03/08/2021

Categories: Film FX, Undergradute

How is 3D Printing Used in the Movie Industry

Does exciting new technology, such as 3D printing, fascinate you? Then you may be suited to a career in the movie industry!

The University of Bolton’s film FX degree courses are designed to introduce creative students to the world of special effects. From animation and special effects model-making to prosthetic makeup, there are so many ways you can put your art skills to practice. 

This is also a great time to study for those who have a passion for technology, as innovation is at its highest in this field. The advancements in 3D printing are changing the way that movie props are being built, and our courses explore the very latest techniques.

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Why 3D printing is a game-changer

One of the main goals of special effects artists and creators is to make motion pictures as realistic as possible, in order to enhance the overall experience for moviegoers.

Over the years, filmmakers and directors have used a range of camera tricks to achieve the visual results they want, but without props and special effects designers, it’s simply not possible to turn fantasies into reality.

With the rise of 3D printing technology, the movie industry is now able to make the audience believe what they’re seeing is real, capturing their imaginations in the most immersive way. Not only that, but 3D print work means that artists are able to do much more, making their creativity go even further.

The benefits include high-quality realism and high-resolution designs, scalability and easy customisation, as well as the fast turnaround. In fact, some designs can be created in a matter of hours, instead of days.

Examples of 3D printing in films

A great example of 3D props saving time is the development of ‘Starbug’ in the British comedy franchise, Red Dwarf. It was 3D printed to prevent the original ship from being damaged onset, and by scanning the original, they were able to complete it within a week. This gave the model crew a time advantage of six weeks compared to traditional methods!

Other examples include the famous 3D printed Stormtroopers in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, various costumes in Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit, the hammer in Thor: The Dark World, the masks and armour in Guardians of the Galaxy, plus countless 3D printed stop motion models for animated films. 

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Get into the movie industry

Our film FX and visual effects (VFX) degrees combine technology skills development (including 3D printing and modelmaking) with industry networking and practical work experience to prepare you for the workplace.

You’ll learn a range of creative, technical and transferable skills within our industry-standard facilities. And not only we do rank in the Top 50 UK Universities in Film Subjects* and in the Top 6 in the UK for Teaching Quality**, but we’ve been voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction in the North West^ for three years running.

So there’s nowhere better to study for a career in the movie industry! To find out more about applying for a place in September 2021, see our available film FX courses online.

Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

 

 

* The Guardian University League Tables 2021

** The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, 2020 and 2019

^ Complete University Guide in 2021, 2020 and 2019, North West region

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