The time machine in back to the future was just a DeLorean covered in ______. What's the word for _____?
October 8, 2009 2:41 PM Subscribe
Prompted by the success of a previous post
, I have another special effects question. Is there a term of art for the stuff like extra model kit parts and other doodads glued to a model to give it a sense of scale and complexity?
posted by bartleby to media & arts (8 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Most often seen in sci-fi stuff.
Think the Death Star: if it was just a smooth ball, it would have looked kind of silly and would have given no sense of proportion or scale. But spend a month gluing _______ to it, and now it seems like a giant space station. Or the opening of the original Star Wars, that long pan over a Star Destroyer? That was one long shot of ___________ that made it seem huge, when it was really just a 6-foot scale model.
Or the time machine from Back to the Future. Rather than design something from scratch, why not just take a stock DeLorean and cover it in _________ ? See, now it looks like a time travelling car.
Is there an industry term for _________ ?
I want to say "cruft", but that's bloated or unnecessary computer code. Another word? Better one?