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Nov
14

Texas Renaissance Festival 2010 in Photos

Calling all Texans! From October 9 through November 28th, you can venture back to the 16th century at one of the largest Renaissance festivals this side of the Mississippi: the Texas Renaissance Festival. Though I wasn’t able to attend this event, my good pals at GeektGear.com sent me their lovely photos and gave us an inside peek.

“The Texas Renaissance Fair is an amazing experience. I still remember the first time I went, which was about 12 years ago… it was magical! We camped on site for a couple of days and spent the whole weekend exploring the GINORMOUS outdoor geek extravaganza that is the Texas Renn Fest – thousands of people in elaborate costumes walking around in character, incredible shows, amazing food from all across the globe, scantily clad wenches eager and willing to plant a big wet kiss on your cheek, and all kinds of music that hearken you back to days when pirates, Vikings, Romans, and ninja’s ruled the world. Ahhh… those were the good ol’ days!”

~ Michael A. Walker, Co-Owner of GeektGear.com

“As an artist and designer, I always love attending the Texas Renaissance Festival to re-charge my creative spirit. Inspiration surrounds you—the music, the elaborate costumes, the intricate handcrafted works of other artisans. It also offers a nice reprieve from the fast-paced, tech-focused mindset that defines society today.”

~ Alisha K. Ard, Co-Owner, GeektGear.com

And now…photos!

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Nov
12

‘A Game of Thrones’ Costumes, Art & 2010 Recap

I’m a huge fantasy fan, and though I must commend many series writers for their attempt at adapting some of our favorite novels into episodic television, the end result (for most) is generally, well, cheesy. They err on the side of good prevailing (in every episode), yet they fail to venture into the depths of pain, suffering, violence and seeming hopelessness in story lines. Often the dialogue doesn’t come close to matching the original writer’s brilliance. (Then there are the special effects… sigh).

Late last year when I found out that HBO, the television network that gave us True Blood, Rome and many other sagas filled with blood, murder, deception and betrayal, was about to embark on bringing George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones (the first book from A Song of Ice and Fire series) to television, I couldn’t be happier. Will they finally get it right?

With production announcements pouring in daily, the new series creeps closer into our purview and spring 2011 can’t come soon enough. Here are some highlights so far, starting with our favorite topic: Art!

Costumes & Set (new!)

Costume designer Michele Clapton shares the process of creating Westeros garb.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wub12IZmVY

Artisan Gemma Jackson on the Castle Black Lift

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQZ4uwQRxkM

Some oldies but goodies (if you haven’t seen them):

Behind The Scenes Featurette

George R.R. Martin (the author of “A Game Of Thrones”), the executive producers and the cast talk about what to expect in HBO’s new dramatic series.

Game of Thrones teasers

True, they don’t show much!

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Oct
20

‘Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition’ at Seattle’s EMP

Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) in Seattle will unveil it’s newest exhibition Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition on October 23, 2010 (through March 4, 2012), and you’re in for a surprise! The show will honor both the new and older series, and include three full-size spaceships from the later series (two Vipers and one Cylon Raider), costumes, concept art, storyboards and various props from both shows. The exhibition is organized by EMP|SFM, Universal Cable Productions and Syfy.

I’ll be there, and rest assured, I’ll be documenting the whole thing! Find out more on empsfm.org.

Building Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition

BSG Cast & Crew Attending

Edward James Olmos
Admiral William Adama  (re-imagined series)

Ronald D. Moore
Creator & Executive Producer (re-imagined series)


Glen Larson
Creator (original series)

Richard Hatch

Apollo (original series)
Tom Zarek (re-imagined series)

Michael Hogan
Colonel Saul Tigh
(re-imagined series)

Tahmoh Penikett
Captain Karl ‘Helo’ Agathon (re-imagined series)

Photos: Setting Up the Event

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© Copyright All rights reserved by EMP|SFM

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Yes, the EMP has a wall of guitars!

View all photos on EMP’s official Flikr stream.

Battlestar Galactica Evolution of the Cylon

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Missed out on BSG?

Watch the miniseries promo!

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Oct
8

Towers of Midnight: The Making of the Book Trailer (episodes 1-3)

SPOILER ALERT: Parts 2 & 3 include the same spoilers the trailer does.

The Wheel of Time is my favorite fantasy series ever. I’ve dreamed about being part of the world Robert Jordan began back in 1984, whether it was being immersed in one of the enormous novels, making a fun costume or getting to meet Jordan himself to attest my love for his incredible work of political, epic fantasy.

