2003: The Matrix
I was sitting in the
watching Reloaded with Dani. I looked at Trinity. I
looked at Dani. I looked at Trinity again. I turned to Dani
and said, "I know what we're doing for Halloween!" She looked at
me and said, "It's only August!"
Well, Dani had the right look, the
black hair and all. Now we needed costumes.
Of course, even though they were
on eBay, really authentic costumes were fairly expensive. Having
a girlfriend who knows how to sew meant that Dani and I ended up at a
store. As it turned out, they also had patterns for "knock-offs"
of the costumes in the movie. And I was able to pick up these for
a fraction of the fabric store's price by searching for them on eBay.
The original plan was to make Neo's
shirt for me and Trinity's pants, long jacket, and bustier for
Ultimately, we ended up finding a dead-on replica of Trin's jacket at
Topic in the mall (they had a lame but expensive version of Neo's
as well, but we passed on it).
from the pattern by Dani and her mom (Thanks, guys!). The
was purchased from the neighborhood fabric store.
from my closet. It isn't like you can really see them anyway.
From a discount
shoe store. None of the dress shoes I had already were "thick"
to match the ones in the film.
about the picture quality.
Dani didn't get around to developing the (film) pictures for a full 12
months after the fact after losing the roll at her brother's house in
in the interim.
This style was already being imitated by discount brands.
above, found at Hot Topic.
from Dani's closet.
a discount shoe place. To date, I think this was the only time
ever wore them. She only has three dozen other pairs of shoes.
trouble finding these ovoid glasses until I found a guy selling Matrix
replica glasses on eBay for ~$6 a pair. I already had Neo's at
a dollar store and spray painted black, which worked much better than I
had expected. Ironically, we didn't risk carrying them with us
we went out.
We never could find a cheap pair before Halloween. There were
of shiny lycra ones around, but none that were glossy enough to match
a few pics that
I put together in Photoshop to mimic the movie posters. In the
one (the faces), here are the elements:
- I pulled
the code from a pair
of fan-made desktop wallpapers. The code at the bottom that looks
like it is scrolling upward was actually inverted from one of the
- The "Enter
the Matrix" font
was one that was all over the web at the time.
"10.31" font was one found
elsewhere on the web. This was the best emulation I could find of
the font used to indicate the date of the film's release (though not
in the originals shown below).
- The color
alterations were accomplished
with some very amateurish fiddling with color levels.
- I never
got around to the reflections
in the sunglasses or creating the glow behind the characters since I
know a cheap and easy way to do this at the time.
Of course, just a couple
months after Halloween the movie Matrix Revolutions came out
ruined the trilogy for everyone. Now, I'm almost embarrassed to
we did this.