Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mrs. Voorhees 3D print has been molded!

She's going to be for sale very soon... details forthcoming...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Pam 3D print has arrived...

And its gorgeous. The scan captured every detail of the movie head down to 0.10 mm, including the tiny steam holes in the forehead. Expecting to get her produced in about a month. These pieces will be opaque resin mounted on their own acrylic stands, likely foam filled, fully painted and haired by me to match the movie head. More info coming soon.

While I'm thinking about this, wanted to thank Bloody Disgusting and Dread Central, and 1428 Elm for picking up this story, had no idea you guys are checking out my blog. Cheers!
For anyone just learning about this, the SLS 3D print above was made from a high-resolution scan of the original screen-used head from Friday the 13th part 2...

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Amy Steel & Steve Dash with Pamela's Curse II

This was really cool to see. Amy Steel and Steve Dash (in full costume) posed at Horrorhound with the "Pamela's Curse II" piece I sculpted last year. This copy was painted and haired by Shallow Grave FX, who owns the mold. Costume and shrine by Chuck Ryan.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Own a Part 4 Movie Mold Bust!

A "Bloody Ending II" from the original Part 4 mold cast in flesh-toned translucent resin.

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.
Actor Bruce Mahler with the original sculpt in 1984. This is the same sculpt that produced both the animatronic dummy from part 4 and the "Bloody Ending" bust.
Ryan's resulting resin head, the "Bloody Ending" remains the only commercially available work that descends straight from the original movie sculpt by veteran FX sculptor James Kagel. Given the poor condition of the surviving movie props, it will likely remain so.

Jason actor Ted White with a painted "Bloody Ending." He told the owner "I don't recall ever seeing one this good."
Source: http://www.thehma.net/forum/index.php?topic=42113.0

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 H.U.D. is a reproduction of the final appliance sculpt by Kagel, while the Bloody Ending is the initial design seen through most of the film.
The cowl came from this mold as well.
The source was a mask produced by members of Tom Savini's effects team from the original mold and sold in horror magazines back in the 1990's.

Only a handful are known to survive today, and thanks to current owner Aaron Lewis, Ryan was able obtain what is probably the largest and best surviving copy to recast. After some repair work and adding a closed eye that was molded directly from a "Mangler" (another piece from the same movie mold), he sold the initial run of resin Bloody Ending busts back in 2012.
The Mangler (left), a recast of a movie dummy used in the film, contributed the missing eye and the "stunt mask" (right) served as the primary source. Both were created and sold by Tom Savini's FX team about 20 years ago.

Left: the movie mold mask. Center: Recasted tooling master. Right: Final version.

The features were incredibly well preserved in the source mask and the Bloody Ending captured it all perfectly.
Obviously, the Blood Ending is a killer collectible. It's sole drawback is that the source mask was badly shrunk--down to child size--so the finished product was somewhat small (below middle, next to a H.U.D.)

But thanks to the sorcery that is 3D printing, we were able to fix that. Using measurements of both the H.U.D. and the original animatronic dummy for reference, we upscaled the master 11 percent, created a 3D print and molded the print in silicone to create the Bloody Ending II.  The final pieces are cast in a proprietary mix of flesh-toned translucent resins layered in a way that makes them look soft and silicone-like.
A H.U.D. from the first run with the second Bloody Ending II blank.

 The SLS printing process captured every detail in the original sculpt down to 0.1 mm, so there was virtually no detail loss during the reproduction. You can compare with the movie sculpt below (click any image to enlarge):
Left: Original movie head. Right: Bloody Ending II

Part 4 collectors know the H.U.D. is a coveted piece. 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.

So we wanted to create a reasonably priced alternative for collectors and fans without creating another fan sculpt. Since Ryan is planning on producing these resin blanks indefinitely for only about 10% of the cost of a H.U.D., Jason fans everywhere will be able to enjoy a real piece of film history.


***These are sold as translucent resin blanks only and will not be painted.

***If you're interested in owning this gem, Paypal $250 to Ryan Bean at Thedeathcurse (at) hotmail (dot) com. When your bust is complete (usually 2 to 3 weeks), Ryan will contact you for shipping charges, which will be assessed based on your location.

