Travis Shewchuk has helped complete a life-sized statue of Wonder Woman.
As a props master for several movies and television shows, Shewchuk works out of Ravenous EFX in downtown Fort Saskatchewan. He accepts personal clients as well.
One of his recent clients came to him with a life-sized statue of Wonder Woman, and asked him to make it more “museum-quality.”
Repainting the statue took him about a week. Shewchuk said projects like that can take anywhere from a few days to a few months.
"I'm used to working in the film industry so its kind of budgeting your time right, doing as much as you can in a certain period," Shewchuk noted.
Since paint has to dry and molds have to set, often Shewchuk will work on multiple projects at once. Currently he is starting to work on a life-sized statue of Harley Quinn, which a client asked him to paint so that it resembles the Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad.
Depending on the nature of the prop, building statues from scratch can cost up to $10,000.
Shewchuk has been building professional props since 2005 right after finishing high school.
"It's something I've always wanted to do. I really like that challenge of coming up with stuff on the fly and building and designing."
Clients or companies will often come to him looking for something to add to their house. He will also make statues in miniature busts for conventions, such as the Edmonton Expo, which he has gone to as an artist since the first year it started.