"Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn" Cadet costume by Cynthia SummersPhoto courtesy of Microsoft/343 Industries

“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”

Sept. 7, 2012

“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” which premieres Oct. 5, is a digital feature film shot in five parts, a prequel to the video game storyline that features the game’s main characters as 15-year-old Cadets. Costume Designer Cynthia Summers looked to West Point’s uniforms for silhouette inspiration and included traditional military symbols like chevrons in the Cadet costumes, which can be seen in the recently released trailer. She created a two layer ensemble (a shiny cryo base suit made of .5 ml neoprene, worn under a one-piece flight suit) and worked with an effects team to create a third armor layer that the actors could put on on-screen (and quickly, in three swift movements). The designer worked closely with director Stewart Hendler to choose the perfect base color for her Cadet uniforms.

“We went back and forth on original khaki and even French blue, but something kept bringing us back to white. . .pure white. It made sense―we are showing the beginning of Halo, a clean blank slate, as it were, and as the Cadets are. Then we created our color ark for the Halo military.” (The military palette darkens with increasing rank: uniforms move from white with forest green accents to full military green with metallic accents).

“I know my crew thought I was crazy putting 100 Cadets in white for their battle gear, in the mud and blood,” Summers says, “but it sure has an awesome visual impact!”


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