For the second installment in our new series, Make: Believe, we visited model maker Fon Davis who has had his fingers in the tiny landscapes that have become our favorite big screen worlds. Want a good drool? Look him up on IMDB to see the full list of his credits which include work for Disney and Industrial Light & Magic, and titles like The Matrix, Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Starship Troopers, and scads more. Fon still takes studio gigs, increasingly rare in an industry smitten with computer effects, but nowadays turns much of his time and energy toward developing new work of his own.
We took our cameras to Fonco Creative, Davis’ effects shop and sound stage, to talk about his inspirations, current projects, the glory days of physical effects, and their future. Here’s a brief taste of the movie geek eye candy we saw during our interviews. Check out the segment on YouTube: