If you’re getting excited about the upcoming #Shazam movie, Shazam’s #costume cost $1-million, each. Yes, they made 10 of them for Shazam actor Zachary Levy to wear.
Why the high price tag? Professional costume designer Leah Butler explained how each suit was made:
“The exterior suit is a spandex suit that goes over a musculature suit, and each muscle has been sculpted on the body of Zach so it accents and highlights his shape and size.”
Additionally, there is a lot of electronics as the suit’s lightning bolt and gauntlets light up. Butler said,
“There is actually a battery in the back – we luckily had a cape to cover it all up or I don’t know where we would have put all that stuff – and it is remotely lit through a switchboard operator.”
“There is wiring throughout the costume. It’s a 26-volt AA rechargeable battery. It lasts about two hours at full charge.”
Naturally, most of the cost came from the labor in making the suits. As Butler described,
“It took 16 weeks to build the costume. We had to scan Zach’s body and start building the costume even before he started his very strict regime — his diet and working out.”
A physical copy of Zachary Levi’s body was sculpted by a professional sculptor who was hired, as were seamstresses and various manufacturers.
Professionally-made costumes aren’t cheap.
Just like any other form of #costuming & #cosplay, some #fursuiters are looking for ways to be on the cutting edge of the hobby by using electronics and details that require enormous amounts of hours to create. #Fursuiter Pocari Roo shared some of the #fursuits that she regards as being “insane” for how much effort these makers put into their amazing creations:
Here are fuller versions of those same fursuits:
“Beauty of the Bass” dancing at #Confuzzled:
“LED Dragon” at the 2017 #Antrocon:
“Gem Raptor” and mBlade at MCC in 2017:
Adam Savage is a huge #StarWars fan & loves to #cosplay as iconic character #Chewbacca. To capture the spirit of #TheEmpireStrikesBack, Adam created a C-3PO backpack similar to what Chewbacca wore before he was able to fully reassemble C-3PO, who had been taken apart on the cloud city of Bespin.
In this YouTube video, Adam Savage shows how he put together the C-3PO backpack, complete with animatronics. The video is over 39 minutes long:
Next, here’s the video that Adam Savage shared a month earlier showing him donning the Chewbacca costume with the C-3PO backpack and wearing it incognito at Silicon Valley Comic Con:
2 months before the previous video, Adam Savage had also upgraded his Chewbacca costume bandolier, which he shared on YouTube in February:
Adam Savage demonstrated what it’s like to put on & wear a spacesuit #costume from the #AlienCovenant movie! Created by designers Janty Yates and Michael Mooney, much of the costume was 3D-printed and utilizes bearings to create seamless turning of the various armor components. It’s an amazing costume!
This motorized #MetalGearSolid Gray Fox helmet created by #Diegator is absolutely amazing! What a fantastic #cosplay!
For those #costumers & #cosplayers who like metal, here’s a video tutorial of how to make a metal helmet as presented by David Guyton (who provides templates). This is an advanced type of #costuming that requires experience with metal working technique known as “sinking”:
Sinking, also known as doming, dishing or dapping, is a metalworking technique whereby flat sheet metal is formed into a non-flat object by hammering it into a concave indentation.
LED’s and some knowledge of electronics is also needed.
Here’s a video tutorial made by David Guyton on how to make a #Marvel #Infinity gauntlet. This is a more advanced type of #costume making as it involves working with metal and electronics. Please be sure you wear the proper protective gear before working with metal (which can have very sharp edges) and hammers.
This particular gauntlet design also includes use of a leather glove, upon which metal is riveted. There are also a lot of small articulated parts that go onto the glove fingers. Thus, patience is a must with this particular project.