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This has been a burning question in haunted attraction owners since animatronic props have been introduced cheaper and more detailed. Which is better for your attraction? Animatronic props or live actors. Both have advantages and disadvantages. This week members of Price Entertainment will be having a round table discussion on the pros and cons of animatronics and live actors in haunted attractions.
July 31st ABC will take viewers on the ultimate geek fantasy in a combination of reality TV, fantasy and competition with the new show THE QUEST.
From the producers of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Amazing Race comes The Quest, a new fantasy competition series that puts 12 unlikely heroes against ogres and dragons in an imaginative and mythical realm filled with state-of-the-art-projections, animatronics, prosthetics, real-time motion capture, and art direction. After a series of battles and competitions, only the true hero will remain.
Our guest for this show is actor and MMA boxer Shondo Blades, who is one of the competitors on The Quest. In addition to The Quest, Shondo is a talented actor who's appeared in several national TV ads, music videos, in addition to making his mark in the squared rings of mixed martial arts boxing. Will Shondo be the one remaining true hero and winner of The Quest show? He will be joining us to chat about The Quest and other aspects of his red hot thriving career!
Until You Walk The Path, You Won’t Know Where it Goes will be chatting with producer, director and special effects master Harvey Lowry May 1, 2014 at 1 pm eastern. Lowry will be sharing his insights in to the film industry as well as some of the behind stories of his current project Deadly Sanctuary.
Harvey Lowry entered the film industry in 1990 and soon became the President and Director of Operations for one of the largest special effects and film production companies in California.
Over the course of nineteen years, he has supervised the production, special effects, makeup effects, visual effects, animatronics and/or specialty costumes for over 150 feature films, television shows, music videos, commercials and documentaries. He has independently produced 19 feature films and 3 television shows. Harvey has collaborated on the films The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Alice in Wonderland, A Beautiful Mind, The Passion of the Christ, Hannibal, Big Mommas House, The Watchmen and many others.
Harvey began his career as an actor before starting his career in special effects. In late 1994, hebegan his career in special effects as an assistant at an effects studio and quickly grew his skills with the company. Soon promoted to Director of Operations, Harvey and the company collaborated on many high profile films and television shows producing visual effects, special effects, props and costumes.
As the coda to our month long Grindhouse / GullCottage listing of 50 "All Time Favorite BFFs (Best Fright Flicks) we arrive at our choice for "The All Time Best Horror Film Ever Made ... Which You've Probably Never Heard Of". Directed by Gary Sherman (DEATH LINE), co-produced and co-written by Dan O'Bannon & Ronald Shusett (ALIEN, TOTAL RECALL), and featuring early makeup and animatronics work from the legendary Stan Winston (PREDATOR, JURASSIC PARK), 1981s DEAD AND BURIED was a "walking dead" thriller with a unique twist. Beginning as a gritty police procedural, it maintains it's sense of "happened just across town" reality right up to it's bone-chilling twist climax; one which later thrillers would rip time and again. Features audio commentary with Dan O'Bannon, Stan Winston, and Freddy Kruger himself - actor Robert Englund, here in one of his first horror roles.
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Todd Tucker is a celebrity special effects make-up legend, entrepreneur, and Illusion Industries CEO best known for creating iconic creatures in classic and award winning films such as the Brad Pitt "Baby” in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," all the gritty pirates in "Pirates of the Carribean," ‘Big Momma’ in "Big Momma's House ll," Robin Williams’ transformation in "Mrs. Doubtfire," Jesus’ shockingly gruesome wounds in "The Passion of the Christ," ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’ in "Van Helsing," and the terrifying “Boar Puppet” in "Hannibal," is set to unveil new special effect magic in the upcoming studio films "Iceman,"(May 3rd, 2013), Paramount’s "GI Joe: Retaliation," (March 29th, 2013), and Sony’s "The Smurfs," (July 31st, 2013). After working on over 100 films and television shows with some of the biggest actors and directors in the industry, this visionary entrepreneur recently founded Illusion Industries in Los Angeles, and has expanded to locations in New Orleans and Moscow in the last two years, specializing in prosthetic makeup, animatronics, puppets, specialty costumes, design and much more. Todd will talk about his groundbreaking creative process, cinematic career and the story behind creating and developing Hollywood’s premier special effect makeup powerhouse. His full service special effects makeup production company specializes in prosthetic makeup, animatronics, puppets, specialty costumes, design and much more. See more here: http://vimeo.com/57180911
Todd Tucker visits Movie Addict HQ to discuss his impressive cinematic career and groundbreaking creative process used for special effects make-up in such films as Pirates of the Caribbean, Van Helsing, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Mrs. Doubtfire, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. After working on over 100 films and television shows with some of the biggest actors and directors in the industry, this visionary entrepreneur recently founded Illusion Industries, a full service special effects make-up production company specializing in prosthetic make-up, animatronics, puppets, specialty costumes, design and much more. Tune in to learn about Todd’s special movie magic!
