Anyone follow or know about the sunglasses from The Matrix
movies? I've been obsessed with studying and learning about them lately. I didn't actually get into them until the second movie, The Matrix Reloaded
, so there's a gap in my knowledge from the first movie. But I do know a few things:
1) Costume Designer Kym Barrett hired Richard Walker (former owner of Blinde Optics/Blinde Design Project/Blinde Design) to craft bespoke glasses for the cast - they didn't want off-the-shelf stuff, and only 2-3 pairs were made as props;
2) Blinde did not release any special models to capitalize on the first movie. Some said they did through SGH, but after talking with a well-versed OR member who was a SGH employee at the time, I am 100% convince there was no special release;
3) The only licensed sunglasses released by Blinde was to coincide with the second movie, and those pairs looked nothing like the ones worn in the movies.
However, what really throws me off is this random pic from the internet:
A 3NDY sunglass with "ThisIsTheMatrix" on the top of the case. I don't know where this comes from, and I'm not quite sure if 3NDY was involved in the movies at all. Certainly not the first one since 3NDY pairs have very unique hingers that differ from the hinges from the first movie. Perhaps they were involved in the second movie, since I see some screen grabs that may have 3NDY hinges. Some obscure sites from back in 2000 say 3NDY originally had the contract to produce the glasses for the first movie, but I don't know how much I can trust that.
Anyway, if anyone knows about the glasses in these movies, please educate me since I'm dying to know.