This post is an in depth look into the costumes of my main characters and the props they’ll be using. As my film is set on both the 80’s and the future from the perspective from the 80’s, i had to design my costumes accordingly.
The first robber
For the first robber and the first character on screen i decided to go with the classic NWA / 80’s rapper look, which was a popular and recognisable look well associated with gangs and gang culture in LA during this time period. For the costume i used a red and black checkered shirt buttoned up to the top, a army green and brown mesh scarf, a pair of aviators and finally a new york baseball hat. I thought this would allow the audience to easily identify the character on screen as a ‘bad guy’. Below are the images of the items of clothing used in the film and photo of the look i was trying to achieve with this character.
The second robber
For this character i decided to go for a more covert, ex-military look, someone who looks like they can do some damage. In order to achieve this but to still maintain some of the gang related themes i decided to dress this character in a german military camo jacket, and a green balaclava. This, in my opinion gave the audience a character who was easily identifiable as dangerous, the balaclava was in place to conceal the mans identity and is therefore already a shifty character as it leads the audience down this path questioning who is this man? why is he concealing his identity?
The detective had to be like Don Johnson from the hit 80’s cop show Miami Vice, no exceptions! the cliche silk white suit with the low hanging pink vest was unavailable and we therefore had to improvise with a red and white checkered shirt with the buttons undone, a blue jacket with the sleeves rolled up, and as this is set in the future we added in some futuristic looking glasses. To ensure the audience can identify this character as a ‘good guy’ i made sure not to cover too much of his face to make him appear as normal as the audience.
The main character and star of the show, Thunder Eagle. Part cyborg part man and the perfect character for a futuristic 80’s science fiction film. For this character I’m going to break it up into two sections thunder eagle in the future and thunder eagle in the 80’s
80’s Thunder Eagle
For this section of the characters screen time i had to make it apparent that it wads the 80’s, to reinforce this idea i employed some cliche 80’s stereotypes, first and most noticeably the letterman jacket a classic icon of 80’s fashion, i also added some other small details including a pair of stonewashed jeans.
Future Thunder Eagle
I decided to go with a more terminator style for this character, i wanted him to come across as an anti hero, someone who does good using more than questionable methods after contemplating how i could do this i finally decided that i would go with the bulky ex-army look. To achieve this i used a brown leather jacket, a camo army bullet proof vest, a set of aviators, some dog tags and a futuristic cyborg eye. I thought that the eye would add to the badass look i was going for as it gave my character an edge on the bad guys he was fighting.
Motorbike gang member
This character is the perfect image of the theme i am attempting to present, LA during the 80’s was a rough place and gnu violence was at an all time high consequently this often led to ordinary citizens becoming collateral damage as they’re caught up in gang wars and turf wars etc. i wanted to the audience to understand this, i also wanted the audience to understand that thunder eagle isn’t fighting particular people he’s, fighting injustice thats why i attempted to make the gang member in this scene similar to the robbers in the first scenes. To achieve this is dressed my character in a standard jacket and shirt, and wearing a hockey mask to once again conceal his identity. For this character i followed the sinister look of Casey Jones (displayed below)
Hooded gang member
This member of the gang was a simple one, a hooded and menacing figure that symbolised the threat to Thunder eagle. For this character i used a black zip up hoodie (with the hood up) and the same checkered shirt from the first scene to create a link and a possible sub plot line.
Props – weapons
Each character had a prop, wether it was a gun or a bike and so on. Below is a list of the weapons used in the film, hat they are what colour etc.
The first robber
- pump action shotgun (BB gun) black and brown
The second robber
- Scorpion sub machine gun with extendable butt (BB gun) black and silver
- Glock 17 (BB gun) all black
- 9mm revolver silver (BB gun)
- 9mm revolver black with scope attachments (BB gun)