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Jim Henson’s workshop to life sized dinosaur displays; Special Effects Artist Alan Groves amazing journey

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 11, 2009

Alan Groves and Psammead

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 Groves makeup work


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!






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