The award-winning Star Wars franchise has some serious bite. Literally. So listen up, saga super fans—you may learn something new.
• Camera technology is placed on teeth.
In The Force Awakens, motion capture dots were used on actors’ bodies, mouths and even teeth! The dots record realistic movements like smiles and facial expressions for movie tech that is half live-action and half computer animation. For example, actress Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata) went through a 1-3 hour transformation every day to get her dots in perfect place.
• Dental technicians FX work.
Big budget special effect films have massive costume teams and there’s a job for everything—including teeth. Chris Lyons had the privilege of working as a Dental Technician on early Star Wars films. His favorite prosthetic creation featured, “…fluorescent red gums and bright blue teeth.” He described his denture design for movies as 50% sci-fi-style teeth and 50% “nice, white looking teeth.”
From the sound of light sabers clashing to Darth Vader’s exaggerated breaths, Star Wars launches our ears to a galaxy far, far away. Ironically, many Star Wars sound effects are made with everyday objects. Part of the sound for the Millennium Falcon seen in The Empire Strikes Back was thanks to a tooth polisher. Other parts of the sound included a biplane engine and water pipes.
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