Sorry for the lack of updates. It’s been a very busy time here.
An update on the B-Wing shoot:
The shoot was originally to have taken place in October. Sadly this had to be cancelled a few weeks prior to the shoot date. The cockpit was all assembled and was ready to add all the detailing etc. Costumes were all completed . All that was left was the Helmets…….
When i was running the last Donation drive, i was contacted by someone who said they had a casting of an original B-wing helmet. They kindly said that they would send me an unpainted cast as long as i paid for the postage. They sent pictures of a cast from the molds they had and we discussed things further. I made it clear that i needed 6 helmets, so i would need to recast the one he sent me and he was fine with that. He said it would be a couple of weeks to get the casting done and ready for postage so i agreed to send him the money for postage once it was ready. A few weeks later he sent me pictures of the casting along with pictures of it in the box ready to ship, with my address clearly written on it. I sent the postage. And waited. And waited. Several emails later he assured me he was posting it, stating he’d just been busy at work so didn’t get the chance to send it. 2 weeks later and still no tracking number or anything from him. It was now getting too close to the shoot.
Then i finally get a reply to the many emails/ messages i sent him. He had decided not to send the helmet until we discussed things further. He knew the shoot was getting close and that i needed time to recast them. But he said he now wanted $400 for the casting on top of the postage i originally sent. He claimed he didn;t know i would be making copies and then probably selling them on after i had finished with them. Even though i showed him our correspondences where it was made perfectly clear about all of this and he was, at the time, more than happy about this because, as he said, ” I loved your Empire so i want to help out in any way i can and i’m fine with you making copies and selling them to raise more funds for Jedi”. It became obvious at this point that he never had any intention of sending me the helmet and was waiting until i was desperate enough to pay him over the odds for the cast . But he was out of luck. All the funds for the shoot were spent. When i informed him of this he stopped all communication and blocked me on facebook. I also lost the money i sent him for postage.
So this one thing screwed everything up. My only option now was to sculpt and make the helmets myself. But this meant cancelling the shoot and rescheduling for a later date as there was not enough time or available funds for me to get this done. So the cockpit had to be dismantled and stored because of christmas coming up.
So i had to now get all the extra materials and equipment to make the helmets. Vacuum former, mini oven, extra silicone etc. So the shoots budget went from £3000 to just over 6. Luckily i was able to make the helmets myself and they are almost complete now. I could have tried to get castings from elsewhere, but to be honest, after what happened, i didn;t want to chance it happening again. The cockpit is completed and has had a good test and works perfectly. We’re hoping to reschedule the shoot for March/ april. It’s just a case of everyone being available at the same time now. I’ll post some pics of the costumes and cockpit set in the near future
Now something i had completely forgotten about and i can only apologise for, and that is the Prize draw for the Solo/ Mark Hamill face castings from the last donation drive. With everything that was going on with the shoot and doing all the colour grading for ANH & ROTJ, it just slipped my mind. This will now be taking place this Saturday or sooner.
Now, after the B-wing shoot is completed, i will be moving on to the Endor Rebels shoot. A final large donation drive will likely take place around April/ May time to raise the funds needed for this and for everything else needed to continue working on the edit ( materials, silicone etc). There will be a lot of items up for grabs to help raise the funds including one of the x-wing models used in ESB:R, the B-wing pilot helmets and more. For the final large donation drive there will be a new prize draw. This time the first prize will be one of the B-wing costumes used for our shoot. There will be a choice in sizes too. But more details about this when the time comes.
Now talking about donations, i’m afraid i can no longer accept donations that are less than £10 or $10. Why you ask, well it seems the last donation drive was targeted by credit card scammers. I was seeing quite a few $1-$5 donations coming in but, as this was quite common in the past, i thought nothing of it. It was only when paypal suddenly took over £400 from my bank account that i found out that they had been using the donations as a way to test to see if the stolen cards worked. Paypal gave no protection for me against this and when the credit card companies demanded a charge back along with the fees and other charges ( which came up to over £30 for a bloody $1 donation). This caused a lot of problems for me as the money was taken out and i had no money to pay some bills. so unfortunately i just can’t risk this happening again.
Well, there you go. So i’m going back now to finish the weathering on the helmets and then have a few days rest.