For the Disney film, HOLES, based on the best selling book by Louis Sachar, Flash Film Works performed all the visual effects shots. These included creating 3D animated lizards to menace the kids in the film, as well as creating the "God's Thumb" mountain peak and many other types of effects on the film.

William Mesa with Patricia Arquette

William Mesa directs actress Patricia Arquette during the shooting of a visual effects plate for the movie "Holes."


This lizard was creating in 3D, modeled after the practical lizards used in some scenes in the film. The real lizards didn't do anything though, so CG lizards were needed to make the lizards appear more dangerous. 

For the climatic ending of the film, numerous lizards were created in Lightwave 3D and tracked into practical shots to make it appear as though they were menacing the actors.