32TEN Studios Contributes to Batkid’s Crime Fighting Spree

32TEN Studios was retained by John Crane Films to participate in the heartwarming Make-A-Wish Foundation event featuring the crime-busting Batkid, five-year-old Miles Scott who is battling leukemia. A handful of organizations, the City of San Francisco and 12,000 volunteers combined to transform a number of San Francisco neighborhoods into Gotham City.

32TEN’s Special Effects Supervisor Geoff Heron and Sean House, 32TEN’s Fabrication Supervisor created three special effects moments using pyrotechnics and smoke. Those effects: a smoke haze that covered two Batmobilies until the reveal, an explosion that went off as Batkid thwarted the Riddler during a bank heist, and a smoke bomb that exploded after Batkid escaped from the clutches of his archenemy Penguin.

“It’s not everyday one gets a chance to help a 5-year-old boy literally fulfill his wish of becoming Batman,” Heron said. “It was a pleasure to play a role in this wonderful event.”

Event director John Crane added: “The most important thing about shooting Batkid was that it had to be done in real time in order to preserve the experience for five year old Miles. No second takes. That meant all the actors had to hit their marks and deliver their lines perfectly, all the cameras had to be in place, and all the special effects, including the pyrotechnics presented by 32TEN, had to be done live once and only once.

“I called 32TEN Studios because I knew we had to get it right the first time,” he continues. “Geoff Heron is an absolute star. He’s got the credentials, he’s got the chops but above all else, he was super into doing it for all the right reasons. As the director of the Batkid event, I knew that this was going to a very complex shoot to execute — live action executed in real time all over San Francisco. This was also complicated by huge crowds and over 30 news teams from around the world. So, I needed a team that I knew could execute flawlessly. Geoff, Greg Maloney and Sean House from 32TEN all exceeded my expectations. I knew I could count on them. Good guys to team up with on the Batkid experience. Truly an amazing adventure.”