Sadly, I never did get to meet Robert before he passed away in 2007; however, back in June (thanks to Twitter), I became pals with some of his most devoted followers. One of those fans was Jason Denzel, who created Dragonmount.com (@Dragonmount). After a lengthy phone call (or what I like to refer to as a total WOT geek out session!), Jason informed me that Tor, The Wheel of Time publishing company, had asked him to create something special to promote the release of book 13 Towers of Midnight: a book trailer. So, I jumped in the car and drove to Sacramento to capture this epic moment in Wheel of Time history.

Below are three Making of the Book Trailer features that I’ve created to showcase the story of this production, featuring clips from the trailer, behind the scenes photos and interviews with the cast and crew. Be sure to visit Dragonmount for the full feature write-up by Jason: A featured look at the making of the Towers of Midnight book trailer. And come find me on Twitter @Nedopak!

Part 1: The Making of the Book Trailer (no spoilers)

Part 2: Characters & Costumes (spoilers)

Part 3: Creating the Set, FX & The Tower of Genji (spoilers)

Sound Design

Patrick Knipe

Sound Designer & Sound Mixer
Wheel of Time fan since 2002

I was particularly excited about creating a rumbling world of thunder for the trailer. Being a kid from the Northeast trapped in sunny Los Angeles has deprived me of years of thunder storms, and this was like therapy for me. Jason Denzel kept emailing me after each pass, “More thunder!” Building a world of sound from scratch around Kate Reading’s rich voice and the striking imagery on the screen was invigorating. My greatest challenge was creating the sound of Saidar. Tess and Jason both wanted it to be a holy sound. My first try sounded too much like thunder and was more fitting for Saidin; luckily Jason was very demanding and whipped me furiously until I got it right. A swirly sound of smooth glory made up of twenty tracks (one of which is me singing with my voice pitched up)!

I’m a huge fan of epic fantasy. I started reading The Wheel of Time while studying Tolkien at Oxford University in England in 2002. I finished Knife of Dreams just in time to shoot an interview and book signing video with Brandon in Pasadena during the release of The Gathering Storm.

Final Film: Towers of Midnight Book Trailer

Be sure to visit the official book trailer page on Dragonmount, where you can discuss it with fans!

Towers of Midnight: The Novel

Towers of Midnight will release in early November and is written by Brandon Sanderson (@BrandonSandrson), another incredible fantasy author who took over the WOT series after Jordan passed away (and is kicking some serious butt at it).

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Video: Towers of Midnight Prologue read by Brandon Sanderson

Artist Spotlight: The Fantasy Art of Seamas Gallagher

Wheel of Time at Dragon*Con 2010

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Sep
19

Faerieworlds: The Experience

Outta This World the show went to Eugene, Oregon for a 3-day excursion into the mythical realm that is Faerieworlds. Here are some of the highlights, from costumes to food to entertainment.

Faerieworlds deserves a huge thank you for it’s kindness to Mother Earth. This unique festival focuses on the environment and social organizations that work towards creating a better future for mankind. All of their materials are printed on recycled paper, foodware is compostable, and the food caters to organic and vegetarian foodies (like myself).

Stay tuned for another episode featuring the Art of Faerieworlds, including interviews with legendary fantasy artists Brian Froud, Toby Froud and Amy Brown. And find us on Twitter! @Nedopak

Faerieworlds is hosting another incredible event: FaerieCon Nov 12-14, 2010 in Maryland.

2010 Photos!

Mythic Journeys (DVD)

Mythic Journeys, a film about the power of myth and the essence of being human, was featured at Faerieworlds this year. This animated documentary won Best Animation at Dragon*Con and uses puppets designed by Brian & Wendy Froud. Find out more on the Mythic Journeys website.

Watch the trailer here!

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Faerieworlds 2010 in photos: Costumes, music & aerial art

How to Make Faerie Wings – step-by-step (episode)

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Sep
8

Dragon*Con 2010 Photos: Parade, Costume Contest & Hallway Mania

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Me with a group of 300 soldiers
Me with a group of 300 soldiers

Where else can you go to get your Star Wars, Star Trek, Tolkien, Wheel of Time, Dr. Who, Steam Punk, Harry Potter, Superhero, Comic, Gaming and Pirate fix? (Whew!) Why Dragon*Con, of course.

