during my junior and senior years at Columbus College of Art and Design (ccad) I learned how to properly make molds using clay walls and using Ultracal. In my senior year I also took time to sculpt a second Dinosaur head, an Amargasaurus. I sculpted the head and neck from Van Aken, an oil based modeling clay. i then made mold walls and covered the model in Ultra cal, doing both sides to create a two part mold.
after Graduating from ccad I worked at Unit 70 Studios in Columbus, Ohio. This job was gained through my senior capstone thesis film about the Practical Effects Industry. During my time at Unit 70, I cast both foam and latex heads and bodies, painting in liquid latex, and base coating and other dry brushing techniques. I molded and cast in both Silicone and ultracal molds. This work experience was a great COmplement to my formal schooling and after my employment at unit 70 studios i have used some of these techniques on personal projects.
Huzzah! My thesis film is finished. It's been a rough long semester, with over an estimated 70 odd plus hours on this film. It's taken me far, and I've met so many wonderful and humbling people that I've been given the opportunity to interview. This journey these last four years has been a true adventure, with many twists and turns, both good and bad. I'm so proud of my thesis film, with all of the people I've interviewed and the people that have helped me along the way to get it done.
Let's break down my thesis:
Over 15+ hours of footage
Over 50 hours of editing
5 hours of traveling to each destination
3.5 hours for multiple renderings
And 3.5 hours of organizing and archiving each clip and photo
An outstanding, over 77 plus hours (at some point I just lost track) of work and hard time put into my thesis: Makeup, Monsters, and Movies: a Look inside Practical Effects.
So FIRST AND FOREMOST I want to say thank you to:
Megan Chelf Fisher
Rich McKinley III
And an enormous thank you to Ron Saks for creating the inspiration for my thesis. And to so many more for helping me along the way.
I cannot begin to express my gratitude to each of you who helped create and put together a story, about the practical effects industry. This story spanning from newbies in the industry to those who have been grandfathered into it, making monsters and props for years, and even artists who work in the business side of the industry. From artists who have made their own shorts and helped with student films to those who have IMDB pages with their works listed for miles. I want to say thank you to each and every one of you. This couldn't have been possible without your help. I eagerly await my premiere at the senior screening on Sunday at the Gateway theater.
It's a bit of a surreal moment as I've realized that this is it. Four long years of being a Cinematics art student are finally over. It's a big emotional knowing that this IS and WILL be my lasting legacy here at the Columbus college of art and design. So many hours, long periods of time with little to no sleep, lots of coffee, tea and caffeinated drinks to keep me up through the night. Long nights editing next to friends. Long periods of napping in the different buildings during finals week(s). Lots of fun memories goofing off when I should have been doing homework. So many good things have come from these 4 years at Ccad. That being said there are certainly the cons from mistakes and experiences here. However I'm so proud of this film, it's the most work and the hardest project I've ever worked on in my life. So many long hours of driving by myself to meet my interviewees, late nights by myself editing, times where I wanted to quit. But I made it. Four long years are coming to an end.
Thank you all and God bless.
A couple of photos from The Studio in Crestline Ohio.