***Disclosure: I attended The #IronMan3Event . My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney and myself. All opinions are 100% mine.***
Sometimes on the Disney Press Trips you get to meet cool people that are not on the schedule and it makes the day even better because you learned something you had no idea about. This came in to play on the #IronMan3Event because we got to meet both Chris Swift (Legacy Effects on set coordinator) who chatted us up about the IRON MAN 3 suits and Russell Bobbitt (Property Master) about the IRON MAN 3 props. 2 people who have EXTREMELY cool jobs and hard jobs. I can’t imagine how many hours is spent on this are of filming. So here’s some fun facts about the Iron Man 3 Suits from Chris:
- It took us about three months to work out the first prototype. But remember that one had legs to it.
- Iron Man’s supposed to stand about six foot — six foot four to six foot six depending on who you ask.
- The first movie was the only movie that actually had full practical suits all the way down to the feet.
- They wanted to basically just make them (the suits) all around Robert and then they would digitize the legs from waist down. (Starting in the 2nd film)
- That way they weren’t paying a lot of extra money for different sized suits. For Robert AND the Stunt Men
- We have to take the design that’s given to us that looks so great and go, ooh, wow, and how do we make this move? You’ve got bars going right across where something would move. So now we’ve gotta reengineer this and refigure it out how to maintain that look and still make it practical to where somebody can wear it and move around in it.
- The Mark 42 Suit took two months in the computer to build.
- Then there’s machines that will actually take those pieces that we’ve engineered and built it.
- So if you’ve done your job right meaning me, then all those pieces should fit together really easy.
- Gwyneth Paltrow actually put on t on Robert’s suit.
Now fun facts about the Props from Russell:
- Russell’s a rare prop master in that he makes many of the items that you see on the screen.
- When you watch “Iron Man 3” , a lot of the gadgets and stuff in there Russell actually makes
- A lot of you will know the R.T. as the Arc Reactor. It’s the light that’s in the suits and both on his chest. Since “Iron Man 1” we made all those to fit. His body has changed over the years as many of ours do. We take a cast of his chest and we mold the piece right to his chest. For every scene we glue the thing onto his chest with special effects makeup glue. So he has to shave his little chest area right there so it stays on. And then by remote control I turn on and off the light for each take.
I found an awesome list of created gifs that show just how this process is done. Head over to http://imgur.com/gallery/4aPUS for the full image gallery. I can’t imagine getting the glued to me several times a day. The things actors go through for movies amazes me.
A HUGE thank you to both Russell and Chris for taking time out of their busy day to chat with us Mom Bloggers about all the fun stuff that goes into making a film like Iron Man 3. Want to keep up with all Iron Man 3 updates? Follow the #IronMan3Event Hashtag! PLUS, Check out the Iron Man 3 website then Make sure your following Iron Man on Twitter and you “Like” the Iron Man Fan Page. Remember it is NOW in theaters