Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dream Quest

Below are a few videos with visual effects by Dream Quest, a visual effects company I co-founded in late 1979.  These are from the first 5 years. The company was later sold to Disney and changed it's name to the Secret Lab, which Disney then closed. All effects were done using 35mm film and opticals since digital effects were yet to be possible.

Great examples of cheesy car spots from the 80's.

If people are interested I could do some articles at some point on pre-digital technology and methodologies. (Motion control, matte paintings, motion graphics, etc)

Basic demo reel with new audio commentary


  1. Brilliant. So much of it looks like it would have to involve some sort of CG but it's amazing that it doesn't. I'd love to see more of this.

  2. Yeah, love the look of these pre-computer effects. Probably because i grew up in the 80s :)
    Scott, would be nice if you elaborate a bit on some of those techniques.

  3. I've only made it through the first video so far (have to get back to work) but thanks for the great commentary.

  4. Fantastic post!
    You mentioned doing articles on Matte Painting, as an aspiring Matte Painter myself I would love to hear your input!!

  5. Andrew FinleyMarch 12, 2012

    Hey Scott, I've been a reader of your blog for quite awhile now, and I really enjoy it. Loved these retro visual effects videos. Can't wait to see more on the retro effects.


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