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Headless Horseman from Sleepy Hollow TV Show

CostumeThat’s me! For the San Diego Comic Con 2013, I decided to spend some time as the Headless Horseman from the upcoming Fox TV show Sleepy Hollow (premiering this coming Monday, Sept. 16, 2013). I made the costume from scratch, and based it on the logo image from the show, and a lot of repeat viewings of the trailer.

Now, the important part of the story (which I’ve buried to the second paragraph), is that I know the guy who originated the show! Phillip Iscove is the stepson of Harriet’s recently discovered half-sister. And yes, I carefully crafted that sentence because calling him my nephew would be completely misleading. The story of Gayle coming into our lives is a long and amazing journey which is best told by she and Harriet, but we’ll keep things abbreviated and just say the experience has been beyond wonderful. Gayle and her husband Michael have been amazing additions to our lives, and their son Phillip is wonderful. For the last 10 years he’s been trying to break into Hollywood as a writer. He wrote a pilot for Sleepy Hollow that was picked up by Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci (the guys involved with the Star Trek films, Transformers, Fringe, and a bunch of other genre products). They loved it, and we’ve been following (voyeuristically) his progress. Couldn’t happen to a nicer, more deserving guy.

Sleepy Hollow ImageSo, when I was thinking about a costume for this year’s Comic-Con, I went right to the most bad-ass image I’ve seen all year: that revolutionary war themed headless horseman swinging an ax and firing a machine-gun. The character has a fantastic costume which includes an historic coat, all of those weapons, and the technical challenge of looking headless!

I spent months working on the costume including making the coat from a historic recreation pattern (and thanks go out to Harriet and her home ec training for constantly clarifying what the hell I was reading, e.g. facing is on the inside of the coat). I built the ax and shotgun shells from wood and paint, but the guns (toys and reproductions) and gun belt were purchased.

It was all unveiled at the SDCC 2013 and it was a hit! Lot’s of people wanting photos, a couple of interviews (Playboy video?), and I even won a Hall Costume Award from the Costume Designer’s Guild. I was the only home made headless horseman, but there were 10 others that Fox put together to promote the TV show. They were everywhere, and when folks say they may have seen me, it was most likely one of the Fox models. It would have been cool to be the only headless horseman, but I hadn’t really anticipated that and so it wasn’t really a disappointment. The whole thing was way cooler than I imagined, and I’m curious to see if there are more home made costumes next year, when the show’s a hit.

Here are a couple more pictures from the Con.



Battlestar Galactica Season 3 Premier

Battlestar GalacticaOH MY GOD!

Dark? Depressing? Sure.

Distrubing? Absolutely.

Political? Not even subtle!

The best hour and a half of science fiction video ever? Without a doubt!

I think it took a couple of days just for me to be able to write out my thoughts, and it still feels like a lot of fanboy “Oooooh! Ahhhhh! Wow! Whoa!”.

I’m not even sure if I can effectively describe how they pulled off showing an insurgency, complete with suicide bombers, as the good guys! And portraying a monotheistic occupying force using torture, random arrests, and executions as the bad guys (okay, maybe that wasn’t so hard).

For the characters, four months have gone by since the end of last season when the Cylons occupied this little colony of humans. In this season opening, they’ve shown us the horrific state that has developed over the four months, and in doing so they’ve created a metaphor for Iraq – with us rooting for the insurgents!

This was the type of show that I would only butcher by trying to describe it. You need to see it for yourself. There isn’t anything graphic. The violence and horror are pretty much off screen and in the back story. But you see the impact on the characters. And in that, it’s even more horrific. The picture I posted above – yup, it’s that scary.

Dr. Who and The Dalek Invasion of Earth

Harriet was out of town this weekend (someday I’ll write about “The Elves”), and so I decided to get caught up on a lot of videos. Most important was getting through the typical three Netflix DVDs which are kept sitting around for weeks.

Invasion of DaleksI chose to watch some old Dr. Who episodes from 1964! One DVD collected the story arc titled “The Dalek Invasion of Earth” and consisted of 6 episodes. A companion DVD had extras like interviews of actors and designers who were still alive, as well as video clips about Dr. Who from that era. Even though it’s got a lot of cheesy effects and huge plot holes, there’s still something absolutely charming about it. Look at that picture of the Daleks in Trafalgar Square! They had a plumber’s plunger as a weapon and they still took over the Earth.
It’s sort of like watching the original series of Star Trek. The shows are dated and yet redeemingly sincere. I had a great time watching every minute.
New Dr WhoI’ve recently gotten hooked on Dr. Who thanks to the new BBC versions. I never watched the series as a kid. I remember being put off by the goofy costumes and rediculous plot line. Of course, why I thought Star Trek made more sense is as much a mystery. The new series captured me because the characters are just so gosh darn enjoyable. The Doctor is fundamentally an optimist, and he enthusiastically enjoys every new experience. This show is just fun to watch.

I’m slowly working my way through the old shows, also. The BBC has lost quite a few of the shows from the first years, but they stil have an amazing amount of video from this longest running sci-fi series, ever.

Studio 60 and Heroes

Okay, there are two new shows that I watch regularly, now. The first is Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. It’s on Monday nights, 10:00, on NBC. It’s Aaron Sorkin’s latest series. I loved Sports Night and West Wing for the same reason I’m loving this show. Brilliant writing with really smart characters. Matthew Perry (Friends), Bradley Witford (West Wing), and Amanda Peet (various movies) are the stars, but they’ve got a great supporting cast of characters, and they deal with interesting issues that come up when putting on a cutting edge comedy show for a national tv network. It’s really, really good. I’m laughing and teary eyed at the same time.

The other show I’m watching is Heroes. Also on NBC, also on Monday nights, but at 9:00. This show appeals to me because of its obvious superhero connections, but what’s interesting is how much Harriet likes the show. The characters are intersting, and the mystery surrounding them keeps us really focused. As long as they keep revealing more of the mystery fast enough, we’ll keep watching. But, I hope it doesn’t become like Lost for us. The first few shows of that series, we were completely hooked. But it was too S L O W, and when we missed a couple of shows due to travel, we didn’t go back. I hope Heroes keeps us more tightly engaged.