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3D Printing Brings Movie Characters to Life Like Never Before

Anime fans everywhere are going crazy for the new fantasy, cyberpunk movie, Ghost in the Shell. What makes this production so intriguing is the way it draws in the philosophical questioning of what makes us human and displaying the struggles we endure daily through the bodies of characters. It features a futuristic world that is halfway to post-human status with the majority of citizens having some form of cyber enhancement to their bodies.

Bringing to life these characters to star in a blockbuster movie was no easy feat. But, with the help of Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop for backup, everything worked out quite well indeed. Weta Workshop is New Zealand’s top prop, and special effects company and their involvement stretched far beyond the realms of simple hair and makeup; extensive prosthetics were needed too. Jane O’Kane, the movie’s hair, and makeup designer said, “We wanted everything to feel real. We tried to stay on point and honor the aesthetic of the original.”

More than 20 specialized looks were designed by O’Kane and her prosthetics supervisor, Sarah Rubano while trying to achieve real looking, yet still holding on to that visually compelling character design. To make all of this possible the team carried out extensive research on cutting edge prosthetics currently being developed, future design websites, and the body-modding community. Once the design was in place, a complicated build process was to follow. “The design was done early on, but then once we had cast our actors, which was often significantly later, the design was altered to suit the cast visually, aesthetically and also practically to see what they were able to endure prosthetic-wise,” said Rubano.

Throughout the whole 3D printing process, Rubano and O’Kane worked very closely with Richard Taylor, Weta’s creative director. Taylor explained that to sculpt and build is a slow process and to try and overcome that he and his team worked as quickly as possible to “get to a point where we could sculpt onto the actor’s face/body castings and test completed prosthetics on stand-ins at the Workshop.” During the process, adjustments are made for practical reasons as well as aesthetics and what may have looked good in theory, just didn’t work in reality. ‘Kane commented, “That was probably one of our biggest challenges, actually making sure that the result used to work for the actual person it was going on.” Unfortunately, what this meant was that for any actor who had to fight in their prosthetic augmentation they would spend many hours going through the refitting phase.

There’s no special way to prepare a prosthetic for this sort of work, you just need to make sure everything you create is versatile enough for the actor to cope with,” said O’Kane. The reality with prosthetics is that it’s an additive process: You can build up easily, but you can’t take away. That means that if a design calls for the removal or diminishment of a part of the actor’s body, CG becomes critical,” confirmed Taylor.

One of the best examples of this kind of work and the combination of techniques used can be seen in the character Kuze (Michael Carmen Pitt). A great deal of our concept design for Kuze was based on the Japanese practice of Kintsugi – the repair of old, broken pottery. As a philosophy, Kintsugi treats breakage and repair as an intrinsic part of the object; rather than something to disguise, it’s something that adds clarity and character,” said Taylor. But Kuze is simply one very small aspect of the movie that demonstrates how these special effects allow characters to come to life. To really appreciate it in its full glory, why not check it out now and see what you think.

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3D Print Jason Statham's Face From the Movie 'Spy' at the Faceoff Machine

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As June approaches, I must say that in my opinion there has not been a ton of movies that I have been interested in dishing out $16 to go see at the theater this year. I’m one of those people who will wait until the flick comes to NetFlix before watching it, unless it’s something really special. Browsing through previews for upcoming films these last few days, I came across ‘Spy‘, an action-comedy starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne and Jude Law.

McCarthy plays an unassuming CIA analyst who is forced to become an undercover agent when her partners, Law and Statham, are unable tos3 take on the task. This is when all hilarity ensues. Immediately I was torn, as I love McCarthy, but on the other hand I usually am not an action-comedy fan. All I can say is, “watch the previews.” The movie truly looks hilarious, and now I may have just a little bit more of an incentive to go see the film because they are actually using 3D printing to market it!

In the film, Statham’s character, Rick Ford, suggests that the CIA could use a ‘Faceoff machine’ to disguise themselves and catch the bad guys. The only problem is that such a machine didn’t exist… that’s until now! In a stroke of promotional genius, 20th Century Fox has registered the FaceoffMachine.com domain name and made it the portal to the ‘Faceoff Machine‘.

At the website, fans of the upcoming movie are able to to download a model of Jason Statham’s face. The model, which was created using 3D scanning technology, is an incredibly accurate representation of the star actor and can be downloaded by fans at home free of charge. Once downloaded if you have access to a 3D printer you can actually print Statham’s face out, wear it as a mask, display it on your coffee table, or do whatever else people do with 3D printed faces of famous actors.

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20th Century Fox had a couple of these faces printed out themselves on an industrial-scale 3D printer, and I must say they look quite nice. If you don’t have a 3D printer yet but you want one of these faces, you may be in luck. Our friends over at Collider.com are giving one away which 20th Century Fox was kind enough to provide them with. All you have to do is email them at thecollidermailbox@gmail.com, with your s4name and address in the body of the email, and ‘JASON STATHAM’S FACE Giveaway’ in the subject. You will have until May 22th at noon PST to enter, at which point Collider will select at random one winner!

If you aren’t interested in the 3D model of Statham, but are still excited about the upcoming film, then FaceoffMachine.com is also offering fans the ability to make their own movie-themed passport by uploading a picture of themselves and providing a few lines of personal information.

I think it’s awesome that companies like 20th Century Fox are using the idea of 3D printing to promote their films. Let’s hear your thoughts on the movie, and the use of 3D scanning and printing by the film studio in the ‘Spy’ Forum thread on 3DPB.com. Don’t forget to head to the theater on June 5th for the film’s debut.  Check out the brief video below for addition details about this promotion:

 

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