What’s donned as the largest sci-fi and fantasy convention in the world, or Disneyland on crack as I like to call it, is a four-day adventure into the deepest depths of Nerdvana. There’s almost too much to see, from art to panels galore to celebs and much, much more. The good news is that there are shorter lines than some of the other Cons (ehem, you know I’m talking to you Comic-Con), and you actually have a chance of getting to see what you came for.

However, despite the geek overload, I went (primarily) for one thing: COSTUMES! Here are the multitudes of photos I took from the parade, costume contest and creations seen wandering the hallways.

Stay tuned for Dragon*Con video highlights, plus more photos of The Wheel of Time and True Blood!

PS. I was kidding about Comic-Con (not). We attended that too. In case you missed it, be sure to check out our special Comic-Con episode

Dragon*Con Parade

Dragon*Con Hallway Costumes

Dragon*Con Costume Contest

*Select photos of some of the contestants

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The Wheel of Time at Dragon*Con 2010: Book trailer, photos & eBook art

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Aug
19

The 12 Hours of Comic-Con (the song)

By Kristen Nedopak  //  # Watch the show!, Costumes, Festivals & Events, Science Fiction, Star Wars  //  Comments Off on The 12 Hours of Comic-Con (the song)

Outta This World the show covers everything geek, so of course we were at the largest ‘nerdvana’ convention in the world: Comic-Con. We even made a song about it.

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Aug
12

Faerieworlds 2010 in photos: Costumes, music & aerial art

Me in my Good Faerie costume
Me in my Good Faerie costume
And my Bad Faerie get-up
And my Bad Faerie get-up

Outta This World the show covered Faerieworlds 2010, and it was a blast! From winged faeries to horned creatures to an authentic-looking Avatar, everyone donned incredible works of art.

Attire aside, mystic bands such as Woodland and Faun mesmerized festival goers through the night, followed up by fire dancing and a haunting aerial number.

Here’s a look at some of the best costumes and enchanting entertainment from this year’s festivities.

(Click on any thumbnail to see a larger image or view as a slideshow.)

Costumes: Faeries

Costumes: Other Creative Wonders

Entertainment: Faun, Fire Dancing & Aeriel Art

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Faerieworlds: The Experience (VIDEO EPISODE)

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Jul
29

How to Make Faerie Wings (step-by-step)

Designed and crafted by Kristen Nedopak
Designed and crafted by Kristen Nedopak

In the midst of planning my Faerieworlds costume, writing interviews for Brian and Wendy Froud and packing for the 3-day excursion into a mythical realm, I decided to share my famous faerie wing secrets by creating a “how to” for our fans and festival goers alike.

Making your own faerie wings

Join me at Faerieworlds

As I mentioned, we’ll be at Faerieworlds this year, capturing footage for our next episode on event costumes and music… be sure to look for me!

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Jun
27

Star Wars…Burlesque?!

By Kristen Nedopak  //  Costumes, Festivals & Events, Star Wars  //  Comments Off on Star Wars…Burlesque?!

The Fempire Strikes Back comes back to Hollywood (Music Box) on July 10, 2010. This is not a show to miss!

One of the hottest burlesque troupes in LA—The Devil’s Playground—brought sexy and sci-fi together in one amazing show at the Music Box in Hollywood: Star Wars Burlesque!

Each custom-tailored performance was an experience for any fan of the original trilogy (not to mention hot women), with cast members dressed as characters from Chewbacca to Boba Fett to (you guessed it) slave Princess Leia.

Watch the highlights right here! Photos of many of the sci-fi clad vixens can be found below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezrvxYmSGNs

Or check out these hot photos of the sci-fi clad vixens.

Olivia Bellafontaine as Princess Leia (photo by Josh Reiss)
Charlotte LaBelle as Darth Vader (photo by Josh Reiss)
Audrey DeLuxe as Boba Fett (photo by Josh Reiss)
Lucy Fur as C-3PO & Sin Fisted as R2-D2 (photo by Josh Reiss)
Sin Fisted as R2-D2 (photo by Josh Reiss)
Scarlet O’Gasm as Jabba the Hutt (photo by Josh Reiss)
Scarlet O’Gasm as Jabba the Hutt (photo by Josh Reiss)
Daisy Meadows as Chewbacca (photo by Josh Reiss)
Courtney Cruz as the Stormtrooper (photo by Josh Reiss)

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