As a professional Creature Fx Artist, I have had the pleasure of creating and contributing to many characters for film and television. I have had the honor to work for and along side many talented people and FX shops. On these pages are some of my contributions to the industry along with personal work and work done for private companies and collectors.www.fxwork.com
Daran Holt studied at the Tom Savini Special Effects Makeup Program at the DEC in Pennsylvania. Always having an infatuation with creatures and horror films he started working in commercialized Haunted Houses at a young age which was the catalyst of becoming an artist and collector.
Daran also appeared on Face Off Season 6 on Syfy.www.daranholt.com
Waldo Mason has worked in the UK prosthetics industry for 21 years, starting out working on commercials and exhibitions before landing his first feature film job on Stephen Norrington's 1995 production of The Mutant Chronicles. Although the film never made it past the preproduction build It was a valuable introducton to many of the people that he would work with to the present day.
After successfuly interviewing for Event Horizon at Animated Extras he became an established freelancer within the industry, working for several years at the Jim Henson Creature Shop in London and contribuing to many more TV & Film projects including Saving Private Ryan, Band Of Brothers, The Last Samurai, the Harry Potter series and as creature sculptor/ designer on Ridley Scott's Prometheus for Neal Scanlan Studios.
Prosthetic designing credits include five series of BBC's Waking The Dead, John Landis' Burke And Hare, series 1,2 and the upcoming series 3 of BBC's Ripper Street, Neil Jordan's Byzantium and the last instalment in Edgar Wrights "Cornetto" trilogy, The World's End.www.waldomason.com
Due to the mesmerizing effect the visual imagery in the Star Wars saga had on him as a youngn’, Rj began making 3 dimensional art projects in Kindergarten and hasn’t stopped yet. He has a love of the creative process and enjoys the ability to see a project through from the very beginning conceptual phases all the way to the performance, literally bringing it to life.
Combining his love of creation and performance he naturally gravitated to Puppeteering. He was influenced largely at this time by the films The Dark Crystal, Little Shop of Horrors, and Labyrinth. But it wasn’t until Rj discovered the films of Tim Burton that he learned that make up artistry and puppeteering and costuming were all very similar skill sets that criss crossed over into each other.
Starting with Beetleguse, and Batman literally one year apart he became mesmerized with something new … Prosthetic make up. The names Nick Dudman (for his amazing Joker make up) and Ve Neill ( for her Beetlejuice and Penguin creations) would be forever burned into his brain, along side Rick Baker, Stan Winston, Greg Cannom, and Jack Pierce his other make up artistry idols.www.rjhaddy.com
Froggy's Fog is a premier fog fluid, haze juice, artificial snow juice and bubble juice manufacturer. All of our Fog, Haze, Snow and Bubble Fluids are 100% Made in the U.S.A. from lab-grade UV-Filtered de-ionized water and pharmaceutical grade chemicals, each approved by the FDA. We also specialize in scents for amusement parks, haunted attractions and many other venues.www.froggysfog.com
We specialize in the design and creation of astonishing cinematic creature effects, prosthetic makeup effects, state-of-the-art animatronics, dynamic costumes and action props.
The name Spectral Motion was inspired by the luminous images we see each time we view a motion picture. The gossamer veil between reality and the events on the screen serves as the bridge by which we connect to those ghostly images whose stories are forever preserved on and in film. Spectral Motion's goal as a company is to serve the creative process of bringing these images to life time and again through artistic expression.www.spectralmotion.com
A time lapse video of me drawing/painting with white oil paint on a black canvas. Inspired by The Werewolf Of London. Painted Feb 2nd under a full moon. I didn't realize that I moved my head so much and made such dumb faces while I paint, until I saw this.www.twitter.com/therickbaker
High Definition Video Effects for Home Haunts & Haunted Attractions.www.spectralillusions.com
MageeFX has supplied services to the movie and music video industries as well as products for amusement parks and the Halloween industry.
MageeFX is operated by Patrick Magee. Ever since a very young age Patrick has always been fascinated with monsters. Huge influences on his monster making career have been An American Werewolf In London, Thriller, Aliens, And Predator. Patrick has the typical interests of most FX artists, he was always drawing, sculpting, and painting at a very young age. Having seen the making of THRILLER and realizing "that's how they do that," Patrick was hooked.
In 2001 Patrick started MageeFx and created a line of high-end movie quality props. From there work on small film projects started. Shallow Ground was one of the first films for MageeFX in 2003. It was a very low budget thriller with very demanding effects. It also gave Patrick his first Fangoria FX nomination for the annual chainsaw awards. Since then MageeFX has worked on several more films including Zombie Strippers with Robert Englund and What Just Happened With Robert Deniro.
Aside from film projects, MageeFX has also produced products for Universal Studios Hollywood (House of Horrors, Halloween Horror Nights, Grinchmas) and contributed fine-art projects for gallery showings for Daniel Martinez.www.mageefx.com
Academy Award-winner Joel Harlow is one of the most innovative makeup and special makeup artists and designers in American motion pictures. Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Harlow’s passion to work on film began with his childhood viewing of the original 1933 “King Kong.” Moving to New York City at college age, he studied animation at the School of Visual Arts, but his true passion was special makeup effects. Harlow gained practical experience on such New York-based low budget horror and fantasy films as “The Toxic Avenger” (parts II and III) and “Basket Case 2". Harlow then moved westward to Los Angeles, where he worked for several makeup effects houses, finally landing in Steve Johnson’s XFC, Inc., where he remained for eight years as a makeup effects designer on a number of films.
Anxious to apply his skills on set, Harlow began working on such high profile films as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Constantine” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” creating a long-standing relationship with Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Harlow would be the key makeup artist, makeup effects supervisor, prosthetic makeup designer and special effects makeup supervisor on both “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” again directed by Verbinski, and then makeup department head on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directed by Rob Marshall.
Harlow shared an Academy Award with fellow makeup artists Barney Burman and Mindy Hall on JJ Abrams’ “Star Trek” in 2010. Earlier, Harlow won a Critic’s Choice award for his work on "Alice in Wonderland," as well as Primetime Emmy Awards for the television miniseries versions of Stephen King’s “The Stand” and “The Shining,” and received nominations for “Mad Men,” “Carnivale” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
Most recently, Harlow worked as Johnny Depp’s makeup artist on “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Tourist,” “The Rum Diary,” “Dark Shadows” and “The Lone Ranger,” another Gore Verbinski/Jerry Bruckheimer production, for which he was also makeup department head. Additionally, he was key makeup artist on Ron Howard’s “Angels & Demons,” key prosthetic makeup artist for Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” and “Green Lantern” and makeup department head on “Battle: Los Angeles.”
Harlow’s company, Joel Harlow Designs, creates a full range of state-ofthe- art makeup, special makeup effects and prosthetics, from lab to set.www.joelharlowdesigns.com