Friday, March 24, 2017

Super Rare F13 Photo Dump

Amy Steel being adorable
Part 3: Dana Kimmel being beautiful and shit
Part 2: Amy Steel, John Furey, Stu Charno

Part 3: The best kill in the film
Part 3: Alternate makeup used during flashback scene

Part 6: CJ getting made up by Brian Wade
Part 6: CJ with crew member
Remake: Derek Mears with director Marcus Nispel

Remake: Derek Mears with stunt mask

Part 4: Tom Savini instructs Kimberly Beck

Part 8: cast party, Kane in back

Part 7: Kane final scene setup

Part 7: Kane with John Otrin

JGTH: "The True Jason Voorhees"-- alt. demon concept

JGTH: Adam Marcus looks at prop Jason

JGTH: Kane selfie with FX artist Robert Kurzman

Remake: Derek Mears
Remake: Derek Mears

Part 5: Jason actor Tom Morga with stunt coordinator and former Michael Myers actor Dick Warlock

Part 3

Part 2: Amy Steel with Director Steve Miner and Mrs. Voorhees

Part 7: looks like a dock burn idea that was discarded

JGTH: Director Adam Marcus with actress


Part 8

Part 7: setting up final scene

Part 8: Kane gets his sleeve fussed over by FX guy


Part 4: Tom Savini sets up stunt machete with a crew member

JGTH: Greg Nicotero and another guy as the dirt demons

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Where to find the best movie mold blanks

I've been fired up about mask collecting again the last few months and looking for the earliest-generation movie mold replicas that are commercially available. So I figured I'd share the results of my hunt.

I am extremely biased towards movie mold blanks. The earlier generation the better, since a recast of a recast of a recast is going to lose details along the way. So the recommendations I've posted here are the earliest generation of each version I am aware of. For artists looking to create the ultimate hock collection, here is more information than you ever wanted to know about mask blanks.

Part 3 & 4 
JDF Style B
 JDF style A/B masks are actually descended from a recast of a mask likely made during production of Friday the 13th part 3. As far as I am aware, they are the only commercially available masks to descend from an original part 3 movie mask. That said--ReelFX didn't do a great job recasting, so the piece JDF had to work from was shrunk and deformed. Which is why Crash's part 3 masks are the probably most film accurate you can get. For anyone unfamiliar, he used very specific instructions from Doug White, who made the masks for the film and began the process with a vintage Plante mask. I've also seen a measurement of a production mask that shows the size of Crash's masks are dead on. He doesn't sell blanks, but he does sell a cheaper, minimally weathered version. More or less a blank, amirite?

Part 5

David Miller, who made the masks for Friday the 13th part 5, claims to have the original film buck in his possession. He has an ebay account (elmoscave) where he sells copies from this buck. Even casual observers will note, however, that there are quite a few distortions and misplaced vent holes that suggest if this is the movie buck, it had been badly repaired at some point. There are other artists with great part 5 masks, but I know of none that have any lineage to an original part 5 mask. [Sad face].

Part 6
Fiberglass 6 sells the only blanks that descend from an actual part 6 movie mask (other than the terribly bloated Forsche recasts). The mask they recast came from Justin Mabry, who told me via Facebook that his source was a mask that came off the part 6 movie buck. So they essentially sell 2nd gen recasts of a 6 mask. The Fiberglass 6 preserves virtually all of the features of the movie mask, with the exception of the vent divots. It also measures 8.5 x 10 inches, the same dimensions as part 6 production masks, per measurements I asked of two different movie mask owners. So all around a near-perfect reproduction.

Part 7
Beyond Disgusting Studios sells 2nd gen recasts of the part 7 hero mask. Crystal Lake Industries does as well, using the same mold. Fear Factory Studios also sells via eBay a slightly more hi-fidelity mask that preserves the "tooth" of the prop damage and some other tiny details of the movie mask, for especially discriminating collectors. Note: I wouldn't recommend vac pulls of the part 7-- only a fiberglass pull preserves the details on the front of the mask.

