A Sample of "high tech" services
Smart Props (embedded systems development). Using real time
microprocessor emulators, highly sophisticated or simple props can be programed and tested, while the circuit board is being manufactured, reducing the "turn around"
time and ensuring a successful prop.
Electronic CAD/CAM systems at CALLICO "speed up" the entire process of
creating, programing and stuffing circuit boards. Designs are created, tested and manufactured from the same electronic file, resulting in a smooth transition from imagination to reality!
On the left, an example of an electronic CAD design used on Batman and Robin. This circuit controlled
locking pins and status conditions of the Bat Cave Turntable.
On the right, the same circuit in layout form, ready for manufacture, using state of the
art electronic CAD/CAM software.
Mechanical CAD/CAM brings the same "turn around" advantages, enabling
numerically controlled milling machines (CNC), to work from precise CAD drawings. Plotted drawings are produced for fabricators at CALLICO, outside vendors, or in the
case below, resolving clearance/obstruction issues before manufacturing.
From "Die Hard with a Vengeance", a plot of the subway car's path over time, as it
leaped onto the subway platform. Director John McTiernin, used this plot to stage his scene. Stunt Coordinator Terry Leonard used the plot to position his stunt personnel
safely, while we (SPFX Coordinator Phil Cory's crew), used this plot to avoid a large
building column in the path of the train, and determine exactly the site of the crash.
Raster Scan to Vector DXF Conversion. Utilizing the latest raster to vector
hardware and software. "One off", artistic craftsmanship can be quickly converted to CNC machining commands, providing multiple props in short order. The Bat Saw
pictured below was created by Ron Goldstein, at Matt Sweeneys Special Effects Inc., raster to vector conversion by CALLICO.
On the right, the artist sculpture after scanning in high
On the left, a DXF style output allows CNC machines to mass produce each item, to
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