Making a superhero costume isn’t as easy as it looks. When I decided to make this web series (after getting really drunk one night – okay, not really), I knew coming up with the costumes was going to be really challenging. How do you make cool-looking superhero and super-villain costumes when you’re working on basically no budget?
The first thing I did was design the costumes. Now you might be thinking I did some sketches, drawings, that kind of thing. Nope. My drawing ability is nil. I have about as much chance of doing a decent drawing as Taylor Lautner does of keeping his shirt on in a Twilight movie.
Luckily, I remembered a couple of cool games I owned – City of Heroes and City of Villains. In these games, you create your own hero or villain and then proceed to save the day or do dastardly deeds. Great idea for a game. And what’s really awesome about them is they have a fantastic character creation program. You can create virtually any kind of hero or villain you can imagine. Sweet!
I plunked down the $15 to re-establish my account and got cracking on designing the two lead characters in the web series: super-villain Jessica James, aka Darkstar, and superhero Michael Masters, aka Captain Amazing.
After spending about an hour on each character, I was happy with what I came up with. Now it was time to try to turn a three-dimensional computer design into reality!
I purchased two unitards from a local costume shop. What the hell is a unitard you may be asking? Basically think of a leotard but it covers your entire body. We then dyed them the colors we needed using fabric dye that you can use in the washer.
Justine (who plays Geeky Scientist in the web series) did the bulk of the wardrobe. But Producer Michalina, crew member JC, and I also pitched in, scouring stores for superhero accessories.
When the Darkstar costume was all put together, it looked great! The Captain Amazing one? Not so much. How did it look? Let’s see, what’s the word? Lame. The problem was that something that looks great in a video game or in a comic book doesn’t necessarily look great in real life on a real person. I had made his costume light blue in my design, because I wanted a bright superhero color to contrast with her darker villain color. But the light blue costume in real life just wasn’t cutting it. It did not look superhero-ry at all (yup, I just made up a word).
And I almost settled and left it that way. Fortunately, Michalina could tell I wasn’t happy. She told me if I’m not happy with it, then let’s change it. Let’s do whatever we need to do to make it awesome. And she was totally right. The problem is, this conversation happened the night before the Episode One shoot. Less than a day to totally revamp the entire costume. Something we had spent weeks talking about and working on. What happened?
I’ll tell you next week.
Arrgh! Jeff, how can you leave us hanging like that? I know. I know. I’m horrible. But c’mon, cliffhangers are fun :) And I promise I’ll complete the tale next week when Mark and I tag team for the coolest blog post yet!
Until then, try not to knock up any super-villains. And for the girls, try not to let any superheroes knock you up :)