Uber-nerd director Guillermo del Toro led audiences into a fantastical underworld in his 2006 dark fantasy film Pan’s Labyrinth. One of the most striking aspects of the movie, which takes place during the reign of fascism in Spain (circa 1944), are the creature effects. Del Toro employed practical FX work (including animatronics) and some CGI, but there was almost no computer-generated effects work when it came to the monsters of Pan's Labyrinth.
The faun character, played by Doug Jones, is an impish, goat-faced creature made up almost entirely of earth, vines, bark and mosses. He guides Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) to the labyrinth in the movie. Jones’ makeup application took an average of five hours to apply and was difficult to manage for the actor. Although most of the costume was made from latex foam, the large horns weighed a whopping 10 pounds, and the actor had to walk on eight-inch-high lifts all day.
Cosplayer Melanie Colley, who we learned of on Kotaku, re-created the elaborate costume with some good old cardboard, paper, paint and a few other basic materials. We love her attention to detail and seeing how the awesome paint job really brings the faun to life. Here’s a sneak preview of the work, but head to this website if you want to see the progress of her project.
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