Students and faculty bring monsters to life for "Freak Fight" pilot
“A freak is anyone who doesn’t fit the norm,” says Jonathan Judge, co-creator and director of “Freak Fight,” a television pilot project about a teenage girl who breaks into a secret battle league to uncover the mysterious circumstances of her father’s disappearance.
The yearlong project certainly did not fit the norm for Wig and Makeup, Costume Design and Costume Technology students in the School of Design & Production who helped to bring the freaks to life. A one-time joint course offering between the two programs, “The Monster Class,” allowed for collaborations on everything, ranging from prosthetics to animatronics.
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Collaborating on “Freak Fight”
Co-director of the Costume department Pam Knourek established a partnership through “Freak Fight” Costume Designer and UNCSA alumna Chris Field, and Judge and co-creator Jeremy Slutskin helped to determine the scale of the project.
“When I first told Pam about ‘Freak Fight,’ we were going to do just one or two outfits,” says Judge. “Of course that grew, just like the show did, from one or two to six.”
UNCSA students and faculty worked on concept design, build and implementation of costumes for Major Malfunction, Mashup, Eggosaurus, Pom Pom, Kid A and Tinker. W.R.I.S.T.Y., described as a bracelet/power gauntlet worn by Kid A, has a mind of its own and is a character in its own right.
When it was time to film the pilot in Los Angeles, two students took a cross-country road trip to deliver the final pieces because the cost to ship them would have exceeded the cost to build them.
The UNCSA team had only three in-person meetings with the full “Freak Fight” team during the year and relied heavily on Google Hangouts to make the coast-to-coast production work.
Watch how the production evolved, from wig design to on-set costume adjustments: