I was working as the Propmaster for Netflix’ Bridgerton Experience which is set in the Regency Era of England. We were coming towards the end of the show in Chicago and I wanted to “dress up” for the last show. I had recently acquired the mask for Admiral Ackbar and I remembered Adam Savages take on the character, where he combined period clothing to create something similar. So, off to Etsy to find an Admirals coat and accessories. Thats how you have ‘Grand Admiral Ackbar’.
The very first time. Which of course was on the set of Bridgerton Experience. My coworkers loved it (for the most part) and our Violinist began playing the Star Wars main theme when I first walked out onto set. This led to that last show of the tour being filled with Star Wars references added by the announcer, the musicians and the actors. Some subtle, some not so subtle. And largely the guest received it rather well, as to them, i was just another guest in costume.
Surprisingly, it was extremely easy to put together. The biggest difficulty was cooling. As anyone knows, wearing a big rubber mask for hours at a time is not the most comfortable thing ever. I’ve since solved the problem with simple fans, but when I first built it, it was done on a bit of a time-crunch. And walking around a con (or in my case, work) without adequate ventilation is just not fun.I work full time in the film industry as a propmaker/sfx artists and that affords me the very fortunate opportunity to be creative as job. Every day is something new. and right now its Space Suits, lots of Space Suits
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