Valley photographer's work featured in 'Thor 2'

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Mike Olbinski made a name for himself shooting beautiful time-lapse photography of Arizona's summer monsoon storms, but it was a storm-chasing trip to Texas in June which landed his work on the big screen.

"I've been after a storm like this for four years. It just looked really apocalyptic," Olbinski told 3TV.

Olbinksi's time-lapse of a super-cell in the Texas panhandle first went viral online, and then caught the attention of producers working on the sequel to the blockbuster movie "Thor," based on the Marvel comic.

"In fact, one of the comments online from someone was, 'It looks like Thor should come out of those clouds,'" he said.

While the movie is full of special effects, Olbinski was pleasantly surprised to learn that Hollywood still uses real-life video.

"It makes me excited they still want to use real photographer's footage," he said.

Olbinski went to see the movie when it premiered in Phoenix on Thursday, and says watching his name come up in the credits was surreal.