The Specialists LTD was founded in 1981, in New York, NY, to support filmmakers, artists and NYC’s creative community. Over the last four decades, our company has continued to grow and evolve, adding talented artists and craftsmen to our team, and introducing new technologies and processes to the industry. Today, we are the East Coast’s leading supplier of fabrication, graphics and props, providing services for film & television, live theater & events, advertising & experiential marketing, art & architecture, and more.
The foundation of our company is our collective experience and knowledge gained from decades in the industry, and our enthusiasm for experimentation and problem solving. We offer state-of-the-art 3D printing, microcontroller programming, and CNC machining alongside old-world crafts like mold-making, sculpting and blacksmithing. Our team of fabricators has a wide range of expertise, with backgrounds in engineering, graphic design, art, filmmaking and programming. With our 60,000 square foot facility in Queens, we have the space and resources to work with a wide range of materials, processes and machines.
FEATURED CASE STUDIES
origin story isolation tank
When the hit Netflix show Marvel's Luke Cage decided to film their lead character’s origin story they turned to The Specialists LTD to make it happen.
Beginning with a detailed 3D model, our woodshop first built out the base structure for the Isolation Tank, then added on various pieces printed with our 3D printers and CNC milling machines which were finished in our Paint Dept. After assembly, lighting effects and vacuum-formed pieces were added on, along with stainless steel and plastic accessories including cords, plugs and wheels.
The final prop piece played a critical role in Luke Cage’s origin scene and made for a memorable, and much discussed moment.
Super Bowl LII "Dream Big, Kid" Ad
The Specialists LTD was contacted by Production Designer Alan Bruckner to collaborate on a 30-second Super Bowl LIII spot for CBS Sports. The network sought to promote their CBS Sports Tentpole broadcast events: PGA Tour, PGA Championship, Masters, NCAA Championship, SEC Championship, Army/Navy Game, and the Super Bowl, in a way that would connect with their viewers. What resulted was the “Dream Big, Kid” spot which features a young boy who dreams he’s won each event, viewed through a series of emotional and inspiring scenes.
For our role, we created a super lightweight version of the PGA Trophy, well-known for its massive size, standing at 2 ½ feet tall and weighing nearly 30 pounds!
We started creating the model by 3D printing and CNC milling the separate pieces of the trophy body. After assembly, raised UV-printed text along with stenciled text were added on throughout to match the original. A final finishing touch of spectra-chrome made it nearly indistinguishable from the original (but less than half the weight).