Channel: National Geographic Channel
Client: Off the Fence / Nat Geo
Date: Summer 2020
On May 18th, 1980, the most deadly volcano eruption in American History scarred the world.
“Surviving the Mount St. Helens Disaster” is a feature length National Geographic special with eyewitness accounts and rare sequences charting the violent eruption of Mount St. Helens. Including personal stories, survivors and the destructive aftermath of this epic geological event.
Holey & Moley were commissioned to produce the graphics, branding and visual effects for this sensational film. Branded internationally as “America’s Deadliest Volcano Disaster” this film required extensive visual effects to bring witness accounts to life in ways never seen before.
Featuring footage, photography and stills that formed ‘frozen moments’ through the creation of “Graphic Cinemagraph’s” – suspended in time and evocative of the textures and atmosphere of each moment.
These sequences featured state of the art reconstruction, using a wide variety of techniques including; Parallax, Topographic Data Realisation, Climate Mapping, Camera Tracking, Chroma-key, Particle Simulations, Morphing Interpolation, Pyro-Dynamics and Projection Mapping to name few.
This wide variety of techniques and processes combine to create a stunning graphic realisation of events and witness testimony – putting viewers right in the moment and getting closer to the real experience.