Monday, May 26, 2014

Effectspecialist.com snow machine effects help provide a one-of-a-kind magical adventure for The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter™.

 We Provided snow effects for Harry Potter Universal Studios Theme Attraction "The writer, J.K. Rowling, commented on the snow and was quoted to say, "Fantastic, you're bloody brilliant."

Effectspecialist.com snow machine effects help provide a one-of-a-kind magical adventure for The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter. Snow effects for the Orlando resort’s special effect applications took into account mechanical integrity throughout pre-production and installation to include; aesthetics, technical feasibility, proper machine placement, movement, snow flake size configuration and budget. We mock the studio effect to the final installation.

We are experience in designing and mocking snow effects for major theme parks projects. Which included design conceptualize effects for their specific applications considering aesthetics, technical feasibility, proper machine placement, movement, snow flake size configuration selection and budget. We advise as to the best use and staging of the snow effects with responsibilities for snowfall concept mock-up design, sound stage testing, Coefficient of Friction Test. Guiding this projects through mechanical integrity throughout pre-production and installation for Theme Park Attractions worldwide. 

We are Snowmasters outsource vendor to head-up projects and working as the effect master on all theme park projects. Zigmont Magic FX and Snowmasters Studio are the leading innovators of realistic Evaporating Snow™ snowfall.

Florida Theme Park Visitors Dazzled With Snowfalls
 

 Snow Machines FX We Provided for Harry Potter Universal Studios Attraction

Whether your experience snow at Universal Studios The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, or if you're on a Disney Cruise Ship and it's snowing throughout the Walt Disney Theater, perhaps at SeaWorld Texas and you're seeing a snowfall at a Sesame Street Theater you have seen our work.
You Can See Snowmasters Machines at Legoland worldwide.


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Universal Studio Harry Potter Install of Snow Machines
Universal Studio Harry Potter Install of Snow Machines.
Universal Studio Harry Potter Install of Snow Machines
Your looking at machines backstage at a theme park.
Universal Studio Harry Potter Install of Snow Machines
The snow machines Cutout looking into the Black Arts Cue Line Room.
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Snow fluid Auto Refill Pumping Station at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.
We have pumping stations that can draw fluid from a 55 gallon drum over 300 feet to the snow machines. We have systems at major Theme Parks as seen here to supply three snow machines below at a theme park.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mercedes Benz Sprinter National Dealer Hires Zigmont Magic FX for Snow Machines Effects


Zigmont Magic FX - Effect Specialist® Special Effects Designer and Providing Special Effects Snow Machine Services and Rentals for Event Productions, Films, TV Commercials, Malls & Shopping Centers, Corporate Conventions, Production Sets, and Private Parties Since 1995 - Call 813.689.6269
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Mercedes Benz Sprinter National Dealer Conference  used a Snow effect to Reveal the all weather 4x4 spiriter which is all weather drive.
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Zigmont Magic F/X Inc. provide the Mercedes-Benz National Dealer 2014 Mercedes-Benz National Dealer Meeting in Alabama, for the Sprinter Meeting rollout a room full of Snow Effects. The audience was treated with a room filling snow effect.
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Mercedes Benz selected Zigmont Magic FX Inc effectspecialist.com to supply the specialized special effect. Which Zigmont Magic F/X Inc. is the top consulting, effects designer  and service supplier  for  fake snow machine effect machinery for the theme park industry such as Disney World, MGM Studios, Disney Blizzard Beach, Disney Cruise, Legoland Fl, Seaworld TX and Universal Studios Fl Harry Potter Attraction.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hansons Cryo CO2 FX Jets COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS has been targeted by obscure and unscrupulous foreign manufacturers that are attempting to produce illegal aftermarket versions effectspeciaist.com

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We are a dealer for Hanson Prosystems and we are talking about Hansons designed Cryo CO2 Jets and the COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS that has been targeted by obscure and unscrupulous foreign manufacturers that are attempting to produce illegal aftermarket version.  "If it does not say Hanson ProSystems, it is not a Hanson ProSystems product."

They look alike but they don't work the same, don't be taken, The above is a look a like copy that is not designed correctly. 

 

If Hanson label is NOT on the jets they are Chinese after market products Knock-Offs, Chinese remanufacturers  of  the American designs devices are  forced to cut corners with their production in order to save costs, that why its a Knock off copy.
 That gives you a low-end product that a Look-a-Like copy(cat) but has inferior performance. Meaning not a genuine High performance product, not Professional Grade. This leads to a poorer quality product being made. Less than solenoids Volume, leak etc, electronics, LED lights brightness and reliability and assembled with low quality control.

