Special Effects / Make-Up Legenden

by christian-buetikofer | created - 30 Mar 2018 | updated - 17 Jan 2021 | Public

1. Eiji Tsuburaya

Special_effects | Gojira

Eiji Tsuburaya ranks alongside Willis H. O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen as one of the great visionary SFX masters of twentieth century fantasy cinema. Best remembered as the amazing special effects genius behind the "Godzilla" series of monster films commencing in 1954, he also contributed effects to ...

2. Paul Wilson

Visual_effects | Moonraker

Paul Wilson was born in London, England, on 15 March 1925. His first job in the film industry was at the Gainsborough studios at Lime Grove, Shepherds Bush, which was later taken over by the BBC.

He operated on several films with cinematographer Arthur Ibbetson. These included Where Eagles Dare (...

3. Derek Meddings

Visual_effects | Superman

Derek Meddings was a British film and television special effects designer, initially noted for his work on the "Supermarionation" TV puppet series produced by Gerry Anderson, and later for the 1970s and 1980s James Bond and Superman film series.

Meddings' first work with Anderson was as an ...

4. Eric Allard

Special_effects | Stuart Little

Eric Allard is known for Stuart Little (1999), Alien: Resurrection (1997) and Short Circuit (1986).

5. Dick Smith

Make_up_department | The Exorcist

Dick Smith was born on June 26, 1922 in Larchmont, New York, USA. He is known for The Exorcist (1973), Altered States (1980) and Scanners (1981). He was married to Jocelyn DeRosa. He died on July 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

6. Jack P. Pierce

Make_up_department | The Wolf Man

As we look back on the cinematic pioneers of the 20th century, no individual is more significant in his field than genius makeup artist Jack Pierce, the legendary monster-maker who worked in the 1930s and 1940s at Universal Studios during its classic horror period. Pierce's story is equal parts ...

7. Randall William Cook

Visual_effects | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

At the suggestion of animation director Bob Clampett, in 1975 Cook applied for and was admitted to the Animation Training Program at Walt Disney Studios, where he studied under Eric Larson. His interest in live action production led to an assignment as a gag man/storyboard artist on his first film,...

8. Craig Reardon

Make_up_department | Volcano

Craig Reardon was born on April 10, 1953 in Inglewood, California, USA. He is known for Volcano (1997), Godzilla (1998) and Weird Science (1985). He has been married to Nancy Nee since October 11, 1986. They have two children.

9. Rick Baker

Make_up_department | Planet of the Apes

Rick Baker was born on December 8, 1950 in Binghamton, New York, USA. He is known for Planet of the Apes (2001), Men in Black (1997) and The Wolfman (2010). He has been married to Silvia Abascal since November 8, 1987. They have two children. He was previously married to Elaine Alexander.

10. Tom Savini

Actor | From Dusk Till Dawn

Actor/SFX wizard/stuntman/director Tom Savini was born in Pittsburgh. Inspired by the film Man of a Thousand Faces (1957), a young 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 ...

11. John Carl Buechler

Special_effects | Hatchet

When he ran the make-up effects department at New World Pictures, Roger Corman called John Carl Buechler "...the best in the business..." An actor, writer, producer, director, special effects artist, he was always in love with filmmaking, and was the first person in history to make his way into the...

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