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The Whale Prosthetics Blaze Trails with Technology

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Actor Brendan Frasier wearing a costume made with digital sculpting and three-dimensional printing.

Morot sculpted the body suit on computer over a scan of Fraser that an associate had made in the actor’s New York garage.

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Makeup artist Adrien Morot used digital sculpting and three-dimensional (3D) printing to transform actor Brendan Fraser into the 600-pound protagonist of the movie The Whale.

Morot sculpted the body suit on a computer over a scan of Fraser; resin-based 3D-printed positives of digital body parts with and without the sculptures were cured via ultraviolet light.

Artists then injected silicone between negative casts of the sculptures and the positives, creating highly realistic prosthetics that bore the weight of water and moved like human flesh.

Morot said, "I think The Whale is a perfect vehicle to bring [3D-printed prosthetics] out, and hopefully people will remember [the process] in the future.”

From The Los Angeles Times
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