Lights, Camera, 3D Models?

by Adele Tiblier

As most of us know, what we see in the movies isn’t always what it appears to be. From snakes on a plane to dancing household decor, 3D models have made movie magic that much easier to create. While we know models available on TurboSquid have been used in all forms of entertainment, some of our customers are still a bit resistant to share the role that  models from our catalog have played in production. For those that do share, our artists, customers and staff  do love seeing models starring alongside real life celebs in hit television series, dancing through advertising spots, and even on the big screen.

We try to make a big deal out of the use of these models, and were pretty stoked when we got our own IMDb page highlighting some of the shows that have utilized 3D models (no autographs, please).

Tech savvy TS customers, especially those working in post production for feature films and top television series, often keep us in the loop on those assets that have been used and have made the cut (literally), providing information as detailed as show name, episode number and the use. For those that still have clips available online, we have included a link as bonus content. *Side note: watching clips at work may or may not be considered research by your boss.

Click here to see all of the sightings we’ve gotten wind of, and be sure to keep an eye out for the models used in the following U.S television shows, next time your flipping through reruns.

House M.D. // Season 7: Episode 23 – Moving On

The following models are seen as characters are walking into the sunset on the beach (43:04).

Senegal Date Palm plant 3D Model by XFrog

Senegal Date Palm 3D Model by XFrog

Coconut Palm Tree 3D Model by XFrog

Coconut Palm Tree 3D Model by XFrog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House M.D. // Season 7: Episode 17 

Saturn Rocket 3D model used in the episode’s teaser, while the helicopters were purchased and appear in the full episode.

Saturn Apollo 3D Model by Stuart Howes

Saturn Apollo 3D Model by Stuart Howes

Blade mSR RC Helicopter by Jamie Hamel Smith

Blade mSR RC Helicopter by Jamie Hamel Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House M.D. // Season 7: Episode 15

Did you notice the doves flying out from behind House during the episode (00:42)? Yeah, those were models.

Pigeon Animated 3D Model by MISS3

Pigeon Animated 3D Model by MISS3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

House M.D.  // Season 7: Episode 07

This ship model is used twice in this episode’s teaser, once at start and again at end.

Golden Hind 3D Model by Kaol

Golden Hind 3D Model by Kaol


 

 

 

 

 

 

House M.D // Season 7: Episode 02

In this episode, entitled “Selfish”, this motorcycle model serves as a stand-in for Dr. House’s real ride.

Repsol Honda RC211V by Masa Narita

Repsol Honda RC211V 3D Model by Masa Narita


 

 

 

 

 

 

Castle // Season 3: Episode 08

This BMX bike model shows up near the end of the show (00:50), but keep an eye out for the black van used during an overhead shot.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4b6W8_XtiWM&feature=related 

BMX 3D Bike Model by ethanscott

BMX 3D Bike Model by ethanscott

Chevy Express by bolegant

3D Model of Chevy Express Van by bolegant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Office // Season 7 Episode 21

During the last shot of the episode, the airplane that is taking off may look a bit familiar.

737-700 Generic White 3D Model by BlueGreen

737-700 Generic White 3D Model by BlueGreen

 

Where have you used 3D models?

We’d love to know about it and include you as part of future posts; just shoot us an email with some of the specifics, and we’ll do the rest!

 

 

2 Responses to “Lights, Camera, 3D Models?”

  1. Woah! I gotta see the episode where the helicopter is used :-D

    I’ve actually seen my models used on three TV shows:
    “Shockwave” on The History Channel
    “The Works” on The Discovery Channel
    “Superbike School” on Motors TV in the UK

    How do you guys at TurboSquid typically hear about these sightings?

  2. Very cool!

    We are usually alerted by the customer or artist that a model has been used. With larger productions, we sometimes need to request approval to mention the model, but not all require such formalities.

    The moral of that story: keep sharing your own model sightings with us!

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