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GoreMaster Dick Smith honored June 17

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on May 16, 2009

GoreMaster Dick Smith

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.

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