FX Portfolio Etiquette 101 with Frank Ippolito – Episode 90 – 7/9/18

On this *new* episode of CreatureGeek (recorded in July), Frank and Len discuss how to apply for a job in the FX industry and make sure your portfolio doesn’t suck. This is really important information, folks.  So please take notes.  Your next job may rely on it!

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Battlin’ Bots and A Trip to AP English Class – Episode 89 – 5/24/18

It’s a solo-cast with Frank and Len!  On this episode, we chat about Frank’s upcoming guest judge stint on the new season of Battle Bots on Discovery.  We talk about how Thingergy is helping out with Pixelogic and Magic Wheelchair at San Diego Comic-Con.  We spoil Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2.  Frank does his best to answer questions from a young listener to help his AP English Project. It’s great fun!

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Hooray for Dark Art with Chet Zar – Episode 88 -5/16/18

On this episode, we welcome Chat Zar – a sculptor, creature designer and fine artist who is known for his dark, visual style. His unique take on art and design has landed him work on such projects as Terminator Salvation, Hellboy, Men in Black 2 and Planet of the Apes, just to name a few. And like us here at Creature Geek, he hosts a podcast called the Dark Art Society. He also runs a Patreon for his artwork – just search Chet Zar over at Patreon.

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Ask Steve Anything – Episode 87 -4/4/18

Today’s guest is one of our favorite guests ever on Creature Geek, Steve Johnson. Steve’s resume is an amazing laundry list of some of the best and most iconic shows ever created. He’s also one of the most outspoken people in the visual effects industry. Steve has just launched a new Kickstarter for Volume 2 of his memoirs entitled Rubberhead: Sex Drugs and Special FX. And for the first time ever, we are doing a Creature Geek AMA (Ask Me Anything) based on questions that you’ve asked over the past few weeks. It’s an amazing episode that you can’t get anywhere else! Enjoy!

 

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Who Cares About Brushes In Your Mouth? – Episode 86 – 3/23/18

Today’s guest on  joins the second timer club here on Creature Geek. Neill Gorton is a BAFTA (British Academy Film Awards) winning legend in the makeup industry, bringing his unique talent to such shows as Ex Machina, Thor, Red Dwarf, Judge Dredd and Doctor Who – just to name a few. In addition to all this awesomeness, he is the publisher of Prostethics Magazine, one of the best resources for high level special effects info today.

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Gorton Studios

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You can also find him doing amazing work at Millennium FX.

 

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Opportunity, grab it by the balls! – Episode 85 – 3/20/18

This episode’s guest was the winner of the ninth season of Syfy FaceOff – Nora Hewitt. Since then, Nora’s lent her talent to a ton of NDA projects we can’t talk about happening at Thingergy as well as indie flicks Mail Order Monster and Blood on the Leaves. She’s also a graduate of the Tom Savini Special Effects Makeup Program in Pittsburgh, PA. Nora is passionate about her job and reminds everyone that success isn’t handed over lightly.

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Bart Mixon’s Monster Fixins’ – Episode 84 – 2/22/18

On this episode of Creature Geek, we talk to makeup/special effects artist Bart Mixon.  Bart has worked on pretty much everything for the past 25 years including Men In Black, Fight Night Part Two, Pet Cemetery and one of Len’s all-time favorite films of all time, Wes Anderson’s Rushmore. His current credits include Avengers Infinity War, Bright and Star Trek Discovery. But he is best known, however, for his iconic Pennywise the Clown makeup on Tim Curry from the 1990 mini-series, IT.

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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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