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Movie Special Effects
The Running Man

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, and Yaphet Kotto
also with Jim Brown, Jesse Ventura, Erland van Lidth, Marvin J. McIntyre,
Gus Rethwisch, Professor Toru Tanaka, Mick Fleetwood, Dweezil Zappa, Richard Dawson
Directed by Paul Michael Glaser
Written by Stephen King and Steven E. de Souza

A wrongly-convicted man must try to survive a public
execution gauntlet staged as a TV game show.

Arnold is boosted into the transportation tube to the game field.
Three solid rocket motors boost the man sized and man weight
sled. These scenes were shot in a Hollywood, CA studio.

Killian (Richard Dawson) announces the new participant in the
game field and rocket boost can be seen in the launch tube.
These scenes were shot in a Hollywood, CA studio.

Once the sled enters the game field retro rockets decelerated the
man sized actual real sled (no wimpy cgi here) with a pair of J1000
solid rocket motors. These scenes were shot in a downtown Los Angeles,
CA flood control basin with a large proximate audience of set extras
and movie crew numbering in the hundreds. The net was the final
breaking system and was never burned through in many takes.

The character who had a flamethrower and rocket pack power was played
by football legend Jim Brown. We boosted him with dual solid rocket
motors thrusting to both sides and his Nomex pants kept him safe if a
bit toasty. These scenes were shot in two locations. One in Fontana,
CA at the former Kaiser Steel Plant on a quarry pile and near a
furnace building, and another in downtown Los Angeles, CA at the
Museum of Contemporary Art. About a dozen takes in all were done
with no misfires or incidents, and we managed to not even kill Jim
Brown. Thanks Jim. You are a real trooper!

Jim Brown fires the flamethrower WHILE under rocket
power for maximum effect and to enter the game in style!

The finale of the movie has the character played by
Arnold Schwarzenegger putting Killian played by Richard Dawson into a man
size and weight sled and boosting him into the game zone. Except the
retro motors and safety apparatus were disabled, and in a bit of irony,
Killian is boosted to his death through a billboard with his own image
hocking the sponsor's beverage. We shot this scene on location in
Fontana, CA at the former Kaiser Steel Plant near a quarry pile and he is
boosted by 2 K675 and 2 J1000. The sled was launched from a ramp over
100 feet through the air to get the segment you see in the movie and if I
dare say so myself, we hit the bullseye on the first take. We hit the
spot! I love it when a plan comes together!

Our screen credits from The Running man - Starring
Arnold Schwarzenegger, includes Jerry Irvine who did all of the pyro and
mechanical work, "Crazy-Chuck" Rogers who co-wrote with Jerry Irvine a
special program to estimate the ballistics on the finale shot including
wheel drag on the dolly used to roll the sled up the ramp, and Tom
Johnson who made some of the earlier motors for the first set of takes
and the legendary K675's. Not mentioned was Scott Dixon of Vulcan
Systems (the production company would only give us the top 3 choices of
credits) who made some really kick-ass J1000 motors by contract, and Tom
Kolis who did in-house photography for USR and has some cool behind the
scenes slides of production.

Here is a short video of our screen credits from The
Running man - Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It is a 2.0mb quicktime video. "Cadre Cola, it hits the spot!"

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A 3" Vulcan J1000 rocket motor. Thanks Scott!

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