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Confessions of a Cosplayer: Scott Hemphill

Welcome to a special 40th anniversary of Friday the 13th “Confessions of a Cosplayer”. On this day in Friday history, the original movie was released and a legend was born!
Each week I will feature a cosplayer in the Friday franchise who I either know personally or through social media. As time moves on, I will also be focusing on other iconic horror characters from other franchises then I will have horror inspired cosplayers.
If you are a horror cosplayer or know someone who is a horror cosplayer and would like to be featured on a weekly spotlight please reach out to me on Facebook, Instagram or send me an email at SouthJerseyJason@gmail.com

If you follow any Friday the 13th group pages on Social Media, this spotlight should not need any introduction. Back in February, Marissa Capaldi was featured as she cosplays as a femme fatale version of Freddy Krueger. They released killer (no pun intended) pictures of a Valentines Day photoshoot inspired by Freddy vs. Jason on social media. They are a power cosplay couple and I am happy to hear Scott’s confessions

What is your first memory of watching a Friday the 13th movie?
My first actual F13th “movie memory” was watching part 6 in the theaters back in the summer of 1986.  (I’m currently in my mid 40’s btw, so I’m a real 80s kid).  Loved “Jason Lives” so much that it made me go rent the five movies before it.    My favorite scene in “Jason Lives” is where Jason walks through the bunkhouse, stares at the praying little girl and just moves on.  It gave him a lot more depth than your typical psycho.  In his mind, he’s still an 11 year old boy and the younger kids in the bunkhouse (most of them hiding under their beds) weren’t of the age of the people responsible for his initial “death” by drowning.  Cool scene.  Some humanity DOES remain unlike with Michael Myers.  Also, Fred would have killed that little girl…or worse.  That scene really made Jason deeper than I think a lot of slashers are.

What is your favorite Friday the 13th movie?
I’d have to say Part 7/ The New Blood.  I loved the showdown with the girl with insane levels of ESP.  That was a totally new idea and not the usual “Jason vs. basic campers who are idiotic meat sacks”.   The battle was awesome.  It was like Jason vs. “Eleven” from Stranger Things. It was the first time he was ever seriously challenged in a “battle”.    On the costuming front, Part 7 has the most incredible level of detail, rot, and horrific flare of any Jason costume in the series.    7 Is DEFINITELY my favorite look but unfortunately also the most hot and uncomfortable to wear. 

What made you get into the art of cosplaying (how old were you? Where did you first show off your cosplay, do you design your own clothing, hood, hockey mask etc.?  If not, who do you use to help with your costume?)
I attended my first Comic-Con (Steel City Comic Con, Pittsburgh PA) in late December of 2016 and went with my then 15 year old nephew (Jack).  I saw such great costumes, especially horror ones but nobody was doing Jason.  I pointed that out to him and he said “Well, why don’t YOU do Jason at the next one?”  So, he kinda dared me.  So I did it at the next one in April of 2017.   
As for making my own gear, I generally don’t.   I buy the raw mats from Amazon, Ebay, or Etsy and ship them to multiple artists who do their thing.  I get my undermasks from multiple makers. I get my film accurate hockey masks from Tony Jarvis of @F13_hocks_by_jarvis  who’s work I can’t help but always promote because it speaks for itself in all of my pics.  Tony is so damn gifted.   My clothing weathering is usually done by John Jarrell of @frighteous_fx, who also made my burlap “Versus” jacket (Freddy vs. Jason).  John is an absolute weathering and clothes magician. I’ve also used Justin Watson of @Camp 13 Creations for clothes weathering and latex as well as @shallow_grave_fx for latex, eye inserts, undermasks, etc.  All of those guys are absolute wizards of their craft.   Then I pull together the look from all the parts.  Most of my looks use about 3 or more different artists work.  Some specialize in the mask, others the undermask, others the clothes, others the weapons.  One of my favorite weapon makers is Ronny Hunger out of Germany, who is @darksidefxstudio on Instagram.  He makes screen accurate Jason machetes and also Freddy gloves. Unfortunately I can only use his work in photo shoots because conventions don’t allow real steel and Ronny works in steel.   So I use his work for photo shoots only but it’s absolutely incredible.  His “vs.” machete and his “2009 reboot” machete are absolutely two of the biggest, prized and most asked about pieces of my look collection. 

How many versions of Jason costumes do you have?  Do you have plans to showcase more costumes?
I currently do and have costumes for Part 3, Part 4, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Freddy Vs. Jason, and 2009 reboot.  I imagine in the next year or so I might build/do a Jason Goes To Hell look but I’ve branched out to doing other non-Jason looks such as Michael Myers as well as Jim Hopper from Stranger Things…(Since I look very much like him in real life, or so I’m told).  So JGTH look will probably have to wait a while. 

You previously mentioned that you attend conventions.  Are there any you recommend for someone who has never attended?  What advice would you give to someone who has never attended a convention as a cosplayer?
I attend most conventions where it’s convenient to travel to.  I attend Steel City Con in Pittsburgh, Three Rivers Con in Pittsburgh and Monster Mania in Cherry Hill NJ.  Always looking to do more, dependent on finances and job logistics, etc.   I’ve had an enjoyable time at every convention I’ve been to.   I tell other new cosplayers just to go walk the floor of the convention and take it all in.   Think of it as Halloween. 

What advice would you give to a first time cosplayer?
As for any advice to a first time cosplayer… just get out there and do it.  Get the jitters out of the way and have fun.  Find a look that works for you and you like being seen in and just go do it.  I had some thoughts the first time I did it.. like, “Holy sh*t, I am 42 and dressing up as a serial killer at a convention.  Never saw this coming! Thank god I’m wearing a mask!” 
7 hours later, about 100+ people had gotten pictures with me because they loved the character and my look so much.   At which point I was like “Damn, I’m not so crazy after all.”    Just get out there and have fun.

Who are some of your favorite cosplayers that you follow on social media or personally know?
Well, gotta mention my girlfriend (@_itsriss) on Instagram.  She just started cosplaying in August of last year and she’s really taken off and looks incredible in whatever she cosplays.  (Check out our February 2020 Freddy vs. Jason shoot on our Instagram).  Also, I’m a big fan of Sean Frazier (@sdfraz1428) who does multiple, perfect versions of Freddy.  He’s absolutely incredible and a good friend of mine.   Others I follow on Instagram are @ania_voorhees, @tdopro_cosplay, @ biggest_o, @former_talkshow_host, @female_myers_78, @akenno_230, @web.of.smiles, @goregalor, @theamericanpsycho79 …and too many more to list.  

Do you have any social media accounts for your cosplay that you would like to promote?
I only have one. My Instagram is @SteelCityJason.   I often have it on private for both personal and professional reasons, so request a follow.

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