Tom Woodruff Jr

Graboid origins revealed in archive videos

Graboid origins revealed in archive videos

Tom Woodruff, Jr and Alec Gillis are two names that may still be unfamiliar to some Tremors fans, but hopefully after the release of Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors everyone will be aware of their work as creators of some of the most memorable creatures in film history, the Graboids.

Woodruff and Gillis founded special effects company Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc (ADI) in the late 1980s, creating the Graboid design for Tremors alongside co-creators SS Wilson and Brent Maddock, before going on to work on films such as Jumanji, Alien 3 and Starship Troopers.

Now the ADI team have raided their archives to bring fans a look at the creation of the Graboids back in 1989. From creating the Graboid tongues through to building the bodies, this is a fascinating series of videos that all Tremors fans need to watch during this 25th anniversary year.

I spoke to Woodruff and Gillis about their work on the Tremors franchise for Seeking Perfection and the guys will also be present at this month’s Tremors reunion screening in Hollywood.

Part 1

Part 2


Harbinger Down set visit

The aim of this blog is to discuss all things Seeking Perfection and Tremors, meaning it will occasionally go off on a tangent when there’s a big enough connection.

Today, I’m sharing a live set visit to a film called Harbinger Down, a crowd-funded sci-fi/horror film from two of the FX team behind Tremors, Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr.

I’ll be discussing the film here in more depth in the coming months, and it’ll probably get a mention in the book thanks to an interview I recently carried out with Alec and Tom, but in the meantime here’s the video from the set that was aired on Wednesday 19 February, 2014.

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