A short video about the special visual effect matte painting that was created for the final shot of Tremors 2, the sequel in which Earl, Grady and Burt Gummer battled graboids in Mexico — and first met the deadly shriekers.
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Tremors: Lost Tapes Episode 16 – Humps Part 2
Video from the Tremors shoot at Burt and Heather’s house, our most remote location! See the graboid hump in action again, along with a look at our camera car and even some exploding air hoses.
0:01 / 7:43 Tremors: Lost Tapes Episode 15 – Humps part 1
Behind the scenes video of the graboid dirt humps in the movie Tremors. Humps pt 1 shows the hump under the boardwalk at Chang’s market, and the hump racing toward Val at the edge of the cliff in the climax.
Tremors: Lost Tapes Episode 14 – Tentacles part 3
Even more behind-the-scenes video of the graboid tentacles from Tremors. How to work with Ultraslime! A graboid crosses the street! The all-important hand-puppet tentacle!
Tremors: Lost Tapes Episode 13 – Tentacles Part 2
Behind the scenes video about about shooting the Tremors graboid tentacles (in reverse!) plus the many uses for floppy stunt tentacles.
Tremors: Lost Tapes Episode 12 – Tentacles Part 1
Probably more about the Graboid tentacles than most people want to know! I have so much old video footage I’m posting it in three episodes. Part 1 covers the creation of the tentacles and details on their mechanical controls.
Tremors: The Lost Tapes Episode 11 – Brushing and Brooming and Polaroids oh my!
A collection of quirky behind-the-scenes details caught on video during production of Tremors, including the set up for the beautiful cliff matte painting special effect.
Tremors: The Lost Tapes Episode 10 – Bulldozer
Tremors: The Lost Tapes Episode 9 – The Titan Crane
Moving the camera on Tremors.
Tremors: The Lost Tapes Episode 8 – Changs Roof
Tremors: The Lost Tapes Episode 7 – Nestors Trailer
Possibly more than you want to know about how we moved Nestor’s trailer for the graboid attack sequence.
Tremors: The Lost Tapes Episode 6 – Troubled Hump
More on the air powered Graboid moving system. The hump that almost wasn’t.
Tremors: The Lost Tapes Episode 5 – First Graboid Test – Part 2
Tremors: The Lost Tapes Episode 4 – First Graboid Test – Part 1
The crew tests the system for doing the first full scale graboid burst-up.
Tremors: The Lost Tapes Episode 3 – 1st Day of 2nd Unit
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.
Tremors: The Lost Tapes Episode 2
More behind the scenes video on the building of Perfection and on the first day of Production.
Tremors: Lost Tapes – Episode 001
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.
S.S. Wilson TV Interview 8/17/2015
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.
Tremors Miniature Graboid 25th Anniversary
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.
Graboid Design and Creation ADI
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.
Tremors Movie Trailer
S.S. Wilson gives a tour of his office
S.S. Wilson, writer of Tremors and Short Circuit gives a tour of his office.
Short Circuit – time lapse of S.S. Wilson assembling standee
Time lapse of screenwriter S.S. Wilson assembling a never before assembled Short Circuit standee.
Desk of Destiny – stop motion animation by S.S. Wilson
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.