Updated: Feb 2
CREATORS CORNER WITH JORDAN MICHAEL DUFFOURC
FROM "HORROR SCHOOL CUSTOMS"
Interview conducted by Michael Kellbach
As we wrap up the month of October, Many of us have already began to countdown the days until next Halloween. Needless to say, it's a bittersweet moment for so many of us, as we wave goodbye to favorite time of the year and hello to the winter holidays. In this segment of Creator's Corner, we invited a special guest whose talents will be recognized by many. Earlier this month we had the special opportunity to sit down with Jordan Michael Duffourc, the owner of Horror School Customs. We spoke with Jordan about how he turned his passion for horror into working on costumes and props professionally. He gave us insight into his work, passion for horror, and his overall opinion on the Halloween franchise. Sit down, re-light your jack-o-lanterns, and see what Jordan has to say about all things Halloween.
See below for our in-depth interview as well as a myriad of pictures showing his work and links to where you may reach him.
You’re the owner of “Horror School Customs”, where each product is handmade and to order, a single piece could take days, even months, to finish. In looking at that and your work at JD productions, how do you find a way to balance your workload and keep all projects on schedule?
I’ve always had a passion for all things horror and film. I’ve always used cameras and such and my family always made our own costumes, so naturally I got into the business. And as for keeping everything on schedule, I do my best to make sure everyone is happy with their end product. Sometimes it takes a while, sometimes I’m quick and out the door with it. Just a matter of order flow. But I always strive for accuracy and quality, so I take my time with all my work.
You say that your family had a hand In shaping the work you do today. What were some of the early inspirations that got you into the horror side of things? Or has it always been that way?
My mom and dad always loved horror. So naturally, they raised me on horror. I always had exposure with it. Loved it instantly. I
have photos of me as a toddler wearing hockey masks and all. And they would always go all out with us for Halloween, making our costumes themselves. So it made me stand out, and I followed in those footsteps. Now it’s my life.
"...And they would always go all out with us for Halloween, making our costumes themselves. So it made me stand out, and I followed in those footsteps. Now it’s my life..."
At what point did you decide to take your love of the craft from a hobby to a profession? And what were some of the hurdles you had to jump?
Hard to say, because I always did work for people on the side while I worked at other jobs. But around 2016-2017 is when I started this full on I’d say. Not really any hurdles, just practice to get better. I’ve always had an eye for accuracy so people naturally asked me for work.
On the topic of accuracy, Jordan, walk us through the process of The Zombie. And how you and the team involved in this mask overcame differences pertaining to the sculpt, finish, and name.
Well, for that project in particular, I was chosen to paint. Hair and sculpt work were done by other people. If I had to guess, I was chosen due to my work on the Halloween 2018 Myers rehauls most likely. As far as the name of the mask, we just shot ideas back and forth until something landed. And I just worked with what was given to me. I did my best to do The Zombie justice with my paint application. Multiple screen used reference photos were used.
What is your favorite Halloween kill in the franchise and what film serves as a better sequel to the original 1978 classic?
My favorite kill is from a film that most people dislike, which is Halloween 2 2009. The field kills scene with the truckers at night. The whole scene was shot so beautifully and the pure revenge and rage from Myers was felt. As far as what film serves as a better sequel to the 1978 film goes, in my opinion they both have their strong points in their own ways. I can’t say one is the definitive one over the other. Because I like them both. But I do prefer the Myers in the 2018 film over the robotic Myers in the original 1981 H2. That’s just a personal preference.
If you could join the FX department for any film in cinematic history, past or future, what film would you pick to be apart of and why?
(Thinks) Honestly any slasher or horror film. I just enjoy film in general. But if I had to pick, maybe Halloween 2 2009 or My Bloody Valentine 2009.
Is there anything you’d like to share with the people at the Halloween market ? Any projects you’re working on or things we should look for?
I take custom commissions for certain masks and costumes. I have a website, but it only has certain products I sell. But I do a lot more than what’s on there.
With this as a reminder about why the Halloween tradition is so special to us, the Halloween market team would like to thank Jordan and everybody here for being a part of a community that means so much to all of us. Be sure to check out Jordan's Website for some amazing custom pieces, replicas, and commissioned work. Happy Halloween form the ghouls and goblins at the Halloween Market.
Article written by David Rodriguez and The Halloween Market Team
Interview conducted by Michael Kellbach