After a science experiment gone wrong, a miniaturized Marine finds himself in the body of a hypochondriac — trying to outwit saboteurs who want the device that shrank him.

ILM constructed (larger than life) scale sets representing internal body organs and pathways, which were photographed and composited with blue screen footage of rod-puppeted submersible pods that were filmed with ILM’s Go-Motion technology.

The miniatures were predominantly shot in the ILM cloud tank to create the liquid look of the internal environment.

The ILM team was honored with the Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects in 1987 for their work on the film.

Joe Dante
ILM Visual Effects Supervisor
Dennis Muren
ILM Visual Effects Producer
Chrissie England
ILM Visual Effects Art Director
Harley Jessup