Adding to the fun, Mad Movie Man A.J. Hakari will co-host.
It's The Down and Dirty with Frank Fontana Halloween Spooktacular!
Our first guests are Cheri Oteri and Caytha Jentis, from the new movie Bad Parents. It's a star-studded ensemble film about overly-competitive parents battling it out over youth soccer... and it also features Janeane Garofalo, Christopher Titus, Michael Boatman, Kristen Johnston, and Ben Bailey. Check it out at film festivals across the country, and it's coming to theaters soon!
During our Craftsmanship segment, we're chatting with Ed Edmunds from Making Monsters on the Travel Channel. He runs Distortions Unlimited in Colorado with his wife Marsha Taub-Edmunds... creating some of the scariest animatronics and “frightronics” that the haunt industry has ever seen.
We're also checking in with Man Cave Daily writer Luke McKinney about "Horrifying Halloween Cocktails You Must Try," and we'll hear a Craftsman Memories story from Renee Braun.
BOO! Let's get Down and Dirty...
Jeremy D'alessandro is the Master of Gore for Props and Haunted Houses! In 2002, he opened his first Haunted Attraction and since then he has ran 5 Haunted Attractions. His Haunted Attraction Zombie X Treme in Seaside Heights, NJ received a 5 star rating! His Haunted Houses have been featured in The Daily News, The Staten Island Advance, News 1, Hauntworld Magazine, Haunted Halloween, Hauntfreaks.com, Newsday & The Bay and Kings News. Outside of his Haunted House Attractions, Jeremy has built and designed Haunted 3D laser tags. In 2003, Jeremy started a new project called Creepycollection.com. He had always had a passion for Haunted House and Halloween Props that looked real. Creepycollection.com became a fan favorite right from the start. After the first four years, creepycollection.com has become the #1 custom props online beating all competitors and has become known for the most realistic props on the market today. Creepy Collection has also branched out and Jeremy is now involved in TV & Movie Production besides selling props in the Haunted Attraction Industry. Creepycollection.com has sold props to The Discovery Channel, Off the Lot, After Dark Films, 8 Movies To Die For, FNS Productions, Crime Scene Investigators and Clothing Designers including Marc Jacobs NY, Beverly Hills and San Francisco. His credits also include two IMDb credits for his work on Camp Dead for both FX Production and acting in the film as well as he has been Featured on Para X and Rotting Flesh Radio. Finally, Jeremy's greatest attribute is that he is a well rounded haunter who can build you a prop, give you set design, costuming, make up, masks, film and production & advertising events. He is also an Advertising Representative for Tribune and has 6 years of experience in media, marketing and design. For more information on Creepy Collection and to purchase your exclusive, hand-made, one-of-a-kind product today, visit www.creepycollection.com.
Bill Terezakis is a special make-up effects designer and partner of WCT Productions a company that specializes in the design and building of prosthetic characters, special FX and animatronics and is located in Vancouver, Canada. They have been creating memorable monsters and FX for film and television industry since they opened their doors in 1999. His unique work can be seen in the upcoming Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes directed by Rupert Wyatt (US/Release/August 2011). With over 130 credits to his name in just a couple of decades he is one of the most sought after designers currently working in the industry. Credits: Tron: Legacy, Eclipse, Red Riding Hood, The A-Team, Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lighting Thief, The X-Files: I Want To Believe, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2 to name but a few. Bill was the special makeup effects designer in charge of the numerous animatronics, prosthetics and chief makeup design for Battlestar Galactica since the mini series. You can email your questions email@example.com Link: www.123FilmEasy.com. Follow us on Twitter @123Film
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