As a fan of film I love exploring behind the scenes. Reading about the production process, the special effects and the stories of what could have been…
In the good old days there was no CGI. It was all built for real. I loved reading magazines like Cinefex which gave you detailed stories on how the special effects were put together. Today it’s all about green screens and punching numbers on a keyboard. Don’t get me wrong, I think CGI can be brilliant when done well. It’s just not that interesting to read about anymore.
Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (ADI) is a special effects company founded by two guys called Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Alec Gillis. These two worked under the late great special effects artist Stan Winston. Examples of their work include Starship Troopers, the Spider-man trilogy, the Tremors trilogy and every alien franchise since Alien 3.
In 2002 they were asked to create a green goblin for Sam Raimi’s Spiderman. Below is a video of the test footage of the animatronic head piece. Whilst I enjoyed Spider-man, the Green Goblin does come across as a bit of a power ranger. In HD I think he looks worse as you can see poor Willem Dafoe behind the face mask. In the video below you can see the results of ADI’s work. The voice in the video giving directions is director Sam Raimi. After watching this video all I can think of is why didn’t Sam Raimi use this version? In my opinion it’s so much better!