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T-Mobile Frankenstein

Welcome back, boys and ghouls!  The month is half way through, and we are still cranking out spooky posts to tantalize your taste for the macabre.  Today’s post is another iteration of the classic creature, Frankenstein’s Monster.  We’ve done a few Frankys over the years, and he never gets old.  From the classic look of Karloff to our own take on the beast; each one is a treat and special to us in different ways.  This time we would like to introduce you to T-Mobile’s Franky.


Look at that piecemeal mug; that is a handsome monster!  We jumped into this version of Franky with both platform-shoed feet first.  We took a life cast of the actor’s face and set our art department straight to work on sculpting.  We did a few designs of the creature, but ultimately wanted him to feel like he was pieced together from many faces.  If you look closely, you can even see that one of his ears is positioned lower and further away from his face than the other.






After the sculpt is complete, we mold and cast this makeup in a foam latex prosthetic appliance that is split into four pieces; head, nose/upper lip, ear and jaw.  The prosthetic is applied to the face with the use of spirit gum, and blended together to camoflauge the seams.  All pieces and exposed skin are painted the ghoulish grey/green color expected of a Frankenstein Monster.  Stitches, staples and bolts are added as the final touches, with the custom wig topping off the whole effect.  Since bulky clothes cover most of his body, the only areas that require makeup are the face, forearms and hands.  Detailed makeup is applied to the wrists to make the hands appear stitched to the arms.  The arms and hands are then painted to match the flesh tone of his head.








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“It’s alive!”  A reanimated monster is thus created and at your service and here to tell you about the benefits of T-Mobile!  Frankenstein’s Monster is a staple of the pages of pop culture icons, and as long as the Frankenstein challenge is thrown our way, we will continue to knock it out of the park with our effects.  Check out the hilarious spot below featuring our Franky in his failed attempt to put his obtuse creator in his place.  See you on the next post, raised straight from the grave.


-Legacy EFX



Honda Monster

Imagine driving around with your friends in your brand new Honda, your freshly manicured claws tapping along to the rhythm of your favorite song, the wind blowing through your fur.  Hey, girls just wanna have fun… even monster girls.  Meet the Honda Monster!


This Honda spot and the beast we created for it is a lot of fun.  Like the Zicam Monster, we made a complete monster with full fur suit and animatronic eyes, ears and mouth.  As you see in the images below, there is a lot that went into this suit to transform our little actress, Misty Rosas, into a complete furry co-ed, headed out for an afternoon on the town.  The under suit is made of foam, shaped to fill out the monster’s body and the fur applications over it.



The hands and feet are foam “gloves” made to fit over the Misty’s own appendages.  The head is similar to a fiberglass helmet, with built in animatronics for the eyes, mouth and ears.  The animatronics are then remote operated by a puppeteer off camera.  Great care is taken with the placement and operation of the motors and servos for the mechanics, as they are literally centimeters from the Misty’s face.  The hair and fur for the suit is hand dyed and is hand punched with colored spots to give the monster her unique coloring.







And there you have it, another creature courtesy of Legacy Effects!  View the spot below in its entirety to see how cute our little monsteress turned out.  She was a lot of fun, and not a bad driver if you ask us.  We’ll see you on the next monster of a post, from the team here at Legacy!  Thanks for stomping by.


-Legacy EFX



Exciting iMut8r News!

In 2008, we at Legacy had a dream: That one day you could take photos of yourself and your loved ones and turn them into the most repulsive amalgam of horror imaginable. One foggy fall eve that year, the iMut8r app was born.

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The app was a hit. People from all over the globe turned selfies into hideous portraits of terror. It was named App of the Week by Apple. It created mass hysteria that shut down entire cities for weeks. Okay, that last one wasn’t true. But our app has been a perennial Halloween favorite the past five years. People mix and match from eight different monster categories to create original mutations, never-before-seen amalgamations of sinew, suture and fang to impress their friends and intimidate enemies.

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Well we’ve got some great news: iMut8r 2.2.0 has just been released! It’s been updated for iOS7 and the iPhone 5 and has an entirely new monster category to choose from, The Creeping Flesh, where you can scar your skin or make it crawl and melt!


