Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on October 17, 2009
Jackie Jekyll – GoreMaster.com
Mike Elizalde, whose credits include “X-Men: The Last Stand”, both of the “Fantastic Four” films, both of the “Hellboy” films and most recently “The Land of the Lost” film, has been in the special effects business for over 20 years. Mr. Elizalde was nominated for a “Best Makeup” Oscar for his work on Hellboy II (2008). He is the owner of Spectral Motion an all purpose special effects shop offering Creatures, Props, Special Makeup Effects. His shop specializes in the design and creation of astonishing cinematic creature effects, special makeup effects, animatronics and action props. Mr. Elizalde shares his journey into the world of filmmaking and special effects with GoreMaster.
Read the Exclusive Interview HERE!
Posted in GoreMaster people, Special Effects | Tagged: "Fantastic Four" films, action props, Amazing Special Effects Artist, An American Werewolf in London, An American Werewolf in London special effects, animatronics, artist Rick Baker, “Best Makeup” Oscar, “Hellboy” films, “The Land of the Lost” film, Bernie Wrightson, book by Lee Baygan, CG, CGI, Chavant clay, chilly digital landscape, cinematic creature effects, classic Universal monsters, conceptual art, Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula, costume elements, countless fiberglass parts, creature creation, creature effects, creatures, Danny McBride)., Dick Smith, digital effects, director David Gordon Green, Doug Jones, Exclusive Interview with Mike Elizalde, Favorite special effects memory, favorite special effects person, Filmmakers, filmmaking, Frankenstein, Frankenstein’s monster, future of film, future of makeup special effects, goremaster special effects artist, Guillermo del Toro, Hellboy II, Hellboy II (2008), Hellboy II: The Golden Army, James Franco, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Kazuhiro Tsuji, make-up effects, makeup artist Dick Smith, makeup artist Mike Elizalde, makeup special effects scene, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Mike Elizalde and Dick Smith, Mike Elizalde makeup, Mike Elizalde movies, Mike Elizalde sculpting Doug Jones Vampire, Monsters, monsters and makeup effects, Mr. Elizalde, Mr. Wink from Hellboy, Natalie Portman, owner of Spectral Motion, Pineapple Express, portfolio of makeup effects, practical effects, props, Ron Perlman, sculpture, special effects business, special effects GoreMaster, special effects in film, special effects industry, special effects movie, special effects training, special makeup effects, Spectral Motion, Stargate, Techniques of Three Dimensional Make-up: A Step-By-Step Guide, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Exorcist, The Exorcist special effects, the great Dick Smith, The Hunger, Toby Jones, torment and pathos of the creature, transformation scene, Without risk there is no reward, X-Men: The Last Stand, Your Highness | Leave a Comment »
Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 11, 2009
Alan Groves is an amazing sculptor and dinosaur/creature creator. His began his career in film during the 1980s with the Jim Henson Co. His journey has taken him on a different path now creating impressive life size dinosaur sculptures for displays and National Geograpic pictorials.
Here are some excerpts from GoreMaster.com’s interview with Alan Groves:
GM: How have you gotten work in the industry?
Alan: ”To get work in the film or television industry you have to keep at it. It’s a full time job, which takes constant long hours and hard work. Never give up. It’s a tough career, but nevertheless a very rewarding one.”
GoreMaster: How did you get started working in the Special Effects industry?
Alan: ”I got a job on Labyrinth (1986) with Jim Henson. I was in the right place at the right time.”
Alan Groves: ….”Try not to stick to one area of expertise. Most people just want to sculpt and apply make up. Find out about animatronics, robotics, pyrotechnics and physical effects. Learn how to make plaster and silicone moulds. The more you know, the more you have to offer”
Alan talks about working with earthenware clays, sulphur free plasteline (Chavant NSP medium), silicone rubbers (Wacker and Dow Corning) and isophthalic resins with fiberglass and more!
GoreMaster.com http://www.goremaster.com is a site dedicated to special effects artists, creature creators, makeup gurus and the films, television shows, and theater productions they enhance and make fun!
