Because Allen has gotten “a little bored” of the prolific Reality line at times, he sometimes looks for ways to experiment with his methodology. After pinning and drying a firefly he caught in his backyard, he took it to an x-ray scanning technician working in the medical industry and had the bug digitally mapped, resulting in a computer file he could enlarge and print with startling accuracy using a rapid-prototyping machine. “It’s not Hollywood fakery, it’s very real, which is always my concern,” he says. “It’s damn near as good as a cast we’d normally do.” Of course, because the finished firefly light retails for $2,500, it’s only limited edition for now.
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Because Allen has gotten “a little bored” of the prolific Reality line at times, he sometimes looks for ways to experiment with his methodology. After pinning and drying a firefly he caught in his backyard, he took it to an x-ray scanning technician working in the medical industry and had the bug digitally mapped, resulting in a computer file he could enlarge and print with startling accuracy using a rapid-prototyping machine. “It’s not Hollywood fakery, it’s very real, which is always my concern,” he says. “It’s damn near as good as a cast we’d normally do.” Of course, because the finished firefly light retails for $2,500, it’s only limited edition for now.