 

A Glance at China’s Printer Consumables Aftermarket

Reprinted from Recycling Times Magazine
Just about everything you wear, or use at home or in the office is made in China. It seems China has become the manufacturing factory for the world. And printing consumables are the same. More ink and toner cartridges are made in China than the rest of the world put together. The original printer manufacturers as well as the aftermarket make billions of these consumables in thousands of factories—large and small—every year. With not much more than 20 years’ development, China’s printer consumables industry continues to play an important role. When did the industry come into being? What challenges, opportunities and trends does the industry face?


Quality Issues
Chinese remanufacturers are being forced to cut corners with their production in order to save costs. This leads to a poorer quality product being made. Ms. Mary Ouyang—General Manager of Mito Color Imaging Co., Ltd.—is deeply concerned. “The price wars will finally ‘kill’ the recharger. In Europe, customers are already returning to OEM consumables due to the poor quality of the aftermarket products.”

As a result, the reputation of Chinese products is damaged as international customers become frustrated with the poor quality. On one hand they demand the lowest prices, but they also expect the highest quality.

 

Hanson ProSystems | HPS-CO2JETLED | Co2 Jet LED Hanson Prosystem designed LED Cryo CO2 JET
The HPS-CO2-LED-Jet Features

• Co2 and Cryo special effects product with built in RGB LED’s
• Effect height 26- 32 feet 8 - 10 meters
• DMX 512 with 2 DMX control channels
• DMX connection: 3 pin DMX input and output connectors (Optional: 5 pin DMX)
• Numeric DMX selector panel for easy DMX addressing
• Voltage 110v 50/60HZ (220v Available)
• Power 100 W
• PowerCon input and output connectors
• Specially designed HPS noise reduction nozzle
• Adjustable spray nozzle: manually adjust the angle of Co2 effect
• Removable Co2 spray nozzle for easy cleaning and maintenance
• Built in mounting bracket
• Weighted for floor application
• Eye bolts for safety cables
• Available in black or white housing (Optional: custom colors available)
• Built in male quick connecter for custom Co2 hose
• LED Source: 18 x 3 in 1 three watt RGB LED’s
• LED Colors R/G/B/Y/P/C/O/W
• Working Pressure 5 mpa (725 psi)
• Length 18.5 in (45.72 mm)
• Width 13 in (330.2 mm)
• Height 14.5 in (368.3 mm)
• Weight 31 lbs (14 kg)
• 1 year limited warranty
• Designed and engineered in the USA
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The HPS-S-CO2JET
How do you make an already great special effect even more special? You add a little swing to it!


Warning!

BEWARE OF COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS
counterfeit copy of a hanson Pro
See the Chinese marking on the side is a telltale.

Hanson ProSystems, like many other companies with well-known brand names and innovative products, has been targeted by obscure and unscrupulous foreign manufacturers that are attempting to produce illegal aftermarket versions of our products. With apparent similar visual and functional characteristics at bargain pricing but not of the same quality and performance of our genuine Hanson ProSystems products.
Before you consider these counterfeit products, we ask you to first evaluate the following benefits of buying a genuine Hanson ProSystems product:
Original Design - Based on years of professional experience, we have feedback from customers and colleagues, along with research and on the field trials of various profession applications.
Premium Components - We attain the best consistent functionality, best light quality output, usability and special effect..
Ruggedness - External and internal design features to ensure durability, performance, quality and handling at a reasonable price.
Performance - We have stress tested for continuous performance at demanding levels beyond standard use. Proven battery and light output consistency at all levels of use.
Quality Inspection - We have careful 5 point inspection of internal and external component assembly, body materials, paint uniformity, bind tightness and a rigorous step by step test of ALL functions on EVERY fixture.
Warranty - Our wireless products are backed by a 3 year limited warranty and our special effect products are backed by a 1 year limited warranty on parts and labor and resulting on issues beyond normal wear an tear.
Customer Service and Support - We offer 24/7 customer service by phone and depending on location, we also offer direct on-location service. You can also send your products for service to our qualified professional technicians that will promptly diagnose and fix any problem with our products and components.
Certifications and Patents - Our products are FCC Certified, which means that our products have passed the required performance tests and quality assurance tests or qualification requirements stipulated by the Federal Communications Commission. We also have an International Patent on the battery powered wireless DMX attributes of our BPWDMXLED fixtures as well as it's unique design.
Authorized Dealer Network - We have a network of authorized dealers across the continental USA and international locations. These dealers are committed to our brand and may help you sample the products so you can make a better buying decision.
Counterfeit products could be hard to differentiate from our genuine versions at first glance, however, it is easy to identify a Hanson Prosystems product by the HPS logo, legal FCC certifications, warranty, serial number and QC stickers and of course, the quality of our products.
We at Hanson ProSystems are committed to continue to provide great products and service and invite you to exert some caution if you receive a special offer for a visually similar product not coming from us or one of our authorized dealers.

