Concept Models


While at Fox Studios in Australia, on the production of “Superman Returns”, I created art department concept models. They were constructed before the sets were built, as part of the art design process. These were all hand-constructed from plans and designs, using a variety of materials such as polystyrene, foam core, foamex, and other card-like materials.

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Valve: Portal 2 Turret


As part of the Weta Workshop team, I worked on this life-size replica of a Portal 2 Turret for Valve’s offices. My job started after getting a large block off of the mill, to which I fitted, sanded, and surfaced to prepare before molding. It was then cast in fiberglass. After that, I assisted in fitting and assembling the body, and dressing out the internal mechanical components of the moving turret gun.


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Amazing Spider-man 2 Model Making

I was a Senior Model Maker within a team at Weta Workshop, manufacturing specialist props and costumes for this film. I personally worked on the restraint tank for Electro, including his head and hand restraints. My personal favorite was the Venom Tray, which I made using traditional model-making techniques and some laser cut panels. I also had my hand in the model making process of the Green Goblin’s glider – resurfacing, sculpting, and finishing the surface after being 3D milled. Our team brought it to life.

Model Making on The Amazing Spider-man 2

Venom Tray –

My role in this prop was manufacturing the base functioning box, with working lid and flip screen. My very talented colleges designed the veil lift mech and back-light effect



 Electro suspension rig

For this functional set piece (prop), I hand model made the head and neck components for the rig, also manufactured the hand restraints and finger attachments.

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GREEN GOBLIN  Flick knife: Clean-up, fitting and surface prep of rapid prototype parts

GREEN GOBLIN GLIDER: assemble the 3D milling, resurface and carve back the undercuts that the mill left-out, then add the detail.

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Armor Components

Soldiers Helmet

I model made the original helmet. Using stamped lead over a solid block. This was then reproduced into hundreds of on-set helmets.Helm7

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Kings Golden Armor

The base armor with sculpted detail was machine milled. I resurfaced and textured the design, bringing out surface texture and detail. The trick was to obtain a metal like finish in the milled model.

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Relaxed Golden Armor

I stamped sheet lead using a laser cut acrylic die. This embossed surface texture gave the look of traditional metal chasing design.


Matt Damon Compliments for Elysium

I was the lead model maker on Matt Damon’s HULC suit. Seems all my R&D work paid off as Matt Damon complimented it highly in this short video.

Behind the Scenes of Elysium

Workshop test fitting of Crugger’s exo-suit and the HULC exo-suit. Crugger’s suit was built over the top of the original exo-skeleton that was developed for Matt Damon.

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Behind the Scenes of the Hobbit

Hobbit production video takes you to Weta Workshop, where I worked for 8 years.

Primitus Prototype – Armor for Women

sharifinnarmorI aim to create function protective armor that is lightweight and comfortable to wear.

I have been testing products and materials for strength, durability and flexibility. With the hope to sell these armor pieces to sword fighters, cosplayers, re-enactors etc.

See the Shari Finn Armor Facebook page for updates.