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Art Direction and Costuming: Punk’s Dead

Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk 2 (2016)

Our shops and personnel provided art department & costume services for director James Merendino’s sequel production to his cult classic SLC Punk.
Art Director/Associate Producer Hraefn Wulfson provided production design services including specialty prop and set design, plus sourcing and builds with the help of our teammate Russ Adams. Assistant Costume Designer Jennifer McGrew and her crew provided patternmaking, costume construction, tailoring, fittings and alterations for visiting designer Fiora Boes.
Crowdfunded in part through its Indiegogo campaign, Punk’s Dead demonstrates how effectively an already-loved commodity can be marketed to its fan base plus attract new audiences. The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and was purchased for distribution. Live theatrical premieres around the U.S. were followed up by the film’s release in digital format where fans everywhere can purchase and view this sequel about the original film’s next generation.
Punk’s Dead IMDB page, with photos & posters plus complete cast and crew listings.
View trailers and more on the Punk’s Dead Youtube channel.
Follow Punk’s Dead on Facebook.
Follow writer/director James Merendino on Facebook.

Weddings with Tradition

Custom wedding attire for the wonderful Karl and Rebecca.

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We engineered Rebecca’s four-piece dress to match her illustrations (she is a very talented artist and author). We created a suit for Karl, too.  His is an elegant grey wool frock coat with matching trousers, plus colorful vest, period shirt and a custom hat we had JW Hats make for us, here in Salt Lake City.

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When it’s ungathered, the skirt we made for Rebecca is over 10 feet long! Eight seams with casing and cord inside her skirt gather it all up into the lovely Austrian folds, topped by an elegant bustle. She also wears a custom corset we built to go underneath her custom bodice. Everything is white satin with very little trimming or embroidery, as per guidelines for Temple weddings.  We stabilized both her corset and outer bodice with steels to create a smooth, hourglass silhouette. We love how Karl and Rebecca look and we adore them both:) Very proud of this custom tailoring/dressmaking project.

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Making History: Victorian Dress

Historical anniversaries bring re-enactors and history buffs out of the woodwork, so we thought we’d add some youthful vigor to the Transcontinental Railroad Anniversary shenanigans by creating a lovely dress and sending our intern, the lovely Anna, to join in on the fun.

 

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The Union Pacific’s tracks joined the Central Pacific’s tracks on May 10, 1869, in Promontory, Utah.

 

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We took our pattern from a museum book featuring mid-1800’s dress patterns and created the outfit in a nice calico. We adore how bright and cheerful Anna looks, amidst all the dark, dour costumes around her. They look like they’re dressed for a funeral and she looks like she’s dressed for a party:)

 

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Tea dyed, linen frog closures adorn the front of her bodice plus tiny crochet lace trim on her collar and sleeves that are also finished with teeny burgundy piping. We created a straw hat for her with the matching fabric, too. Anna is wearing a corset and hoop underneath, plus a rounded ‘pillow’ to fill out her bodice, giving her the accurate monobosom silhouette of the period.

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Custom Mascots: Rocky Mountain Power’s “Slim” the Lineman

Wally Wattsmart, also known as “Slim” the Lineman.

We built him for the Riester agency’s client, Rocky Mountain Power. Slim is a regular sighting at civic gatherings, parades, Salt Lake Bees baseball games and many other events.

We created duplicate “Slim” mascots, and master effects artist Chris Richard Hanson developed the custom heads for us.

Rocky Mountain Power urges you, too, to be “wattsmart”.

 

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Slim, walking tall at Salt Lake City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. But he is not wearing green!

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Custom muscles that breathe, so the performer stays cool.

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Chris, showing custom sculpt and casting in progress, looking at us through Slim’s perspective.

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Wally Wattsmart concept drawings

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Custom Fancy Food Exhibit: Apriori

Famous food purveyors Apriori needed a custom display to use at the conventions and fancy food shows they attend. Our production designer Hraefn Wulfson built this one to show off their lines of beautiful artisan chocolates and candy. The shelves are all adjustable and the display pieces hinge in, compressing to ship around the country and around the world. Custom signage: Michael Fitches.
January 2016.

Artisan convention display for artisan chocolates from Apriori Distributing

Artisan convention display for artisan chocolates from Apriori Distributing

Artisan convention display for artisan chocolates from Apriori Distributing

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Giant Custom Stage Props for USANA

A BIG custom props commission.

 

Precision cut foam pieces with plenty of sanding, assembly and application of ‘Screen Goo’ (a custom coating painted on that makes the show’s 3-D projections look spectacular).   Hraefn Wulfson, Russ Adams and Crit Killen combined forces to create these for USANA’s annual convention at the Energy Solutions Arena.

 

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