The Joy of Signs

Special Effects

Neon for motion picture visual special effects

A mainstay of our business since 1976. We worked on the first Star Wars movie. This work continues today as we provide neon as small as 2mm in diameter for miniature neon signs and internal lighting for models including models used in the latest Star Wars movie, The Phantom Menace.

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One from the Heart
Over twenty-five years ago we made the original miniature neon for
the title sequence of the movie “One From The Heart.” A couple of years ago we remade this neon and
assembled it with the original painting from the movie poster. This
piece now hangs in the museum of the Neibaum-Coppola Winery in
Rutherford, California.
"Biff's" a model from Back To The Future II was made using minature 3.5mm neon tubing. This model building that appears to have 23 stories plus a sign on top is only 7.5 feet tall.
This 6' tall Neon Cowboy model was made for a First Union Bank commercial produced by ILM. On screen it looked 30' tall and had people walking between his legs.
This piece uses 3.5mm and 5mm phosphor coated neon tubing.
We worked on the 2mm minature neon for these model signs for 1981 Zoetrope release One From The Heart. Miniature neon for the movie One From The Heart

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This 2mm minature "Port of San Francisco" was made for a KRON-TV promo.
Miniature neon Port of San Francisco
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Blue light grid for ILM This blue neon grid was made for an
Industrial Light and Magic blue screen paddle.
These interior lighting spirals are for the Borg Sphere in the movie Star Trek: First Contact. rentals Borg neon, from Star Trek: First Contact

2001 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, model lighting
2001 AI, model lighting
1999 Galaxy Quest, model lighting
1998 Star Wars The Phantom Menace, model lighting
  First Union Bank: First Launch commercial, miniature neon
1996 Star Trek: First Contact, model lighting
1994 Star Trek: Generations, model lighting
  TCM “One Reel Wonders,” miniature neon
1992 Death Becomes Her, model lighting
1991 Star Trek VI, model lighting
1990 Back to the Future II, miniature neon and blue screen
1989 Ghostbusters II, blue screen
1987 Batteries not included*, model lighting
  Star Trek, the Next Generation (television), model lighting
1986 Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, model lighting
  Howard the Duck, miniature neon
1985 Back to the Future, model lighting
  Cocoon, model lighting
  Explorers, miniature neon
  KRON Promo, “When you need news ...” , miniature neon
1984 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, model lighting
  Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, model set components
1983 Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, model lighting and blue screen
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, model lighting
1981 One from the Heart, miniature neon
  Dragon Slayer, blue screen
1980 Star Wars: the Empire Strikes Back, model lighting, blue screen
1979 1941, miniature neon
  Star Trek: The Motion Picture, model lighting
1978 Close Encounters of the Third Kind, model lighting
1977 Star Wars, model lighting and blue screen


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