Ironhead Studio's Jose Fernandez has revealed the process behind creating Hela's helmet for Taika Waititi's Thor: Ragnarok. YouTube channel Tested talked to Fernandez at DesignerCon in Pasadena, California, where Fernandez detailed his design.
Fernandez revealed that, while "most of it was CG," the company did create a physical helmet for Cate Blanchett, who played the character. To make the helmet, Ironhead Studio scanned Blanchett's head and used a 3D-printer t0 fabricate the prop. The helmet weighs approximately four pounds and most of the antlers are detachable, so as to allow them to use computer generation as needed.
Fernandez also noted that the company was working on the villain Black Manta for James Wan's upcoming Aquaman solo film. Although he couldn't go into detail, Fernandez stated, "I can't wait for people to start seeing the imagery come out."
In theaters now, Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi and stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Karl Urban as Skurge, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk and Anthony Hopkins as Odin.