This episode of Creaturegeek, Frank and I talk with Rick “The Little Wood Chopper” Lazzarini of The Character Shop. Rick talks about his work on the Ghostbusters reboot and also the lack of credit for it. Rick gives us some great insight into the behind-the-scenes of the behind-the-scenes. Thanks for listening! If you’re digging this show, please head over to our Patreon and support us with a few bucks.
In case you weren’t aware, The New Ghostbusters came out. I’m heading out to see it this weekend, along with a lot of other folks. But I’ll be watching extra close because last February, I was hired to do some concept sketches for the movie! I was among a dozen or so artists who was hired by former CreatureGeek guest and friend, Rick Lazzarini from the amazing FX house The Character Shop to flesh out some concepts for the creative team. Rick has been posting a lot of other concept art from that session and comparatively, my stuff looks really bush league. However I am proud to say that I believe I was the only artist in the group who provided some early concepts for the proton packs and traps. I always felt that the traps in the original movie, while iconic, needed to have windows to see if the trap was full or not. To me, the flashing light left too much open to failure. Actually seeing the entity in the trap so you knew not to release it was important.
I’m not sure they incorporated my idea into the final design. They did re-design the traps to look more canister-like. But at the very least, I brought something new and interesting to the table.
It was a real dream come true and I hope to do more of it in the future. I’ve been dying to share my work for more than a year now, so I’m super excited to have you all see it! If there are any big Hollywood types out there who would like to employ my artistic services on their next film, hit me up! I’m open, yo!
On this episode, Frank and I welcome special effects guru Frank Langley. Frank is a puppeteer whose work includes the infamous Team America: World Police. Frank shares plenty of great stories and talks about some of his new projects, including Yamasong. If you’re digging this show, please head over to http://www.patreon.com/creaturegeek and support us with a few bucks. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, the first of July (on the first of July) Frank and I welcome special effects legend THE Rick Baker. If you’re not aware of Rick Baker, you should be! He’s worked on so many iconic shows including Star Wars, Harry and The Hendersons, Men in Black, American Werewolf in London and many, many more. Frank and I are honored to have him on the show. Enjoy it! If you’re digging this show, please head over to http://www.patreon.com/creaturegeek and support us with a few bucks. Thanks for listening!
We welcome SFX special costume designer Doug Stewart to this episode of Creaturegeek. We chat about adding brown to a costume and how to age a garment to look realistic. It’s a fascinating discussion with another seasoned pro! If you are enjoying the show, head over to http://www.patreon.com/creaturegeek and support us with a few bucks. We are short of our monthly goal that brings you an extra show every month. So head on over to our Patreon, pledge a few bucks and help us get to three or more shows per month. Thanks for listening!
On this episode of CreatureGeek, Frank and I talk about a variety of topics first and foremost the argument to reboot and remake in Hollywood. We chat about the trend of making costumes cosplayable. And how editing can make or break a trailer. If you are enjoying the show, head over to http://www.patreon.com/creaturegeek and support us with a few bucks. Thanks for listening!
On this our 40th(!) show, Frank and I take a break from talking about the art of makeup and SFX and talk about the art of actually running a successful business. This is a must hear if you are thinking of striking out on your own creatively. There is a lot of talk about getting paid, contracts and the overall self-doubt that pervades every creative person’s mind. If you are enjoying the show, head over to http://www.patreon.com/creaturegeek and support us with a few bucks.
On this episode (our longest show ever), we chat with director/producer/writer/puppeteer Kirk Thatcher. Kirk shares some wine with us and talks about his wacky route from making molds and creatures to directing next to legends like Leonard Nimoy, hanging out in the editing room with George Lucas and working closely with Jim Henson. It’s an episode full of great stories. If you like this show and want to hear more, please support us at www.patreon.com/creaturegeek