In Jurassic Park, they built a full size animatronic T-Rex and triceratops. In Aliens they built working facehuggers, chestbursters, warriors, and a full size queen. In Terminator 2, many of the melting T-1000 effects were actually done in camera, to support the relatively new CGI technology of the day. What is now known more commonly known as practical effects, have always been a major of our best loved films for as long as film has existed, and now the master craftsmen behind these effects are pulling back the curtain in a new podcast show called The Practical People.
When you go to Leglesscorpse.us, which is part of Eli Roth's Crypt Network, you can join hosts Christopher Moonlight (yours truly) and Jack Ritchie (who is known for his alter ego Darkest Jack) as they discuss the art of movie magic with some of the industry's top professionals.
"Shannon has worked on just about every classic sci-fi or horror film over the past 30 years, including Evil Dead, From Beyond, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, Predator, Pradators, Kill Bill, and Men In Black III, just to name a few. Come listen in as we talk about everything from Neill Blomkamp’s vision for Alien5, teaching for Cinema Makeup School & Stan Winston School of Character Arts, and his upcoming autobiography, entitled “I’m Rubber, Your Glue” which comes out March 1st."
"If you’re a fan of Terminator, Aliens, Predator, Pumpkinhead, Jurassic Park, or Galaxy Quest, then you’re not going to want to miss this episode. Matt Winston, son of special effects legend Stan Winston, and founder of the Stan Winston School of Character Arts joins us, to talk about why practical effects matter, the school he co-created and named to uphold his father’s legacy, his thoughts on the movie franchises that continue to endure, and even a little bit about his own acting career."
This podcast show is NOT to bash on CGI. It is simply that, as FX wizard Alec Gillis once said, "If you only ever use a hammer, every problem will look like a nail." Almost every practical effects artist will agree that CGI has brought new levels of visual awesome to the silver screen. However, The Practical People aims to celebrate one very important aspect of movie making, which is often taken for granted, now that CGI is so readily available to big studios and independent film makers, alike. Why is this important? Let's turn it over to ground breaking VFX artist Phil Tippet for the answer.
"There are more great guests on the way, including Cleve Hall from the SyFy series Monster Man, and Emmy award winning makeup artist for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine & Buffy: The Vampire Slayer Thomas Surprenant. Look for more updates by following The Practical People on Facebook."
Jack Ritchie can be found as Darkest Jack at www.darkestjack.com