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.
“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.
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.
It’s Halloween time, boys and ghouls, and what better way to celebrate than a whole month of blog posts packed with the spooky effects you have come to know and love from Legacy Effects? Sure, a costume party with scantily clad ‘nurses’ and ‘kittens’ could be better, but this is right up there. So let’s kick off this awesome month with one of the most notable movie creatures of all time, Frankenstein’s Monster!
A face only everyone can love!
Bet you thought the above photo was a colorized image of Karloff the Uncanny himself. It’s actually a spitting image sculpture of the amazing Boris, but the finish is all from Legacy Effects. We put this together as a charity auction piece for the “It’s Alive” project
, supporting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. One of the greatest movie monsters of all time, Frankenstein’s monster is a huge influence, and the reason many of us are in the business today. Naturally, we jumped at the chance to recreate this silver screen legend in an immortal medium, especially for such a great cause.
The criteria for this project are to use an existing unfinished Frankenstein’s monster bust, and from it create an art piece. Being the movie geeks we are, we want to stay true to the image of the monster as he would appear in real life. We tried to deliver the most accurate representation of Franky as we could, adding realistic skin, scaring and hair to make this beast come alive.
Eye See You
Chicks Dig Scars ….And Staples.
This has been an unbelievable opportunity to work on a memorable piece and raise money for an amazing charity. Please visit the “It’s Alive” site to see all of the other creative pieces, and even a few with the option to purchase and add to the donation. Check back often, because this month will be chock full of creepy goodness!