Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Vampire Makeup

My Linked In work anniversary states; 2 years working at Watchcat Films, funny it feels more like 3. Thanks for all the congratulations.

The day after our annual Halloween party, I had to do some makeup to turn unsupecting actor Michael Hatch into a Vampire character for a friend's feature film project called Noir.


We wanted a Nosferatu type of vampire which was suppose to look more like this.
However, when we saw the actual makeup package only included foam pieces of a forehead brow, cheeks and a nose; no bald cap, no pointy ears and no fangs, we had to make a change. We ended up using a foam ape face instead, with a separate bald cap and larger pointy ears.
After attaching the bald cap, I glued on the ears. I had to add tissue paper and liquid latex to reinforce the ears to the bald cap and cover several holes. I was considering adding some wire to secure the ears so they wouldn't wiggle as much. Luckily, the vampire is shown very briefly in this black and white sequence, so the ear motion wouldn't be seen.

The day before, I painted the mouth area, gums, teeth and added the long fangs to save time before the makeup session. Those are plastic fangs are from a pumpkin carving kit, which I glued into where the foam fangs were. The ape mask was then glued into place, blended to the face and bald cap. I used tissue paper and liquid latex to create skin all around his neck and hands.

Once the head was done, I had to makeup Michael's hands and apply sharp false nails to his fingers. The entire makeup process took about 3 or 4 hours to complete. 


Michael was very patient throughout the whole process and in the end, gave a great performance. Here's a clip.


Michael was so good as a vampire, we had to use him in another part of the film as a Nazi Demon after slipping him into a German uniform and helmet.

One more pose before returning to the world of the humans.


 
Need some makeup in your next film project?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Watchcat Weekend in Burbank!

The weekend of (April 29 and 30th) is the Burbank Arts Festival in beautiful Downtown Burbank on San Fernando Blvd., between
Magnolia Blvd and Angeleno Avenue. The event is free and fun from 10am - 5pm!



Greg Bradley and myself will be sitting at a table, under a tent promoting Woodbury University and introducing lucky passersby to our Watchcat merch. We've got Watchcat T-Shirts, Collector Pins and free Watchcat postcards and stickers! We are promoting Watchcat to the Burbank community in hopes to gain more subscribers and let more people know about that mysterious crime-fighting cat in their neighborhood, known as Watchcat.


So, look for us near the CTN tents, stop by our table and let us know if you are a Watchcat fan, follow our Watchcatfiles blog or subscribe to our Watchcat Films channel on Youtube? We can't wait for the weekend!

Below are 3 Watchcat episodes and you can see more, by subscribing to our Youtube channel Watchcat Films.





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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Honeynut bee by me!

Here's the latest Trix commercial, where 3 famous animated General Mills cereal mascots react to a real talking rabbit. Calabash Animation in Chicago hired me to animate Buzz the Honeynut Cheerio bee using Maya. It was a great opportunity and a fun spot to work on!

 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Watchcat Clip

Here is a clip of final scenes from Watchcat Episode 2.

Final22_25 from Toondini on Vimeo.
Hand Drawn and scanned into Toon Boom, imported into After Effect, 1/4 cup of nutmeg,
1 tea spoon of butter, and baked at 370 for 4 1/2 minutes in Premiere.