On Monday from 11:40-12:00 I headed down to the short north to interview Cory Harrison, an avid artist young to the prosthetics industry. Cory is mainly a a makeup applications artist, and does a lot of work in the drag industry here in Columbus. I got some great insight from Cory, being new to the whole prosthetics thing. We've made plans to schedule another interview in the next few days or so.
From 2:00-4:00 I was down at Unit 70 for my third film shoot there. I got to interview Bo Bruns the owner of the company and studio. From what I was told by Rich my teacher and an employee there, Bo doesn't open up much to strangers and new people. I was instantly surprised how relaxed and enthusiastic Bo was to answer the questions that I threw at him. Bo gave a lot of great insight into the company and the practical effects industry providing in detail what he loved most about practical effects being in movies. There was a lot of content given and I was thoroughly impressed at what he had to offer. We talked for a while after about general basics in the business side, as well as our experiences from ccad. Bo then took a few minutes to show me some of the secret tricks of the trade that their studio has accomplished and made over time. Bo was kind enough to offer me to come back whenever I felt like dropping in, without having to really get in touch. It was a fantastic time, getting to interview the owner and hearing his stories and experiences.
I still need to reshoot some interviews with Kat Francis, and get in touch with Gary Jones, a director and all around artist in the practical FX industry. I'm still waiting to hear back from David Greathouse an artist from Cleveland and a contestant from Face-off. I've been able to get in touch with Rashaad Santiago and Laura Dandridge, both fellow contestants and season champions from Face-off. With three and a half weeks, I have to start putting together a rough cut of my thesis. Tomorrow I will be working with Annie Kuhn fixing and cleaning up my audio files from my interviews. The last few days I have been organizing and archiving my footage arranging them into different folders by footage.
Today I will be working late in the labs FINALLY beginning to cut together a rough cut. It is going to be a daunting task rough cutting together a thesis film that will run around 15-20 minutes long, with the hope that this will really help my portfolio in the art side of things. A lot of people have been praising my work, but I'm not ready to accept it until the final film is done. I'm tired and so exhausted from school, but my passion and drive for this project has kept me going. The amount of networking and heavy communication with some of the great artists has been beneficial beyond all comprehension. So I hope that this film will run smoothly together and that it will show my passion and enthusiasm for the practical FX industry.