Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Pam comparison shot

Today, and onset back in 1980...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Recognize this?

There aren't many props that survive from Friday the 13th part 2. As far as I know the two I just bought are the only two remaining... and probably the best two pieces you could possibly want.

Back in April 2011, I came across a piece by Bob Deakin (via this post on the Fridaythe13thFranchise site), who wrote about a Connecticut man named Lloyd Albin, owner of the Pamela Voorhees head from Friday the 13th part 2. Back in 1980 Lloyd was the owner of Camp Kenmont in Kent, CT, where the filming had taken place. Following a wrap-up party, Lloyd found the crew had left Mrs. Voorhees' mummified head hanging from a tree on his property. For more than 30 years, he had kept it in a closet wrapped in a towel, taking it out occasionally to scare his campers.

I found Lloyd phone number on the web and called him to inquire about the head. At the time I was sure I couldn't afford such a thing but wanted to see it and make a lowball offer anyway. Lloyd was affable and loved talking about his experiences on the set of Friday the 13th, inviting me to come see the prop. He also had the original "Camp Crystal Lake" sign held by Marta Kober in the opening scenes, which I was able to screen match.

Lloyd didn't sell me the pieces but I mentioned his props to Daniel Farrands, who included Lloyd in his Crystal Lake Memories documentary in 2013. After the documentary came out, I wrote a blog post with a few stories and anecdotes Lloyd told me that didn't make it into the documentary. A couple of years went by and I basically forgot about it.

Then a friend of mine pointed me to a eBay auction. Lloyd's props were finally for sale! I managed to buy both pieces and OH MY GOD I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE IT.

You might have seen Tom Spina's photos... the head was in rough shape and Tom did a great job restoring it. Even in person, you can hardly tell where the damage was... and it was extensive. The thing literally lost chunks of foam latex every time you touched it.

I can't describe how exciting it is to own a piece of film history. In a way, this head is more central to the Friday the 13th story than the hockey mask: this desiccated head was the object of Jason's cultish devotion, the only thing that mattered in the world to him, and the reason he committed all his murders. The fact that the prop still exists is remarkable considering the poor treatment B movie film props got back then.

Honestly, she doesn't look like much in daylight. But once you get her properly lit, it's like being onset back in 1980...

One of the things I considered in buying this is screen use. I have no doubt that it was made by Carl Fullerton on set. But was it the only one, and is this the one that actually saw screen time? That would affect the value considerably. I asked Fullerton back in 2011 if more than one was made, but he couldn't remember.

Fortunately, blue ray screen shots (thanks Auz) might provide some clues.

Establishing screen-matching with a piece like this requires more than identifying sculpt features, but characteristics that could only exist on one version of the piece. The face was hastily sculpted, cast in foam latex and affixed to a plaster life cast (probably of Connie Hogan). There are tiny bubble patterns in the forehead in some of the recesses where the foam was popping during the curing process. If you look very closely at screen shots, you can see evidence of the same bubble patterns. Since it seems unlikely the bubbles would have formed in exactly the same places from casting to casting, this indicates a high probability that my head is the only one made for the film. The head also has pieces of double-sided tape used to hold the wig on still affixed, suggesting it's the screen-used piece.

So there you have it. I don't think this will be the beginning of a huge screen-used prop collection for me because honestly, I'm probably never going to top this. Sometimes you just get lucky!

So this piece is far too fragile to cast directly... but I've been thinking about doing a very limited edition re-sculpt. 20 copies at the most. Its a nebulous plan right now, but keep it in mind and comment below if you might be interested. Until then, enjoy these photos of the real deal and thank the horror gods she made it 35 years!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Rare outttake frame from Friday the 13th Part 3

Nah just kidding. It's a P82 hock I painted on my Crash Hideous Looking Man. Kikikimamama.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

1:1 Part III Hero Mask

Painted by me on a P82. I tried to capture every single crack and scuff exactly as it was on the movie mask using the best photos I could get my hands on. Painted this back in 2012 but haven't really taken decent photos until recently.

Friday, August 21, 2015

R.I.P. John Ubdegrove

Death will always be an unknowable mystery to the living: the experience of breathing your last, to think your final thoughts, and to pass irretrievably into the void (or whatever it may be) and leave the rest of the world to its machinations is something we can scarcely comprehend. For those of us who dread it and are in no hurry to experience the end, to make the decision hasten one's own annihilation seems even more alien.

Yesterday at 1:06 PM, John Ubdegrove, a friend I'd made through the horror and props community, commented on my Facebook profile photo. I'd recently changed it to my old photo with Ron Paul in celebration of his 80th birthday, and John was also a Paul fan. "Ron is awesome" he said. It may have been the last thing he ever posted on Facebook. Around 3 AM the following morning, tributes starting appearing on his wall.

I never met John in person, but I've known him for at least a couple of years. He was a nice guy from Nova Scotia and a talented artist. Back in July 2013 I sold my old "Aladdin Sane" part 6 Jason mold to him. He made a few pulls and after some quick painting tips from me he was producing some gems... the depth and detail in his coloring was really excellent, and I was always psyched that he did the sculpt justice.