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Got a photo of you and a friend? Share your epidermal maladies and conjoin yourselves! It’s a brand new feature for 2.2.0 that’s got us spooked.

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iMut8r is one of our favorite creations, because we get to see what other people create with it. Update to the new version and let’s see what you make! (It’s a dollar in the Apple App Store for newbies.)



H&R Block Reaper

Let’s turn our attention to the Santa Claus of Halloween: the Grim Reaper himself!  What is more certain in this life than death and taxes?  Well, H&R Block put the two together in a chilling Super Bowl ad, where Death visits his accountant to inform him of his errors and to take his business to H&R Block.  The spot is tongue-in-cheek, but that did not stop us from creating a horrifying depiction of Death.


Death is already intimidating on his own, but we decided to make him even more so by exaggerating his height to nearly double that of an average man.  This menacing, looming figure will take your breath away.  We built an inner structure that can be attached to the actor inside the cloak.  Because it attaches right to the actor’s shoulders, any movement the actor makes will accurately translate to the heightened figure, thereby looking more authentic.  A structure of this sort also keeps the actors’ hands free to articulate the skeletal arms of Death.


Sorry James, it was nice knowing you.





Death is a great character to create, albeit a well known one.  We were up to the challenge of taking this class creature and amping the design up to make him more terrifying than ever.   The gentleman who did Death’s taxes is one brave soul, to be sure.  Check the full spot below, and pray our victim isn’t at H&R Block the same day you get your taxes done.  Check back for more deadly posts this month, only at Legacy Effects!





World War Z

We <3 zombies!  The very thought of these creatures inspires mixed emotions, from fear to fascination.  A genre arguably perfected by George A. Romero, fans of zombie films are almost as rabid as the zombies themselves.  Therefore, being true to the lineage is vital.  One of 2013’s biggest films, World War Z, is the newest installment of the popular horror canon, and Legacy was chosen to add our expertise.  The particular virus that takes over these poor souls is quick and brutal, and you would not want a horde of them running you down an alley, that’s for sure.  Because these baddies move so fast, you don’t always get a clear shot of them in the film.  Let’s slow these buggers down and give you a good, close look without getting your face bitten off.  The preceding images in this post are all from a series of test make-ups we did for the film.  View at your own risk.



GAAAAAHH!!!  That picture above says it all!  These creatures don’t even need to lunge at your throat to make your blood run cold.  The transformation of these zombies is simple but effective.  We sculpted some vein work onto each zombie application around the neck and throughout the face.  You can practically see the deadly virus coursing through their veins, consuming their entire being.  Spots of patchy discolored skin show the rapid decay, along with raised cheekbone applications with paint and shading around the eyes to make the face appear as if it is caving in.  Cataract and lightened iris contact lenses are added to give the look of a soulless maniacal killer.  On the business end of the zombies, we’ve added gnarled teeth that look as if they have been damaged from chewing remorselessly through sinew and bone.







Voilà! You just got a close up look at some of the most terrifying zombie creations ever to hit the silver screen.  World War Z has quickly made its way into being one of the best zombie movies of all time, and the opportunity to add our special touch to the undead is an amazing treat.  We hope you enjoy this look into the making of these groovy ghoulies.  We hope you’re dying to come back all month long for more gory posts.


-Legacy EFX



Charter Werewolf

I can do anything you can do better; I can make a werewolf better than you!  Ok, maybe it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite like the original song, but we’re pretty confident we made a classic Lon Chaneyesque werewolf.  Meet the Wolfman of Charter Cable.


Charter Cable has a pretty cool concept for their commercial in which they take Irving Berlin’s “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better”, from Annie Get Your Gun, and perform it with several characters from different movie genres across several different media devices.  One of those characters is the iconic Wolfman, and Legacy was up to the task to make him sing.  In fact, Legacy’s own co-founder, John Rosengrant, suited up as the furry falsetto.   Well, maybe he’s more of a tenor.








Even though the spot is fairly brief, we put a lot of detail into this makeup.  We went with a full upper body suit with fur arms, chest and back piece, plus foam latex mask applique and fangs.  You can’t even tell that’s John’s handsome face under all that fur.




