The most Talented Special Makeup Visual Effects Artists of Movies

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Tom Savini
Inspired by the film Man of a Thousand Faces, a young Tom Savini became fascinated with the magic and illusion of film. He spent his youth in his room creating characters by tirelessly practicing make-up. Later, as a combat photographer in Vietnam, Savini saw first-hand the gruesome carnage for which he later gained fame, simulating it on screen.
“ Also an actor and a director. ” - bigrudedogg87
 
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Rick Baker
Makeup Department, Men in Black
 
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Greg Nicotero
Makeup Department, Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Gifted SFX and make-up wizard, who learned his trade under the watchful eye of SFX splatter guru Tom Savini. Nicotero and buddies, Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzman started KNB Efx Group in 1988 and the group has provided eye-popping & jaw dropping special effects for major Hollywood releases including The Green Mile, Vanilla Sky, Sin City and Land of the Dead.
 
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Howard Berger
Makeup Department, Lone Survivor
 
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Rob Bottin
Makeup Department, Fight Club
 
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Kevin Yagher
Makeup Department, Bones
Beginning with such characters as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge and Chucky in the "Child's Play" films, Kevin Yagher has established himself as one of the top make-up effects artists by developing and creating life-like creatures, aliens, animals and humans with meticulous detail. His company, Kevin Yagher Productions Inc...
 
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Sergio Stivaletti
Special Effects, Cemetery Man
Sergio Stivaletti is most certainly one of the greatest European experts in the field of special effects and make-up to which he has been dedicated for over 20 years. Born in Rome in 1957, he has collaborated during his career with some of the genre's most important Italian directors, like Dario Argento...
 
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Rosario Prestopino
Makeup Department, Demons
 
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Gino De Rossi
Special Effects, Casino Royale
 
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John Carl Buechler
When he ran the make-up effects department at New World Pictures, Roger Corman called him "...the best in the business..." John Carl Buechler was born in Belleville, Illinois. An actor, writer, producer, director, special effects artist, he has always been in love with filmmaking. He was the first person in history to make his way into the director's chair by way of make-up effects superstardom...
 
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Dick Smith
Makeup Department, The Godfather
 
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Matthew W. Mungle
Makeup Department, Salem
Matthew W. Mungle is regarded as one of Hollywood's premier make-up effects artists with well over 200 film and television projects to his credit. Born in Durant, Oklahoma in 1956, Matthew was one of five children born to Atoka dairy farmer Jene and Becky Mungle. Matthew credits The List of Adrian Messenger and...
 
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Kathy Shorkey
Makeup Department, The Wonder Years
 
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Robert Hall
Makeup Department, Superbad
In the last sixteen years Robert Hall has become one of the most popular and prolific special effects makeup artists in Hollywood. Hall and his studio, Almost Human, have been responsible for creating some of the most horrifying and photo-realistic effects work in film and television. Hall's creatures were featured weekly the phenomenally successful cult series' Angel...
 
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Franco Di Girolamo
Makeup Department, Amici miei
 
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Germano Natali
Special Effects, Opera
 
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Darryl Ferrucci
Special Effects, The Burning
 
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Cleve Hall
Special Effects, Troll
 
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“ Also was a director as well as writer and producer. ” - bigrudedogg87
 
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Don Lumpkin
Makeup Department, Alone in the Dark
 
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Everett Burrell
Visual Effects, Sin City
 
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John Vulich
Makeup Department, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Vulich was an immensely talented sculptor and make-up effects wizard whose fertile imagination gave rise to numerous monsters and aliens for creature features and episodic television. He drew much of his early inspiration from Tom Savini with whose crew he initially worked on monster effects for George A. Romero's Day of the Dead...
 
