Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tonight, December 29th, 2009, my son and I went to see the 10:30pm showing of James Cameron's AVATAR in Real3D at our local cinema. I was cautiously looking forward to it...and we are SO VERY glad we went.
For anyone out there who is contemplating whether or not to see this film, I'll put in my two cents.
First off, you MUST see this film in Real3D. It is probably the ONLY way to see this film. Looking back, only an hour after the film is over, I can honestly say it would have been a good film, but the grand scale of the story truly comes to life in 3D. The Real3D technology used to bring the images to life will NOT give you a headache. At two and a half hours, not once did I need to take my glasses off. For those who aren't used to wearing glasses, like my son, the worst that will happen is the top ridge of your ear will get a little sore, like wearing sunglasses for too long. You will find yourself in the fictional world of Pandora once you put on those glasses.
Second, WETA, Peter Jackson's movie production studio, has done a superb job of making you believe everything you see on screen. The characters are so incredibly rich and detailed, you'll forget you're watching a computer animation.
For those who are worried about age limits, there is some strong language in the film, along with a few suggestive romantic moments.
We may have just witnessed the bar being raised a little bit higher for film making. I can only imagine what Star Wars would have looked like in this Real3D technology. WOW!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Here's the photo:
What's missing in this photo are the Shoulder Bells which were completed after the photo was taken and the white shoes. I'll try and get him to suit up again soon for another photo. (Yeah, like that will be hard to do!)
On Wednesday, December 16th, 2009, myself and four other members made an appearance for the Salvation Army and the local News10 Crew for "Coats for Kids". We trooped for four total hours and collected well over 1,000 coats.
Here's a few photos:
Friday, October 16, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
What an honor! Thanks Eugene and Scott! I look forward to trooping with everyone!
I've got a few things in the works that I can't discuss right now, but I'll let you know when I can!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Over the next couple of hours, we enjoyed walking around, speaking with various actors and vendors and looking through the dealer room.
My son had his picture taken with Ray Park (Darth Maul):
Daniel Logan (The Young Boba Fett):
...and several costumed characters throughout the day. But, the highlight of the day was when he took pictures with Stormtroopers from the Central California Garrison of the 501st...
...who probably trumped everyone in popularity. This R2 was built by fellow Sacramento Resident and friend Matt McCormick.
You can check out Matt's blog HERE or from my links to the right of this blog. Matt, he's looking REALLY cool and I'm so glad to see how far you've come!!! Now I gotta start playing catch-up!!
So, the day fired me up again and I started talking with Eugene Shim of the local 501st Garrison. I mentioned I had just finished my ROTS Vader Suit and Eugene was inquiring if I had applied for membership...which I hadn't yet. So, after going home, I suited up and took these photos:
So, the photos have been submitted and I'm waiting on my 501st I.D. number as I type this entry. It should arrive in my email in the next 72 hours or so.
On the R2 front, I've ordered an aluminum dome topper and have been thinking a LOT about my frame again.
Well, this post was pretty long, so I'm going to call it quits for the night. Check back in soon as I hope to have some more progress!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
On my R2 front, since I haven't been able to spend any money, his parts are still sitting in my closet storage. So, for now, he's safe and sound. I still intend on taking out the boxes and photographing MY parts, but it may not happen for a few more days yet.
I'll try not to be so long between updates...
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Of course, there's been a bunch of hoax postings, but nothing genuine.
There was a contest by Paramount to locate him, which closed at the end of May 2009, but results haven't been posted yet.
Things that make ya go...hmmmmmm.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Here's a little chart showing a simplified view of who's coming from where.
THANKS FOR VISITING GUYS & GALS!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
As far as the Aluminum Skin Run, there's been no news. I know there's a HOOP of people at the forums who pre-paid, including myself. No updates at all.
Keep ya posted!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
As a side note, when the picture was over, I turned to my wife and asked her who Hugh Jackman reminded her of...she thought but didn't say anything. I then told her that I could see him playing a young "Inspector Calahan" from the Dirty Harry films of the 70's/80's.
Not sure of a plot or anything, but he's got the look. She immediately agreed...so there, I posted it first! LOL 3 May 2009
Hopefully, Clint Eastwood will see this and buy me a beer to say thanks! LOL
As far as my R2 build goes, still waiting on the skins. Hopefully, I'll hear something soon.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
My re-fit cape arrived today and test fittings show it fits the armor and helmet PERFECTLY.
The LA Suit, Cape, Gloves, Robe, and Codpiece are an incredible value and made to the highest quality. I'm VERY pleased and would recommend the pieces to anyone trying to put together a Vader costume representing any of the films.
Pictures to follow!!!!!
Box appears to be in EXCELLENT condition! I'm just glad no one swiped it. It sat in front of my house for at least 4 days with no disturbance. WOW!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
In addition, I can now suit up as Vader or a Stormtrooper without having to worry about squeezing my eyeglasses into the bucket, or fogging them up, or even worse...breaking them!
The healing process was incredibly short and simple. I was driving and back to work the very next morning. No pain at all, from the moment I left the operating room. Overall, it took about 2 minutes per eye. I'd recommend it to everyone who is considering it!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I just received an e-mail from them stating the modifications were complete and the cape is on its way back to me. Finally!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
8) The "ever recognizeable" Radar Eye
9) P.S.I. Light Housings
So, for now, once these parts are cast and the dome arrives, this should be enough to keep me busy for quite some time. I'll be looking at painting the dome, assembly, lighting, etc. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
1) I get to work with my hands
2) I'm building something
3) I've got a goal in mind
4) I'm teaching myself some new skills working with unfamiliar materials
In the end, what am I going to do with the thing? Well, to be honest, I plan on making a LOT of people smile!!!!! You should see the faces of people who get around an R2-D2 at an event or gathering. Everyone knows who he is and everyone loves him! Especially the children. And...that brings me to why I wanted to post this entry.
Here's a link to a very special independent film that talks about this very unique hobby of Star Wars Costuming and showing up as characters from a movie. Watch the previews...
Oh, yeah, I almost forgot...what got me started in this whole thing to begin with. I just completely finished my Darth Vader suit (an exact movie replica as seen in the latest installment of the Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith). It took almost 2 1/2 years to complete and includes:
-a custom made leather suit
-custom black robe
-huge flowing capes
-over 22 pounds of fiberglass armor and helmet
-a custom electronic voice system, which alters my voice and produces LIVE breathing sounds
-an intensely bright lightsaber replica made of polished stainless steel and modern electronics
So, that's just a summary of my "crazy obsession". What's after R2? We'll see...
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I'll keep ya posted!!!
Chevy Chase's character Clark Griswold:
“Hey! If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one! I'd like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight! I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane, with all the other rich people, and I want him brought right here! With a big ribbon on his head...and I want to look him straight in the eye... and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, fore-fleshing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, d!@kless, hopeless, heartless, fat-@ss, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey s@!t he is!! Hallelujah! Holy @$*$!! Where's the Tylenol!?”
Of course, substitute Frank Shirley with your preferred favorite person, make some modifications and you can use this year round! Now don't forget to memorize it!!!