Riki's Black Cat costume has always caught my attention. It was one of the those costumes I had to request from her when we did the shoot last October 2011 during NYCC.
Sin City was the inspiration for the color grading and styling of the image.
Make-up: Ara Fernando Hair: Ara Fernando / Riki Le Cotey Styling / Costume Production: Riki Le Cotey Art Direction: Javey Villones Production Design: Raffy Tesoro Digital Imaging: Ryder Aquino Model: Riki Le Cotey
We gotta hand it MC for bringing Ms. Marvel to life. She really did a superb job on the costume. She was like a walking / talking Ms. Marvel... as in.
Funny to note, our last "in Flight" shot was Rogue. Knowing how these two characters related to each other in the comics was a strange coincidence in our shoots.
The cityscape shot was taken from the observation deck of 30 Rockefeller, home of NBC Studios.
Make-up: Ara Fernando Hair: Ara Fernando / Marie-Claude Bourbonnais Styling: Marie-Claude Bourbonnais Art Direction: Joe Dy Production Design: Raffy Tesoro Digital Imaging: Gelo Lico Model: Marie-Claude Bourbonnais
Shot in 2Stopsbrighter Studios, New York City / 30 Rockefeller
“The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise.”
- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
This was a dream cosplay shoot for me. I mean, Phoenix was a character I've been itching to pull off a cosplay shoot on. I've attempted Phoenix several times with a lot of learnings in the process instead of a final shot. But we kept at it, believing that one of these days we would be able to do justice to the character. After more than a year of researching, and imagineering... I hope this new attempt of ours would also ignite your imagination.
The elements you see in the shot were taken through photography. We shot every bit, parcel, and what-have-you, then pieced them all together in post-production.
This is the toughest cosplay shoot we have done to date in terms of effort and time. Took about two weeks and to wait for the right weather to shoot the background.
If you want to see how the image was shot, you could check out this [link]
Make-up: Ara Fernando Styling: Hannah Kim / Alodia Gosiengfiao Costume Production: Badj Genato Art Direction: Jason Drilon Production Design: Jay Tablante / Carlo Sardez Digital Imaging: Carlo Sardez Model: Alodia Gosiengfiao
Make-up: Ten Franco Hair: Charlie Manapat Styling: Hannah Kim Costume Production: Badj Genato Production Designer: Raffy Tesoro Art Direction: Javey Villones Digital Imaging: Ghani Madueno Model: Rhian Ramos Howell (GMA Artist Center)
Special thanks to Harvey Tolibao and Carlo Pagulayan for helping us with the art direction, and just providing a ton of laughs.
Back in 2008, we also had Rhian cosplay as Rogue for my Pop Nostalgia exhibit. Somehow, I felt that she just had to reprise her role again. And we weren't mistaken.
Edit (02.06.11): Marvel.com featured this image in their website! Just having the Marvel watermark gave me goosebumps. [link]
Edit (10.15.11): Chris Claremont, one of the creators of the XMEN and the creator of Rogue, signs the print in NYCC 2011.
Make-up: Ara Fernando Styling: Hannah Kim Costume Production: Badj Genato Art Direction: Jhem Manalang Production Design: Raffy Tesoro Digital Imaging: Ghani Madueno / Genald Tungol CG Imaging: Genald Tungol Model: Jinri Park
Special thanks to Greg Martin for lending his swords, Joe Dy for the Sentinels, Carlo Pagulayan and Harvey Tolibao
Psylocke Ver. 1
Psylocke was one of the first cosplay shoots we ever did three years ago, and I thought she deserves a revisit, given the kind of experience and knowledge we have earned through the years. I hope we did her character justice this time around.
Make-up: Amanda Padilla Hair: Charlie Manapat Styling: Hannah Kim Costume Production: Badj Genato Props Production: Chris Donio / Riki LeCotey Art Direction: Ramon "Osnofla" Alfonso MIA Production Design: Raffy Tesoro Digital Imaging: Carlo Sardez Model: Lorraine Lapus
Make-up: Yaya Han / Ara Fernando Hair: Ara Fernando Styling / Costume Production: Yaya Han Art Direction: Jay Tablante Production Design: Raffy Tesoro Digital Imaging: Rock Jehiel Manuel Model: Yaya Han