As different aspects of society have woven together to help individuals in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, some prominent members of the film industry have taken the step and are using the power of creativity to keep others safe. Today, film producer, Austin Sepulveda partnered with Voltage Pictures to start 3D printing face shields for under-deserved local hospitals and essential workers. This new project is titled, “Operation Protect the Heroes”.
You might have recently heard or seen the saying, “Not all heroes wear capes”, which usually features pictures of nurses or other types of essential workers working during this pandemic. Hence the title, “Operation Protect the Heroes”, the team has gotten together a collection of approximately 75 3D-printers to print out masks. In collaboration with Asya Nu and Burak Celik’s 3D Collaborative and the Southern California Institute of Architecture, about 4,500 face masks have already been printed. R&D Design and Associates have also helped out with the production by striving towards printing more than 2,000 shields per week.
The 3D face masks have been certified by the National Institute of Health, as well as approved by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr.’s Random Act Funding serves as the anchor funder, attracting numerous support from donors all over.
“Operation Protect The Heroes” Testimonies
Austin Sepulveda saw the great work that American High was doing with 3D-printed face masks in upstate New York. In a press release, he said he knew with their help, it was something they could mimic in Los Angeles.
“What I was not prepared for was the overwhelming outpouring of support that would follow starting with Pierre Henry who was beyond instrumental in forging the path forward,” Austin said. “We have a dedicated volunteer core led by Russ Taylor and Paul Barney and have turned Brian Boehner’s Fat Eye Studios into an assembly hub for the face shields. The partnership with Voltage Pictures has been incredible from day one and I am excited to continue to supply PPE to those in need.”
CEO of Voltage Pictures, Nicolas Chartier also said that he read about Jimmy Garlic and American High doing masks in New York, which led him to partner with Austin in Los Angeles.
“Cedars-Sinai offices are in our building and we see nurses and doctors hard at work every day,” Nicolas said. “We really appreciate the support we’ve received so far and encourage as many people as much as they can to help us scale the production even further. Also, hospitals need blood, please consider donating your blood, it’s free!”
“Operation Protect the Heroes” is looking for further donations to help produce and supply face masks for local essential workers by 3D printing face shields. Click here to donate.