He was so proud of the comments he got from Tom McLaughlin and C.J. Graham on his lifesize part 6:

You are astonishing, dude!!! Serious. How you put this 'perfect' recreation of born-again Jason together BY YOURSELF just blows me away! You truly got all the details AND my insane vision of mixing the original vengeful Jason, with a reanimated (maggot-headed) corpse carrying a warriors spear, who obtains an arsenal of wearable weapons. A masked walking dead/terminator. I was so fortunate to have an incredible team of creative artists to who I owe so much thanks. But I gotta tell ya, after all these years since we brought him back to life, to see someone like you putting in SO much time and work to make this version of Jason into a classic horror movie museum piece makes me pretty damn happy. You the man, and I'm your fan. Thanks for the thrill of seeing JASON LIVE again. -Tom McLoughlin"

 Also some comments from the man himself CJ whom played this iconic role
" Hi Bud, if you ever want to sell it, let me know. Thanks. "

Very proud moments in this project. The fact that man that played the iconic role of "JASON" wpould be interested in displaying my work in his home blew me away and remains a high point in my prop making . Special thanks to CJ as he gave me the complete direction of the movie used costume. Thanks again !! And special Thanks to Jason Farrell for the Amazing Sculting work. Jason lives on ! [Taken from his Yourprops account, Chubbz187].

And amazingly, now he's gone. He posted a few days ago that he's been dealing with schizophrenia resulting from a car accident a couple of years ago. I just talked to him a few days back too. He just finished his life-size Arnold replica on Tuesday. I know John loved his chihuahuas and his family. He loved travel and movies and was interested in politics. John was a cool guy. And he'll be missed.

R.I.P. bud.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

HSS Hell revamp

Here is my HSS Hell that I've had for a couple of years. It's 6 of 20. I repainted it 3 times and finally have it in a place I am really satisfied with.

Those familiar with the Hell know that there was a small "shrink" problem, that prevented the mask from being properly fitted with a standard size hockey mask. Using a Fiberglassmasks 9, likely cast from a leftover movie-mold hock, I re-sculpted the eye holes with epoxy sculpt and had it scanned by a 3D printing service. We then reduced the mask about 15% (about a half inch all around) in order to get a tight fit. The 3D print was made with black ABS like the movie masks and really came out great.

All he really needs now is hair.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

What color was the part 3 mask?

I've addressed this subject on the forums in years past, but wanted a version of my argument on the blog for posterity's sake. Back in 2009 and earlier when I first started painting these people used to paint the part 3/4 masks a variety of colors due to the fact that the masks look so different in the films. Were they white? Beige? Yellow? Sandshell? (lol), or something in between? Since then hock painters have standardized their color into a light lemon yellow color, which I believe to be inaccurate, as I will explain.

For starters, do not trust what you see in the film. Lighting can affect the appearance of the mask, as can color timing in post production. So how do we really know what color it was?

Well back in December 2009 I asked Robb Wilson King, the art director who worked on Friday the 13th part 3 and painted the originals. He described it as a "cream color" created by a "slight aged patina" over an off-white base. I took this to mean that the "cream color" was some sort of translucent glaze designed to give the mask weathering some depth, but can't be sure.

Regardless... as you can see from the several behind-the-scenes photos below here the mask wasn't exactly yellow, although there were yellow undertones in the color that will emphasize in certain lighting conditions. It was a sort of caramel-beige color. Call it a "cream color" if you like. My own approximation of it is at upper left.

Some painters have alleged that the mask changed colors over the years. But the above photos were taken between 1982 and 2010 or so. They all show the same color. So this theory is false.

This is the color I used to paint my masks. It took tons of trial and error to get it right with an acrylic mix but I think accuracy is the way to go. There was an acrylic color called "camel" at Joann Fabrics they used to sell that was extremely close. So there you have it. The mask may have looked white onscreen in certain scenes if the beige layer was translucent. Perhaps Dario Latinovic, who owns the part 4 mask can shed some light on this.

Update: Need more proof? Jesus Christ you're stubborn. Here you go, Dario with the real thing. It's beige, not yellow:
If you're a hock painter and you want to achieve this color, go get this and basecoat away:

Friday, January 31, 2014

Fuck it. Here's my whole collection.

Top row, from left:

Part 2: Campfire Legend. Sculpt by Josh Stephenson. Finish work by Lewis Frye.
Part 3: Hideous Looking Man. Sculpt by Crash. Paint job by Jasonlivessince1980.
Part 3: Hangman II. Sculpt by DBach. Paint job by Jasonlivessince1980.
Part 4: His Unlucky Day. Sculpted and painted by Paredoilia Productions.
Part 6: Coffin Dummy. Recasted from movie mold bust by Horror Sanctum Studios.
Part 6: Aladdin Sane. Sculpted and Painted by Jasonlivessince1980.
Part 7: New Blood. Recast from screen-used appliances by Silver Shampain Novelties. Painted by SSN, but some finish work by Jasonlivessince1980.
JGTH: HSS Hell. Recast from screen-used mask by Horror Sanctum Studios. Painted by Jasonlivessince1980.

Bottom Row:

Part 2: Pamela's Curse. Sculpted and painted by Jasonlivessince1980.
Part 3: Project 82 by Crash, painted by Jasonlivessince1980.
Part 4/5: Project 82 by Crash, repainted by Jasonlivessince1980.
Part 6 hock. Blank by Frightstuff, reshaped and painted by Jasonlivessince1980. Straps by Auz.
Part 7 hock: Cast from screen-used mask by Beyond Disgusting Studios. Painted by Jasonlivessince1980.
Part 8 hock: Cast from screen-used mask by Beyond Disgusting Studios. Painted by Jasonlivessince1980. Straps by Auz.
Remake hock: Blank by JDF. Painted by Jasonlivessince1980.
Fibrosport Elite: Replica of the mask that started it all by Fiberglassmasks.com

Actually, this isn't my whole collection. Updates coming soon...