- Title: Molten bronze pours into molds to cast the SAG Award statuettes
- Date: 18th January 2017
- Summary: BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 17, 2017) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** (SOUNDBITE) (English) SAG AWARDS COMMITTEE VICE CHAIR DARYL ANDERSON SAYING: "Every year we have to wait until we know who is nominated to figure out which are the biggest ensembles that might win and that's how many statues we have to make, so that if the biggest groups all won we have enough to go around. So we never know until nominations morning how many we are making or for that matter how many people are coming to the show." PAN FROM STATUETTES LINED UP IN ROWS TO SAMPLE MOLDS OF STATUETTES CLOSE-UP OF STATUETTE VARIOUS OF SAG NOMINEE FOR 'FENCES,' MYKELTI WILLIAMSON, SPEAKING WITH REPORTERS (SOUNDBITE) (English) SAG AWARDS NOMINEE MYKELTI WILLIAMSON SAYING: "The ensemble nomination means the world to me. We work hard all the time but to be appreciated by your peers, I think says far more than it can mean by people who don't do what you do, all these actors who vote do exactly what I do, you know they get up and they go to work every day, and that's why it means so much." VARIOUS OF WILLIAMSON HOLDING SAG NOMINATION CERTIFICATE, SURROUNDED BY SAG OFFICIALS
- Embargoed: 1st February 2017 01:09
- Keywords: Screen Actors Guild Awards Screen Actors Guild SAG statuette
- Location: BURBANK AND LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: BURBANK AND LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Film
- Reuters ID: LVA0035ZH18WD
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- Story Text: Covered in reflective protective gear from head to toe, skilled craftsmen poured molten metal into molds to make the bronze statuettes -- known as "actors," -- for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, demonstrating for the media on Tuesday (January 17) at the American Fine Arts Foundry. Using the lost wax process, they start with a silicone mold that then allows them to reproduce the sculpture in wax. Then the wax gets treated with what is called ceramic mold, a ceramic material that will produce the mold that allows them to pour the statue into bronze.
After the metal has turned solid, the molds are broken, revealing a golden sculpture underneath. Artists then brush the statuette with a green-black patina. The finished award stands on black granite "The most important thing about this statue, it makes it different than all other statue is, if you drop this on your foot you're going to be very very sorry. It's 12 pounds, it's 16 inches tall, just it's enough if you can hoist it over your head and throw hurrah. If you can pull that off you're doing great," said SAG Awards Committee Vice Chair Daryl Anderson.
Each "actor" statuette carries a serial number engraved at its base. Since 1995, when the first "actor: statuettes were presented, 952 "actors" have been given out.
One of this year's nominees, "Fences" actor Mykelti Williamson talked about the special honor a SAG award holds for the acting community.
We work hard all the time but to be appreciated by your peers, I think says far more than it can mean by people who don't do what you do, all these actors who vote do exactly what I do, you know they get up and they go to work every day, and that's why it means so much," said Williamson, at the Foundry event.
The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be given out in Los Angeles on January 29 in a live telecast on the TBS and TNT networks.
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