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J.C. Brotherhood
Special Effects, Spider-Man 2
 
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Kevin McTurk
Special Effects, Iron Man
 
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Maurizio Trani
Makeup Department, Cinema Paradiso
 
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Paolo Ricci
Special Effects, Nostalgia
 
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Fabrizio Sforza
Makeup Department, Black Hawk Down
 
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Greg Funk
Makeup Department, Django Unchained
 
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Jill Rockow
Makeup Department, Star Trek
 
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Alec Gillis
Special Effects, AVP: Alien vs. Predator
Alec Gillis began his professional career in 1980 at Roger Corman's New World Pictures. While working with future luminaries such as James Cameron and Gale Ann Hurd, Alec also attended UCLA Film School. By 1985 he began working for Creature FX legend Stan Winston ("Aliens", "Predator", "Pumpkinhead")...
 
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James Kagel
Special Effects, Spider-Man
 
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Andy Garner
Special Effects, Saving Private Ryan
 
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Pietro Tenoglio
Makeup Department, Night on Earth
 
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Pedro Camacho
Makeup Department, Pieces
 
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M. Carrajal
Makeup Department, Cronos
 
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Rigo Mora
Co-founder of the special effects mexican house Necropia (1985), along with Guillermo del Toro. Necropia is responsible for the special effects in several films, such as "Cabeza De Vaca", "Dollar Mambo", "Mentiras Piadosas", "Bandidos", and many more. As member of Necropia, Rigo Mora worked in all the "Hora Marcada" (TV Series) chapters...
 
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Laurencio Cordero
Special Effects, Predator
 
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William Koshowany
Visual Effects, The Rock
 
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Anthony Doublin
Camera and Electrical Department, Robot Chicken
 
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John Naulin
John Naulin is best known for his work on character and creature effects for films like Re-Animator, From Beyond, Jack's Back, The River Wild and Last Action Hero. He has also provided Second Unit special effects for Film and TV projects like Team America, Biodome, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, V, Star Trek...
 
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Drex Reed
Camera and Electrical Department, Screamers
 
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Giancarlo Del Brocco
Makeup Department, Ladyhawke
 
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Mark Shostrom
Born in 1956, Mark grew up in Hong Kong during the 1970s. He became interested in makeup after seeing Bride of Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff. In Hong Kong, Mark became friends with Karloff's widow Evelyn, who encouraged him to pursue makeup. He corresponded with John Chambers, makeup designer for...
 
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Giacinto Bretti
Makeup Department, From Beyond
 
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Bill Forsche
At the age of 15, disguised with a false beard and with a fake ID and $15, William Forsche ran away from his Wisconsin home and hitchhiked to Hollywood. Forsche soon found work at Universal Studios Tour. It was there he met make-up artist David B. Miller who gave him insights to the business and a great deal of encouragement...
 
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David Martí
Makeup Department, Pan's Labyrinth
 
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Reyes Abades
Special Effects, Pan's Labyrinth
 
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Carmen Aguirre
Visual Effects, Sex and Lucia
 
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Ángel Alonso
Special Effects, Pan's Labyrinth
 
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Arturo Balseiro
Special Effects, Pan's Labyrinth
 
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Xavi Bastida
Special Effects, Pan's Labyrinth
 
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Alfonso Nieto
Visual Effects, Sex and Lucia
 
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Juan Serrano
Special Effects, Pan's Labyrinth
 
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Carlo Rambaldi
Special Effects, Alien
 
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Sarah Craig
Makeup Department, Dawn of the Dead
 
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Lance Anderson
Makeup Department, Dawn of the Dead
 
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Burton J. LeBlanc
Makeup Department, Dawn of the Dead
 
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Tony Acosta Jr.
Makeup Department, Dawn of the Dead
 
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David Reaume
Special Effects, Kick-Ass
 
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Drew Longland
Special Effects, X-Men
 
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Barbara Daly
Makeup Department, The Shining
 
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Gary Zeller
Special Effects, Dawn of the Dead
 
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Don Berry
Special Effects, Dawn of the Dead
 
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Michael Germain
Makeup Department, The Departed
 
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Frank 'Paco' Munoz
Special Effects, Halloween II
 
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Steven Kirshoff
Special Effects, The Departed
 
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Cheri Minns
Makeup Department, Insomnia
 
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