@Benschilibowl VR Experience: Traveling While Black at FoST in NYC
Our custom set installation for Felix and Paul Studios‘ VR film Traveling While Black debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and is now at the FoST (Future of Story Telling) story arcade in New York City through March 24.
February 23rd thru March 24th, 2019
Starrett-Lehigh Building on Manhattan’s west side
Tickets info and about FoST here.
AdWeek article by Marty Swant about this specialty story arcade exhibition here.
Theater Alumni Panel:
Tech Week Events: Weber State University
February 28th from 4:30-5:30 pm
Department of Performing Arts
Val Browning Center for the Performing Arts
Weber State University
with a reception/social hour afterwards.
Join us for a panel discussion including Jennifer McGrew and other Weber State alums who are doing amazing things professionally, with current students and members of the faculty and administration in attendance, PLUS the announcement and launching of a new Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund we’ve set up with the help of Brent Parkin, the Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities Sr. Development Director in the Office of University Advancement. This is a brand new scholarship fund, created especially for theater students, and we want you to donate what you can to it! We’ll be unveiling its link shortly:)
Tisch at Sundance, 2019
It’s that time again. Looking forward to seeing other Tisch alumni at events this year, including a reception, brunch and closing party. Jen is registered and (if the world doesn’t end) is attending these:
Celebrating Tisch Alumni, Students, and Faculty
Saturday, January 26, 2019
11 am-1 pm MST
1167 Woodside Avenue
Park City, UT
Sunday, January 27th
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tisch Brunch
7 p.m. – 10 p.m. TISCH ON MAIN Closing Party
Fellow Tisch Alums- register for these events and more here:
VR Experience: Traveling While Black.
If you are heading up to Sundance, be sure to visit the artist installation area in the basement of The Ray Theater and take part in @benschilibowl VR experience; a collaboration between Felix & Paul Studios and @mcgrewstudios.
Park City, Utah: January 26 – February 2, 2019.
It’s totally meta.
The installation recreates the interior of Ben’s Chili Bowl, the location where many of this VR documentary’s interviews take place. In 1958, Ben and Virginia Ali’s new restaurant, Ben’s Chili Bowl, joined the collection of safe spaces and service venues listed in The Negro Motorist Green Book, first published in 1936.
Our hearty thanks to the film’s producer @ayesha_nadarajah, plus to Bianka Pomponi and Cindy Philippe-Auguste of Felix and Paul Studios, plus Kellie Call at The Ray venue for your camaraderie, support and patronage.
McGrew Studios’ production designer Hraefn Wulfson headed up this cool design and build, assisted by Isaac Doubek, Joshua Kirkland and Jennifer McGrew.
Hraefn Wulfson’s 50th Birthday & Mixer
Thursday, September 13th 2018: 6 – 9 pm
Marc Reynolds Photo Studio (upstairs from McGrews)
385 West 700 South
Salt Lake City, UT
Hraefn is McGrew Studios’ illustrious co-manager and production designer. Come celebrate our resident wizard’s birthday and the 10 year anniversary of his arrival in SLC! Meet and mingle with the amazing cross section of artists, filmmakers, actors, performers, musicians, community leaders and neighbors he has gratefully come to know as friends.
Enjoy the beautiful settings, delicious treats, beverages and more from our event sponsors:
Reynolds Photo Group
Tiny Idea Cakes
Carolyn Richardson Charicatures
Alexander Buie Charicatures
Five Wives Vodka
Utah Arts Alliance
McGrews at Rocky Mountain Rebellion 2018
August 17th- 19th, 2018
Jennifer McGrew adds her keen eye for performance, persona and rhetorical style to the judges’ panel this year for the Rocky Mountain Person of Leather competition. This title winner becomes an ambassador, and his or her mission includes promoting and celebrating the diversity of Leather Culture both locally and regionally throughout the alternative sex-positive community on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Person of Leather Contest.
