Archive for August, 2017

28
Aug
17

Moonwatcher begins

It took a better part of the day to make a life mask off my life mask needed to sculpt Moonwatcher. Once I had all that done I spent 45 minutes to rough, and I mean rough out the start of the sculpture for the eventual skin.

Good progress though and thanks to George Daher for helping and for getting the clay!

Picture of Stuart Freeborn sculpting the original for 2001. For those of you not familiar with Stuart you should be! He made the originals, Yoda, and Chewie for starters. And great hero of makeup effects and prosthetic makeup.

12
Aug
17

Ve Neill and me

This is me and one sexy, smart, talented lady. Ve Neill. This was about 1978 and we just got through working together on “Laser Blast”, “Star Trek the Motion Picture” and a slew of other films that helped launch here fantastic career.

This was a test makeup I designed and on this day we tested the makeup on me. The movie was called, “Battle Beyond the Stars.”

Even after Ve and I parted we worked together. She was always there wanting to apply the make-ups for the tests and if she could on the set of shows I was contracted to do the creatures and prosthetic makeups for.

A lot of you don’t realize that she can illustrate and sculpt but she never had an interest to do the lab work. Any lab jockey can make a good prosthetic, but not everyone has the talent to to apply it to an actors face so well you’d believe it was real.

Ve could take a shitty piece with bad blender edges and completely save it. And if an edge dared to show she’d blend it away with here incredible ability to highlight, shadow, and color it away so the camera never saw it.

As Rick Baker would say (and did in my presents), “God, she could blend a dime.”

I am so blessed to have her as a friend to this day.

 

Ve and me

11
Aug
17

Beyond Communion Comics lost art

It was back in 95 I met Martin Powell. He is a distinguished successful comic book writer. He had a deep interest in the Visitor experience and wanted to create a Communion comic book based on Whitley Strieber’s work.

We set about making up two prototype mock-ups to shop to Caliber Comics if me memory serves me well.

For the first one Martin wrote a story based on some he knew who had an experience. I did all the art work in colored pencil, and my late with Gilly did the lettering.

I recently found the original artwork I thought was lost. It was in a binder well protected for the last 20 years or more. I also found the actual comics that later went into print. I found a few of them. Maybe 10. I’m thinking of having Whitley and I sign them and offering them to collectors.

Notice the ad for Dreamland effects my old company.

I’m so glad I found this little part of history. I believe somewhere I have the second prototype too which was all black and white.

Enjoy and have joy.

Steve

Please click on the mosaic to enter the larger pictures and then select in the bottom right the see full sized image.

 

11
Aug
17

Getting things done and started

I have come to the end of all client jobs and it has taken a few months. Now it’s full time film making and finishing the “But Something is There” pilot.

I will continue to build and make things for myself and if anyone wants one too…well we can work something out I’m sure.  My main pursuit is to make a feature film or two next.

One script is done and is being shopped and the other is currently being written. I’m taking my laptop with me on my vacation on a big boat to write between the lines.

I did this week get Daren R. Dochterman ears all made. And the Deadpool mold for the under part of the fabric mask done.

So now it’s on to the X-Wing…Yah! and starting the Star Child and Moonwatcher. My life mask is ready and we are starting the armature to sculpt the Star Child on. Fun! Fun!

 

10
Aug
17

New Projects Star Child

And we are also going to make the Star Child from 2001. And exact replica. I have always wanted them for my 2001 collection.

Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" - The Starchild

10
Aug
17

New projects

And the reason I finishing Deadpool right now with everything that’s going on is…I need my life mask to sculpt something else. Moon Watcher from 2001. The real deal. A replica with lip and jaw movement.

 

2001-DOM

10
Aug
17

The latest

Deadpool mold getting done at long last. Keep in mind this is being made so it can be used as the under padding and shape for the eventual fabric.
Parts of it will be cut away around the jaw and mouth, The fabric allows me to breathe. In addition to that another casting gets pulled from this mold of just the eyes and later they get vacuum formed just like the original.
I’m also going to make the eye sections in silicone to see it they might not move a bit with my face.
Was shopping yesterday and Mary found me a new very important super awesome and cool “Deadpool” watch. The previous one got damaged and the second hand came off from beating up all those bad guys on my naughty list. Or maybe it was from changing in that out of place phone booth. Cramped in there. Well got to got there’ Cherry Garcia waiting for me!

 

07
Aug
17

SNG Visitors and fun

Had a great visit last Monday from Tony Hardy and his gang. The Gang was, Mike Scott who is a incredible prop maker, Eric Chu ( and we all know Eric right Ken?), and James Lechner(thanks for the pictures James!).

These guys were in town visiting all crazy guys that do the the things they love and I was lucky enough to be on the itinerary.

We all had a fun day talking shop. Mike Scott brought his 2001 helmet to torture me. He was kind enough to add me to the list to own one.

That’s Mike Scott with my LeMat revolver from Westworld. I enjoyed sharing it with him. Not a prop you see everyday. Thanks so much guys for the fun!!! And Eric thanks for the BSG poster!

06
Aug
17

“But Something is There” the Book

Many of you know about our TV series, “But Something is There.” We at SNG Studios produced an hour long pilot for the series. It is based on my real life encounters with the unknown.

Whitley Strieber coined the term “the Visitors” for lack of a better description of a non-human intelligence that millions of people are interacting with and have been for a very long time.

I have never liked the term aliens because we don’t know that they are aliens or from where they come. Their point of origin is unknown. At this point in my life it doesn’t matter anymore, as all intelligences and life forms are connected. We tend to want to explain things and give a sense of order and location to everything we experience. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that we find ourselves. That we know ourselves.

We are amazing beings and when we perceive this vast universe we sometimes feel fear. We may feel small and insignificant; but nothing could be further from the truth. We are this universe, we are born from it and there are no limits to the size of consciousness we possess.

My experiences with the visitors has forever changed me, connected me and separated me from the self-imposed reality of our culture.  This culture separates us from the very stars from which we are born. A reality that asks you not to ask questions, to look down and not up.

In this book I tell my story from my first memories to the present, where the journey still continues. It is honest and told as it happened.

At age 65 I still don’t know why this has been happening or who the visitors are. However, I do have an idea as I express in conclusion in the book.

I want to thank everyone who has helped with this book. Thank you to the love of my life, Mary Cacciapaglia, who has painstakingly edited my writing. A big thank you to Whitley Strieber, for being my friend and always being there to help and support me; thank you Paul Butcher for the lovely cover. Thank you Yvonne Smith for your friendship, support and Forward to my book.

The book will be available in September 2017.

book cover

06
Aug
17

latest show is up




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