Monday, April 26, 2010

Fantastic costumes from Disney's Alice in Wonderland movie...

It's always a thrill to see actual costumes on display from a movie you've seen at the cinema, especially when they are such a spectacle as these colourful and extremely detailed creations from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

In addition to a fantastic array of original props from the movie and The Mad Hatter's costume worn by Johnny Depp, the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood also had this wonderful collection of exclusive outfits from the Disney film.

Alice in Wonderland costume exhibit at the El Capitan Theatre
Mad Hatter Women Alice costumes
Alice in Wonderland movie costumes
Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter dresses
In addition to two intricate Hatter women costumes on display they also had the black and red outfit worn by Crispin Glover as the Red Queen's eye-patch wearing Knave of Hearts, 'Stayne'.

Costume worn by Crispin Glover as Stayne the Knave of Hearts
Crispin Glover Stayne Knave of Hearts costumeStayne Knave of Hearts Alice costume

Alice in Wonderland movie poster
Alice in Wonderland movie poster
The Colleen Atwood designed costumes were amazing to see up close and included outfits worn by courtiers of both the White Queen and Red Queen.

Original White and Red Queen Courtiers costumes
from Alice in Wonderland
White and Red Queen Courtiers Alice costumesWhite Queen Courtiers movie costumes
White Queen Courtiers Alice movie costumes
Alice in Wonderland Courtiers costumes
Alice in Wonderland Queen Courtiers film costumes
Also featured in the costume exhibit was one of the dresses worn by Lindsay Duncan as 'Helen Kingsley', Alice's mother, and a little white dress worn by Mairi Ella Challen as a six year old Alice.

Actual Helen Kingsley and Young Alice costumes
Young Alice movie costumeYoung Alice and Helen Kingsley movie costumes

Alice in Wonderland film poster
Disney Alice in Wonderland film poster

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Freddy Krueger costume and props from A Nightmare on Elm Street remake...

In 1984 Wes Craven introduced the world to a new horror character in the form of the scarred, claw gloved, striped sweater and Fedora wearing villain, 'Freddy Krueger', who haunted teenagers dreams and killed them whilst they slept.

A Nightmare on Elm Street costume and prop exhibit
at ArcLight Sherman Oaks
A Nightmare on Elm Street movie exhibit
Freddy became an instant horror icon, and Halloween costume staple, spawning seven movie sequels and now a new big screen remake in 2010.

Actual movie costume for horror icon Freddy Krueger
A Nightmare on Elm Street movie costume
A Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy movie costume
In the movie Jackie Earle Haley (who played Rorschach in Watchmen), takes up the mantle of Freddy Krueger played consistently by Robert Englund since 1984.

A Nightmare on Elm Street movie billboard
A Nightmare on Elm Street remake billboard
To promote the forthcoming release of the movie remake, ArcLight cinema in Sherman Oaks had this movie costume and prop exhibit from the new movie on display on April 23, 2010.

Original movie props from A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street movie props
A Nightmare on Elm Street film props
Here's also a short video of the display and then some more close-up shots of Freddy's claw-gloved hands (in case you wanted the detail to create your own Halloween costume design). Apologies for the quality of some of the images as the sunlight streaming in behind the display made it hard for my camera to focus properly.


New Freddy Krueger costume and claw-gloved hand
A Nightmare on Elm Street Freddy Krueger movie costumeA Nightmare on Elm Street claw hand costume prop
Freddy Krueger claw movie costume prop
Freddy Krueger knife hand movie costume

A Nightmare on Elm Street movie poster
A Nightmare on Elm Street teaser poster
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Original film props from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland...

In addition to displaying Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter costume from the Disney movie Alice in Wonderland, the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood also had a treasure trove of original props and behind-the-scenes secrets on display on April 14, 2010.

Alice in Wonderland movie prop exhibit
Alice in Wonderland movie props
Alice in Wonderland movie props
Alice in Wonderland Red Queen movie props
There was a fantastic array of props used to create Tim Burton's surreal and unique vision of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, including weaponry, furnishings and interesting set pieces.

Alice in Wonderland movie billboard
Alice in Wonderland billboard
Also included in the special exhibit was the Mad Hatter's chair from the crazy tea party and tableware used in the filming of the movie.

The Mad Hatter's chair and tea party film props
from Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter chair prop
Mad Hatter chair movie prop
Alice in Wonderland crockery movie props
Included in the great selection of props were a stunt sword, The Mad Hatter's sword, The Red Queen's sword and daggers, spears, shields and other weaponry.

Alice in Wonderland weaponry props
Red Queen Sword and Daggers movie props
Alice in Wonderland sword propsMad Hatter's sword movie props
Also included was the Vorpal Sword, together with its ornate wooden box, which was used by Alice to slay the 'Jabberwock' by cutting off its head.

Alice's shield and Vorpal Sword props
Alice in Wonderland Vorpal Sword propsAlice in Wonderland weaponry film props
Other items of interest included the collar worn by the 'Bandersnatch' creature and even the infamous bottle marked 'Drink me' and the 'Eat me' cake box to help her grow and shrink during the course of her adventures.

Actual Alice in Wonderland film props
Alice in Wonderland Bandersnatch collar movie propsAlice in Wonderland Drink Me bottle movie props

Alice in Wonderland Red Queen movie poster
Red Queen Alice in Wonderland poster
One of the highlights of the movie was Helena Bonham Carter's quirky and hilarious Red Queen. On display was her Mace and the Sceptre shown in one of the movie's promotional posters, plus hats created for her by the Mad Hatter.

Red Queen props and assorted hats on display
Red Queen Sceptre Alice movie prop
Red Queen hat props from Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland movie poster
Alice in Wonderland poster
The El Capitan exhibit was enlightening because not only did it show you props and costumes featured in the film, but also gave a few insights into how the various creatures and special computer generated effects were created in the movie.

There was a miniature stand-in doll for filming Mia Wasikoska's 'Alice' when she shrank down in size (pictured beside The White Queen's ornate telescope) and also green screen props like swords and the frog footman used for positional guides.

Behind-the-scenes secrets from Alice in Wonderland
White Queen Telescope Alice movie propAlice in Wonderland stand-in filming prop
Green screen frog footman Alice filming prop
Chroma Keying or 'green screen' is a technique for mixing two images or frames together in which a colour (green) from one image is removed, revealing another image behind it. The colour green is used as it is considered least like human skin tone.
Alice in Wonderland green screen filming props
Alice in Wonderland Frog footman filming prop
Buy the movie in the USA: Alice in Wonderland [Blu-ray]
Disney's Alice in Wonderland: The Visual Guide

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