My first exploration into how multi-material 3D printing can be used for film special effects. Ice Creatures aims to create believable fantasy creatures that naturally interact with their environment.
I designed the flower-like alien creatures to have a form with variations in rigidity and flexibility so they would move as the ice around them melts. They shiver and bloom as they emerge from a long hibernation under the ice in their far-away planet.
3D printing has the ability to take aspects of both practical and visual effects, bridging this divide between reality and digital. These creatures interact naturally with the ice around them, responding intuitively to their environment. The same thing could be achieved through CGI, however it would be a lot more time-consuming. Therefore 3D prints will be particularly useful when helping actors to respond intuitively to special effects, instead of having to imagine what might be there.