Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Styrofoam giant

If this 20-foot fella at the top looks familiar you probably saw Zombieland, the 2009 film in which a shy student attempting to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the "last Twinkie," and sisters seeking an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America. Zombieland stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone. The towering American Indian was created by Jay Womer Productions, which has a warehouse in intown Atlanta near my home. In the film, the Indian was a wood trading post figure in the Southwest. In real life, he's simply styrofoam and tubing in the Southeast. But even off screen the weathered giant impresses. Womer, who's shown in the second photo, said someone who coveted the foam Indian asked if it could be floated on the Chattahoochee River to his home. That idea was rejected. In Womer's business, crazy requests are not uncommon. The craftsmen under his direction recently completed a green screen for the upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic "42" that was 900 feet long, 80 feet tall and took six weeks to build. "The largest green screen in the world," Womer said. The screen was used to create the illusion of the Brooklyn Dodgers' stadium. The last photo shows a styrofoam head with a gaping wound overlooking Womer's workshop. Victim of a celluloid ax murderer?

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