MicroFear Dioramas Prove Spooky Things Come in Small Packages!

Every now and then something comes across our desks that’s so friggin’ cool we wanna shout it from the rooftops. This is one of those cases as we’ve just fallen in love with the tiniest of terrors imaginable, Jason Bakutis’ MicroFear series!

Bakutis (Special FX makeup artist; Jason Goes to Hell, Critters 3 and 4) has launched a new series of tiny dioramas based on classic, iconic horror scenes called MicroFears. The MicroFear collection you see below was made using innovative 3D printing techniques as well as classic lost-wax bronze casting. They are really cool, really small, and incredibly detailed.

Bakutis just launched a campaign on Kickstarter, where all 6 of his dioramas are available fully hand-painted and assembled. You guys are gonna LOVE this!

From the Press Release
MicroFear, a collection of digitally­ sculpted, hand­crafted miniature dioramas, has just launched on Kickstarter. The tiny pieces each convey a classic horror scene from film and literature that fans of the genre know and love.

The Kickstarter campaign for MicroFear runs for 30 days from October 16 to November 15, 2014. Backers of the campaign will receive one or more dioramas to display in their own Cabinets of Curiosity. For an added level of interest, model­ building enthusiasts can opt to receive the diorama in kit form! This option is an exciting throwback to anyone familiar with Aurora model sets or other “garage kits” that were wildly popular in past decades.

Each scene measures less than 2.5” tall and features details smaller than 1mm. The majority of each scene is comprised of high quality cast bronze pieces, while remaining elements are composed of materials like onyx resin, wood, lichen, and even sand that add an element of realness far beyond that of hobbyist model kits.The design starts as a digitally sculpted 3D model from artist Jason Bakutis, a former Hollywood special FX makeup artist. When the model is perfected at the tiny scale, it is then 3D printed in extremely high resolution in wax, and then cast in bronze using a traditional lost­wax casting technique.

“I cast the pieces in bronze because the material’s strength allows me to beautifully render small, thin elements that won’t lose their shape,” said Bakutis. “I am a kid from the monster generation. I built model after after model in my day, and I know how much fans like me appreciate this level of incredible detail.”

Backers to the Kickstarter campaign can choose from scenes titled: “The Mummy”, “The House of the Psychopath”, “Bigfoot”, “The Pit and the Pendulum”, “The Nanny”, and “Spook Shack”.


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