***Disclosure: I attended The #IronMan3Event . My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney and myself. Pictures provided by Disney. All opinions are 100% mine. ***
Every once in awhile I get to do totally cool things for my job. I call these my “pinch me” moments. You can usually see evidence in my pictures where I have an insanely big and goofy smile on my face. I’ll never be a model, but darn it I know how to have a good time……There was this one time last year when I was totally vaugebooking and telling you all I was doing something cool on a set, but couldn’t tell you what. NOW I CAN SHARE!!!! For a few moments I was a superhero. Yep. I totally ROCKED the Captain America shield. The actual REAL DEAL shield that was being used in the movie. The shield Chris Evans used. I *might* have gotten a little carried away. I totally high kicked the sky and believed I had super powers for 2 minutes.
I don’t think I will ever get my leg that high again. 😉
Then we had a chance to Interview Russell Bobbitt the Property Master on set to learn some cool things about the Shield itself.
RUSSELL: So for this, obviously this is “Captain America 2” so I’m the first one to establish the the look of this thing. (shield) In our movie we have four different looks because he goes into different scenarios, different missions. He applies different material — Marvel materials that help make the shield stealth in different situations. So, we have four different styles. In theory in the Marvel lore, there’s one shield.
In this movie we have a couple surprises with the shield. It’ll appear that there are different shields, but it’s only one shield. That one shield I have to make 50 of them to accommodate all the different (types of material)– I have hard rubber, soft rubber, fiberglass, metal to depending on if there’s an insert on it I use a metal one ‘cause it looks the best. We need so many because we do different sort of shots. You know, if he’s walking around and it’s on his back, I can put a really clean nice heavy one on him. And when we photograph them from behind, it looks shiny and new like metal. When he takes it off and starts fighting with it, obviously we can’t hit each other with metal shields or the boys won’t be able to play very long. So I make soft ones to accommodate that.
This one that you’re gonna hold and play with it’s the hard rubber one. It’s the next to the best. I’m gonna give you this one because it’s lighter than the heavy, heavy metal one.
Being on set is surreal and a bit magical. You see just how hard the actors work to get the perfect lines. You see just how many people are involved behind the scenes. (A warehouse full) It truly is a glimpse behind the curtain and you see the art in every little detail. Plus, as a mom, I got MAJOR cool points with the kiddos. Especially when they saw me with the shield. I mean HELLO?! Who is not going to do their homework now that I’ve got Captain America on speed dial. Be sure to check in a few weeks when I can release the final tidbits of this set visit with ANOTHER cool photo. Until then make sure you keep up with all the Captain America: The Winter Soldier info:
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER releases in theaters everywhere on April 4, 2014!