Will I ever don my own completed suit? I’d like to say yes, but honestly, I just don’t know. I am too picky and too finicky, and my attention is focused more on the site itself and helping others than it is about my own suit. Maybe it will happen someday, but it isn’t a priority.
What was your involvement with Jeremy's gifted Boba costume, and can you tell us a bit about that endeavor?
I was loosely involved in the Jeremy project, but can’t really take a lot of credit. The primary credit for that goes to TDH members Alex Alva and Jason Miller.
Over the years there have been multiple attempts to put a suit together for Jeremy as a "thank you" from his fans, and time after time it has failed. Alex really took the bull by the horns and organized the effort on TDH (with additional support from Philip Wise of Rebel Scum) and the response and support from our members was simply amazing. As I mentioned earlier, the Boba Fett costume is incredibly intricate with literally hundreds of individual pieces ranging from the fiberglass jetpack, to the machined metal flamethrower, to the cloth jumpsuit, to vaccuformed plastic armor, to the electronics in the chest plates. All of these pieces aren’t cheap and require different skillsets to bring to completion. One of the advantages of an online forum like TDH is the diversity of talented members. We have people who can make all those pieces and make them well. Best of all, they stepped up to the plate and freely volunteered their time and skill to create this amazing costume for Jeremy.
My primary involvement was photographing Jeremy in the costume. I am a bit of an amateur costume photographer and this shoot was the highlight of my photography experience. I have shot dozens of fans in Fett costumes and it is often tough for them to strike a pose that really personifies Boba Fett. We often have an art director involved who helps them. When Jeremy stepped into the studio and hit the first pose, it was like magic. He is Boba Fett. There was no doubt and no need for any direction. He simply nailed it perfectly. While that may not seem surprising, one has to remember that Boba Fett was a bit part in Jeremy’s career from 30 years ago, yet he was able to bring that character back to life in an instant and it was truly a breathtaking moment for everyone present.
What do you enjoy most out of going to conventions?
The people. While we all love Star Wars, it is the friends and the camaraderie that truly makes these events special.
Of all the cool things I saw at CV, my most fond memories are talking and laughing with fellow TDH members, the guys from the Prop Store of London, Jeremy Bulloch and Alan Harris at the lounge every evening after the convention. There is such a sense of relaxed familiarity and friendship that has been developed among us that you simply can’t put a price tag on it.
LFL uses a great deal of your work for merchandise. How did your involvement there come about?
Yeah, that is unfortunately one we really can’t talk about. I will say this much; of all the studios and film companies, I don’t know any who focus on their fans more or are more lenient with their fan base than Lucasfilm. A lot of that credit goes to Steve Sansweet and Mary Franklin. Mary’s devotion to the fans is second to none and we love her for it.
I totally understand and agree with you there! Moving on then, do you have any new projects on your to-do list?
There are two really big projects I am currently involved in that I am super excited about. They are both majorly licensed projects that I can’t yet talk much about, but I think they are going to blow Star Wars fans away!
I can tell you that one of the projects that I am co-sponsoring is the “As You Wish Project”, which is an art project similar to the Vader Project and the TK Helmet Project. As I mentioned earlier, TDH’s original name was “As You Wish” and we thought it was a nice nod to our former name. As we get closer to Celebration VI, more information about the project will be revealed!
Beyond that, my projects mostly focus on improving TDH, the RPF, The Hunter's Lair and any new sites we bring under the Movie Prop Sites umbrella in order to better facilitate the needs of the prop and costume fans who visit them. That is a never-ending task as needs and technology continually change, but I couldn’t be happier to be serving fellow fans.
Art thanks again for chatting with me and the BFFC, it's a pleasure to finally catch up!
It was my pleasure to answer your questions. See you guys on the forums or at the next big convention!