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Super Bowl 2015

It’s that time of year again! There’s a chill in the air, snow falls lightly on the ground…  Everyone’s favorite holiday is upon us.  That’s right, THE SUPER BOWL! (Or as some know it, Commercial Bowl.)  Once again, Legacy is kicking off this monumental event with several spots that are sure to thrill and entertain all you sports fans out there.  It’s the only time of year people actually want to watch commercials.  Thanks, Super Bowl!

Bud Light: Pac-Man

Waka Waka Waka Waka…  No, that’s not the sound of Fozzie Bear stuck in a loop.  It’s the sound of the Chairman of the Video Gameboard, Pac-Man!  This year, the ad wizards at Bud Light went big with a larger than life, live version of Pac-Man in downtown LA.  One unsuspecting fan scored the chance of a lifetime to run the digital gauntlet and receive a refreshing Bud Light upon its completion.  A game of Pac-Man wouldn’t be a challenge without those menacing ghosts, Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde, and that’s where Legacy glides into play.  Check out how we brought the digital g-g-g-ghosts to “life”.




Pac-Man turns 35 this year, and what better way to celebrate than creating a life-sized Pac-Man maze and running a surprised, beer-thirsty civilian through it?  Rewarding that civilian with an icy-cold beer is a pretty good way to finish that off.  Bud Light worked tirelessly and sectioned off a part of downtown LA to create the larger than life-size labyrinth, complete with power pellets, 8-bit cherries and the ghosts themselves.  Well, Legacy had something to do with the latter.  We went “old school” to create these pesky poltergeists, staying true to the pixelated form.





These ghoulies are a lot of fun to make. They are completely people powered, with a network of LED light strips running throughout.  Each ghost is constructed of a lightweight frame covered in a white fabric and fitted with a back rig that will attach to the performer inside.  We made 5 (1 as a back up) of the same ghost and rigged the lights to flood the fabric with each ghost’s signature color.  The beauty of this method is that each ghost can be it’s own color, but with the flip of a switch can change into “panic mode” color after a power pellet is “chomped”.

To give the ghosts their floating appearance, the performers inside will wear roller skates and glide around the maze smoothly.  However, the maze walls are only 6 feet wide, and the ghosts are 5 feet wide only giving 6” of play on each side.  These performers have to be on their game to make sure they don’t wipe out and hurt themselves.


Check out the full commercial below, and keep reading for the other spots we worked on.



Nationwide Insurance

Nationwide Insurance launched their new “Make Safe Happen” advert this Super Bowl.  This ad features a young boy talking about all his boyhood dreams in a 47 second spot.  Legacy’s contribution to this commercial is the jet pack the little boy uses when learning to fly.






This ad is one of the more serious to be featured during the Super Bowl, but nevertheless delivers a powerful impact on a very sensitive subject.


Skittles: Arm Wrasslin’

Skittles ads are some of the most over the top commercials on T.V., so when we were asked to be involved, we leapt at the chance.  This year’s spot is set in a tiny town where all of the inhabitants settle their differences with arm wrestling.  The catch is, everyone in this town has incredibly muscular right arms.  This is where Legacy lends a “hand”.


We got straight to work sculpting and casting 50 prosthetic right arms for this spot, along with one left arm for the final shot of the ad.  Since every person is different, so is each arm.  We created arms for men, women, children and even a baby.  Each arm is treated as a unique art piece, decorated with varying flesh tones, punched hair and tattoos.






When the arms are pulled from the molds, seams are cleaned and touched up, and skin color and details are applied at the paint stage.  The arms are cast in foam latex (*site), which look, move and even flex like real skin.  Expert painting, hair and detail work make the arms look like an actual part of the performer.






Check out the full commercial below and taste the rainbow!



BONUS:  In addition to the Big Game ads, our work is featured in this summer’s biggest blockbusters, including Avengers: Age of Ultron; Terminator Genisys; and Jurassic World.  View the next set of trailers released during the Super Bowl below, and get in line to see these films now!


