Oblivion (2013)

Directed by Joseph Kosinski


A veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself.

Filmed in 2012 in Baton Rouge, LA and Reykjavik, Iceland. This job consisted of building multiple (3) stunt and picture bikes. The design level of these machines was at the highest level we had worked at. Designer Darren Gilford and Prop Master Doug Harlocker are both known in the film industry for their stellar attention to detail and design standards. The bike was one of the first that we had worked with that was primarily conceived in 3-D modeling programs. We were tasked with providing the three operational machines as well as creating the transformation sequence prop bikes. We started with Honda CRF450X models. The electric start feature on this model allowed us to be able to run the bikes without having to keep the kick start arm accessible. All of the mechanical modifications were done to accommodate the bodywork as well as the stunts. Tom Cruise is a very good rider and very particular about how his bikes are set up. Knowing this, we were able to tailor the bike to his needs first, and then adapt our design changes around this. We fabricated most of this machine and worked with some of the highest quality materials. Everything from the LED lighting boards and carbon fiber wheels were designed to fit this machine. The finish qualities were of the highest level that we had produced for a film. The transformation sequence was quite tricky. We produce 7 different pieces that functioned to emulate the action that would be on screen. These pieces were also slightly scaled down for access in the Bubble Ship. This job pushed our levels of working with computer technology, and is now the basis on how we approach design. The film was beautiful, and the experience of filming in Iceland is something that we will never forget.