Vision Crew Unlimited
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Vision Crew Unlimited
Vision Crew Unlimited
Privately held company
IndustryVisual effects, CGI
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California, United States
Key people
Evan Jacobs, Jon Warren, Douglas Miller
Number of employees

Vision Crew Unlimited (VCU) was a motion picture and TV commercial visual effects company founded in 1994 by visual effects artists Evan Jacobs, Jon Warren and Douglas Miller.[1] The company later expanded into a full service visual effects firm.

In 1996, VCU contributed miniature effects to James Cameron's film Titanic. While they were initially hired as a subcontractor to lead effects house Digital Domain, VCU was ultimately hired directly by 20th Century Fox to build miniatures for the engine room sequence as well.[2][3][4] In an interesting coincidence later that same year, the company was contracted to work on a CBS TV miniseries with the same name.[5]

While the company worked on many feature films, they were much more prolific in the television commercial market, and worked on over forty spots in eight years.[6] Their work was featured in ads for the majority of car brands[7] as well as Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut, and Geico.

In 1998, Jacobs and John Hoffman were nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries representing VCU's work on HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon".

Vision Crew closed in April 2002. The company attributed its shutdown to a difficult business climate and the founders' interest in pursuing other projects and opportunities.[8]


Feature films

Episodic and long-form television

Television commercials

Saint Paul Insurance "Boat" Dodge "Truckville" Buick "Igor"
Ford Explorer "Geyser" Evolution Trailer Chrysler "Bridge"
Oscar Meyer "Kid Kong" UUNet "Tower" & "Train" Motomaster
Dodge "Diesel" Anti-Smoking "Stereo Kid" PSA Sony PlayStation "Access Granted"
Hyundai "Expand" Mercedes print ad Jeep "Hand"[9]
Toyota "Tundra" Lexus "Fly" Dodge "Saw"
Land Rover print ad Zyrtec "Apartment" & "Attic" Garlic Tabasco "Vampire"
Mercedes "Performance" Anti-Smoking PSA "50 Ways"[10] Lexus "High Bank" & "Hanger"[7]
Mazda "Transmission" Zyrtec "Power" Mighty Mighty Bosstones "Royal Oil"
Diet Dr. Pepper "Shuttle" Nissan "Toys II" Geico "Lake"
Geico "Alternate Transportation" Hi-C "Blast" Pizza Hut "Bread Subs"
Jeep "Recognize It" Duracell "Fishing" Plymouth "Shakers"
New York-New York Hotel & Casino Jeep "Ice Fishing" Plymouth "Mighty Mouse"[11]
Coca-Cola "Things We Know" Broken Arrow teaser trailer Acclaim NFL Quarterback Club


  1. ^ Goldrich, Robert (August 1995). "Visual Effects House Wraps Its First Spot: Coke For CAA". Shoot magazine. p. 1.
  2. ^ "VIFX jumps aboard project to add convincing details". American Society of Cinematographers. Retrieved .
  3. ^ Speier, Michael (1997-07-01). "Coming to the Aid of a Sinking Ship". Penton Media. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Vision Crew Unlimited artisans help Digital Domain lay scale-model keels for TITANIC". Penton Media. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Yanover, Neal (1997-07-01). "That Sinking Feeling" (reprint). Variety On Production.
  6. ^ Nightingale, Margot (1995-08-01). "New Effects Studio". Screen: The Chicago Production Weekly. p. 46.
  7. ^ a b Martel, William (1998-12-04). "Simon says - visual effects artist Simon Brewster" (reprint). Shoot Magazine. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Vision Crew Unlimited Closes Its Doors" (Press release). VFXPro. 2002-05-07. Retrieved .
  9. ^ DeSalvo, Kathy (1999-10-08). "Divine "Hand" Of Guidance Steers Jeep Wrangler" (reprint). Shoot magazine.
  10. ^ Takaki, Millie (1998-06-12). "Calif. ups the anti-smoking ante, unveils 11 spots". Shoot magazine. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Regional Roundup". Post Magazine. 1996-02-14. p. 133.

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