Pittsburgh Comic Con September 2014: Overview!

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Septhember 27th, 2014: Just another day in Pittsburgh, with bustling traffic, black and gold decor, and larger than life pub sandwiches. However, this day, and weekend in specific sets off something exceptional in the Iron City as artists, cosplayers, film makers, fabricators, illustrators, performers, bakers, crafters, and famous actors and actresses descend in one infamous area – Monroeville, PA.zombie_museum_sign-1024x768

Monroeville, PA is recognized most notably, at least in the realm of all things nerdalicious, for the film  Dawn of the Dead (1978), which was shot near the convention center that holds the Comic Con. Actors and Actresses from the original film are sure to be seen at the Convention, displaying proudly their zombie roots. From the walking dead, to grass roots film projects the Pittsburgh Comic Con has a lot of history, and unique talent to offer any con goer.
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Press pass in hand, I entered the convention alongside special effects artist, director and fiancé Jesse Lechok who was there to enjoy the con with me, but was also representing the famous Tom Savini School for special effects, which teaches students the artistry of movie cosmetic magic.

Throw two artists into a pool of imagination such as the Pittsburgh Comic Con and things can get exciting. Here I’ll cover some of the exhibitors that I got the chance to really get to know. Keep in mind this convention is fairly large, and it’s almost impossible to touch on everything in one day, which should prompt anyone reading this to take the time to check out the event in person for the three day length it spans over. Every day there were new speakers, performers and sights to see! Not to mention the Monroeville Mall, the original set of Dawn of the Dead, itself is a historical landmark for anyone who loves the zombie genre or horror films.

Upon entering the parking lot of the convention center, which is very easy to find ( and free! ), I spotted my future doom buggy, which embodied the logo and style of my favorite film of all time. Jurassic Park. As many of you may know there is a new Jurassic Park franchise film arriving next June, 2015 called Jurassic World whic10690254_10154655740625296_4488593563299475601_nh reboots the series. I’m BEYOND excited and totally dorked out over this vehicle even though it wasn’t the standard Jeep JP car, it still rocks.  Plus, it’s tiny and cute, maybe a T-Rex would ignore it? Or eat it in one bite. One of the two.dec1

Upon getting our VIP passes, we entered the convention and headed over to the Savini booth first to say hello to some of Jesse’s students. They were feverously working on a demon prosthetic, and simultaneously offering small sfx applications like cuts and bruises to the public. The prosthetic understandably took them half the day to complete but looked phenomenally creepy. Some of the students had also sculpted busts, including an amazing Groot bust that sold in the first few hours.Demon

After they finished their prosthetic, they walked their amazing finished piece around the convention and got some fantastic reactions. This piece in specific was modeled after the character Darkness, from the film “Legend”.

Next up was a group of folks called “Take Back the Sky” petitioning for the next manned space aircraft to be named Serenity after the TV series Firefly, and of course the film. takebacktheskyThis would be following suit of the first US company developing the world’s first commercial manned space flight  which they called the Enterprise. These folks were Pittsburgh based, amazingly passionate and had some great ideas about why the next manned space craft should take it’s name yet again from science fiction. Since autumn is in full swing, they also created a “Leaf on the Wind” campaign about sending Elon Mtake back the sky petitionusk a “leaf on the wind” to help convince him to name the first Dragon V2 Serenity. Check out their petition on their website, and sign it!

This group also runs a local Browncoats group for PA which is based for fans of the series Firefly and the movie Serenity.

After signing their petition and chatting about Serenity, something sleek, black and bat-like caught my eye. It was a replica of the 1966 Bat Mobile in all of its glory. Bat MobileGetting your photo taken IN the vehicle of course cost some cash, which is well worth it since it looks truly exact!

If you’re into all things fancy, like the Bat Mobile, you’d probably also love the new Pittsburgh Comic Con T-shirt logos, which features Harley Quinn in a sexy pose. Every year the Con turns out a new shirt pccdesign, and I definitely loved this one.

The back entrance to the convention where the press enters, is also where the independent writers, designers and printers set it up their exhibits. I had the chance to get to know these exhibitors first! These artists have some of the most distinctive content to offer the viewer, since their work is entirely done self-sufficiently.  I have so shane ronziomuch admiration for the drive and enthusiasm of these artists, who have created ideas that span far past your everyday super hero. Cross Worlds Nexus creator Shane Ronzio has been creating comics since the early 2000’s self-reliantly. He writes, illustrates, colors, designs, prints and distributes all of his work for Cross Worlds Nexus online and off completely independently!  From cwnprint to plot, artists like Ronzio put everything they have into the fantastical realms they create and love leaving comic lovers with refreshingly new story concepts, characters, and worlds untouched by the corporate hand of the comic book realm.

