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!
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 9, 2009
Josh Tyler– CinemaBlend.com
If there’s one movie you absolutely must have on Blu-Ray this year, it has to be Watchmen. Just imagine those glowing blues of Dr. Manhattan popping off your television, or the dark, film noir shadows lurking on your screen as Rorschach stalks the streets of your disc. You’ve gotta have it.
It arrives both on Blu-Ray and DVD as a 2-disc Special Edition Director’s Cut in just a few weeks on July 21st. Warner Bros. has given us a sneak peek at just some of what you can expect loaded onto this disc, with a series of clips showcasing some of the film’s behind the scenes features along with flat out badass scenes that you won’t be able to live without seeing again.
Crew edited by Mark Gorelord – GoreMaster.com
Make Up Department
Anji Bemben … hair department head
Greg Cannom … special makeup designer
Rita Ciccozzi … key makeup artist
Rosalina Da Silva … makeup department head
Emanuela Daus… makeup artist
Cara Doell … assistant hair stylist
Vanessa Giles … assistant makeup artist
Celine Godeau … tattoo artist
Will Huff … special makeup effects artist
Jason James … mold/lab technician
Jim Knell … production photographer: Drac Studios
Rebecca Lee … assistant makeup artist
Carrie LeGrand … makeup production supervisor: Drac Studios
Harvey Lowry … director of operations: Drac Studios
Sharon Markell … assistant hair stylist
Mark Nieman … silicone prosthetic supervisor: Drac Studios
Geoff Redknap … special makeup effects artist
Rick Stratton … tattoos
Miles Teves … makeup designer
Miles Teves … special makeup effects artist
Todd Tucker … creative director: Drac Studios
Steve Winsett … special makeup effects artist
Jacqueline Robertson Cull … wig maker (uncredited)
Special Effects Department
Dan Cervin … special effects first assistant
Jerry Constantine … special effects makeup
Dan Crawley … special effects technician
Brandon Ellison … special effects technician
Brandon Engstrom … special effects technician
Janet Pearce¹ … special effects technician
Bill Fesh … special makeup effects technician: Quantum Creation FX, Inc.
Damian Fisher … special effects technician
Christopher Gilman … special lighting effects: Dr. Manhattan: Global Effects Inc.
Chris Hampton … special effects supervisor
Nicholas Hiegel … model maker
Kelly Kerby … pyrotechnician
Alan McFarland … special lighting effects: Dr. Manhattan: Global Effects Inc.
Randy Pike … special lighting effects: Dr. Manhattan: Global Effects Inc.
Dale Shippam … special effects technician
Charles Sowles … costume specialist
Andrew Verhoeven … special effects: electronics
Adam Walls … special effects technician
Joel Whist … special effects coordinator
Brad Zehr … special effects technician
Suma Adams … seaming and patching department: Quantum Creation FX, Inc. (uncredited)
Ozzy Alvarez … special makeup effects technician: Quantum Creation FX, Inc. (uncredited)
Jason Barnett … special makeup effects technician: Quantum Creation FX, Inc. (uncredited)
Sophia Coronado … specialty costumes: Quantum Creation FX, Inc. (uncredited)
Robert Kato DeStefan … body shop technician: Quantum Creation FX, Inc. (uncredited)
Megan Flagg … special effects technician: Quantum Creation FX (uncredited)
Joe Gomez … mold shop supervisor: Quantum Creation FX, Inc. (uncredited)
Carol Koch … sculptor: Quantum Creation FX (uncredited)
Steve Koch … sculptor: Quantum Creation FX, Inc. (uncredited)
Jacqueline Makkee … seaming and patching dept: Quantum Creation FX, Inc.(uncredited)
Walter Phelan … special makeup effects technician: Quantum Creation FX, Inc. (uncredited)
Justin Raleigh … prosthetic suits supervisor: Quantum Creation FX Inc. (uncredited)
Justin Raleigh … specialty costumes: Quantum Creation FX, Inc. (uncredited)
Ray Shaffer … special effects lab technician: Quantum Creation FX, Inc. (uncredited)
Brett Stern … special effects costume painter: Quantum Creation FX, Inc. (uncredited)
Chris Wolters … mechanical designer: Quantum Creation FX, Inc. (uncredited
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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”
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