My apologies once again for my absence. I have been busy working and gathering information for future blog posts!
As some of you may already know, I would love to see an Academy Award for stunts in my lifetime! I feel that stunt performers deserve recognition for all the hard work they do to bring us the entertainment that we so enjoy. To help see this happen I have signed this petition and I would like for you to sign it too! Thank you!
Recently, I have been confronted with the subject of perfectionism in film and media both in Hollywood and North Hollywood. So much so, that I have started to lose interest in movies made in North America, because they do not seem real to me anymore. Perfect teeth, hair and bodies are not what I want to see when I am watching most films. I want to be lost in the story not distracted by all the pretty people! I am a huge fan of the British, Danish, and other foreign film industries for this reason, because the actors look like regular people! Continue reading →
For the past 10 years, at least, I have been getting my headshots done by my good friend Essenin Quijada. He is an amazing photographer and always makes me feel comfortable and relaxed. He produces some of my favorite photos, here is a small example of his work and a link to his website, I urge you to check it out!
In 2010 I had the opportunity to work with an amazing cast and crew on the television series, “V” a remake of the 70′s show of the same name. I was a “V” (visitor from another planet) I worked on 3 different episodes, “The Pilot”, “A Bright New Day” and “Fruition” The part of the “The Pilot” I was in took place in a green screen room, a massive room painted green for computer generated graphics. A little while after the director calls, “action” and we are all doing our thing, one can hear whispers and chuckles (this rarely happens) And then, right out laughter! It was the director, apparently the hallways of spaceship had not been marked off properly and we were all walking through walls and out into space and the director and some of the crew could see this on their monitor. “A Bright New Day” was filmed at the Waterfall building in Vancouver, Canada. The architecture of the building really complemented the show and became our “Visitors Center” where we were being accepted into the country (USA) and onto the planet. I met many amazing and talented people on this set, both cast and crew. Some of my fellow “V’s” have gone onto great success including my friend Randy Rafuse, who played a customs agent whos nametag read A.Lone Since then we have often remarked at the hillarious nature of said nametag. In “Fruition” I was a “V” doctor, equipped with all sorts of electronic devices. My friend Adrianna Edwards and Mark Edwards, who were also, ‘V’s’, have also gone onto great success! The set was on location in one of the citys largest cemeterys’ My favorite part was showing up to set on my scooter at 5 am it was pitch dark with a low hanging fog just above the gravestones, and me riding through at 30 kms an hour, those were good times. I had dearly hoped I might get the chance to do some prosthetic work but the show was cancelled, in my opinion, before its time buts that how it goes in this industry, nothing is forever, unless you are The Simpsons!
In 2002 I had the great honor of working on the series finale of Dark Angel. I was in full prosthetic make-up playing a mutant. We filmed in The Woodward’s building before it was torn down but after it had been gutted in preperation for its final end. There was water pouring in through huge holes in the ceiling. Almost everyone in the scene looked like a horrible monster, it was dark, musty and genuinly unsettling. We were given a tutorial on proper weapons use by an ex-military guy. It was cool, really amazing actually. It took several days to film this portion of the 2 part series finale and we spent 4-5 hours a day getting the prosthetics on not to mention the day of prep and molding of your face before filming even starts. Then another hour or so at the end of shooting to get everything off. After a few days my skin was really raw. It really made me feel for Star Trek actors and characters of that nature, its not easy. One highlight was on the last day during lunch I was able to sit with James Cameron, he expressed empathy for those of us that had trouble eating, due to the make-up and thanked us for our hard work. He talked about other projects he had in mind and one in particular was only an idea because the technology did not exist yet, to create it. I realized when Avatar came out that must have been what he was talking about. This set was filled with action and was one of the highlights of my career getting to work in prosthetics. And yes folks that is me in both of the pictures!