Yes, we shot this in a cemetery.
I have very mixed feelings about graveyards for photoshoots because they are very personal places and not the kind of place you want to disrespect by running around giggling in costumes and all. They are not props. However, they do have a creepy/solemn atmosphere, and the Toronto Necropolis is very secluded, with towering trees and plenty of gloom.
So this one is a very old cemetery. While it is active, there are many sections of it that are “abandoned” more or less — headstones that are no longer being maintained and have been worn by the weather to the point where there are no names left. The necropolis was established in 1850, so needless to say many of the people buried there have been there for a loooooong time. We decided to stick strictly to those headstones.
Before we left we discussed ground rules for respectful behavior — no walking over graves, no touching graves, no dishonest displays of mourning, no including grave names in shots, stick to unkempt/abandoned graves from before 1900. As it was a Saturday evening and very cold, there was no one to disrupt or disturb.
I would still be very hesitant to shoot in a cemetery younger than this, really.
I remade Josh’s Red Robin tunic this weekend. It took about five hours including the dozens of times I fucked something up. That’s not an exaggeration, I probably fucked things up around 12 times. That’s why you should definitely be awake when you’re sewing, lmao.
Anyhoo… I remade it because the old one had some structural problem that made it difficult for Josh to move, particularly around the shoulder joints and because of how the harness attached in the front. It also ripped in a few places because of stress. Also, Josh lost some weight! So the new one is lighter, the sleeves are shorter (less fabric under the gloves!), has a stretch panel up the spine to give it more mobility, has broader shoulders and a more fitted upper-chest. The harness now attaches to the tunic instead of the cape, reducing a stress point there.
The only thing we have left to do on it is insert shoulder pads between the cape and the tunic, to square out Josh’s shoulders — the slope of the cowl rounds them out, and we want to keep a stronger “comic book” silhouette :) Smoke and mirrors, folks.
(Also, look at Marcus To’s Damian sulking in the background! My precious baby :’))
That wall is 12’+ off the ground… I flew, but Tim had fun scaling it.
Hey, it’s that costume that looks amaaaaaazing. We’re going to end up doing a lot of revamps on this costume, including remaking the tunic entirely, but at least we finally got some pictures of it!
we’re all fucking exhauuuuusted
see you tomorrow, fan expo
christine (amphibious green lantern lol)
jenn (donna troy)
josh (red robin)
The belt for Red Robin is made in such a way that it can actually support its own weight, meaning it doesn’t have to put extra weight on the cape. It’s pretty cool!
This full costume will be at FanExpo on Friday and Saturday.
The black is shopped in, obvs, but on the big day we’re going to fill in the eye area to be black with facepaint, as well as contour his jaw (like we do with my Huntress mask) to make the mask complement his face better.
The contacts look so awesomeeeeeeee.