Clean teeth are normally a desirable trait – and not just clean either. It seems that most people are trying to ensure that their teeth are pearly white… but one of our latest projects was to create fake teeth that were intentionally designed to look dirty. In the film industry, teeth that sparkle too much can sometimes be a bad thing. For period dramas and other historic films, bright white teeth don’t generally fit the era, and can look out of place on set. Similarly, if filming characters who are living in poverty, a full set of pearly gnashers can look wrong and ruin the effect that has been given through the set building, lighting and costumes.
For our work on Fury – a World War Two movie set in 1945 – we were hired to create false teeth that were in keeping with the era in which the film was set. Hollywood smiles and the WW2 era don’t sit all that well together, so our role was to create custom false teeth for a number of the lead characters, designed to look dirty (as they would for those fighting a war at that time!) but still giving the actors the ability to speak without any impediment.
Set in April 1945, Fury stars top actors such as Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman, telling a tank combat story from the Allied point of view. Fury is the name of an American tank with a five-man crew, the leader of whom is the army sergeant Wardaddy, played by Brad Pitt. Played out during the final days of World War Two, the movie tells the story of how the Sherman tank’s crew are battling against the Germans towards the end of the conflict, on their mission behind the enemy lines. Finding themselves outgunned and outnumbered, the odds against the Fury team aren’t looking good… but what will be the outcome of their heroic mission?
The film is set to be released in the UK on October 24th, 2014 – keep your eyes peeled for those dirty teeth!