Happy release day of Last Jedi!!
If you know me, I'm a big Star Wars fan. And I have been for as long as I can remember. Hence me making this Rey costume and being completely ok walking around in public as her, carrying around my lightsaber. (My official Ultra Sabers prop replica that I had specifically designed to the way I wanted it to be. And one of my previous weeks was dedicated to that saber. Check it out here)
But I'm going to be real with you for a second.
I'm nervous about this movie. I don't know what direction they'll go. Whose inevitably going to die. And where this plot will go. I've been trying not to think about it too much so I can go into the movie with little to no expectations and hopefully enjoy it!
Being a big Star Wars fan, I was disappointed when I walked out of the theatres with Force Awakens 2 years ago. It was a good movie. But for a Star Wars nerd like me it had things wrong with it.
One, it was basically a complete duplicate of New Hope with new faces.
It was the result of Disney's decision to dump all previously written stories and start their own "canon".
I read some of the New Jedi Order years before Force Awakens was even announced. Which was a book series that took place exactly during the timeline of this new Star Wars trilogy. And when I heard the news all previously released expanded universe content and stories was no longer canon I was completely devastated because I loved that plot line so much. And all the characters involved (Jaina, you muh GURL).
I understand why Disney wanted to do that. I mean, being a creator myself, I'd want full creative control of the stories. And to be able to create something that hadn't already been established because then you'd just be in a Harry Potter situation - making movies for books that were already written. And you wouldn't be able to surprise the big Star Wars nerds, because we would already know what was going to be happening.
So, I get it.
We are seeing it Sunday night and I'll just be over here anxiously awaiting the day D:
So, this Rey costume definitely isn't perfect. But I hope over time to tweak that and make it something I'm 1000000% happy with. I made it actually for my nephew's 5th birthday party (see that post here) knowing that I could wear it to the movie premiere, and cosplay to any expos/cons that I go to in the future. Because I truly do love the feel of this costume. It's the closest thing that I would truly want to wear if I were an actual Jedi.
Also, editing these lightsabers was a new learned skill! I had to teach myself some new tricks in photoshop and follow along (this tutorial). Feel free to watch my editing time-lapse below.
Also, super special thank you to my sister Holly for being my photographer for this shoot! It was actually 25 degrees outside and she was a trooper (because she absolutely despises the cold haha) for following me down to this little spot in a gorge I just had to shoot in. I wouldn't have been able to do this so quickly without her!