Oh hai thar. I know I haven't uploaded anything in more than half a decade. But I'm actually not dead. I wonder how many people on here are a) still following me and b) still logging into their accounts actually.
Before going any further, I want to apologize for my lack of collage-making and photography skills. I took these pics on-set with my cell phone. But, it still gives a good idea of what the finished costumes and set looked like.
Anyway, I find out about the NASA Cinespace film challenge around the same time we were working on the 48-hr film challenge. I know, I should've taken pics of the set dressing I did for that too, but I didn't think of it until I was already peeling off the last of the last of my handiwork. Too late now. So, inspiration struck about a day after they were done editing for the 48-hour one. And it struck hard. [insert juvenile innuendo here]
This inspiration hit less than a week before the only possible upcoming day for us to film. I lost a lot of sleep, wrote a script, got extremely passionate and possibly slightly shouty about which parts of the script I really really really wanted to keep, gave myself hand cramps, and sawed halfway (okay, it was only 1/4 of the way) through one of my fingers with a jewelry saw (don't worry -- the blade was sharp and I know how to use superglue, and the cut is all but vanished now). Then I overslept slightly on the morning of the shoot -- hey, 2 hours didn't sound like enough for me, so I gave myself 4 -- forgot a key prop and miscalculated the height of the background panels. But awesome people pitched in to make last-minute trips to the Dollar Store for supplies for me, and everything managed to come together.
headpiece (halo): brass, 24 gauge, cut in smaller pieces and soldered flush, entirely hand and hammer formed, some copper overlay and enamel, glowstick
suit: commercially-available (can't remember the brand but it was nice) with pressing and pinning to give it the open front
shirt: Shrine brand, no alterations
upper chain: twisted chainmail belt/sash, found at a thrift store
lower chain: part of a belt from JCPenney clearance, attached at the shoulders through two jump rings soldered onto tie pins (pushed through the seams so it wouldn't damage the actor's suit)
headdress: coat hangers (those hurt to bend! Definitely using copper next time!), machine and hand sewn fabric (unknown blend), all original pattern, DAS air-dry clay
augmented reality goggles: short copper strips soldered flush with each other, entirely hand and hammer formed, glowstick
shirt: found at a thrift store
pants: Arizona Jean Co. brand, no alterations
sash: machine sewn fabric (unknown blend)
*You can't see it in this pic because I forgot to have her put them on (they were on in the film) -- sleeves: machine sewn fabric (unknown blend)
supports: pine 1"x2", machine screws and wing nuts, nails
panels: Dollar Store poster board (which actually turned out to be 20" at the narrow side, NOT 24"!!!)
seam coverage and accent striping: electrical tape, duct tape, and gaffer's tape
table: cinderblock with black epoxy resin top (standard laboratory countertop material -- don't ask how I got it
I will at some point attempt to take closeup pics of the augmented reality goggles and the halo and upload them here. They're not my best metalwork... after all, what do you expect me to do in less than 10 hours for two pieces... but they're good enough for a screen. And I actually put some detail into the halo that doesn't really show up all that much on screen -- a little touch of overlay and enamel that was inspired by the buttons on the actor's collar.
The video for the contest is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IF6nV…
The greenscreen was a huge pain in the ass to work with, and all the footage filmed with the hi-def camera picked up so many artifacts that it was unusable, meaning we had to stick with takes that had certain mistakes in them. There was also a better image used in the greenscreen window, but we were afraid it wouldn't qualify for the contest because it was a still, so this is what we submitted. A version with the better pic (and possibly without the music) may be uploaded later -- if so, I'll try to update this description with a link to that one as well.