Step 1: Intro
We were given a short section of poem "Three little schoolboys walking in the zoo, a big bear hugged one and then there were two" and told to spark off ideas from that. Instead of actually doing it about schoolboys, bears or possibly paedophiles (also, in the gay clubbing scene a bear can also mean "a large hairy man") i decided to go a lil bit out there and concentrate on what everyone thinks of when they look at bears. Yup, thats right. Berserkers. (taken from the old norse bersekr meaning "bear shirt") Replace the schoolboys with young and inexperinced soldiers and you've got yourself a massacre _
It must be the panto seething in my blood (i have been clean for 3 years but it gets hard at times :p) but i decided to make costumes, then take photos and work back into them to create the final piece. Here is some of the initial ideas for the story and the costume. I went thru many phases of bear related clothing and then decided that a giant floating skull (kinda lifesize) attached to the person so that you could see them as well. (When berserking it is said that they take on the spirit of the bear or wolf and so i wanted the person to be seen clearly too) Also I wanted the costume to move the same way a bear does and so create a hunched gait when the person is crouched forwards. i took the idea from the lion king musical on how they suspended giant masks above the heads of the actors that moved into a feline stance when they leaned forward.