Kick out the jams – old school SFX rulz

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Here at Warehouse Transmedia we’re beavering away on some practical effects work this week – as we ramp up pre-production on our second low budget feature film.

We love old school SFX, stop motion and camera trickery like matte painting and the famous Schüfftan process.


The Schüfftan process is an old school effects process invented by super cool camera dude Schüfftan (The Hustler).

Old Eugen invented the effect while working on Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking Metropolis in 1927.  The effect was used for years until it was replaced by blue screen/ green screen chroma key effects.   But, it still works, and it sometimes has advantages over modern trickery pockery as its an ‘in camera’ effect.

What does The Schüfftan process look like?

We’re glad you asked, the effect itself is literally smoke mirrors.  Have a look at this quick YouTube video below showing the Schüfftan process in action.


When it comes to stop motion creature features, and banging big screen old school thrills – you‘ll also need to know all about RAY, he inspires us dialy.

Getting bloody good

For make-up effects and blood and guts we like anything by Dick Smith and Tom Savini – you can learn about Tom’s work below (it will blow your mind)

And finally, when it comes to old school SFX there’s the man himself – the Godfather – Phil Tippet.

Warehouse Transmedia is a creative Leeds based film and video production company, which specialises in the realisation of low budget genre films, to be released digitally, and shot using innovative methods both old and new.

Warehouse Transmedia is owned by Matthew Cooper who is a leading  script writer for hire and script consultant. Matthew’s career in film, TV and the digital; sectors spans over 30 years and includes BAFTA and Royal Television Society nominations. You can find some of his broadcast credits on the IMDb.

Warehouse Transmedia is the studio behind the feature film Markham, which was released in 2020 and shot in Leeds and Staithes.

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