While I was admiring the work of Ronzio, a large massive line  in the adjacent convention hall got mDR WHO: THE FILMy attention. Folks in other worldly costumes, and Doctor Who cosplayers flooded the hall. Commotion ensued, and TARDIS toys emerged. It took me a moment to see what they were freaking out over, but soon realized the reason.  The Eighth Doctor from the series, Paul John McGann, had entered the convention hall.  McGann made his first appearance as the 8th incarnationPaul-McGann of the doctor in the 1996 Doctor Who TV film “Doctor Who”.  His portrayal of the doctor on screen was eccentric and endearing, which is exactly how he is in person! Not only was McGann extremely kind, hilarious, and informative but he was nonstop greeting and hugging hordes upon hordes of fans and taking photos with cosplayers who went all out in their detailed attire. You could tell he genuinely loved each fan. He was also there with an official prop from the shodww. Take one guess to what it was.

After I inspected the TARDIS, and heard from McGann about what it’s like to be a Time Lord, quite a different fandom was heating up. My Little Pony Fans gathered not so far away at Katie Elizabeth Cook’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic booth. She’s known for the popular comic but may be even better known for her webcomic, Gronk. She was equally as kind and gleeful, and you’ve got to love the MLP artwork. mlpKatie has worked for major publishers like DC, Marvel and also with the Jim Henson Company. She’s also responsible for writing for shows such as Fraggle Rock, and the Jim Henson’katiecooks, “The Storyteller” series.  On top of it all she also contributes Star Wars artwork to the offical Star Wars Blog. Her endless skills paired with the explosion of popularity for My Little Pony made her a popular exhibtor, which is no doubt a given due to her bubbly, lovable personality and eye catching, lovable characters.

Close to Cook’s booth, something not so lovable lingered. A massive, apocalyptic-esc humanoid rhino.  It immadamkediately reminded me of something Tank Girl would encounter, however it was just the amazing handy work of SFX artist Adam King.   This piece was of course, of Rocksteady,  a street thug who is mutated into an anthropomorphic rhinoceros from the TMNT comic series. Adam King is a self-taught, self-made special effects makeup sfxartist and mask maker. His life sized Rhino man was beyond convincing, and towered over onlookers. It was great to see more film workers at the convention, and just goes to show how connected the realm of sci-fi, horror, and comics really is.  A Pittsburgh native, King has been creating monsters sikingnce 2006, and has had his art placed in the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Federal Courthouse and the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum.  He is also a part of the infamous Kennywood themepark’s Phantom Frightnights makeup crew, a crew that transforms the local Pittsburgh themepark into a ghoulish environment every year.

Film makers and film artists were everywhere at the Pittsburgh Comic Con this year. Sentient, a Pittsburgh based web series, was there in full force. Created by director and producer Mark Cross and R. Douglas Jones, Sentient is a science fiction medical drama thriller. Each show is to be played out as 11-15 minute webisodes, available on Vimeo on Demand. sentientThe series opened up a multitude of opportunities for Pittsburgh based actors, actresses, and film artists, and may soon become a full length television show due to it’s unstoppable growth.  The story follows a group of people employed by BioGNX, a top examination facility that works with targeted nanotechnology. These BioGNX research doctors and scientists go on a sabbatical in the secluded backwoods of Canada after the company experiences significant internal turmoil. Not long after arrival, several of the doctors stumble upon an unconscious forest ranger in the woods. Wilhelm, Dory & ArchyAfter bringing him back to the cabin to examine him, he begins to show unearthly signs of infection. The sentient symbiote virus evolves more quickly than they are able to understand. Struggling to apprehend the happenings, the intelligent doctors eventually uncover the truth and scurry to cover it up. Will they be able to contain the virus and save life on this Earth as we know it?

With no visible alien virus in sight, beautiful illustrations were coming to life in April Alayne’s booth, a Baltimore, MD based self-made illustration artist, vintage upcycler and craft artist. aprilThis multi-talented artist does everything from transforming vintage gowns, to custom jewelry, tattoo designs and pillow work. Alayne is full of creative ideas and got her start after the economy took a turn for the worst, and she became unemployed for an extended period of time. She calls it a “blessing in disguise” because that is when she decided to focus on her artwork fully. Now she sells her work at shows all over the US, and on her website successfully. april1Stories like April’s remind us all that we should follow our passions even when they seem unattainable! You never know what kind of astonishing accomplishments are just around the corner.

