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It takes a village and a lot of time to create a SAG Award.
As we gear up for the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards taking place on Sunday, The Hollywood Reporter goes inside American Fine Arts Foundry, where the iconic green statuettes are created through a detailed process.
“We do a lot of awards and I think one of the things that really stands out for us is the intent behind the Screen Actors Guild Award,” says foundry president Brett Barney. “It’s always been a piece that they really wanted to be special and not just come out the back of a catalog.”
In the video, which can be viewed above, production manager Angel Meza walks us through the elaborate 15-step process of creating each statuette, from filling the molds with molten bronze to applying copper nitrate to provide that signature green look.
“It isn’t just a machine that’s stamping these things out,” Barney says. “It really does follow all the steps that a fine arts sculpture would follow, and I think that’s what makes it special and unique.”
To watch the statuette finish its journey into the winner’s hands at the 2018 SAG Awards, stay tuned for part two of our series on Monday, after Sunday’s show.
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