Tisch at Sundance 2018
Looking forward to seeing fellow NYU Tisch alumni again this year at the
25th Annual Reception
Celebrating Tisch Alumni, Students, and Faculty
at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival
Saturday, January 20, 2018
1167 Woodside Avenue
Park City, UT
If you’re in Utah for Sundance and we don’t connect personally at the reception or the lounge on Main Street- please do call me, Jennifer McGrew at 801-913-6762. Looking forward to chatting about mutual film projects including ones we are working on now in our shop, which we’d love to have you visit while you’re coming through downtown Salt Lake City:)
JUNE 8 – 10, 2017
WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY – Davis/LAYTON CAMPUS
Members of McGrews’ creative group are leading fun workshops and participating on panels at FYRECon, a cool conference dedicated to all kinds of creativity with great guests from many literary and artistic realms. Come and join us. Get the scheduling, workshop descriptions and ticket details here.
Thursday 2:30 – 3:20
Giving a Ghost a Purpose
Friday 9:30 – 10:20
Movie Sets: Breaking the Mold
Friday 10:30- 11:20
Phillip K Dick:
Why His Stories Are Still Being Made
Callie Stoker, David Farland, Hraefn Wulfson, and Kevin Evans
Friday 11:30 – 12:20
The DNA Story Helix: Unraveling the Hollywood Film Narrative
Frazetta: “Painting with Fire’
Documentary Followed by Discussion
David J. West, Devon Dorrity, and Hraefn Wulfson
Friday 3:30 – 4:20
How to Manipulate Your Audience:
Don’t (But Do it Anyway)
Aaron Blaylock, Ben Ireland (M), C Michelle Jefferies, Candace J Thomas (M), and Eliza Crosby
Friday 3:30 -4:20
CGI on TV: Babylon 5 and Beyond
Hraefn Wulfson, Jenna Eatough, Newton Ewell, Robert J Defendi, and Scott Bascom
Friday 5:30 – 6:20
Making “Flight from Shadow”: Fan Film Inspired by Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series
Saturday 9:30 – 11:20
Costume Research and Practice for Fiction Writers
Saturday 12:30 – 1:20
Up From the Well: Rune Fundamentals
Lines and Limitations of Making 3D Art
Charles D. Moisant, Devon Dorrity (M), Hannah Swedin, and Hraefn Wulfson
Saturday 4:30 – 5:20
Four-Thread Film Narrative and Production Design
Saturday 6:30 – 7:20
Creating with Economy
SLUG Anniversary Party & Fashion Show
Saturday, January 25th
7:00 pm at the Depot
SLUG Magazine is thrilled to present the 28th Anniversary Party Fashion Show. The celebration will take place at The Depot on Saturday, March 25—doors open at 7 p.m., fashion show at 8:00 p.m. This is an all-ages event with a fantastic DJ lineup: DJ Typefunk, AudioTreats, Devareaux, Du Preea, NIGHTFREQ
Tickets are only $5 and you can get them HERE
The show will feature 28 local designers, who will each showcase a look to represent a year of the magazine’s existence from 1989 to 2016:
Andrea Black, Andrea Hansen, Ayana Ifé, Betsy Barker, Brody Ashton, Candice Pugh, Cartier Dior, Cas Reich, Cinamon Hadley, Danny Nappi, Davis Hong, DesNeiges Gregory, Gaby Okito, Heggy Gonzalez, Ingrid Kapfhammer, Jenny Hill, Jen McGrew, Katie Waltman, Kimberly Dunn, Lisa Miller Mecham, Liz Bryson, Mary Rino, McKell Maddox, McQuiston Stoddard, Melody Noy, Rebecca Richards Fenton, Robin Uata, Snow Shepherd
In this lineup, Jennifer McGrew of McGrew Studios was assigned the year 2009. She is designing a tribute dress to The Cramps and its lead singer Lux Interior, who died that year. Rest in peace, Lux. The dress features custom dye sublimation printed fabric with Cramps logos as well as album art from their first discography collection, Bad Music for Bad People. Black goose biot trimming and perhaps even some pinwheels are garnishes for this look, which promises to be a crowd pleaser.
The Sword Experience with Adrian Paul
Friday March 17th & Saturday March 19th
Salt Lake Comic Con FanX
The Salt Palace Convention Center
Learn actual Hollywood behind-the-scenes tips, the differences between real and movie fighting plus the choreography of some of your favorite films. If you’re truly dedicated to your craft, nothing will keep you from becoming a master.
