The Terrible Tooth
is the lead antagonist of an independent film that me and
are trying to get off the ground. Although at this point, we're still in early pre-production...VERY early pre-production.
Lacking a proper name, due to 'his' (its) calcium-based species being amazingly flippant about such matters, The Terrible Tooth
is an alien scientist turned criminal. 'His' main expertise being that of Kaijuology
, which is the study of giant 'super life-forms' of a unique, monstrous nature.
Basically Japanese-style giant monsters.The Terrible Tooth
once used his knowledge in the service of civilizations that were dealing with giant monster-related crisis and phenomenon. But his extreme cynicism and anti-social tendencies made him relate with the destructive monsters more so than with their numerous victims. And after a while, he started to secretly support these rouge giants, through both misinformation, and unnoticed acts of sabotage.
His crimes eventually came to the galactic publics' attention, forcing The Terrible Tooth to go into hiding amongst the Pataifonoids
- an infamous race of bird-like space pirates who've been trying to gain their own home-world and star system for ages. And have done so, through many violent, but ultimately failed invasions throughout the known galaxy.
During his time with the Pataifonoids, The Terrible Tooth served as one of their scientific advisers, though even they found his obsession with giant monsters troublesome, if not dangerous.
The Terrible Tooth did make something of a friend however, in the form of Field Commander Para
; a young upstart in her species' ranks, who shared some of The Tooth's idealisms. Most notably a strong respect for the giant monsters, that despite their horrific power and destructive behavior, possessed a strange dignity that the more intelligent, 'lesser entities' lacked.
The two's shared views are somewhat akin to humans comparing nature as being more tranquil and innocent to our own, emotionally crueler human society, despite the fact that the animal kingdom is an endless slaughter house.
But than again, killer crocodiles and stinging jellyfishes don't needlessly mock you with nasty obscenities, like human criminals or crazy ex-lovers would childishly do. So there you go.The Terrible Tooth
eventually broke away from the Pataifonoids, in order to start their own self-made empire of controlled giants, in order to conquer rest of the galaxy. And came to the backwater planet of Sol-3, also known as Earth
On Earth, they'd hope to find the legendary Summoning Book of Vulthoom
, which is said to house the spirits of some of the greatest, most powerful giant monsters in galactic history. Each waiting to be brought back to physical life, through the book's built in magical incantations.
What happens afterwards, is the focus of our movie's storyline.
****************The Terrible Tooth
will be portrayed by an actor in a costume, mainly made of custom clothing, and related cloth material. However, me and Hawanja have yet to figure out the character's head / face, which will ultimately be done as a simple mask. We need something that looks like harden, bony calcium / teeth, and as such, we'd want to avoid softer material like foam rubber, or effects makeup of latex and silicone.
We're considering light plastics, but no idea how to even supply, let alone mold such things to the shapes that we want.
The only real option is to take light sheets of plastic, cut them into calculated sections, than re-piece and glue them together in the final, three dimensional head mask. This will than be painted to match The Terrible Tooth's decaying colors, as shown in the illustration above.
There may be some added, internal padding for the mask, so that the actor's head is safe from direct contact from the outside plastic. But again, this is all just educated theory at this point, and any suggestions you guys might have will help.
And YES, we're both familiar with the television series "Face Off"
, but that series has only offered us minor assistance at best (damn SyFy Channel).
As for the poor sucker who's going to be in the role of The Terrible Tooth?
So far it's a short list of me, and me alone. And that's okay, as it is my character, and who else better to portray it / him.
I'm already working on The Terrible Tooth's voice, which has a grizzled, semi-European accent, mixed with his nasty 'old man' cynicism, and a disliking for just about anything and anyone. Although The Terrible Tooth does become a little upbeat, whenever he's in Para's presence, or when dealing with giant monster shoptalk.
I'm also working on my 'human-prone bigotry', since The Terrible Tooth really can't stand you...I mean US humans. And will always refer to us humans in extreme, primate-based negatives, with 'Hairless Monkey Filth' being his most often used insult.
With that all said however, an alternative actor for this guy would be my own brother
who's a lot better at playing outrageous jerks than I am, as seen in these YouTube comedy shorts:[link][link][link]
And YES, I'm fully aware that there is an independent comic book featuring a Tooth monster dubbed "The Tooth"
But I only discovered this project's existence recently, and well after the creation of my own Terrible Tooth. So I'm not going to stress about it at all, beyond silencing all nay sawyers with this one last paragraph.