Now playing on The Rue Morgue Podcast: Part One of my interview with Canadian special effects make-up pioneer Gordon Smith. A brief excerpt of this interview ran on Rue Morgue Radio in 2011 but here for the first time is part one of the full 100 minute interview.
In a career spanning nearly 30 years, Mr. Smith has worked on such classic films as the killer rat movie DEADLY EYES (1982), Oliver Stone’s PLATOON (1986), David Cronenberg’s DEAD RINGERS (1988), JACOB’S LADDER (1990), GRAVEYARD SHIFT (1990), NATURAL BORN KILLERS (1994), Guillermo del Toro’s MIMIC (1997), X-MEN (2000) and SPLICE (2009).
An exhibit of Smith’s work is currently showing at Tiff’s Canadian Film Gallery entitled X-MEN MASTER: GORDON SMITH. The exhibit runs until March 31st.
Here’s some pictures I took of Gordon’s former studio:
Heads from JACOB’S LADDER, sculpted by reknowned artist Evan Penny.
The Rat creature from GRAVEYARD SHIFT.
Wolverine from X-MEN. Notice the realistic flesh tone. There’s no make-up on this prosthetic. It’s intrinsically coloured using a silicone-based process developed by Gordon Smith and his team. Unlike latex based prosthetics, this will not lose its colour over time.
Long John from MIMIC.
Puppety Guy from DEAD RINGERS.
From JOHNNY MNEMONIC.
Corpses from PLATOON.
Gordon Smith with the full-body prosthetic for Mystique from X-MEN.
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