I’ve always liked the Underworld¬†werewolf¬†aesthetic, which was originally developed and executed by Patrick Tatopoulos¬†& crew. The Lycans are the polar opposite of the Twilight / True Blood “fluff-wolves” I detest ‚Äď they’re big, hairy, and monstrous in a way that’s fantastically bestial. The task of bringing these big guys to life for¬†Underworld: Awakening¬†fell to the folks at¬†MastersFX (based in the Vancouver area, which gives me fanboy “cool stuff in close proximity”¬†paroxysms). Todd Masters and his staff had to evolve Tatopoulos’s design into something that would stand up to the¬†unforgiving¬†clarity of hi-def film, and if you’ve seen the film I think you’ll agree that they pulled it off with authority.¬†If you want to get a better look at the Lycan suits used in Awakening and learn about the challenges of building, maintaining and performing¬†in them, check out this extra from the Awakening Blu-ray release: Building A Better Lycan.
There’s so much great stuff crammed into this 10 minutes that I don’t even know where to begin. The detail on those suits are just incredible (those masks! those hands!), and it looks like the Lycan “performers”¬†Richard Cetrone¬†and¬†Dan Payne¬†had a lot of fun, despite the hardships of being stuck in skin-tight foam latex onesies for 12 hours at a time. Craig might not have been a fan of the film or the digital effects, but from the perspectives of craftsmanship and werewolf aesthetics, I think there’s a lot to like here. I’m going to pick up the Blu-ray this weekend, if only to watch Building A Better Lycan on something bigger than my Macbook. Many thanks to @Hoof_Pony for sending me the YouTube link!