Frankenstein, vampires, and now Wolfman. We have almost all the classics covered, and we aren’t even two weeks into October.  Check the full Charter spot below to hear John flexing his furry chops in a beautiful rendition of Berlin’s masterpiece.  Keep checking back all month for more hair-raising Halloween posts, only from Legacy.


-Legacy EFX



Reliant Zombie

Zombies, zombies, zombies!!  Everywhere you turn around these days there are zombies.  Well, we couldn’t be happier!  Here’s the zombie we created for Reliant Energy, and boy is he pretty!


The zombie is portrayed by our own key concept designer, Ian Joyner, who was selected from numerous Legacy crewmembers that tried out for the part, each one of them providing a horrific and totally “blackmailable” filmed audition for the role.



He’s your pretty standard zombie–rotting flesh, dead eyes, and remains of his last feed still on his lipless mouth. We did a foam latex applique for this zombie, including face, chest, and arms.  Check out the images below to see the monstrous transformation!






So much effort went into transforming Ian for this piece, and in the final product you really only see the silhouette of his legs.  Oh well, c’est la vie.  See the Reliant spot below in its entirety.  We still turned out a pretty creepy zombie that we can be proud of, and we can’t wait to sink our teeth into the next one, so bring ‘em on!  Check back all month long for some awesome posts and behind the scenes views of some of our most deadly projects.


-Legacy EFX



AT&T Monster

Continuing our Halloween themed posts, meet the AT&T Monster!


“The brief called for a big, furry monster-in-the-closet-type thing, but friendly,” lead artist, Vance Hartwell, explains. The monster’s proportions were very top-heavy. “The clients wanted a monster similar to that big, red monster with the tennis shoes in Warner Brothers cartoons; that kind of body proportion”.  A fur suit was built around Ted Haines’ upper body, and positioned in front of him from the chest down as the dimensions slimmed. Haines’ green-suited body was then removed in postproduction. Hartwell adds, “The face was a straightforward sculpt, and we used white National Fiber Tech hair and airbrushed it. On set, the little actress loved the monster in real life and wouldn’t stop hugging it!”








This monster posed some pretty fun challenges, and all in all came out looking pretty slick.  Reminiscent of a skinny abominable snow man with a heart of gold, don’t you think?  Only in the FX biz!  Check the spot below for the monster in action.  Thanks for stopping by, and check back all this month for more monstrous posts!!


-Legacy EFX


Chipotle Frankenstein

Picture this: you’re out trick or treating, minding your own business, and suddenly a big Chipotle burrito drops right into your treat bag!  Well, that may not happen, but Chipotle restaurants did the next best thing.  Last year they did a promotion in which burritos were only $2 for all costumers in costume.  Not a bad deal, and fun too!


The funny and talented Rob Riggle, as a jerky version of Frankenstein’s Monster, introduces this promotion for Chipotle.  The makeup is relatively simple, and we created some prosthetics to give him a great Franky look.  We kept the makeup light so Rob’s blockhead actions and gestures can shine through, creating one colossal creep.






The Chipotle spot was a lot of fun to work on, and Rob had us all in stitches.  It’s definitely one of those commercials you can watch over and over again.  Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check back each day for more nuts and bolts of the effects industry.


-Legacy EFX


Audi Vampires

Continuing the theme of monsters and their desire for acceptance into the real world, we present to you with the Audi Vampire Super Bowl commercial from 2012.  Vampires are hot; just ask all those die hard Twilight fans out there.  Those ladies are CRAZY.  However, these slinky creatures of the night are just trying to enjoy a low-key evening away from the sharpened sticks and holy water filled squirt guns of the human world.


We fit each actor with specially made fang applications modeled on castings of their own teeth.  Then we took a bit of a different spin with this particular breed of vampire, and gave them two sets of vein draining canines.  Each actor also gets a set of piercing eyes, capable of staring into the very depths of a man’s soul.








Unfortunately for these sexy vamps, a careless friend and the super powerful Audi LED lights cut their night short.  We had a lot of fun with this piece, and luckily no real vampires were harmed during the evening shoot.  Check back for more blood-curdling posts all month long!