Making Molding An Absolute ‘Joy’
18. January 2016
The recently released film Joy featured a mock injection molding plant that was put together by equipment supplier Absolute Machinery Corp., Worcester, Mass.
The movie starred Jennifer Lawrence as Joy Mangano, the American inventor and entrepreneur known for the Miracle Mop and other ingenious household items sold via shopping networks. Last April, the 20th Century Fox production crew filmed in Massachusetts on a set that replicated a working injection molding plant, complete with operating machines, auxiliaries, typical office equipment, shelving, cabinets and anything else that would be typically in such a facility. All machinery and office furniture was supplied by Absolute sales manager Steve Murdoch and his team. What's more, Absolute technician Joe Hopper and technical manager Stuart McCarthy worked on the set as extras for five days to make sure everything ran smoothly.
“We learned that when film crews need set pieces, they need them quickly. We were able to provide 20th Century Fox with five molding machines, two of which were horizontal and three vertical, in just a few days” says Absolute Machinery’s Nathan Smith. “We loaded up trucks full of used auxiliary equipment including mold temperature controllers, molds, material and typical manufacturing ancillaries from our stock and headed over to Wilmington, Mass., where the shoot was taking place. Although we weren’t sure if they would be seen making parts, we had to make sure the used equipment was able to run in order to give the director the option to do so.”
“This was a challenge we’ve been able to deliver on in the past when customers have asked us to set up entire factories and turnkey operations for companies both here in North America and around the world,” notes Smith.
The movie, which earned Miss Lawrence a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination, also starred Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper. There is no indication that any of the actors were required to take a Scientific Molding course as part of their preparation.