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Amusing things I blew up in 2012

11 Jan

pyro editHey all,

For a living  I do special effects for film and television. Its a great job, lots of fun and I get paid to do what most people would be locked up for !

To start of 2013 I thought I would show a few of the cooler explosions I did in 2012 with some video. To make it more interesting see if you recognize any of the clips, I’m not naming shows but all the video has already been on air( I rigged a ton of pyro in 2012, I can only posted that which has been aired on TV before).

Post your comments too, if there is something you liked, didn’t like or have a cool idea leave a post.

Enjoy !

1. Shed Explosion caused by “Unstable Pesticides”

. . .Or at least that is what they said caused it !  I got a real laugh out of this one, but it made for good TV. I think they meant thermo-nuclear warheads, not pesticide but whatever. Watch for the falling rake its my favorite.

2. Gas Tank Overheated and exploding.

This shot was supposed to simulate the explosive force of a gas tank in a car letting go. Unfortunately gas tanks rarely explode, they just sort of burn away, ask me how I know. However were making TV not reality, so a bag of gas, some hits and a couple lifting charges and volia !

3.  High pressure Air Tank on the Fritz.

This one is real and does happen. Pretty cool standing beside it when I snipped the valve. The ambient pressure change was amazing.  Feeling your ears pop when your standing in an open room is a very peculiar sensation. Everyone should try it. . . once.

4. Air Mattress Filled with “Propane”

Again the ol thermo-nulclear television visuals  strike again. Have you ever seen propane this smoky before ? Didn’t think so, I hadn’t either, black powder and some other nasties gave it some snap. Skip ahead to  00:55 seconds .

Hi, I’m Chris!

7 Sep

Hi Im Chris,

I love adventure, risk and generally living life .  Im 26 and have tried my hand at many different adventures and lines of work. People have said as advice, “don’t let your passion become your work” which has some truth, but hey work is supposed to be fun too right ? My carrier highlights so far are  writing and test driving for a car magazine, working underwater as a commercial diver and presently working as a special fx technician.

After University I worked in the editorial department of Performance Auto and Sound in Toronto,  the work in the office was boring but the cars were worth it. I was able to get my hands on some very fun rides and even did a few laps at the Goodyear Test track in Ohio. Oh and I got to touch the Goodyear Blimp too ! After learning how much I hate sitting in a cubicle I took a course to become a commercial diver, which is much different than scuba diving. Commercial divers are the men and women who go into some of the dirtiest, coldest and nastiest waters and liquids, building, repairing and inspecting. Often I would be diving for up to 7 hours at a time, crawling up pipes, in ditches, shipyards and inside factories. It doesn’t get much lonelier than crawling up a pipe in the dark, shivering, knowing you have a couple hours to go in your dive and then your helmet starts leaking in water.

I did get to wear a kickass diving suit  and see some interesting things, though at the end of the day the risk and discomfort wasn’t worth the pay. But hey theres something to say about a man in a suit right ?

My current job is as a special effects technician, my day job is every boys best dream. I get to play with fire, guns, cars, big machines and build experiments. Oh and I get paid for it! Currently my highlight has been firing over 10,000 live rounds and blowing off about 1000 lbs or so of high explosives last summer on a History Channel show called D-Day to Victory. Check it out here: http://www.ddaytovictory.ca/


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