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Hurricane Heist 

Miniature Model

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In this fast paced thriller directed by Rob Cohen and starring Ryan kwanten, Maggie Grace and Toby Kebbell , a Category 5 hurricane heads towards the US Treasury as thieves plan an audaciuos robbery. 

Project Details 

The film starts with a dramatic flashback sequence where  a farmhouse is torn apart by a ferocious hurricane  and we were asked to make the miniature farm house, and provide the scale wind and rain effects for the sequence. 

Two teams of Artem Technicians worked on the miniature. One team built a 6m x 6m steel platform that had to split to create a “tear” down the side of the house then  tilt to match the movements already shot in-studio. The platform used a combination of Pneumatic  rams and sprung loaded electric releases which were controlled and actuated from our Galaxis show firing system.

Filmed on our backlot in West London, our super strong wind machines and rain towers provided a hurricane of our own as the miniature house was "torn to shreds" and "blown" away.

The miniature sequence had to be intercut with footage that had been filmed earlier on location with the real house and in the studio with an interior set mounted on a gimbal.

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