We cloned your done, while they look alike one did missions and one never flew. One is a high tech machine with special design hardware along with special software and the other a copy of the outside with parts laying around from other aircraft. Many cryo jets look alike, know what your buying.

REMEMBER:
"If it does not say Hanson ProSystems, it is not a Hanson ProSystems product."

The Photo ti the left is DMX dip switches are on older technology models to the right thumb dial on all Hanson Models, Some Chinese copies have the thumb-dial too

Examples of Chinese some COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS, make sure your buying top labeled components. You can buy a Walmart TV for 300.00 and a Best Buy high end TV for 3000.00.

China ripoff made led cryo jetChinese cyro jets not made to spec

They look alike but they don't work the same, don't be taken, The above is a look a like copy that is not designed correctly.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Snow Effects for TV - Film Productions Like the Hollywood Motion Picture Lucky we worked on!

Effect Specialist® Zigmont Magic FX Inc 813 689 6269 zigmont@zigmont.com
Snow Effects for TV - Film Productions - Studio - Live Events 
 
We can load a box truck or trailer with Special Effects ground cover snow and snow falling in the air with all the standard tools for a movie production, film shoots, TV Commercials or special event stage show. We have a few specialty items specifically for productions including 16 different style and type of snow machines. We also offer, Snofoam Flocking , Snowcel Spraying, Snow Fiber Flocking, Snow Blankets, Display Snow. Snow Pellets, Icicles, Snowballs, Frost Looks, Faux Snow, Misting, Cyro FX Cold Flow, Low Crawling Ground Fog, Fog Machines and the experience to conceptualizing and designing the Visual Special Effect your storyboard requires.
We will stock a Box truck or trailer according to your specific needs and rent by the day or by the week with Special effects technicians or use your labor force with a Effects Supervisor.. This is extremely successful for movie production. We travel Smart with experienced professional Results. Plus you hire a Special Effects Designer, A Snow Best Boy, A Snow Property Master, Special Effects Supervisor and Visual Snow Effects Art Director which is the Effect Specialist Zigmont.
The Snow Specialist Offers Realistic and Creative Snow Effects with Full Service Production
Just a heads up — the movie Lucky, which Steve Zigmont has the credit for the Special Effects and the Snow master on the film, will be playing on Showtime. If you get Showtime, please check your local listings, and be sure to check it out as it's playing every other day. Zigmont Magic FX was hired to provide Snow Effects and was the snow master on the film and he worked as well as produced all the snow scenes and special effects for this movie, which includes some spectacular snow scenes! The movie is about "a wannabe serial killer [winning] the lottery and [pursuing] his lifelong crush." (IMDB)
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"Ben's obsession with Lucy leads him down a dark path, as he begins murdering women who remind him of her. But when he wins the lottery — courtesy of a ticket that belonged to one of his victims — the pair are united in marriage. Despite the odds (and due to Lucy's love of money), the couple begins working together to protect Ben's secret." –IMDB.com

The Snow Specialist Offers Products and/or Full Service Production for Fake Decorative Snow, Snow Scene Dressing and Creating the Illusion of Winter
Hollywood Movie Film Project - Lucky
The Dark Romantic Comedy “Lucky” used 50 movie professionals, who have come together from across the nation to shoot the movie in Council Bluffs. The movie, “Lucky,” in a nutshell, can be described as a dark comedy about a wannabe serial killer (Colin Hanks) who wins the lottery and pursues his lifelong crush (Ari Graynor)
Budget 4.3 million

Filmed 6 scenes on location in Council Iowa and Omaha Nebraska Sept. 14-19th 2009
We provided all the snow ground cover effects using many technique to convert yards and streets into a wintery scene. We worked 6 days and 103 hours

Seen here is director Gil Cates talking to Lead (Lucy) Ari Graynor with Darren Genet looking on.
Please call any of the staff below for a reference, all snow effects looked great/awesome on daily's by director, producer and cinematographer.
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: GIL CATE JR.
CINEMATOGRAPHER DIRECTOR DARREN GENET
PRODUCER: CAITLIN MURNEY
CO PRODUCER: CHRIS WARD, SHARON ROTZANG
LINE/CO PRODUCER: STEVE CUBINE
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: STEPHANIE HALL
WRITER/SCREENPLAY: KENT SUBLETTE
TEN/FOUR PRODUCTIONS
ART DIRECTOR FRANK ZITTO
Special Effects By (Movie Credit ) Snow Master Steve Zigmont
SNOW EFFECTS PARTHERSHIPED SNOWMASTERS AND ZIGMONT MAGIC FX

WITH
COLIN HANKS
ANN MARGET
JEFFERY TAMBOR
ARI GRAYNOR
ADAM J. HARRINGTON
MIMI ROGERS

flocking ground cover snow on movie set
Last minute snow texture applied with the SnoFoam Flocking to the snow blankets to bend the snow blankets together for filming.

