Len here! As the self-proclaimed fan of the show, I don’t get to play around in makeup, costuming and SFX as much as Frank does. So Halloween is the time of year that I get to stretch my creative muscles. In the past, I have tried building my own StarLord mask or cosplay as Short Round, all the varying results. This year, I decided to buy a costume off the rack and modify it slightly. And the costume I chose was DeadPool!
Check out the picture above to see what my costume looks like. I may try modifying it a little more and if I do, I will post some pics. In the meantime, feel free to post your own pics to show off your work.
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!
Last week at San Diego Comic Con, Frank unveiled his latest project for Tested.com: A full Rancor suit! Using reference from the LucasFilm archives and from the Rancor creator Phil Tippett himself, Frank worked round the clock for two weeks to create this amazing Rancor.
For those of us who weren’t able to visit SDCC (myself included) this video is a great substitute. Thanks to the folks at Tested for making it happen.
Frank and Norm (of tested.com fame) got a chance to see all the items up for auction from Rick Baker’s studio. Check out the video. My mouth is watering wishing I had enough cash to bid on and win some of the lots being offered.