Schimmel & Schweikle


Since the early days of cinema, scenes of destruction have played an important role in the way stories are told. The creation of junk as a plot point or visual effect is so common in movies, it could almost be considered a hidden philosophy – a way to read the value of objects.

CGI has become a crucial tool in contemporary cinema, freeing it from the physical realities of set building and budgets. Removing these boundaries has further enabled the use of destruction as pure spectacle.

Using 3D modelling, animation software and 3D printing, Schimmel & Schweikle recreate digital debris from action scenes in the top ten most-watched American movies of the past decade, contrasting the speed of consumption of the moving image with the time it takes to reconstruct it.

Special Effects
Stijn Stumpel

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