Do you want to get into FX for movies, or are you thinking of
approaching creature creation from another angle as a career choice?
JF: I want to be in a shop as a sculptor. I do
however want to be the guy to apply and paint as well. My long term
goal is to run my own shop
you gotten any formal training?
HMMMMMM! I am not sure how to answer this
one. All I can say is most of my FX life has been playing around and teaching myself. I did however take a couple classes at Schell's Sculpture Studio the last couple years. That helped tremendously. I was 100 times better after just my
first semester of classes. Now I am taking Dick Smith's course in
Professional MakeUp. What more can I say about that. He is the best!
LMC: Who are some pros you admire and why?
Now this is going to be the
Hardest question to answer. I will break
it up in 2 categories. First, artists in the industry I have no
contact with. You will understand why I did it this way. RICK BAKER # 1: Here is a guy who at a young age impressed the
one and only Dick Smith. A self taught young artist who wanted
nothing more then to be the best and now he is. Every time I
Rick Baker speak, it sends chills up my spine and that burning I
spoke of before. Well, it is now A fire the size of my whole
chest cavity. Rick Baker is what every young FX artist wants to be
and experience. After all these years he still has that boyhood
excitement in his voice whenever he speaks of this wonderful art,
and that I admire...Well, he is pretty good too : ) The best story
ever is the one I can hear over and over again. The story of
Rick knocking on Dick's door and Dick taking him under his wing and
spending the whole day with him filling his head and notebook with
all this wonderful information.
O.K. Now the next part of this. Artists I am
in contact with.... In no particular order. What I want to say here
is A BIG thank you to all these guys. Here are artists who
continually go out of there way to look at my work and answer all
my E-mails. I am a better artist because of all of you. STEVE WANG,
LEE ROMAIRE, KAZUHIRO TSUJI, The wonderful Guys at Creature Effects
ALAN HEDGCOCK & CLIFF WALLACE, BRIAN PENIKAS & TODD MASTERS
and of course DICK SMITH. I am
sure this could go on . I will leave it at this