MODELS * PROPS * SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
MUSEUM DIORAMAS * ARCHITECTURAL MODELS
PYROTECHNICS * PROTOTYPES
GENE RIZZARDI: An Award Winning Model Supervisor, known in the
Film Industry as a top ranking, highly respected creator of complicated
Models and Props, has film credits that are beyond impressive.
Additional details about his Filmography are listed on the IMDB.
Behind the scenes gifted workers, like Gene Rizzardi are of course
known to movie buffs, especially those movie buffs who are attracted
to Visual and Special Effects. Unlike actors who are 'out front'
and in the spotlight, these gifted people are rarely recognized
by the general public. And then -- if they are 'good' at their
jobs -- their work too will remain virtually unrecognized, as
it is handicapped by the perfection of its 'reality' and so goes
No Film Production Company will ever build a full sized City Skyline,
nor a full sized 'Titanic' along with its Nemesis ~ the iceberg.
These Model Makers are indispensable and are very necessary not
only to a film's success, but to the film being made at all.
Gene Rizzardi says: "I have often been asked how I got my
start in the movie business and what caused me to build models
for a living. I think the first movies I remember being influenced
by were the “B” Science Fiction Movies, like Godzilla,
Journey to the Center of the Earth, King Kong, and TV shows like
Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, and Thunderbirds. These shows
inspired me to dream and to believe anything was possible.
first model was in the TV movie the The French Atlantic Affair.
I worked on a crew building a 25 ft long ocean liner that was
supposed to sink. Well, it sank all right, but not the way it
was planned, We were shooting at the Salton Sea on a calm morning
getting ready for the finale, The Pyro technician was loading
the charges to blow the ship, when the Santa Ana Winds came up,
turning the Salton Sea into the 'Perfect Storm'. The Waves started
as large swells that crashed against the jetty we were filming
from, forcing us to evacuate.
"The ship began swaying with each successive wave and finally
capsized and went under despite our best efforts. The model was
scrubbed clean from the armature by the wave action and parts
of the model and explosive charges started floating to shore.
We had a major cleanup on our hands to make sure no stray explosives
were left behind. The three hour return trip home, in the Boss's
car, was spent in absolute silence. Two weeks later we went back
and successfully got the shot we needed, with a newly built ship.
And in record time.
"To all of you who wish to work in the film industry; you
are choosing a career that will be challenging, frustrating, wondrous,
boring, magical, dirty, amazing, and tedious at times. But never
will find this business gets into your blood, on your clothes,
in your hair and under your fingernails. There will be nothing
like it in your life, it will become your life and you will enjoy
every minute of it deep inside your self.
will never know your true potential unless you believe in yourself,
so come to work with an open mind, and every chance you get encourage
others to follow. Learn from the Masters, they have made all the
mistakes already, there is no need to repeat them. You will never
know where the path leads because it is an adventure like no other.
"Step Boldly!" ~ GENE
Outstanding Visual Effects Award: HUGGA BUNCH 1985
Visual Effects Society Board Member (2001-2005)
Visual Effects Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
JIM CAMERON'S TITANIC
Titanic ~ Scale Model used in Film.
Deck ~ Scale model used in film.
This image of the 1/20th scale model shows the realistic details
James Cameron requested for his film: TITANIC. The Deck is laser
scribed pine plywood aged to match the full size set in Mexico.
The benches and the deck chairs are scaled versions of the Titanic's
deck furniture. Light fixtures are cast in white metal. Smokestacks
have 4000 rivets each!
TITANIC Images Courtesy Gene Rizzardi's Studio
Archives (c) Modelwerkes
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