SDCC 2016 Cosplay Shoot
I know this is a super late post, but something I like to share either way. So yeah… Ever since I started going to San Diego Comic Con (as far back as 2013), it has been the tradition for me to do a cosplay shoot before the convention week.
Wonderland Studios is huge. It’s a repurposed warehouse in Orange County, 10 minutes away from Disneyland.
Of course this wouldn’t have happened without the help of friends who took their time off for this Sunday to happen. I got to share the space with Pat, who has been pretty active in shooting cosplay for his upcoming book. It’s equally awesome that A.J. has been helping us out for the past 3 years, and then some. I also got to meet some lovely cosplayers, and I think I should make it a tradition of working with new faces every year.
- Make-up: Xeng Zulueta
- Styling and Costumes: Model’s Own
- Special Thanks: A.J. Grier / Chris Mandeville / Cameron Hatheway
- Models / Cosplayers: Jinri Park / Olivia Chiu / Amanda Levine / Jackie Goehner
Here’s the 360 shot of the studio before all the mayhem started.
And here are the behind-the-scenes of the things we’ve been doing…
San Diego Comic Con 2016: In Retrospect
Every summer (in the US) marks a special time among geeks. This is when the select ones make this pilgrimage to San Diego for biggest geek orgy of pop culture. Ironically despite being labeled as Comic Con, it has mutated beyond its namesake over the years covering from TV, movies, toys, games, cosplay and everything else. In a sense, we owe comics the window for our imagination to run wild and enjoy these franchises in other mediums.
This has been my third year of attending the con, and it never fails to still leave me in awe. The pavilions of Marvel and DC among others are the mainstays, with a couple of relatively newer exhibitors to check out like the Adult Swim, Nickelodeon and Funko. Alex Ross’s “booth” is now full blown pop-up gallery with mezzanine level for VIP guests. The Walking Dead exhibit never fails to scare people with their camping ground zombie apocalypse scene.
The size of the con has been forcing it to explore other locations beyond the convention center such as the adjacent partner hotels, and the immediate Gaslamp Quarter. Nintendo has sequestered an entire ballroom in the Marriott just for their gaming center. You can’t miss the huge Kirby at the entrance. Square Enix has an outdoor games arena on Fifth Ave., and there was even a roving Ecto-1 around the neighborhood. The highlight of my con experience was the Final Symphony concert, held in the Copley Theater. That left me in goosebumps and tears.
DC let go of alot of trailers for their upcoming DCEU lineup. Most of which you can already see online. My friends who braved the crowds of Hall H, had the chance to experience them in IMAX-like screens surrounding the walls. Marvel of course had Dr. Strange, which isn’t really much of a surprise at this point. I’m not really a Hall H nor a Ballroom 20 kind of guy. I’m already happy attending those nondescript panels veering more into the technicals of things.
Well, here’s the hodge podge of stuff I saw during this year’s con. Enjoy guys!
Update 08.18.16: Finally installed Cardboard, so I can upload 360 images! Hooray!
Model Portfolio: Stella
Putting up some glamour work I did when I visited the US last July 2015 for Anime Expo and SDCC. It so happened that I got connected with cosplayer / burlesque dancer extraordinaire Stella. We did this shoot during the last day of AX when things were winding down at the convention center. There was a nearby studio 10 minutes away, so we took the opportunity of doing the shoot that morning.
This was all done with natural light. I didn’t use the studio lights despite being in an actual studio. I never intended to use the studio lights anyways, while you had light this nice and soft. There’s something with the quality of light shooting a temperate region of the world as compared to the tropics. Given the rent in this studio is quite cheap (and I mean by cheap… comparable or even cheaper than Manila prices), you can’t expect much stuff in the place. it did have AlienBees for lights, which was the only plus factor.The light isn’t as harsh, and more consistent in color temperature over a longer span of time. Which meant I could have the same look and feel maintained over several hours.
Stella being a dancer worked to her advantage. She knows how to elongate her body and cheat height in front of the camera. Would love to work with her again when I head to the US this year for same conventions. Stella has quite the following in the US cosplay scene too, and it also happens that she’s an accomplished burlesque performer in New York.
- Make-up / Styling / Model: Stella Chuu
SDCC 2015 Photo Dump
SDCC Adventure Day 0: More Shenanigans in San Diego
Since I got some time going around before the con, spent it hanging out with Pat and his friends eating out in various places in town.
We checked out Slaters 50/50 in Point Loma Tuesday night. It’s called 50/50 since the burger patties are half beef and half bacon. Almost everything in their menu has something to do with bacon in some shape or form. It’s basically a custom burger joint, so you could also make your own burger by ticking off the ingredients in a separate form and give it a name.
Wait time was quite long since people were flocking to the place for dinner. We arrived right smack into the thick of things despite have a reservation.
|Stella Artois on tap. Of course they should have these things here.|
|Yes folks, that’s Guinness milkshake. Yummy.|
|First time for me to taste bacon ketchup… OMG.|
|I had to back down on the burgers, and ended up getting a mac and cheese.|
|That’s Meredith and her mac and cheese.|
|That’s Pat’s monstrosity of a chicken burger.|
If there’s something unique about the US is the abundance of food. The serving portions are huge and most drinks are unlimited in almost any restaurant you’d get to eat in. Check out my youtube channel for your regular glimpse behind the scenes! While you’re at it, drop buy the online store and get goodies from your favorite models!
SDCC Adventures Day 0: Cosplay Shoot!
Of course, one of the main reasons why I went to the San Diego Comic Con is to work with cosplayers for Geekology 2. I had the honor of shooting with Linda Le (a.k.a. Vampy) among others for my first day in the studio. Super thanks to Dave King for providing such a homey studio to work for these 3 days.
I always make it a point to shoot before the convention to minimize the stress both to me and the cosplayers. Besides, I was here to enjoy the convention in the first place.
|Yes folks, if you want that shirt, you could get it at the T-Shirt Project.|
|So you have Juri helping out Mari put on her chest plate.|
|The new Emma Frost costume is now black.|
|Linda’s Gatchaman costume was faithful to the original version in the anime.|
|The crew for day 1|
Between five lovely ladies, we were able to chuck out eight different costumes just from this day. Would be sorting these out as soon as I get home.
This is one of the most chill shoots I ever had for cosplay. Seems like everybody was just having fun. I certainly did.Check out my youtube channel for your regular glimpse behind the scenes! While you’re at it, drop buy the online store and get goodies from your favorite models!
SDCC Adventure Day 0: Arriving in San Diego
Left Manila around 7:30 in the morning. After several arduous flights, check points and layovers, I got into LA ahead of schedule around 9:30, of the same day since you lose a day going to the US.
Good thing I arrived in San Diego on a weekend (Saturday). My cousin Cherry has been based here for the past nine years, so it was great to be greeted with family. Since it was the weekend, she didn’t have work. I also get to stay with her until the start of the convention.
|SDCC signage has been peppered all over the city.|