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Jack Pierce: The Man Behind the Monsters -- Biographical DVD of Universal Studios makeup artist Jack Pierce creator of Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Bride of Frankenstein and The Wolf Man, he realized the top characters of Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Jr. & Claude Rains.
Jack Pierce: The Man Behind the Monsters -- JACK PIERCE was the legendary horror movie makeup artist at Universal Studios from 1928-1947.  This production shows his life and work in dynamic fashion with realistic makeup recreations (ie Frankenstein's Monster) by dedicated Hollywood artists.
Jack Pierce: The Man Behind the Monsters -- JACK PIERCE was the legendary horror movie makeup artist at Universal Studios in their classic monster period.  This excerpt is from the very beginning of the program where Pierce the narrator is looking back on his earliest working life and career.


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15 June 2002 (USA) See more »
The life of Universal makeup legend Jack P. Pierce is told through narration, stills, and recreations of scenes from six famous Universal horror films... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Alan August ... The Man Who Laughs

Shielu Bharwani ... Maleva (as Shielu Bharwani Burman)
Devon Davidson ... Evelyn Ankers (as Devon Jackson)
Ken DeShan ... Im-Ho-Tep, the Mummy

Byrd Holland ... Offstage Voice
John Huey ... Claude Rains

Kevin Isola ... Basil Rathbone
James Jenkins ... Offstage Voice
Todd Krainin ... Fritz
Devon Lucas ... Offstage Voice
Douglas Meyers ... The Wolfman

Denise Moses ... Una O'Connor
John Nisbet ... Mummy Explorer

Daniel Roebuck ... Ygor

Perry Shields ... Jack Pierce
Sheila Marie Shostac ... The Bride of Frankenstein

James Sloane ... Colin Clive
Robert Stilwell ... Offstage Voice (as Bob Stilwell)
Cale Thomas ... Dr. Praetorius
Matthew Thompson ... Frankenstein's Monster

Directed by
Scott Essman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Scott Essman 

Produced by
Scott Essman .... producer
Original Music by
Michael A. Levine 
Phillip Wilkins 
Film Editing by
Dieter Rozek 
Production Design by
John Ivanoff 
Costume Design by
Marie Hoerber 
Jennifer McManus 
Simone Williams 
Makeup Department
Richard Alonzo .... makeup artist
Andrea Armstrong .... assistant makeup artist
Brent Armstrong .... sculptor
Denise Baer .... hair stylist
Byron Batista .... hair stylist
Barney Burman .... makeup designer
Rob Burman .... project makeup head
Camille Calvet .... makeup artist
Nikki Carbonetta .... makeup artist (as Nikki Carbonetta-Aguirre)
Alex Diaz .... sculptor
Kim M. Ferry .... hair stylist
Bruce Spaulding Fuller .... sculptor (as Bruce Fuller)
Chris Gallaher .... assistant makeup artist
John Goodwin .... makeup artist
James Hall .... teeth laboratory technician
Kevin Haney .... special makeup effects artist
Darren Jinks .... sculptor
Jamie Kelman .... makeup artist
Barry R. Koper .... hair stylist
Ned Neidhardt .... makeup artist
Ve Neill .... makeup artist
John Norin .... hair stylist
Ron Pipes .... hair stylist
James Rohland .... makeup artist
Deborah Rutherford .... makeup artist (as Deborah Patino)
Don Rutherford .... makeup artist
Andy Schoneberg .... makeup artist
Rick Stratton .... makeup artist
Jo Amy Stuart .... sculptor
Cale Thomas .... makeup artist
Todd Tucker .... makeup artist
Rebecca Wachtel .... makeup artist
Marvin G. Westmore .... makeup artist
Victoria Wood .... hair stylist
Production Management
Carsten Dau .... assistant unit manager: interiors
Art Department
Carsten Dau .... painter
Dragon Dronet .... property master
Wanda Piety .... property assistant
Sound Department
David Sonnenschein .... sound design consultant
Visual Effects by
Dieter Rozek .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Deverill Weekes .... lighting technician
Deverill Weekes .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michelle Keshishian .... wardrobe assistant
Nan Lillith .... wardrobe assistant
Robert Ramos .... costumer
Rachel Rudloff .... wardrobe assistant
Other crew
Robbie Eye .... technical director
Deborah Green .... special project assistant
Robert Lazar .... special project assistant
Russell Moore .... stage manager
Greg Reifsteck .... director: behind-the-scenes footage

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72 min
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
An original tribute; well deserved!, 8 May 2004
Author: dangie_1

First of all, what a deserving subject; and secondly, a truly original showcase for the man and his many talents and interests!

Scott Essman and his stellar production crew at Visionary Cinema literally bring the artist and many of his most memorable screen creations to life in a fantastic one time only multi-media stage performance from Pasadena, CA. that took place on 6/17/2000.

The play running a brisk 72 minutes, (which is a ballpark length for many of Universals' Monster Classics!) was captured with 3 cameras then edited without any re-dubbing or "cheating".. To this reviewer, the play basically divides into 2 sections: the "one man show" motif where Pierce (wonderfully portrayed by Perry Shields) reads from his scrapbook of press clips, with certain recollections triggering unbelievable spot on recreations from some of Universal Studio's greatest Horror Classics.

All of the make-ups are truly amazing in regards to recreating Pierce's original conceptions, but the scenes featuring the Frankenstein's Monster, The Bride, and the Mummy are so convincing it's like watching scenes from the original film productions; a testimony to the loving care shown by the 100 plus member crew employed by Visionary Cinema to produce this piece.

Both picture & sound rank high on this disc, especially when one remembers that this is a ONE TAKE stage production. Plus, the disc is LOADED with bonus features. In fact, I spent a full 90 minutes in the MEMORABILIA section of the dvd before even watching the main feature.

It goes without saying, that this disc is a must have for anyone with even a passing interest in the Classic Universal Monsters that Jack Pierce helped bring to life.

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