Adrian Paul is an actor renowned for his lead role as Duncan Macleod in the action series Highlander. The show spanned 6 seasons, 117 episodes and ran in over 90 countries world wide. As well as starring in numerous action films, including two Highlander Films, he has also choreographed numerous sword fights and action sequences for both television and film during his 30 year entertainment career.
McGrew Studios’ production designer Hraefn Wulfson has designed and built the cutom set for this famous event.
Tisch Alumni Party
Saturday, January 21st, 2-4 pm
Jen McGrew here ( NYU Tisch 2000): Psyched to see fellow grads again this year at the Tisch Alumni Party. Please call or text if you can rendezvous during the festival– we’d love to talk to you about your next film project plus give you a tour of our production design studios while you’re here in Utah:) 801-913-6762 #tischsundance
Dec 7th, 6:30 pm
“A Classic Case of Lycanthropy”
The premiere of “A Classic Case of Lycanthropy” is happening on Dec. 7th at 6:30 at the Salt Lake City Library theater!
We will be showing the film at 7:30 hosted by Hraefn Wulfson of McGrew Studios and are we having a special performance by the talented Oskar, Julia, & Boston! Bring the whole family and come for a terrorific time!!
Nov 4, Nov 11, Nov 18, Dec 2nd 2016
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to draft, fit and make corsets for yourself or your friends, this is your class.
October 14th – 16th, 2016
The Utah Halloween Expo and Show
Sandy Southtown Expo Center
Join us for this convention’s great Halloween-themed attractions, vendors and live events!
Participating members of the McGrews’ cartel at this convention include production designer and personality, Hraefn Wulfson, as the main stage’s master-of-ceremonies. Crit Killen presents several times, bringing stories and props from his work on spooky film industry projects including Beetlejuice, Blade Runner, Aliens and more. Jennifer McGrew heads up the cosplay scene as the convention’s official contest director and Robert Hirschi is the official cosplay contest photographer. We are all looking forward to this festival’s first season and many more to come!
Salt Lake Comic Con, http://saltlakecomiccon.com/ Salt Palace room 253A
Crit Killen presents The DNA Story Helix and how to write the best script of your life. About movies, stories and how to structure your screenplay.
Salt City Steamfest www.saltcitysteamfest.com
Workshops and Presentations by members of McGrew Studios’ cartel:
Friday August 12th
6pm Room 3
Prop Making for movies and film w/ Russ Adams and Justina Parsons-Bernstein
Fantastic tips, tricks and projects for creatives and steampunk makers. Led by Russ Adams, effects artist and contestant on Jim Henson’s Creature Workshop Challenge, with Justina Parsons-Bernstein, expert maker and coordinator of Steamfest’s own Crown of Cogs Fashion Show.
Saturday August 13th
11am Room 3
Steampunk Theory and Trends w/ Hraefn Wulfson
What’s actually at the essence of steampunk’s timeless cultural appeal in art, storytelling and fashion? And where are its trends headed? The details of what we see on Steampunk’s interesting and sometimes ornate surfaces can be psychologically excavated to reveal deeply rooted human convictions, lofty as well as biased. Join Hraefn (pronounced “Raven”), fine artist, maker, producer and production designer in this discussion that may reify (as well as challenge) some of your perceptions about what you’re actually proclaiming when you celebrate or criticize steampunk.
Saturday August 13th
2pm Merchant Hall
The DNA of Screenwriting w/ Critt Killen
In every genre, including steampunk, good storytelling and filmmaking rely on specific structures and “Sampson Moments” to make their plots and characters cohesive as well as satisfying for audiences. This presentation will give you some fun and essential ideas to think about as you write your next novel or screenplay and connects Critt’s own journey as a prolific working artist in Hollywood special effects, art direction and script consulting.