Posted in GoreMaster people | Tagged: 2001 a Space Travesty, Alan Groves, Altered States, Amicus horror films, An American Werewolf in London, animatronic Psammead puppets, animatronics, Chavant NSP medium, Christopher Lee, creature creator, creature creators, David Naughton, David Warner, Dawn of the Dead, Death Star, Deinonychus, Dick Smith, dinosaur, Dr Who, Driller Killer, earthenware clays, Greg Cannom, Hammer, I Spit On Your Grave, isophthalic resins, Jackie Jekyll, Jacques Tourneur, Jim Henson, Jim Henson Co, Kazuhiro Tsuji, Labyrinth, Life Casting, makeup gurus, making prosthetics, maquettes, Millennium Falcon, Nick Dudman, Night of the Demon, Peter Cushing, physical effects, plaster molds, Psammead, Pteranodon Ingens, pyrotechnics, Raptor attack, ray harryhausen, Red Dwarf, Rick Baker, Rob Bottin, Robotic Wolf, robotics, Ron Mueck, rubber puppet, Scanners, science fiction, sculpting aliens, sculpture, silicone moulds, silicone rubbers, Special Effects, special effects artist, special effects artists, special effects movies, Spitting Image, Starship Troopers, sulphur free plasteline, THE OMEN, The Thing, theater productions, Tie Fighters, Velociraptor, Zombie, Zombie Flesh Eaters | Leave a Comment »
Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on May 16, 2009
GoreMaster Dick Smith
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has arranged a special evening celebrating the career of master makeup artist, Dick Smith on Wednesday June 17, 2009 at 7:30PM at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
Artist and honoree Dick Smith will be joined by Master of Ceremonies Rick Baker and special speakers and top makeup artists Greg Cannom, Kazuhiro Tsuji, Kevin Haney and Mike Elizalde, along with other guests.
Academy Governor Leonard Engelman says that ”many of the applications and materials, common today, were introduced by Dick Smith. Always at the forefront of the art of makeup, Dick pioneered the artistry of special makeup effects; was one of the first to incorporate overlapping appliances for greater mobility and therefore greater believability; researched and brought to the forefront medical adhesives such as the original ’355 Adhesive’ and Pros Aide; and created the coloring and sealing material PAX which changed the look and longevity of appliances. You have these processes and materials today because Dick was generous and always ready to share with other makeup artists.”
If you are in Los Angeles and are a fellow local 706 makeup and hairstylist union member, IATSE craftsperson or just a film buff or aspiring makeup artist, go here www.Oscars.com to reserve a spot for “The Dick Smith Tribute”.
Enjoy this 20/20 Special on Rick Baker Dick Smith and Special Effects Make-Up and the Academy Awards
Once a pre-med student at Yale, Smith’s work included films as “The Godfather I & II”, “The Exorcist,” “Taxi Driver”, “The Stepford Wives” and “Scanners.” He won an Academy Award in 1984 for Makeup for his work on “Amadeus.” His professional career began in the late forties, on a film “Call Northside 777.”
Smith worked in smallscreen on the Kraft Television Theatre in the fifties, and later on Goth potboiler, “Dark Shadows,” in the sixties.
Smith revolutionized the manufacturing and usage of foam latex pieces for prosthetic makeup versus the standards of the time.
Get the DVD “A Tribute to Dick Smith”
..get started in Make Up Special Effects by clicking GoreMaster.com
Posted in GoreMaster people, Monsters, Special Effects | Tagged: 355 Adhesive, Amadeus, Call Northside 777, Dark Shadows, Dick Smith, goremaster, GoreMaster News, GoreMaster.com, Greg Cannom, Kazuhiro Tsuji, Kevin Haney and Mike Elizalde, Leonard Engelman, Make Up Special Effects, Pros Aide, Rick Baker, Scanners, Taxi Driver, The Dick Smith Tribute, The Exorcist, The Godfather I & II, The Stepford Wives | Leave a Comment »