FX Guide-Night at the Museum


Night at the Museum: The Secret of the Tomb is the third in director Shawn Levy’s Museum franchise. In this newest film, Museum of Natural History night guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) and his band of museum exhibits find that the Tablet of Ahkmenrah that brings the exhibits to life is losing its power. The characters look to an ancient power – at the British Museum – to find a solution. “What struck me when I read the script was the surprising variety of effects,” describes overall visual effects supervisor Erik Nash, who tackled miniature characters, a wealth of CG creatures, split screens and even an Escher painting for the film. In the end, Nash and visual effects producer Monette Dubin would oversee work by several vendors, led by MPC, Digital Domain, Method Studios, Cinesite, Zoic and Proof. fxguide looks at just some of the main sequences, starting with two of the technical approaches from Nash.


Alive again: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb