“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
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
Make-up: Ara Fernando (Dagger) / Kiko Escobar (Cloak) Styling and Costume Production: Riki LeCotey Art Direction: Jay Tablante Production Design: Raffy Tesoro Digital Imaging: Mooo Digital Productions Models: Riki LeCotey / Alvin Aguilar Additional Photography (stars): Edwin Martinez