Legacy Goes To Washington

One of the greatest honors for us as a studio is being invited to the White House, and we have been given this honor, not one, but three times.  On this third visit, we are extremely excited to have been included in the Bring Hollywood To Washington event, arranged by mega producer, Harvey Weinstein.  This event is held for high school students from the surrounding D.C. areas who are interested in the craft of film making.  For this symposium, several rooms of the White House are dedicated to the different disciplines of Hollywood movie making, from directing and producing, to special effects and wardrobe.  Guess where Legacy fit in!


This event is a full hands-on experience for the kids.  The purpose of this experience is to submerge them in the different film making trades, and get them excited about a possible future in the industry.  The Legacy Effects set up is in the legendary Blue Room, where we have make-up stations, prop displays and a 3D scanning station.  In our presentation, we explain to the participants how life casting and scanning is accomplished.  We even scan each kid, and let him or her see their 3D-self built on screen in real time.  The kids are then able to assist in make-up applications, creating effects such as cuts, scars and burns on some of the White House’s own staff and interns.  Michelle Obama, the First Lady herself, even stopped by to observe the gruesome transformation of her staff!  We offered to transform her too, but Secret Service wasn’t having it.



Source: The Washington Post








Scott Stoddard, our make-up artist, is on hand for all the physical demos, and recounts a funny story of one of Mrs. Obama’s security advisers.  “He wanted to get a split nose with stitches in it, and we had a couple appliances that had stitches.” Stoddard recalls, “So I did one up on him, and he went down to where her [Michelle Obama] office was and pretended that he had fallen down the marble stairs and broke his nose and had to get it stitched together.  It freaked her [Michelle Obama] out, and she actually brought it up later to us and a panel of reporters and stuff.”


Mrs. Obama was truly in awe of the level of detail in the make-up process.  Stoddard recalls, “[Mrs. Obama said] she knew there was make-up being done here, but [she] didn’t know to what extent and how good it was going to be.  It was a nice pat on the back to us.”


Obama said when she took the podium, “And just so that the press understands, you maybe see some of our staff people with big gashes and cuts on their heads, it’s just Hollywood happening here,” In particular, she called out her Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard.

“I was shocked that his nose was cut up,” Obama said. “This stuff is pretty good — very realistic.”


From left to right: Scott Stoddard, Harvey Weinstein, Shane Mahan, Alan Scott

From left to right: Scott Stoddard, Harvey Weinstein, Shane Mahan, Alan Scott

And of course, no trip to the White House is complete for us without a look into the amazing art and architecture of such an historic monument.  As artists ourselves, we are captivated by the art and design around us.  It is almost difficult to concentrate on the task at hand with such a vast array of legendary art and historic craftsmanship literally at out fingertips (without actual touching, of course).





A few articles from the event can be found here and here, and Mrs. Obama’s wonderful speech can be found below in its entirety.



Without a doubt, this trip has been a momentous one, for us and for the kids who participated in the event.  We’re glad we could be a part of this event, and share what we do and love with children from all walks of life.  It is truly inspiring for us!


Thanks for checking in.



Legacy wins Best in Show at 3D Printshow London

Legacy Effects has hopped the pond to London and Paris for this year’s 3D Printshow. The London Design Center hosted the first leg of the show this past weekend, and on display was our 3D-Printing-based effects work for Iron Man, Avatar, Real Steel, and Pacific Rim, among others. Bloomberg TV was there to ask our lead systems engineer Jason Lopes for the rundown:



Not only has the show been a hit with the 10,000+ people in attendance, but we picked up Best in Show:

We want to thank everyone at 3DPrintshow. It’s been an amazing event so far. Our exhibit heads to the Carrousel Du Louvre in Paris this Friday!


Legacy Effects Featured At Stan Lee’s Comikaze Convention

Greetings, true believers!!  The 3rd annual Comikaze event in LA just wrapped up, and WOW what a time it was.  This event has grown from 35,000 people in 2011 to 50,000 plus!  With scores of pop culture celebrities on hand; from Elvira to Weird Al, this con has it all, including a little Legacy.  We even had our own panel where members of the Legacy team were interviewed about the state of modern practical effects.


