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)
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!
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.
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.
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!
Even though Frank is in China for work, we have a new CreatureGeek for you! This week, Len and Frank do their Comic-Con wrapup, they talk more about cosplay and then they discuss more about running your own business and things to expect and how to handle different situations. If you’re digging this podcast, please head over to our Patreon and support us with a few bucks. We truly appreciate your support!
Today, Frank and Len welcome Bonnie Morgan. Bonnie is a talented actress, a daring stunt woman and an extraordinary contortionist who is probably best known for her role as the weirdly contorted Samara from The Ring Two and Rings 3. Her acting and stuntwork has been featured in such films as Hellboy 2: The Golden Army and Men In Black 2 where she played a character called Jabba The Butt. She is also the first guest who can legitmately say she was raised by circus performers. If you’re digging this podcast, please head over to our Patreon and support us with a few bucks. We truly appreciate your support!
On this episode, Frank and Len talk to Peter Abrhamson. Peter is a special effects pro, an animatronic technician and a puppeteer who hs worked on such shows as I, Robot, HellBoy and Van Helsing just to name a few. He has his own company called Ronin FX and currently works at Applied Invention which has allowed him to dabble in a little something called robotics – including a little show called Battlebots. We are talk about David Lynch and of course, Legos! If you’re digging this podcast, please head over to our Patreon and support us with a few bucks. We truly appreciate your support!
Today, Frank and Len talk to our mutual friend and incredible pro fabricator Bill Doran AKA Chinbeard from Punished Props. Bill continues the discussion about working in cosplay professionally and the joys and pitfalls of doing it all on your own to make a living. It’s great info you can’t miss. If you’re digging this podcast, please head over to our Patreon and support us with a few bucks. We truly appreciate your support!
Today, Frank and Len interview the legendary Michael Westmore. Mike’s career spans over 40 years but his family has been involved in makeup for longer than that: his grandfather George created the very first studio make-up department 100 years ago this year. His family has worked on iconic films like Gone With the Wind and the Creature of the Black Lagoon. He is best know for his work on the Star Trek franchise, Rocky and Raging Bull, the movie that helped create the SFX makeup category for the Oscars. And of course, he has served as a mentor (including to our very own Frank Ippolito) on the Syfy Show Face Off. If you’re digging this podcast, please head over to Patreon and support us with a few bucks. We truly appreciate your support!