***Any inquiries should be directed to Ryan's personal email at DaemonSorath (at) gmail (dot) com

***Please DO NOT comment below with questions, the blog owner is no longer directly involved with this project. Thanks!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The first two Bloody Ending II pulls are done!

UPDATE 8/1/17: To all who have a deposit with us, please paypal Ryan the remaining $150 ASAP. We are ready for production. Your shipping charge will be assessed before the heads go out. Thanks!

The "Bloody Ending II" 3D print has been molded and the first two pulls done. They are made of a proprietary mix of flesh-toned and clear resins layered in a way that gives the pieces a hyper-realistic, silicone-like appearance. For Ryan and I, a movie mold piece is best produced with movie-grade materials and our mold guy really knocked this out of the park.

Better photos are coming soon! This piece is ready for production... so we'll be in touch with those who have deposits in shortly. Thanks!

Update 8/8/17: Here's a few more photos of the first 3 pulls.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A few "Bloody Ending II" photos

Just a quick update in case you haven't seen on Facebook, the 3D print of the part 4 movie mold piece was delivered in its final form to our mold maker a couple of weeks ago. Ryan smoothed out some very minor stepping artifacts on the forehead and added his name on the back. Now we wait!

A few more shots for you just to demonstrate the size and the fit of a hockey mask.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Coming Soon...

3D prints of the original Mrs. Voorhees prop are coming. Stay tuned.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Rare video of part 8 facial appliances

Check this out. Really rare video of deceased Canadian FX artist Tibor Farkas talking about his FX work in Vancouver circa 1990. At 3:10 he picks up an old latex Jason face... and proceeds to tear it nearly in half right on camera! At 5:04 they flash what appears to be a Jason paint master from the film.

In a second video filmed some years later, you can see Jason's face on his wall at 0:30.

In case anyone is wondering... I have inquired about the Jason pieces. His son told me that after Farkas died in 1999, his family tragically lost the whole shop and everything in it. Another Jason piece lost to the ages.

Courtesy of Tibor Farkas Jr., here are some other behind the scenes photos from part 8 his father kept... including a partially painted hockey mask and head:

A lot of people criticize the facial design for part 8 (created by Farkas and William Terezakis under the supervision of makeup director Jamie Brown and director Rob Hedden), but even though the face looks like a jack-o-lantern that's been left on the porch until March, the rest of the head was pretty legit.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Visit to the Friday the 13th Props Museum

Mario Kirner was gracious enough to let me be the first American to check out his MASSIVE personal collection of Friday the 13th props and memorabilia about a week ago in Germany. Seeing all of this in person was a bit like being 7 and walking into a Halloween store for the first time, or seeing an ad for the next Friday the 13th movie on TV... a thrilling trip into 80's horror nostalgia and an experience I'll never forget.

In addition to Mario's museum, I went on a bit of a movie props binge across Europe. My first stop was the Barbican exhibit in London, which featured an original Vader helmet, as well as props from Enemy Mine, Stargate, Buck Rogers, Alien and a bunch of other sci-fi through the last century. Really great exhibition if you're in the area.
Skull from "Enemy Mine"
Alien maquette from Independence Day
Prop from "Stargate"
Alien head from "Species"
Little robot dude from Buck Rogers
Original Vader and Storm Trooper helmets from ESB
Extra mask from "Enemy Mine"

Then I went to London's O2 arena for the Lucasfilm archive's official Star Wars exhibit and HOLY SHIT its so much amazing stuff. Sometimes with movie props is interesting to see how they pulled the "magic" off using clever lighting and camera tricks so that a rather poor looking prop can look real on film. With Star Wars though, almost all of the original props and suits look as amazing in person as they looked on film. A real testament to the quality of FX work put into a brand new sci-fi franchise back in the 70's that no one had any idea was going to become a massive cultural phenomenon. (Click for full size)

I also went to the H.R. Giger musuem in Gruyeres, Switzerland which featured an intact original Xenomorph suit from the original Alien as well as a semi-intact FX head. Sorry, no photos allowed! But here's a few non-Alien photos i sneaked anyway.

Some tourists informed me that there was a special effects museum in Prague while I was there but I sadly didn't make it in time. I guess you have to save some stuff for future trips!