VES Award Pits Small Museum Attraction Against Disney, Universal Rides

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Typhoon 360's State of the Art Special Effects Go Toe to Toe with Disney's Star Tours Revamp, Universal's Transformers

Typhoon 360 literally and figuratively sinks visitors of the new Maritime Experiential Museum in Singapore into the middle of a 9th century typhoon

We’re quite proud that a low-cost and technologically-stunning venture like Typhoon 360 measures up to the same standards and level of performance of deep-pocket projects from Disney and Universal.

A film by Super 78 Studios for a brand new attraction that brings its audience face to face with the forces of a Southern Pacific Typhoon scored a nomination Monday from the Visual Effects Society for a coveted VES Award. Super 78 Studio’s production of Typhoon 360, the feature attraction at the new Maritime Experiential Museum and Aquarium in Singapore, netted a nomination in the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue and will compete with Disney’s Star Tours Revamp and Universal’s Transformers for the prestigious visual effects award next month.

Filming for Typhoon 360, which features state-of-the art, real time effects including robotic, and high-resolution projections, required the meticulous integration of practical set pieces, lighting, projection mapping, and included 60 different shots for the six-minute film. And, it was produced at just a fraction of the cost of its big-budget competitors.

“We’re quite proud that a low-cost and technologically-stunning venture like Typhoon 360 measures up to the same standards and level of performance of deep-pocket projects from Disney and Universal,” said Brent Young, CCO and Creative Director for Super 78 Studios, and Co-Writer, Director and Visual Effects Supervisor for Typhoon 360.

Listed on the nomination with Young are Peter Crossman - VFX Producer, Michael "Oz" Smith - Technical Director, and Seungyong Lee - Visual Effects Supervisor.

The attraction, which opened last October, literally and figuratively sinks the audience into the story of ninth century merchants working on a trading vessel along the Maritime Silk Road as a massive typhoon hits. Over the course of the experience, the audience sinks a total of 40 feet as the film area expands in concert with the drop almost doubling the size of the screens and filling their field of vision.

It’s the second consecutive year a Super 78-produced film has been nominated for a VES award. The firm’s work on Flight of the Dragon, a popular Flying Experience attraction at one of China’s largest theme parks, was nominated for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue in 2011, and Super 78 also was previously nominated for its work on the Busch Gardens Curse of Darkastle, and for a VES television award for the creation of Ben 10 for the Cartoon Network.

The 10th annual VES Awards honor outstanding visual effects in 23 different categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games. Winners will be announced Tues., Feb. 7 at a ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

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