Film Community MEET & GREET
6 PM – 10:30 PM
385 W 700 South, Marc Reynolds Studio
Our great neighbors upstairs, Marc Reynolds Photo Group and ELEVATE Talent are hosting this event. Don’t miss seeing friends, actors, filmmakers and fun. Tour the Classic Auto Museum. The Taco truck will be there by 6, but don’t buy a drink. Come in and get a drink and a snack for free. Sponsored by Utah Women in Film, Sue Rowe Studio, Elevate Talent, Marc Reynolds Photo Group, Scene Study of Salt Lake, Lexerot Entertainment, Creature Encounters (Cary Drage), McGrew Studios, ATOMOS (Pamela Ann Berry), Glenn Bishop. More sponsors signing up soon.
Project Catwalk Guest Speaker Panel.
Punk’s Dead: SLC Punk II premiere in Salt Lake City at the Gateway Megaplex. Great to reunite with so many of of the cast and crew. Our peeps from McGrews who worked on the film include art director and producer Hraefn Wulfson, assistant costume designer & tailor Jennifer McGrew plus costume technicians Maria Whitby and Polly Redd. Indie film at its best, showcasing great talent and our beautiful local scenery:)
McGrews IS MOVING to its new location, 721 South 400 West, Salt Lake City Utah 84101.
Please call for appointments during early 2016, as we are REMODELING our new space. We now have an expanded shop that will allow us to build larger entertainment productions, host guest designers, plus hold tailoring, cosplay and other fashion design classes and workshops:)
Happy new year everyone! We’re off to a great start and hope you are as well. Can’t wait to host you in our new digs!
October 20, 2015 – UTAH WOMEN IN FILM GENERAL MEETING
333 W. Pierpont Avenue, Salt Lake City UT 84101 801-596-2210
McGrews is pleased to be hosting the October 20th general meeting of Utah Women in Film. This is one of the occasions where we open up our space so curious outsiders can take a peek at our current builds. This meeting is for MEMBERS ONLY and membership status will be confirmed at the door, so be sure to get your status up-to-date NOW through the organization at http://www.utahwomeninfilm.com/ Catered nibbles courtesy of Caputo’s, beverages and socializing, plus important items and activities on the board’s agenda to inform you of coming changes and educational programs.
October 16-18, 2015 | ANIME BANZAI
Davis Conference Center
1651 North 700 West
Layton, Utah 84041
Join us at Anime Banzai! Utah’s premiere educational convention, celebrating Japanese anime (animation), manga (comics) and culture. McGrews designers Jennifer McGrew and Hraefn Wulfson will be adjudicating the cosplay competition’s costume craftsmanship and stage presentations.
OCTOBER 10, 2015 | UTAH STATE FAIRPARK
SALT LAKE MINI MAKER FAIRE. Join us!
McGrews production designer and fine artist Hraefn Wulfson will be demonstrating some clever techniques with ordinary cardboard and materials. The Mini Maker Faire is a friendly festival with maker exhibits, demos, installations, workshops, DIY, and hands-on activities. See the whole lineup and learn more about the Faire at http://slcmakerfaire.com/
September 24 – 26, 2015.
Salt Lake Comic Con
Exhibiting at conventions is fun! Visit with us as well as several of the artisans from FaceOff us at our booth #3326. We’ll be displaying a few of our custom costumes for film plus many interesting props never exhibited in public before, which were made for specific films and entertainment arts projects 🙂
August 13-16, 2015
Rocky Mountain Rebellion
McGrews is proud to sponsor Rocky Mountain Rebellion and its events.
Our shop makes the custom leather sash and patches awarded to the winners of the Rocky Mountain Person of Leather Competition. Many in the regional leather communities (as you might expect) are fashionably clad in our custom clothing, corsets and gear.
Check out the organization, register and attend its event workshops, and learn more about what a leather lifestyle actually is, what leather communities actually are, and why 50 Shades of Grey is so dead wrong in how it presents its subject matter.
Wednesday, August 5, 5pm – 6:30pm
Meet SLC Mayoral Candidate Luke Garrott.
We are hosting a meet-and-greet for Luke on Wednesday, August 5 from 5pm-6:30pm. He is currently our District Four representative and chair of the City Council. Please join us for informal conversation and great food courtesy of Charles Kimball if you’re a SLC voter interested in the issues that affect all of us who live, work and recreate downtown.
