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This Gig Harbor Artist is Hollywood's Go-To Guy for Uncannily Lifelike Bugs

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Film Flies
Some of Gig Harbor artist Graham Owens's realistic ant propos.
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Film Flies
Owens feeds his fake cockroaches.

This story originally aired on September 30, 2017.

When Hollywood needs a housefly, they call Graham Owen. The head of the company Film Flies is a specialist when it comes to creating fake insects (and spiders and centipedes) used in movies, print ads and commercials. 


Owen has watched his creations appear in a Spider-Man movie, alight on the lip of Adam Sandler and even the star in a Breaking Bad episode. Each bug is meticulously recreated, leading to specimens so realistic that they have fooled real bugs into trying to mate with them. 

And when asked who else in the world creates insects as lifelike as he does, Graham says pretty confidently: No one. 

Gabriel Spitzer is a former KNKX reporter, producer and host who covered science and health and worked on the show Sound Effect.

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