Grads Work Behind the Scenes on the Post-Apocalyptic Blockbuster ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

Mad Max: Fury Road, the fourth film in writer/director George Miller’s post-apocalyptic franchise that began back in 1979, is scheduled for official worldwide release today.

In the film, Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) joins rogue heroine Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) as she attempts to rescue a group of young women from the tyrannical king Immortan Joe. Max, Furiosa, and the women – held captive to breed the warlord’s offspring  – race across the barren Wasteland with an army of bad guys in hot, sandy pursuit. The cinematic result? A fast-paced action feature filled with explosions, gut-wrenching chase scenes, and strong feminist undertones.

The film, budgeted at around $140 million, was shot in the Namibian desert with real stunt people – including a few Cirque de Soleil gymnasts – and real speeding vehicles. It also features the work of a vast production crew – over 1,000 total.

According to the Boston Herald: “The magnificence of below-the-line contributions can hardly be overstated, particularly the outrageously acrobatic fight choreography and the seamless visual-effects work.”

We were proud to see a handful of talented Full Sail grads among that long list of crew names. Alumni known to have worked on the film at the time of this posting include:

  • Paul A. Baccam (Computer Animation; stereoscopic artist)
  • Clarke Godwin (Computer Animation; stereoscopic lead)
  • Katherine Rodtsbrooks (Computer Animation; lead stereoscopic compositor)
  • John Trotter (Computer Animation; stereoscopic compositor)
  • Marvin Yanez (Computer Animation; stereoscopic roto lead)
  • Tasha Carlson (Computer Animation; finaling compositor)
  • Monica Castro (Computer Animation; stereoscopic compositor)
  • Matthew E. Gill (Computer Animation; stereoscopic production coordinator)
  • Lyndsey Pendley (Computer Animation; stereoscopic paint artist)
  • Eric Timm (Film; stereo compositor)
  • Patrick Redmond (Film; edge head technician)

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  1. Zhihang Li says:

    That’s cool. I watched the film maybe two months ago. I never feel so emotional that I watched movies. It’s not only a general blockbuster. It’s full of particularly the outrageously acrobatic fight choreography and the seamless visual-effects work. And the important is racial equality that the film called. Finally, there are 11 Full Sail grads to work. I feel proud very much too. Because I want to work with them when I graduate.

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