“In all my years of working on films, ‘42’ stands out for the sheer number of huge graphics needed and the extremely short time frame, even by movie standards,” said Charles. “We literally printed miles of graphics for this film.”
He continued, “What is most incredible to me about all of this is watching these backdrops roll off my printers, panel after panel. Not only can we wrap an entire room on demand today, but we also now have mature, proven specialty inks that allow us to create the unexpected. White and metallic inks, in particular, enable interesting special effects and finishes that used to require hours of hand rendering even just a few years back. We also have an ever-expanding selection of new materials to print on, including beautiful fabrics that withstand the elements while adding elegance, richness and texture to a graphic.”
For “42,” Charles took his printers on set six weeks before final production was to start. In all, he designed graphics to recreate 10 stadiums, along with airports, train stations, and local streets in five major cities, including Brooklyn and Harlem, New York.
He said he truly understood the term “mega advertising” as he began designing ads for the stadiums, each one measuring an average of 30 feet wide by 20 feet high, with half spanning over 40 feet in width.
“It is such an honor to be a part of this industry and especially to now be a member of the Academy,” Charles said. “I get to work with so many exceptionally talented people – and to experience every day as a unique creative adventure. It has been a wild, wonderful ride so far, and I look forward to all that the future holds.”