How to work at WETA – Episode 83 – 2/15/18

On this episode, we welcome Abby Smith, Steven Saunders, Joaquin Loyzaga and Chris Menges of WETA Workshops in New Zealand. They join us hot off the heels of a big win at the 16th Annual VES Awards (the Visual Effects Society). Their model work for Blade runner 2049 won them the award for Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature. Their miniature work – or as some may call it – BIGature work – is a phenomenal testament to the survival of practical effects in a CGI world and the creation of hand made environments. Listen in and hear one of the most amazing stories on how on visual effects artist got his big chance to work at WETA Workshop.

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Ben the Ploughman – Episode 82 – 1/27/18

On this episode of Creature Geek, our first show of 2018 and from the brand new Thingery studios, we celebrate the seven year anniversary of the premiere of Face Off. Special guest and Face Off Alumni, Ben Ploughman.  We chat about memories from the show, the Oscars and how Ben got started in the biz.

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Len and Frank’s 2017 CreatureGeek Wrap-up – EPISODE 81 – 12/31/17

On this episode, Len and Frank return for a 2017 wrap up.  We discuss plans for 2018, Frank’s new shop, follow-up of Frank leaving Tested, Last Jedi spoilers, what large companies could do to fan-driven fabrication and how to get on our show. Speaking of which, subscribe to us in iTunes, follow us on Spotify and make sure you don’t miss a single episode!

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Tim Shea’s Amateur Hour – Episode 80 – 11/17/17

On this episode, Frank and Len look at the hobbyist angle of doing your own design work with our guest Tim Shea. You may recognize some of Tim’s work from past Tested videos, although you would never know he is an amateur designer. Tim just wrapped up a whirlwind weekend at DesignerCon in LA and he chats all about it, as well as the Predator design, Frank’s haunted apartment and more. 

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Mike Hill Takes On Werewolves – Episode 79 – 11/10/17

Frank and Len close the classic monster trilogy of podcasts by covering one of our favorite topics, werewolves.  And we’ve brought in werewolf expert and master sculptor Mike Hill to chat about lycanthropes. We also look at these lists of favorite werewolf film from Paste Magazine and Den of Geek and see if they match our list.  (SPOILER: Mostly, they do.)

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Mid-October Pop Culture Wrap Up – Episode 78 -10/20/17

On this episode of Creature Geek, Frank and Len chat about a bunch of stuff that’s been out, coming soon and more including Blade Runner 2049 chat, IT and Stephen King talk, The Orville, Halloween and more.  Plus a shout out to Haunted Houses and Mike Mekash (husband of Eryn Krueger Mekash)

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Kevin McTurk and The Haunted Swordsman – Episode 77 -9/29/17

Kevin McTurk joins us tonight, a prolific special effects and creature technician who has worked for shops like Stan Winston, WETA and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop and has lent to talents to projects like Peter Jackson’s King Kong, Iron Man 1 and 2, Jurassic Park and last summer’s runaway hit for Netflix, Stranger Things. He’s here to talk about his latest Kickstarter project The Haunted Swordsman, the third installment of what he describes as “Ghost Story Puppet Films”.

Here’s the link to the project. It needs your help!

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Puppet Master Mark Bryan Wilson – Episode 76 -9/15/17

Today’s guest is a puppet builder and performer with over 30 years of experience under his belt. Over the years, Mark Bryan Wilson has lent his talent to such films as Team America, Men In Black, BeetleJuice and Fright Night. But he is probably best known for being the main puppeteer of Slimer on the original Ghostbusters film.

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Michael Westmore: Excerpts From Makeup Man – Episode 75 -8/28/17

On this special episode of Creature Geek, Frank and I welcome the legendary Michael Westmore who reads sections of his new book Makeup Man.  There are some great stories in this episode including ones about Star Trek, The Munsters and an infamous Pink Lady painting. Thanks to Mr. Westmore for coming in and reading from his book and listen in to find out how to get a signed copy of it.

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Leonard Engelman Gets Our Vote – Episode 74 -8/18/17


Today’s guest is one of the most iconic and recognized makeup artists in the industry, Leonard Engelman. He has been working professionally for over fifty years and has lent his talent to such films as Rocky, Ghostbusters, Heat and Batman Forever, to name only a few. He has made up some of the most beautiful women in the world inlcuding Cher, Meg Ryan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sigourney Weaver, Faye Dunaway, Julie Andrews and many more. Leonard also gives us some insight into the Academy’s selection process for the makeup category, which  is fascinating. If you’re digging this podcast, please head over  to http://www.patreon.com/creaturegeek and support us with a few bucks. We truly appreciate your support!

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