PANEL PRESENTATION– Set Etiquette: The Vocabulary, Manners, and Idiosyncrasies of Working on Set
Date: May 16th.
Location: BROADVIEW UNIVERSITY, Salt Lake City
Description: Unprofessionalism on set costs time, money, and possibly your career. Come to this members’ only panel of industry insiders to learn about the specific setiqiette for each film department.
Guests: Bob Conder – Producer, Grant Johnson – Director, Rebecca Paez – Sound, Hraefn Wulfson – Set Design, Jen McGrew – Costume Design
6-9 pm: Comic Con Cosplay Classes at the Leonardo: Halloween Projects Prep. The Leonardo Science Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah. Click here to get your tickets.
Premiere of our production group’s second Wheel of Time-inspired film, The Golden Crowns of Ellisande at the Salt Lake Comic Con Film Festival.
Panel: Adapting Books to Movies, TV and Book Trailers. Salt Lake Comic Con. Paul Genesse, Moderator, with panelists Hraefn Wulfson, Spencer Scanlon, Corey Roberson, Brandon Wade Ho and Jennifer McGrew.
9/4 – 9/6/2014
Join us at Salt Lake Comic Con. Visit the McGrew Studios/Absinthe Parlor booth on the vendor floor, attend or enter the Official Cosplay Competition and get all your needed costume repairs done FREE at the Official Cosplay First Aid Station proudly donated by McGrew Studios and Hale Center Theater. The Salt Palace Convention Center 9/4 – 9/6/2014.
6-9 pm: Comic Con Cosplay Class at the Leonardo: “Working With Worbla” Melody Tripp and Mauri Tripp assisted by Jen McGrew, Maria Whitby, Ivonne Lopez, Jen Blum and Ainsley Bircher. The Leonardo Science Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah. Photoset here
Comic Con Cosplay Class at the Leonardo: “Adding Light to Cosplay” Jen McGrew, Maria Whitby, Ivonne Lopez, Jen Blum and Ainsley Bircher. The Leonardo Science Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah. Get the Free patterns and instructional videos from this class here:) Techniques for making piping with your EL wire kit or sandwiching your EL wire under translucent fabrics. Illuminated hoods and elfin collars. Photoset here.
Cosmic Con Cosplay Class at the Leonardo: “Upcycling in Cosplay.” Jen McGrew, Ivonne Lopez, Eliza Crosby, Eric Allen Hall, James Howard. The Leonardo Science Museum, Salt Lake City, Utah. Techniques and tips for gathering, ruffling and pleating using upcycled materials. Victorian ruffled petticoats using repurposed bedsheets. Night’s Watch cloaks using cartridge pleating and upcycled wool blankets. Photoset here.
Panel: “Controversies in Cosplay: Sexism, Objectification and Feminism.” Justina Parsons-Bernstein, Babs DeLay, Jennifer McGrew. Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience.
Panel: “Steampunk for the Ages” Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience.
Panel: “Adapting Robert Jordan: A Closer Look at Flight from Shadow and The Golden Crowns of Ellisande” Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience.
Panel: “Who’s Who in Film: The Unsung Heroes of Motion Picture Creation” Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience.
Panel: “Cosplay for Beginners.” Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience.
Special screening of Flight From Shadow at LTUE (Life, the Universe and Everything Literary Conference) with panelists R. Jason Ball, David Skousen, Blake Casselman, Hraefn Wulfson, Jennifer McGrew. Provo, Utah.
Our behind the scenes documentary about our film Flight from Shadow is up and can be viewed here.
Anime Banzai Cosplay and Construction Contest adjudicator: Hraefn Wulfson.
Salt Lake Comic Con panelist: “Utah: Where Films are Made” (Utah Film Commission with Hraefn Wulfson, et al. ). http://blip.tv/filmedinutah/utah-where-films-are-made-6639150
Salt Lake Comic Con panelist: “What is Fantasy Con?” (Hraefn Wulfson, Josh Patel).
Salt Lake Comic Con panelist: “Dressing Up A Film” ( Jennifer McGrew, Jonathan Martin, William Pace, Kish Carter).
