From the new Avengers: Endgame to Aladdin, balloon artists around the world are twisting up new and improved designs from years past. 2019 is the year of the sequels, remakes, reboots, prequels, and spin-offs. Hollywood has 14 movies coming with a potential of six more to hit the big screen this year.
Many of these beloved characters will be drawing families to the movie theaters, and as the movie popularity grows, balloon artists will once again resurrect old characters back into circulation.
Working in the balloon entertainment industry, I see the shares, likes, and pictures on social media as entertainers gear up for the movie season.
Personally, when I do my movie character development, I think about the movie success and the impact it will have on my young clients’ request.
I will be digging deep into my archive of knowledge and adapt models to fit my needs.
Here are some things I think about when it comes to creating characters from Hollywood movies,
- Do I already have a good design of that character?
- Which character is going to be the most requested?
- Will I get more requests for the character in the movie or a prop from the film?
- What’s the longevity of the character?
- How many and who will request the balloon design?
- Is it worth making?
When I first started entertaining, I was consumed trying to learn all the balloon designs and over time realized four things:
1) I could only remember so many balloon designs.
2) I did not have the balloons required to make the design.
3) I have favorite balloon models I liked.
4) Demand for the character
Memorization, supplies, design, and need all determined how much time I spent on the learning and developing the balloon figure.
There are many designs for dogs, crowns, and weapons, but, I have my favorites, and those are the ones I choose to make all the time.
I have seen it already with Aladdin, on social media sites as balloon entertainers are posting pictures of there designs, instructions, and sharing ideas.
2019 will have more movie reboots then years past and will create a new challenge for the new balloon artists as they struggle with unique designs. Myself, I will be digging deep into my archive of knowledge and adapt models to fit my needs.
The benefit of experience
A blockbuster movie does not always translate into a high requested balloon figure. I remember learning how to make an ant as two popular movies Antz and Bugs Life where the hits back in 1998. However, I only had a handful of people asking for an ant. The popular requests were for a ladybug and still is today.
One balloon design has lasted me decade.
Spiderman’s popularity has held steady since the first Spiderman trilogy started in 2002. I have seen many designs over the years, but I still use the same model. The advantage that balloon artist has today is the color selection, and balloon sizes have evolved. These new balloon colors give balloon artist the ability to create characters that resemble the movie.
Spiderman has had very little changed from the first time I created him. However, I have been known to modify his wardrobe for holidays.
Will you be dusting off old designs or will you be reinventing your old balloon models?