Tom Woodruff Jr. & Alec Gillis on the set of Tremors, circa 1990
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Practical Effects Fans, Rejoice Over Studio ADI’s Epic YouTube Channel!

Studio ADI is the practical special effects super-studio run by Stan Winston alums, Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Junior, both of whom are responsible for creating the monsters behind such massively iconic franchises as Alien, Predator, Tremors, Starship Troopers, Pumpkinhead, Annabelle, It (2017), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – the list goes on and on.

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Having recently celebrated 30 years in business, Studio ADI has made a prolific pantheon of monster masterpieces and built a very amazing YouTube channel in the process.  Their channel showcases a veritable treasure trove of historical creature creation footage that is sure to set off your nerd alert LOUD.

Want to see how a Predator is made? Here you go!

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How bout behind the scenes with a Queen Xenomorph? No problemo.

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Or perhaps you’re curious about what goes into the creation of a Graboid — It’s all right here!

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In addition to all of their insanely awesome monster-creation footage, Studio ADI has begun to make original content including Playtime; a quirky series of Child’s Play-inspired shorts that tell the story of a sentient animatronic doll who’s homicidal character has been replaced by CGI. The first installment, clocking in at a very viewer-friendly 2 minutes, is funny & nostalgic and the animatronic work done on the Billy doll is eerily effective. You can check it out here.

Want to see more Playtime episodes and more killer behind the scenes footage from your favorite monster movies? Subscribe to Studio ADI’s YouTube channel right here! All proceeds from the traffic on their videos will go towards future practical effects driven film creations.

One of the things I’m reminded of when I watch ADI’s videos is that these gigantic mythical beasts were hand made by humans. In this age of CGI, it’s easy to forget about the incredible craftsmanship that went into our favorite movie monsters which is ultimately why they were so believable in the first place. So hit subscribe, support our artists and help fight the good fight for practical effects!

Written by Nick Taylor

Nick Taylor is a producer and journalist specializing in horror cinema. With a background in marketing and PR, in addition to writing for Dread Central Nick hosts a horror-filmmaking podcast called The Nick Taylor Horror Show. The interview-style podcast explores the techniques, strategies, and key pieces of advice for aspiring horror filmmakers, straight from the minds of some of the latest and greatest names in horror today (Joe Dante, Mick Garris, William Lustig, Joe Bob Briggs + more).

Nick is currently producing a documentary on Steve Johnson while working on Zombie Road, a feature-length immersive zombie movie on the Oculus Rift platform that integrates film & real actors into a cinematic video game platform in virtual reality.

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