Salt Lake Comic Con panelist: “Cosplay101: What is Cosplay?” (Nicole Marie Jean, Jessica Nigri, Tanglwyst de Holloway, Jennifer McGrew). Moderated by Bryan Young.
Presentation/Panelists: “Project Catwalk- Guest Speakers from the Fashion Industry.” Salt Lake Community College Fashion Institute, Library Square Campus.
Award Presenter: Jennifer McGrew, for Best Costume Design. 2013 Filmed in Utah Awards Show– Utah’s Grand Theater.
Presentation: “Costuming for HD vs. Stage vs. Private Clients,” Life, the Universe & Everything Symposium: The Marion K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy, Provo, Utah.
Presentation: “Flight from Shadow & Theory of Production Design” Life, the Universe & Everything Symposium: The Marion K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy, Provo, Utah.
Presentation and Panel: “Flight from Shadow short fan film of The Wheel of Time and documentary And the Wheel Turned plus Q & A. Life, the Universe & Everything Symposium: The Marion K. “Doc” Smith Symposium on Science Fiction and Fantasy, Provo, Utah.
12/2012 – 2/2013
Worlds of Fantasy. Installation on four floors of the downtown Main SLC Public Library plus satellite library locations of our sets, props, costumes, special effects and behind-the-scenes display panels about the making of our film Flight From Shadow. Our invited guest speakers for the Fantasy Lecture Series we created included fantasy author Brandon Sanderson, fantasy artist Justin Kunz, Arrowstorm Entertainment’s Kynan Griffin and Jason Faller, plus fantasy writing team Tracy and Laura Hickman.
Keynote Speakers: Salt Lake City Mini Maker Fair, Salt Lake City downtown Library Square.
Presentation: “Production Values, How to Hire a Production Designer and Costume Designer: What Producers and Directors Need to Know.” Utah Women in Film, Broadview University.
Costume Construction Adjudicator and Cosplay judge: Anime Banzai 2011, Davis Convention Center.
McGrew Studios hosts artist Timm Paxton. Gallery Stroll.
McGrew Studios hosts “A History of Underwear.” Gallery Stroll and appearance on KUTV2.
McGrew Studios hosts photographer Evan Sherow. Gallery Stroll.
McGrew Studios hosts Hollace MacMierce and Friends. Live musical performance, Gallery Stroll.
McGrew Studios hosts painter Mike Fahl. Gallery Stroll.
McGrew Studios hosts A Tribute to the History of the US Marine Corps.
Arte Gras! Group Show. Universe City Gallery, Ogden, Utah February 2010. McGrews curated works from twelve Salt Lake City artists working in costume, masks and wearable art genres for this show, coordinated the transport, mounting, display and publicity for their work.
Award: Best of Utah: “Best Custom Corsets”- McGrew Studios / Salt Lake Tightlacer, City Weekly’s BEST OF: 25th Anniversary Issue.
Presentation: “Exemplary Corseting: Apollo, Dionysus, and the Chthonian in Harmony.” Weber State University Greek Festival, Howell Special Collections, Stuart Library.
Arte Gras! Group Show. Universe City Gallery, Ogden, Utah. Six new works, assorted new costumes and corsets by my interns and me. Painted Bodies. Corsets custom painted by my guest artists Chris Hanson, Heron Hanson, Susan Smith and Tim Tipton. Fabrics for additional custom corsets tie- dyed by Todd Lava, fabric artist.”Combat Tutu Suite II”: Expanded collection of combat tutus in collaboration with “Jewelry Massacres” by designer Justina Parsons-Bernstein. Assorted new work including costumes for Slippery Kittens Burlesque performers and other private clients/collectors.
2/2006 Arte Gras! Group Show. Universe City Gallery, Ogden, Utah. “Combat Tutus: Costumes for a New Theater of War.” Three tutus in three camoflauge patterns in collaboration with Jewelry Massacres by designer Justina Parsons-Bernstein.
Presentation: “Exemplary Corseting: Apollo, Dionysus, and the Chthonian in Harmony.” Wasatch Academy for the Refinement of Ladies and Gentlemen of Leather, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Arte Gras! Group Show. Universe City Gallery, Ogden, Utah. McGrews’ presentation of “10 Corsets: Wearable Art”.