We had an AWESOME time, and got to show uber fans some of the coolest Marvel props and effects we have had the pleasure to work on.  Marvel suits, characters and maquettes based on Stan Lee’s work on display at the Comikaze Con.  Including Legacy Effects work from “Iron-Man” “Iron-Man 2” “Thor” “The Avengers” “Iron-Man 3” and “Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier”.  The WIRED Mech even made a guest appearance and interacted with the crowd.  Don’t worry, he didn’t try to destroy too many people this time.






And, who’s this gigantic fellow?  No, not the green guy, the big “hulking” guy standing next to him.  Don’t make him angry, you wouldn’t like him when he gets angry.



We even had staff artist Jamie Grove doing a painting demo in collaboration with the Stan Winston School at their booth next to our Legacy booth.  The WIRED Mech hung out in the background to make sure Jamie didn’t screw up.


It was so cool to be part of such an amazing event with such an iconic industry legend.  We can’t wait for next year!  Thanks Stan!



Check out the video below for some behind the scenes with Stan at the Legacy studio.  Thanks for stopping by!  Excelsior!!!




Happy Halloweeeeeeeeen!!!  We had a lot of fun showing you many of the behind the scenes awesomeness here at Legacy, we hope you enjoyed it too.  To end this month with a bang, below are our Halloween costumes from this year, and boy, are they cool!  Most of them were made from scratch by the employees themselves.  Take a peek, and be sure to keep coming back because we have a lot more to share with you!

























Eerily yours!




Happy Halloweeeeeeen, everyone!!  It’s our favorite holiday around the studio, and we’re sure you can guess why.  Let’s cap off this amazing holiday with a look at previous year’s Legacy staff costumes.  The following post will be this year’s costumes.  Enjoy!!

Legacy Halloween, 2012:












Legacy Halloween, 2010:









Check out this year’s costumes at the following post!



Sears Chupacabra

Let’s turn our attention to one of the scariest creatures of Mexican lore, the Chupacabra!  This pesky critter is to blame for vicious goat attacks across South America.  In this Spanish language spot for Sears, the Chupa turns up in a family’s garage as dad is testing out his new matter fabrication laser.


The Chupacabra is a legend as old as Mexico itself, yet unlike the legend of Bigfoot or even Nessie, no one really knows what the Chupacabra looks like.  That’s where we get to have a lot of fun!  Our designers whipped up some awesome concepts of what a Chupacabra may look like according to tales and  “sightings” of the creature.  Once the design is approved, we dive in on sculpting this effect as a full body suit for the actor.





After sculpting is complete, the suit is cast in foam rubber and painted with exacting detail.  A fiberglass “skull” is created and fits over the actor’s head and face.  The Chupa’s face, mouth and eyes are all animatronic, so the skull houses all the gears and servos that operate the movement of those features.  Once the skin is placed over and adhered to the skull, the actor is able to suit up, and boom!–you have one creepy-ass goat eater on your hands.




We hope you enjoyed this look into the making of the Sears Chupacabra.  Check out the spot below to see the creep in full action.  See you on the next spooktacular post!




Sprint Zombie

When the zombie apocalypse finally comes, the un-dead will probably need cell service too.  You know, so they can keep up to date on where the best feeding frenzies are and such.  Feast your eyes upon the Sprint Zombie.


We did a full head sculpt for this guy, over the top of the casting of the actor’s head.  Ghoulish hand detailing is also sculpted into the creature’s face.  Once the sculpts are finished we mold and cast the applications in foam latex.  We work the head out in a way so the make-up is similar to a Halloween mask, making the head a one-piece application.  Some prosthetic applications are multiple pieces with several attachment points.  On this guy we only have to attach and glue seams around the actor’s eyes, mouth and ears.  A disheveled wig of real human hair is then added after the application is gruesomely painted.






Don’t cry, little buddy. We’ll have you back out eating brains in no time.


And another human is decomposed for your viewing pleasure!  This spot is quite funny, and the zombie looks like he will be a reoccurring character for Sprint.  Luckily for them, zombies live forever, as long as they keep him well fed.  Check out the full spot below, along with a follow up piece.  We’ll continue to chew your ear on the next hair-raising post.


-Legacy EFX