One girl. Prospecting on an toxic alien planet for valuable materials. Fighting off the bad guy; coming of age.
Sound like a movie plot? It is! Recently, I collaborated with SHEP films to create a spacesuit for their upcoming short film, Prospect. Shot in the Hoh rainforest in Washington State, this film promises a unique coming of age story that crosses the spaghetti western with our favorite sci-fi space films. Of course, that description only scratches the surface of this film – click here for more info!
While I typically create ready-to-wear garments, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to flex my costuming muscles and create a garment for this film.
Inspired primarily by early US spacesuit designs (the spacesuit book by the Smithsonian was an invaluable resource!) and directed by the toxic atmosphere on the prospecting planet, our suit evolved to our final product:
Since our girl only needed to combat a toxic atmosphere, we didn’t need a pressurized suit, freeing up some of the material choices. The body of the suit features hand dyed ripstop nylon over a sturdy cotton (I used the procion MX dyes for the first time – I’m probably never going back to RIT!) with bias binding tape accenting the arms, legs and shoulders. The strong lines created by the contrasting color visually increases her perceived physical strength.
Generous gathering and ruching of the lower arms and legs allows for a full range of movement, while still maintaining a lean look overall. The sleeves are finished with elastic and ties, creating a snug fit around the gloves after pulling on the suit.