While attending the Iron Man 3 Red Carpet Premiere as a guest of Disney last year, I had the amazing opportunity to visit the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. While I can’t share exactly what I saw that day (that’s a surprise for another time), I do have an insider’s look at the making of that famous movie prop for you today: Captain America’s shield!
The entire trip was such a whirlwind of excitement, but these moments on the movie set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier hold a special place in my heart. I mean, how often can a girl say she watched a film being made?
While on the Captain America: Winter Soldier movie set, we were able to interview Russel, the props manager. This guy was so cool and down to earth, even though he was pretty much a celebrity himself!
Some movie props can cost up to $70,000 to make! You would think that they would make those high valued props front and center, but the truth is, sometimes the scenes containing those props are completely cut from the movie and the prop never even shows up in the movie!
Of course that wasn’t the case with the famous Captain America shield!
We asked Russell about the making of the Captain America shield and this is what he had to say:
For Captain America: Winter Soldier, I’m the first one to establish the look. In our movie we have four different looks because he goes into different scenarios, different missions. And he applies, you know, different material (Marvel materials) that help make the shield stealth in different situations. And so we have four different styles. In theory in the Marvel lore, there’s one shield.
Pretty interesting, right? They have different shields made out of different materials depending on what Captain America is doing in the scene.
So 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 needs.
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 is because we do different sort of stuff, 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. Uh, 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.
I had my own Captain America experience…I actually got to hold Captain America’s SHIELD! It was such a surreal moment!
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is coming to theaters everywhere on April 4, 2014!