Make up and costumes are all part of creating the theatre of special effects that goes hand in hand with making movies and television. The set and props are also a major feature in creating the right setting and often transporting the viewer into far away lands and times.
Polystyrene has long been used as an ideal material for building movie sets and TV props. Its lightweight and moisture resistant nature makes it long lasting, easy to transport and easy to work with (shame the same can’t be said about working with children or animals!).
Did you know…
- Five 32-ton trucks' worth of polystyrene were needed to create all the rubble for the battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
- Many of the sets and scenes on The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded 2 were carved in polystyrene using hot wire design methods. The bulk of the Zion Temple set was built from polystyrene.
- In Night at the Museum II, polystyrene was used to create moon craters and rock sets as well as many of the larger than life figures that come to life when the sun goes down.
Polystyrene is ideal for oversized props like statues and columns, as well as miniature landscapes and details.