As I turned the corner in fact, I was surprised to be met with not yet kocanother illustrator but a medieval artisan, Daniel Andre. Daniel creates sculpture, jewelry, authentic chainmail shirts and clothing, and props competely out of metal chains.  He also teaches classes, called “Knights of the Classroom” on how to create such pieces.  In his classes he promotes being yourself, and and focusing on positive self-esteem while also teaching creative and historical techniques. Dan has been creating his stunning, highly detailed hand aseembled pieces since 1983, and has even perfected the art of creating chainmail pieces for pets! Daniel was a joy to speak to, and so passionate abok1ut his expertise. The giant spider and the pet chainmail really caught my eye!


My trip to the Pittsburgh Comic Con was absolutely kickass. I didn’t get the chance to talk to everybody, but I suggest that anyone who loves anything nerdy attend this con. Here are the photos I took of cosplayers, artists and work and other various booths but didn’t get a chance to talk to in detail! Enjoy!

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Hasselhoff Makes Justin Bieber KITT From “Knight Rider” In His New Movie

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Justin Bieber will be playing the new voice of KITT from “Knight Rider.”


Some of you are probably wondering… did this happen? In an interview with Yahoo, The Hoff explains himself.

“He called me and asked me for a favor. I called him back and said, ‘As a friend, could you do me a favor.’ And he said, ‘Yes.’ And you know what? I did his favor first because I love the Bieb. I think he’s a cool kid, and he gets a bad rap. He’s a good guy, and I like his music. I’ve known him for five years, since the European Music Awards. I called him and said, ‘Would you do me a favor?’ And he said, ‘Yes.’”

The film has working titles such at “Celebrity Death Pool” and “Killing Hasselhoff”.

Storyline: “A man in a high stakes celebrity death pool quickly loses everything – his business, his bank account, his home, his fiancé. He snaps, then realizes the only way to get his life back on track. He’ll have to murder his own celebrity. He’ll have to kill Hasselhoff. “- Peter Hoare

The sophisticated William Daniels (Best known as Mr. Feeny from “Boy Meets World.”) voiced the original KITT in the 1980s .


The two are seen shooting scenes for the film on Tuesday in Venice, California, in the legendary Pontiac Firebird Trans AM .


“Justin Bieber is the voice of KITT in this movie — you can’t say that every day.” -Comedian Jim Jefferies

It’s really happening. Bieber was spotted on the set of the new movie with a script in hand .


Besides Hasselhoff and Bieber,   Jon Lovitz,  Jim Jeffries, Master P, and Howie Mandel are also some of the names attached to this movie.

What do you think?  Is there a chance this might be funny? Or do you think the memory you have of KITT will be forever unclean? With Bieber’s driving record, I was just thankful to see him in the passenger seat.

-Paul Tumpson

Twitter- @paultumpson



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Short Film Review: Alive and Unburied

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As an FX artist and Indie actress I often get to meet amazing underground directors and indie film workers with fresh and unique concepts. Seeing these independent artists bring their vision to life never fails to be exciting.

About a year ago I got the chance to work with Perry Productions, headed by director Sean Perry. This indie horror fanatic has a knack for memorable story ideas and characters you can’t help but love, and laugh at. When he contacted me about working alongside his production to create a new zombie flick, I was definitely in.


“Alive an Unburied” is a short film created by Perry Productions, and the second major short Sean has directed among many other small, yet equally as entertaining, projects. This short in particular encompasses everything we love about the zombie genre. A chemical disaster, mass chaos, and the underdogs saving the day. However, this film takes two genres that may not have meshed and makes them whole, creating an exceptional, comedic and stimulating take on the zombie outbreak idea.

As an FX artist I’ve worked on many zombie films, and I love them all, however this one takes the cake. Perry Productions successfully interlocks the concepts of highschool teen drama and zombie outbreak to create a gore filled entertainment fest full of laughs when a chemical outbreak infects an entire high school during football season. We’ve seen cities during rush hour overcome by hoards of the undead, but how about an ongoing football game where the players aren’t just hungry for a win?