Parking lot snow covered, with reflection in a snow puddle, we made puddle to capture the reflection. Zigmont Notes; dirty melted snow like the 7 - 11 scene.
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Scene on set of the movie at a Quickly-Mart location - Need snow and shot of a puddle (w/ reflection of store in it?) its was some icy/slushy/snowy effect.
close up of fuax snow puddle
Zigmont notes;
Front of 7-11 wall snow piles against the wall (of windows) on side walk
(like if shoveled and piled) 4-6 inches
Needs the look to be slushy snow
Snow on window ledge edge

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Snow blankets covers a front of a house, lawn and trees and roof flocked with temperature in the 80's.
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Street Scene location with 6 homes covered in snow as well as snow on roof,sidewalks street curb. Locals residents said the snow looked real.
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Snow blankets for the reverse shot from across the street. Faux snow used on wood ties. Note the tree was pick free of leaves.

Houses next to each other shot with fake snow covering for a reverse shot.
Zigmont Notes;Lucy walks on sidewalk: Use Snow Blankets
& Faux Snow on Roof.

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Zigmont Notes Full street block of snow, side to side with 4-5 inches of fake snow
sidewalks, street some houses, cars, front of yards with snow pile 4-6 inches and reverse across the
street with foam snow.

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Snofoam on car and fake snow blankets and faux snow used in front of a home. (used as Bens house)
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Car crashes into a blank of snow, we are using 5 different snow products to make this happen
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Snow Blanket should be under & around car tire – maybe raise car up w/ Dacron snow blankets, faux snow, snoFoam and paper snow around it.
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Hollywood Film crew at work with the action of "Car hits a snow bank with tire visible tire tracks".
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House with faux snow on rail, steps and sidewalk with tress flocked.
Snow Flocking Texture Sprayed Over Snow Blankets
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Fake snow blankets covers roof top.
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Snow and ice on roof top. Zigmont Notes; 50 x 50 roof top of fake snow
We provided Snowballs to throw in the scene.

snow blankets covers a roof top
Snow needs to be built up around Satellite dish and AC units.

Faux snow and icicles covers the roof top set.
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Video of Icicles Treatment - Snow on Roof Scene
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Night time snow on street, Night shot-front of windows. There will be a car parked and actors walks on sidewalk.
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A mountain of fake snow and a close up of a street scene with faux snow.
The snow on the ground is faux snow which is a fake snow or artificial snow snow products. All artificially produced snow has its place and own particular advantage to offer, no one type of snow is capable of doing everything required on a snow decor set.
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Day time snow at a house, action will be filmed inside the house doorway facing toward street. Will be a Reverse Shot- in the door way. (Used as Lucy's House)

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faux snowmixer
Mixing Faux Snow as seen in the parking lot scene.
*Faux (pronounced /'fo?/, like "foe") is a French word for false or fake. It is often used in English phrases such as faux pearls, and faux fur. When manufacturing faux objects or materials, an attempt is often made to create products which will resemble the imitated items as closely as possible.
faux snow wash down crew
Washing down the snow, We need to clean up our snow at the end of each shoot.
Our Rig that carried 5 days of snow material, we have a mix of tools that we use on any snow scene dressing. Generally on any set a combination of six or seven different products are used to create the right look and action effects for camera or point of view to make a wintery day or to converts a warm summer day into a winter snow day.
The trailer rig used to carry all our supply's, we had a base camp at each location.
movie crew on location
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We can transform any area indoors and outside to look as if it has frost or snow, along with bulk snow on the ground. There many different products that we use to get its to look like snow on the ground. We spray and cover objects with various coarseness of our non-chemical cellulose product or foam flocking.
snow blankets on a movie location
Ari Graynor standing around our artificial snow
Our services and products can provide that Hollywood Movie Magic to your Live Event, Stage Show, video or Film Shoot. Our Artificial or Fake Snow is widely used by film and Hollywood Movie industries. Most products we supply are used on Hollywood Movie Sets.
813.689.6269

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