Here is a quick flow chart showing the recast family tree of part 7 masks...  I consider the movie mask the source, not generation 1, but you get the idea:
Chart by Frankie Spradlin

Part 8

Beyond Disgusting Studios also sells 2nd gen recasts of the part 8 hero mask. Ditto for Crystal Lake Industries. A clear vac pull is the most accurate way to capture the movie mask construction, but a fiberglass pull will better capture the eye cuts, chevrons, scrapes and other fine details on the front of the mask.

Jason Goes to Hell
Fiberglass JGTH sells first gen recasts of a production mask from this film. The handfull of 3D-printed custom HSS Hell hockey masks that are out there are from my scan and print of this particular mask. If you are an HSS Hell owner hit up Crash or Auz for a custom-fitted mask in movie-accurate black ABS.

Jason X
Fiberglass X

I'm told the movie masks were fiberglass, so you can't go wrong with Fiberglassmasks version, although I don't know if it has any lineage to the movie mask.

Jason vs Freddy
Fiberglass VS

NECA made a run of movie-accurate fiberglass masks recast from a production pull. You can find them on eBay periodically. Fiberglassmasks also sells a 2nd gen casting of this mask.

JDF remake

The movie masks were fiberglass, so if you're picky about materials, pick up an old NECA on eBay or get a blank from Fiberglassmasks. Or, if you are picky about perfecting your eye cuts and want an undrilled blank, JDF sells a really thick ABS version. All three options descend from production masks.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

New Project: Part 4 Movie Mold Bust

Some of you guys that have been around for a while may know Ryan Bean, one of the best sculptors in the business and an absolute fount of knowledge about Friday the 13th masks and FX work.

A few years back, Ryan and James Mangrum (sculptor of the legendary "His Unlucky Day" resin bust) retooled a 1980's latex mask pulled from the original movie mold that produced the animatronic stunt dummy impaled at the end of the film.
Yes, this stunt dummy.

Ryan's resulting resin head, the "Bloody Ending" remains the only commercially available work that descends straight from a part 4 movie mold. Given the poor condition of the surviving movie pieces, it will likely remain so.
Left: the movie mold mask. Center: Recast, minus crappy teeth. Right: Final version.
Jason actor Ted White with a painted "Bloody Ending."

As you can see here, he perfectly preserved the original features, adding custom sculpted teeth to recreate the movie look. (Click any image to enlarge):
Comparison: Movie sculpt at left, "Bloody Ending" at right. The detail preservation is incredible.
For anyone unfamiliar with the FX work on Friday part 4, there were actually two sculpts used in the film. The first, seen above, was used to create the impalement dummy for Jason's death as well as the cowl that White wore throughout the film. The second, somewhat more detailed version was created for the facial appliances used during the unmasking.
The cowl came from this mold as well.
 Obviously the Blood Ending is a killer collectible. It's sole drawback is that the source mask was badly shrunk--down to child size--as you can see here, so the finished product is rather small (in the middle, with the first H.U.D. at left):
But thanks to the sorcery that is 3D printing, we can actually fix that.

The H.U.D. is still a coveted piece for part 4 collectors. It is after all, an absolute masterwork of recreation. But since there are only 27 in existence, selling for as high as $2,000, few fans will ever be "lucky" (heh) enough to ever own one.

But right now we are gauging interest on a reasonably-priced alternative: The Bloody Ending II.

This will be reproduced in perfect detail using a high-resolution 3D printer to life size... roughly as big as the H.U.D. Ryan has agreed to sell it for about 10% of the cost of a H.U.D. These will be resin as well, so they'll last forever.

3D scanning and printing a master copy is expensive, so we don't want to move forward unless we have substantial interest. That means if you are seriously interested in owning a piece of history, comment below with your email or PM me on Facebook. If we get at least ten potential buyers interested, we'll look at the next steps.

This would be produced later this year-- maybe this summer or even later, so you don't have to worry about coming up with the full amount right away. This is merely to gauge serious interest.

I'm really excited about this idea. Let me know if you are interested!

UPDATE: We have more than 30 people who have declared interest at this point so we are moving forward. We'll keep you posted.