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Special Effects Contributed By 32TEN Studios Help Make-A-Wish Come True for 5-Year-Old ‘BatKid’

San Rafael, Calif.-based 32TEN Studios presented several special effects displays in concert with the Make-A-Wish Foundation for its hugely successful event held across the city of San Francisco on Nov. 15, 2013. 32TEN Studios was retained by John Crane Films to participate in this special event.

Geoff Heron, 32TEN’s special effects supervisor, and Sean House, 32TEN’s fabrication supervisor, created these effects to help “make a wish come true” for Miles Scott, a five-year-old child afflicted with leukemia. Thanks to the Bay Area’s Make-A-Wish Foundation, Miles got his chance to fulfill his dream of being Batman – he was transformed into “BatKid.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation transformed a number of San Francisco neighborhoods into Gotham City for a day, with more than 12,000 volunteers playing along. Heron and House produced three special effects moments using various forms of pyro and smoke effects during the event. These moments included: a smoke haze from which two Batmobiles appeared; an explosion, as BatKid thwarts the Riddler during a bank heist, and a smoke bomb going off as arch enemy the Penguin unsuccessfully tried to escape capture by BatKid.

“It’s not everyday one gets a chance to help a 5-year-old boy literally fulfill his wish of becoming Batman,” Heron said. “It was a pleasure to play a role in this wonderful event.”

The Bay Area Make-A-Wish Bay Foundation was able to help Miles’ dream of becoming Batman for a day come to fruition. On the morning of the event, Miles, along with a grownup Batman sidekick, got a phone call from the police chief and jumped into his own Batmobile to defend the city against some of his fiercest foes – including the Riddler and the Penguin. After rescuing a damsel in distress from the cable car tracks in Nob Hill, and capturing the Riddler in the act of robbing a downtown vault, Batman ate his lunch at the Burger Bar in San Francisco – directly above Union Square. He then went on to rescue San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal from the Penguin, and was ultimately given the keys to the city by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

Courtesy of John Crane Films 

Courtesy of John Crane Films

November 19, 2013