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.
“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: Amanda Padilla Hair: Eddie Mar Cabiltes Styling: Hannah Kim / Raffy Tesoro Costume Production: Badj Genato Props Production: Riki Le Cotey Art Direction: Javey Villones (who also did the background illustration) Digital Imaging: Ghani Madueno Model: Nadine Howell
Special thanks to Riki for sending over the mask all the way from Atlanta.
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
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
Make-up: Ara Fernando Styling: Raffy Tesoro Costume Production: Badj Genato Art Direction: Jay Tablante / Raffy Tesoro CG Imaging (Earth): Carlo Sardez Digital Imaging: Carlo Sardez Production Design: Raffy Tesoro Model: Meagan Marie Additional Photography: Edwin Martinez (stars and space background)
Personally I'm not sure whether this could still be classified in cosplay, since the collaboration work is quite extensive from all those involved. I would thank fellow Canon Brand Ambassador Edwin Martinez for providing a stunning stars / "outer space" background image. It's something out of my repertoire, so I called in for his help on this one.
It is a photo-manipulation, but of a person cosplaying as Dark Phoenix.. so I'm not really sure where to put this.
Asides from the things mentioned done in CG, the rest of the elements were done through photography: from the fire, wings, sash, emblem, down to the dust coming out from the Earth.
At the end of the day, people can call it whatever they want... as for us, we just want to make an image of Dark Phoenix. And for those who would comment its too much PS, you guys have the gift for stating the obvious.
Edit: We would be posting how this was done when we finish working on the 2nd study.
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