BOSS Film Studios

It is the year 1967 - We are in a mucky mercenary camp in Zaire. 
A hyper-infectious virus is getting out-of-control and could potentially threaten the 
United States. The military opts for a non-nuclear bomb as a final solution.
This dramatic Fuel-Air Bomb explosion in the beginning of 'Outbreak' was handled by 
the experts at 'BOSS Film Studios'. 
Neil Krepela and Jim Rygiel are supervising the Visual Effects.
Model Shop Supervisor David Jones and his crew of model makers were responsible for all 
the model miniatures. Michele Moen was the matte department supervisor.

The Zaire mercenary camp in 'Outbreak'. 
Shortly before the dropping of the bomb ...

The full size mercenary camp was built on the island of Kauai (Hawaii).
At 'BOSS' the crew of Supervisor David Jones built three big miniature sets in a 1/4th scale.
A highly detailed watchtower, a mercenary hospital camp and a fuel supply area with 
a very accurate Landrover miniature. 
All good things come from above ... Bang!
The Bomb blast was staged in the parking lot outside of 'Boss' and composited with 
life action, miniatures and mattes for a powerful Fuel-Air Bomb explosion.
Pyro technician William Klinger let it rip properly with a powerful black powder blast and 
a magnesium blast for the initial flash effect of a real Fuel-Air Bomb.
The enormous fuel supply set with the Landrover. All in a 1/4th scale!
Crew members are working on the fence, which is made of real tree branches from the woods.
The whole miniature sets were built lightweight, so that the air cannons (right side) 
could easily destroy them. The model makers used a combination of natural and artificial 
materials. All miniatures shot with a greenscreen backdrop.
You can see powerful lights hanging from the studio ceiling. 
These were switched on to show the initial flash of the bomb.
The miniature set in the finished composition - Movie Scenes.
The initial flash (hot lights) on the left side and the shock wave on the right 
(air cannon/fog machine).
Someone is standing in front of the Landrover?
An actor was filmed against a greenscreen and matted into the shot.
CGI morphing effect. A mercenary is sliced to pieces, digitally.
Digitally Effects Supervisor Sean Phillips.
Air Cannons and air mortars were used for the shock wave.
On the right side, next to the set stage, you can see the different compressors 
which blow compressed air horizontal on the set.
A/B smoke (chemicals!) liquids were used for smoke effects. 
Two separate liquids that when placed next to each other generate a light 
smoke vapor. A stream of air enhances the effect.
Fog machines and dry ice simulate the dust clouds (see the yellow hoses).
Model Shop Supervisor David Jones is giving the miniature set the finishing touches 
(Fuller's earth?).
Miniature - Movie Scene comparison.
Another great model miniature set is the watchtower of the mercenary camp.
Wow, this is a big scale miniature - David Jones (Model Shop Supervisor).
It appears bigger than a quarter scale model (?).
The Watchtower ready staged at Boss for the bomb explosion scene.
Wire rigging, fog machine, air cannon ... and precise timing!
Long days of preparation disappears in seconds in dust and fog ....Perfectly done! 
The 'Zaire' model miniature sequence of BOSS is totally outstanding!
But the biggest bomb can not stop the virus.
'Outbreak' is a scary movie about a hyper-infectious virus which works its way into the 
United States.
Let's have a look at the further filming of 'Outbreak'.
Like the mercenary camp, the little African village, where the virus emerges again, 
was built on the island of Kauai (Hawaii). 
The crew used an existing village, the Kamokila Hawaiian Village.
Filming 'Outbreak' in the Kamokila Hawaiian Village, Hawaii.
Director Wolfgang Petersen with 'Betsy' and an animal trainer.
The monkey was smuggled to the United States and carries the virus.
Rene Russo and Dustin Hoffman try to avoid the worst, but an eerie General does not make 
it easy for them (Donald Sutherland).
Thus a virus is a wonderful biological weapon!
The virus has arrived ... an outbreak in the small town of Cedar Creek.
Ferndale, Redwood County, in California stand in for Cedar Creek.
Director Wolfgang Petersen and his DOP Michael Ballhaus filming in Ferndale, California.
The number of sick increases quick.
Going to the movies can mean death.
Most of the inside footage was staged in the Warner Brothers Studios on stage 22, 25, and 27A.
Director Wolfgang Petersen is discussing a scene with the actors.
The helicopter flight scenes with the main actors were filmed against a bluescreen on 
Stage 27A at Warner. Same with the interior shots of the C-130.
Are you planning a vacation trip to exotic countries?
This film will be tracking you ... and unsettle you!
Wolfgang Petersen managed a highly topical, exciting thriller. Must see.