The use of 3D Printing in movies!
Be it Wilson the Volleyball from Cast Away, the gold watch from Pulp Fiction, or Indie’s bullwhip from Raiders of the Lost Arc, movie props are the secret ingredients that bring the stories to life. Have you ever wondered how creative studios make props for movies? This article will reveal some behind-the- scenes secrets which rely on the latest technologies. Directors of celebrated films are using 3D printing to expedite the making and release of their films, which earlier depended on manual labor to create the affect, that was required by the directors to make the characters and story look real.
When Director Jon Favreau was making the hit film “Iron Man 2” in 2010, he needed to put together a physical Iron Man suit for certain scenes in the movie. Instead of getting it built by hand, as is the practice in Hollywood; the director revolutionalized the working of the industry and took to 3D printing. Robert Downey Jr. can be seen wearing a 3D printed suit in some of the film’s scenes, and the affect can be gauged by the film’s success which celebrates technology in all forms.
It should come as no surprise to film fans that 3D printing technology was also used in one of the Harry Potter films where the producers needed a smaller vision of the giant spider that they had created. This is when a 3D printer was used to replicate it. You can see this spider on Ron’s head in one of the scenes. Did it scare you? If it did, then the new technology has done the job, and more importantly, it has done it well.
3D printing can be used to create a myriad of characters and sets in movies. Lets have a look at some of the work that Hollywood has been doing to give you an immersive experience:
- 3D printing has previously been used in a commercial for Halo TV where a high detailed suit was thrown on the silver screen.
- Guardians of the Galaxy is another world-renowned movie which boasts of the usage of 3D printing technology in the film.
- 3D printers were used to create the costume of Korath the Pursuer and were also used to create the dark lord helmet.
- An Oscar nominated animated feature film called “Anomalisa” used 3D printing technology to create interchangeable faces and expressions for the puppets used in their stop-motion animation.
- 3D printing has played an important role in the Marvel blockbusters determining the way costumes and props must be designed for Hollywood’s most memorable movies and characters.
- 3D printing is not just confined to costumes; even the weapons used in Men in Black 3 were 3D printed.
In the war-based movie, Zero Dark Thirty, the night vision goggles desired by the directors were too expensive. Therefore, 3D printing technology was utilised to make efficient and affordable goggles for the movie.
It is fair to say, that 3D printing is thus transforming the film industry in a manner that no other technology has done so far. This affect is not restricted to Hollywood, The Indian film industry, also known as Bollywood, is matching pace with its counterparts to produce some of the best special effects for their movies. It is thus using 3D printing India to create everything from costumes to props and sets.
The most fascinating effect of this technology is that it can be used to design concepts within 24 hours. Speed, precision, low cost, scalability and fine detailing are some of the advantages of 3D printing technology used in the movie industry. Filmmaking is a business where each and every costume and prop that is required is quite extraordinary. In such a scenario, if finely detailed products and services are rendered in less time and at lower cost through 3D printing, such a technology is a boon for the film fraternity. It might not be long before directors across the world start to call “Lights! Camera! Action!” on 3D printing technology.