The videos created by Calvin Hui feature a Star Wars battle scene and mind flayer from Stranger Things. What do you get when you have a special effects artist who loves cycling and has some time to be creative?
Well, probably lots of different things, but in this case, it’s a pair of pop culture cross-over videos featuring cyclists in Vancouver.
Calvin Hui, who works in Vancouver’s VFX industry and is a passionate cyclist, brought the two worlds together.
In one case it’s dropping the Upsidedown from Stranger Things over Lions Gate Bridge, as his cycling group rides over the iconic bridge towards the ghostly Mind Flayer in the distance. It even includes red lightning and whatever the white gunk is that always floats around in the parallel world.
"A lot of the stuff I’ve learned in the past was showcased in this video," says Hui, who was originally an architectural designer before moving over to special effects.
He custom-made most of the elements he says, before dropping the theme song in to bring it all together. "With Strangers Things there’s a defined look to it, and with social media you’ve only got 10-15 seconds," Hui says of his creative process.
Mixing in Vancouver, especially Lions Gate Bridge, juxtaposes the fictional worlds with Hollywood North, he adds.His second video dropped Vancouver cyclists into an even more famous world. As Hui and his group travel one road, instead of Metro Vancouver in the background a Death Star hangs in the sky while Star Destroyers drop out […]