If you’re looking for something amusing, gruesome, distinctive and scary check out the short from Sean Perry, “Alive and Unburied.” I can only hope this film eventually becomes a feature, because I’d love to see more of this story unfold. And, of course, make more zombies for Sean himself!


You can order the film here on the production’s facebook:

Alive and Unburied Trailer:

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Hey everyone! Krista here! As your newest contributer to FFF, I wanted to share with you some of my modeling work. I’m an erotic, and traditional model, and I’ll be reviewing films, conventions and sharing some of the work I do on set and off as a film worker.

Check out some of my work! You can also follow me on facebook!

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Pan Prosthetic
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Hey everyone my name is Krista and I’m your newest contributer here on Found Footage Fans! I’ll be reviewing films, posting tutorials, and reviewing conventions. I’m a film artist, and special effects artist. I act, model, and am constantly traveling from film to film! I love this industry, and am excited to share my input with you.

I decided that my first introduction post should entail my special effects background and embody Halloween, my favorite and upcomming holiday.

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Enjoy my “Pan” inspired SFX Makeup? Planning on creating an amazing cosmetic look yourself for this Halloween season? When it comes to special effects cosmetics and body painting not all makeup is created equal, and sometimes the cosmetic products available can be downright confusing! Everyone knows how to use eyeshadow and lipstick, but how about spirit gum, prosaide, final seal, wax and latex? I’ve spent over eight years in the film industry doing advanced techniques for productions, and I’m here to give you the lowdown on the best cosmetic brands to create any and all of your favorite ghoulish looks this Halloween! I’ll describe what each product does, and how to use it so when you venture into your local Halloween store this year to create your costume you’ll know exactly what you need!


Spirit Gum:  
Spirit gum is what I like to call a level 2 FX, theatre, and film adhesive, as in it’s not the strongest adhesive for FX makeup which would be Prosaide. This adhesive is matte when it dries, and is a sticky liquid right out of the tube or bottle. Best used for basic applications to your makeup on the facial or any area of the body.
What it’s used for:  This adhesive is not as sticky as Prosaide, which is fine. Prosaide id used to glue down prosthetic pieces, so if you aren’t gluing down a prosthetic you can use Spirit Gum easily for what you’er doing. Spirit gum works best for gluing down wax appliances, lace beards, lace in general, various hair pieces and small minute details to your makeup. If you are gluing pieces that need to look realistic especially under heavy lighting, sweat, or wear use Prosaide instead.
Best Brand: Ben Nye Spirit Gum ( $3.50 for 0.25 fl oz )
Makeup Ideas using Spirit Gum:  Fake Noses, Wax Cuts, Fake Wax Stitches, Fake Beards, Fake Mustaches, Fake Eyebrows, Lace front Wigs, Latex Horns, Gems on the face
Tips and Tricks:  To make your Spirit Gum stick with the best results, make sure the area you are sticking things to on the skin is first cleansed thoroughly with alcohol. Pat dry. Natural oils in the skin can prevent Spirit Gum from working well. After you dry your cleansed area, apply a thin layer of spirit gum to your piece and to the area of skin you want to stick it to. Let it dry or blow dry slightly until tacky with a blow dryer. Get some cotton and put small fibers of the cotton on the spirit gummed area of the piece and your skin. Then attach the piece to the skin! You’ll have a much stronger bond.
How to Remove it: You’ll need a product like Spirit Gum Remover, Bond Off! Or Remove-It All to remove your Spirit Gum safely without ripping or agitating your skin.

Latex: Latex is a wet, goo like substance that comes from a tree and is often used to make rubber balls. In FX we use this for all sorts of things, from zombie makeups to fake cuts, aging makings and giant gashes. Latex is very versatile and can be used for all types of FX looks. The smell usually is high in ammonia, so once you get over that aspect of it, it’s a fun product to work with. Make sure you have no LATEX ALLERGIES before using any Liquid or Mask Latex product on the skin. Don’t use Latex to glue things to the skin, it doesn’t work well.
Best Brand: Ben Nye Liquid Latex ( $8.50 for 1 fl oz )
Makeup Ideas using Spirit Gum: Zombie Makeup, Elderly Person Makeup, Fake Gashes, Fake Cuts, Blisters, Burn Victim
Tips and Tricks: There are two types of Latex. Mask and liquid. Mask is thick and is great for building up shapes and 3D illusions on the skin. Liquid works great for aging effects, blisters and smaller cuts. Use toilet paper or paper towels in unison with your latex on the skin to build up forms like cuts and blisters. Less is more, try not to pile latex everywhere it doesn’t look real! Also try to blend the latex down into the skin so it appears as if it’s a part of the skin. Cleanse the area of the skin you are about to put your latex on. Then apply a small amount on the area. Use a mixture of paper towel/toilet paper and latex to create holes, cuts, or forms. Dry with a blow dryer then powder it to set the latex. Wallah! You can also get Latex in various colors like clear, and skin tones. This is unnecessary though because you’ll be painting it with latex paints anyway.
How to Remove it: You’ll need a product like Bond Off! Or Remove-It All to remove your Latex safely without ripping or agitating your skin.


