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.
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!!
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.
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!