement tests to final paint. You’ll dig it! Also be sure to check out http://creaturefeatures.com/ for information on the TREMORS 25TH ANNIVERSARY CAST & CREW
Travel back to late spring of 1989 as Alec and Tom and the ADI set crew arrive in Lone Pine, California with the full-size graboids. In addition to getting the monsters ready, it didn’t take long for the shenanigans to begin. Check out http://creaturefeatures.com/ for information on TREMORS CAST & CREW REUNION
Part 5 is a journey in stills featuring construction and filming of the smaller-scale graboids ADI built for TREMORS (not to mention a very special look back into the fashion of shorts)
The last segment of the TREMORS 25th Anniversary series features the 1/4 scale miniature graboid in more detail–from mechanical skeleton construction to painting the foam latex skin and tests of the puppeteering controls, all leading to final photography.
Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (http://www.studioadi.com) designed and created “graboids” for the 1989 cult classic TREMORS. This video chronicles the fabrication and puppetry on set.
S.S. Wilson, writer of Tremors and Short Circuit gives a tour of his office.
Time lapse of screenwriter S.S. Wilson assembling a never before assembled Short Circuit standee.
Here’s some early stop motion animation from when S.S. Wilson, writer of such films as Tremors & Short Circuit, was at USC’s Film school in the mid 1970s. This was shot on Super 8mm film. You’ll note that the desk lamp predates Pixar’s by many years.
S.S. Wilson the co-writer of Short Circuit 1 and 2 shows off his collection of memorabilia from Short Circuit and Short Circuit 2.
S.S. Wilson the writer of such films as Tremors and Short Circuit shows his first sound movie.
S.S. Wilson the co-writer of Tremors tells the story of how he came up with the idea for the film Tremors.
Michael Gross accepting the Best Actor award for his roll in Tremors 3: Back to perfection. This award was presented at the DVD Exclusive Awards in 2001.
At the Video Premiere Awards show October 23rd. 2001, Tremors 3 star Michael Gross was presented with the Best Actor award for DVD and VHS film release.
Early Graboid tentacle test. S.S. Wilson takes a grab to the face. Ouch!
This is a test of the articulated puppet mechanism which would eventually be used on set as a Tremors Graboid tentacle. Yes, this test scene is shot in reverse.