As you know I was invited to the red carpet premiere of Iron Man 3. Once inside the El Capitan Theatre we were given some awesome Iron man 3-D glasses, popcorn and a soda. We all sat in the balcony and we were on pins and needles for the movie to start. This movie was action packed, I'd say even more than the other two Iron Man movies. It's a definite must-see movie and by the far the best out all 3 of the Iron man movies. If you have kids and are wondering if this movie is OK , I'd definitely say it's great for ages 13 years and older.
The movie is shot in 3-D and directed by Shane Black. During the premiere of the movie people were clapping and cheering during certain scenes. The movie has an awesome twist that you won't see coming and let's not forget Pepper Potts new powerful role in the movie as a chief – executive. Of course who could forget the villain known as “The Mandarin” who plots terrorist attacks on American soil.I would definitely suggest brushing up on your Marvel movies and watch Iron Man and Iron Man 2 just to give you a refresher.
This weekend Marvel’s IRON MAN 3 began its record-breaking rollout in 42 international territories representing 79% of the international marketplace. The film has taken in an estimated $195.3M, surpassing the $185.1M international opening weekend take of Marvel's The Avengers. The film opens in the U.S. on May 3rd.
Interview with Chris Swift (Legacy Effects on set coordinator) about the IRON MAN 3 suits:
The first question was asked about the suit:
Chris Swift : [TECHNICAL INTERRUPTION — AUDIO BEGINS MID-SENTENCE] And, uh, it took us about three months to work out the first prototype. But remember that one had legs to it. So [OVERLAP] after the first — the first movie, because Iron Man’s supposed to stand about six foot — six foot four to six foot six depending on who you ask. Um, and because they wanted it that tall, Robert doesn’t quite fit the bill. His — he’s is, uh, just about my height. So he’s about — he’s about ten inches too short. So we can’t really stick Robert in a full suit with those legs.
Because his feet end up right about where the ankle is. Right about at mid-shin or something like that. So we had stunt guys that were tall enough to fit into that suit that would utilize the legs. But after that it didn’t make — make — make much sense. So what they wanted to do is they wanted to basically just make — make them all around Robert. And then they would digitize the legs from waist down. So that’s the re– that’s the way that that works. Her make suits that go from the waist up complete. And then everything from the waist down they stretch the legs digitally and just add those in.
Question : You guys learned from the first one it’s much easier to do it without the legs and the flexibility of the actors and being able to do certain poses and something
Chris Swift : Sure. Well what I'll say to that is is that every — again every time we’ve done the suits we make them better — we — we figure out a problem. And then we see what the problem was on that one. That first one was a nightmare. And it was really heavy and it was hard to get into. And it killed the actors — the stunt guys trying to get into it. If we had to make it again today we could make it and we could make it a lot better and a lot easier and a lot simpler and a lot faster to get into. It’s just there was no real reason because they didn’t wanna pay for suits to fit Robert and then pay for more suits to fit a stunt guy that was tall enough.
So it just made more sense just make them all Robert’s size ‘cause we know he’s gotta be in it. And then the rest of them we’ll just digitally add that in. And that just seemed to be a better way of doing it. That way they weren’t paying a lot of extra money for different sized suites.
Question : And in the new movie, how long does it take you guys to make them? Kendall explain the process that you guys do to make the
Chris Swift : Oh, i— it again if it — it — if we were building it from scratch and it’s a brand new design, it’s hard to s– it— it’s — it’s hard to answer that. And the reason why it’s hard to answer that is because every time they do an Iron Man suit, they redesign it. And the wonderful designers here at Marvel, uh, mainly Ryan who’s been — been, uh, designing the suits from the very beginning. Um, does the most awesome job of designing things. But they’re designers, not — not practical builders.
And the practicality to building a suit to make it work and functional that necessarily isn’t taken in consideration if you don’t understand what that’s all about and you don’t do it, uh, when you’re designing something. So then 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 — you’ve got bars going right across where something would move. So now we’ve gotta reengineer this and refigure it out how to make — how to maintain that look and still make it practical to where somebody can wear it and move around in it.
Um, so the reason why that’s a hard [OVERLAP] question is because we don’t know what the design depending on what the design is. So if we took the 42 which is in the newest movie, um, that one, uh, it took us a little bit to calculate how to make it a practical moving suit. I would say we spent more time in the computer trying to figure out how to — how to make it move an engineer it from the design then we did actually building it. So, uh, it’s probably a good two months — two months in the computer.
And then once we started actually physically building them we worked all the problems out there. They went together pretty quick. You know, um, I sit with the computer guys and engineer them so they — they — once they come out and we rapid prototype those meaning what that is is we’ll design it in the computer and build it in the computer. And then we send that computer file out. And there’s machines that will actually take those pieces that we’ve engineered and built it. And they’ll actually cut them out. And we’ll — we’ll — they’ll come back with full finished pieces.
So then we have to take those, clean them up and make them all and go through the whole process. But — but they all fit together like a puzzle at that point. So if you’ve done your job right meaning me, then all those pieces should fit together really easy. And it should t– come together like a little toy, you know what I'm saying? So that’s kind of the way it works. And then putting them together was — was quite — quite quick.
Question: So does Gwyneth actually put on [INAUDIBLE]?
MALE : No, she put on Robert’s suit. Um, believe it or not, Gwyneth fit the suit really well because Gwyneth’s actually quite tall. And — and she’s really — really super built and strong and all that kinda stuff. So, uh, the suit actually was — I was really surprised that it fit on her. And funny — funny story with that is is that [SNIFFS] everyone bet me that Gwyneth — I was not gonna get Gwyneth in the suit because, you know, just — just the fact that it’s a big iron lung kinda suit kinda funny. But I was like I was determined ‘cause that was like everyone — every fan wanted to see Gwyneth in the suit.
Chris Swift :So I was like I'm determined to get her in the suit. And, uh, went and talked to her about it. And she was so cool. She was really cool about the whole thing. And it’s like well I’m kinda — kinda hesitant. Let’s — let’s see. But once she got in it, she had a ball. [OVERLAPPING DIALOGUE] I couldn’t get her out of it. [OVERLAPPING DIALOGUE] She was running around and fighting with her kids. And [UNINTELLIGIBLE] she — she didn’t wanna come out. It was funny ‘cause she just — sh– it was — she was the belle of the ball in the suit. So it’s wonderful. So it was — it was a fun moment.
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