How Moving Vehicles Are Faked in TV and Movies

In a rollicking piece for Movies Insider, narrator Joe Avella explores NAC Effects’ SFX work to learn more about how they create realistic moving vehicle scenes for television and film. They use a programmable gimbal that mimics the movement of a car, boat, train, motorcycle, or other form of transportation. The gimbal can be programmed to learn the movements of a specific vehicle and replicate it to match the scene.

Sometimes it’s safer for productions to simulate the movement of vehicles for stunts than to put them in real action. So special effects artists use rigs and gimbals to move them in place. NAC Effects places a specific vehicle or set on one of its six-axis motion bases, capable of creating all kinds of realistic motion.

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