[insert Jaws music] It’s coming! TIFF is a super exciting time of year for the city of Toronto. So many international people, celebrities, films, events, and business deals. I’ve got a few things in my calendar already as it’s less than 25 days away.
Today I went to the media preview of the X-Men: Gordon Smith Exhibit at TIFF Bell Lightbox. It was so cool! I’m a big X-Men fan despite not talking about comics that much.
Tried to get a good 360 for y’all to see the exhibit but it was dark and there are restrictions on what you can photograph. Looks like this but bigger. If you click on the photo it will take you to 360 website for an interactive view.
Gordon Smith is an Ontario native and thirty-year veteran in the film industry who has worked on some MAYJAH films (X-Men, Platoon, Natural Born Killers) . His Imdb is stacked. Mine will get crazy one day I hope!
The contact lenses, so much variety.
Skin of Mystique uses silicone prosthetics that could be applied directly to the skin. Has a life-like texture.
It took 12 hours for each shooting day and four makeup artists to glue them onto Rebecca Romijn’s skin, then apply paint, powder, and makeup. This is the pattern.
Nightcrawler had plaster moulds and they used computer graphics paired with real actors wearing 3D silicone prosthetics to make the characters life-like.
The scarification on his skin, which represents his sins used Maori moko tattoo as inspiration. I always knew I had a special connection to this movie. Maori are native New Zealanders and Gordon Smith is Canadian. Anna Paquin who plays Rogue is Kiwi/Canadian like me too!
I love Wolverine. Such a babe. They used plastic blades for most the movie but these are actual metal and super sharp/dangerous.
Those were my favourite things along with the full body Mystique mannequin but we aren’t allowed to
publish take those photos.
The exhibit opens Friday, August 17th and runs through March 2013 and it is FREE! It’s up on the 4th floor of the Light Box. If you are into comics, makeup-artistry and or the X-Men movies, go see it.
Now, if I was a super hero, what do you think my skills would be?