Projecting: 3D Printing, Cinemetrics, Doctor Capaldi, Domestic Violence



Editor’s Note: Projecting features a selection of great film and television focused writing from around the internet.


Helen O’Hara digs into how 3D printing is changing the world of film props, for Empire:

On set of Guardians Of The Galaxy, props master Barry Gibbs told us that, “We’re beginning to embrace 3D print. It’s a tool that, at the moment, is quite expensive, so it has to be used properly.” A table in front of him was lined up with weapons from the film, and only a close examination revealed that some had the characteristic grain of the 3D printed object alongside other, hand-crafted versions. It turns out that Prop Shop, the speciality film company based at Pinewood, has been working to expand the use of 3D modelling and printing in the industry, and worked with Gibbs, production designer Charles Wood and the team on Guardians to make weapon prototypes and even the canopy of the Milano, Peter Quill’s ship.


Greg Miller covers new research into just how movies have changed over the last century, for Wired:

Movies have changed in less obvious ways too, says James Cutting, a psychologist at Cornell University who’s been studying the evolution of cinema. Cutting presented some of his findings at a recent event here sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “All these things are working to hold our attention better,” Cutting said.


Dustin Rowles explains his disappointment and why Peter Capaldi’s new Doctor just isn’t working for him, for Pajiba:

While I’m reluctant to say this, and certainly leave open the possibility that my mind can change in subsequent episodes, Peter Capaldi doesn’t suit the character. Each of the three Doctors before him had their own spin on the character, naturally, but there was a through-line for all of them: They all had a certain goofy charm underlying their personalities, tinged with whimsy and optimism.

There’s nothing goofy or whimsical about Peter Capaldi’s Doctor.


Arielle Bernstein discusses the flattening of the domestic violence victim in television and life, for Press Play:

We have plenty of stories where male protagonists fight adversity and triumph over it, with dedication, with fists, with spiritual and intellectual epiphanies that nurture individual growth. For female survivors of domestic violence, we don’t tend to offer a similar opportunity for triumph.


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