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Making a Marilyn

Making a Marilyn
Photograph by Joe McNally

Hold that pose. A laser body scan takes 17 seconds to profile every curve and facial feature of a Marilyn Monroe look-alike at Cyber F/X in Hollywood. Movie studios use the light-recorded data to create digitized 3-D body doubles. Computer-generated stars are used for special effects, stunts, costume fittings, and toys. Says Cyber F/X president Dick Cavdek, “We make people immortal.”



Camera: Nikon F5 Mamiya RZ-67
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: Nikkor 20-35
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded shutter speed @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Smoke machines, lasers, Profoto strobes

Special Equipment or Comments:
We used smoke machines because the lasers are invisible until they hit something in the air.


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