ProsAide: Prosaide is the stickiest, strongest adhesive we use in FX other than silicone based adhesives which we only use for Silicone prosthetics. Prosaide is used for full foam and latex Prosthetic applications and usually not found in Halloween stores. Most people aren’t applying full prosthetics most likely as a costume. This stuff is extremely strong and will hold your piece realistically onto the body for hours! Great for any prosthetic piece, small or large.
Best Brand: Ben Nye Prosthetic Adhesive ( $8.50 for 1 fl oz )
Makeup Ideas using Spirit Gum: Prosthetic Knife in Head, Demon Prosthetic, Realistic Fake Nose Prosthetic, Full Face Prosthetics, Prosthetic pieces.
Tips and Tricks: You need 99% medical grade Alcohol to activate ProsAid adhesive, so you’ll need to pick that up. Cleanse the skin where you’re about the put the piece with the alcohol. Pat Dry. Apply a layer of prosaide to the skin and allow to get tacky. Then apply your piece. Blend your edges with your alcohol to make it look flush with the skin. Alcohol only blends the edges of FOAM prosthetics, so if your prosthetic piece is made of latex you’ll have to use latex and cotton to blend the edge. Prosaide can still really bond latex strongly to the face though so you can definitely till use it for latex prosthetics.
How to Remove it: You’ll need a product like Bond Off! Or Remove-It All to remove your Prosaide without ripping your skin. Do this in the shower, the water helps and take your time. This stuff is STRONG but will ensure the life of your makeup. Be patient when removing!



Glitter Glue and Glitter Gel: Glitter Glue keeps sequins, glitter and gems in place, while Glitz It is a two in one glue WITH glitter in it that dries matte. Often people think these are the same thing, when Glitz It is technically glitter glue but it already has glitter IN it.
Best Brand: Ben Nye ( $5 – $8.50 )
Makeup Ideas using Glitter Glue or Glitz It: Katy Perry Inspired Alien from the music video “E.T.”, Glittery Disco Gal, Exotic Dancer, Human Disco Ball, Princess with Gem Stones on the face
Tips and Tricks: If using Glitter Glue, place the glue on cleansed skin where you plan on putting your glitter. Let dry and get tacky. Then put your glitter on! If using Glitz It, just get the shade you desire and apply! Easy! Glitter Glue works best for larger pieces of glitter or glitter shadows while Glitz It works best for an ALL over glittering, ethereal bodily effect. You can use Glitz It ON TOP of ANY cosmetic shade to add glitter as well! So you could put blue all over yourself, then Glitz It in translucent to create a glittering blue effect.
How to Remove it: Use a professional remover like Detachall.


Adhesive Removers: There are many different adhesive removers out there. Remember, FX cosmetics don’t just come off with soap and water! Especially Prosaide or silicone adhesives! If you are using an adhesive, you’ll want to purchase a remover as well.
Best Brand: Detachol, removes everything ( Spirit Gum, Latex, Prosaide ) except silicone based prosthetic adhesive. Telesis removes silicone prosthetic adhesive, which you won’t probably worry about because they don’t sell silicone based adhesives in Halloween stores.
Removers take care of: Spirit Gum, Prosaide, Latex. Silicone Based Adhesives are removed with Telesis.
Tips and Tricks:  Take your time when removing a piece. Saturate the glued area with the remover and slowly and patiently remove the piece. Hopping in the shower always helps!



FX Cosmetic Products:

FX Powder: Fx Powder is similar to regular cosmetic powder however it also is meant for use on non-skin surfaces like latex! I’ve seen some people swear by this stuff for their normal cosmetic routines, however it’s sort of over kill because this stuff is meant for theatre and film, although it does work for everyday wear if you really want it to. Make sure you get a film quality or theatre quality makeup to apply over your FX to set it in place, and to avoid any unnecessary shine that may make it appear fake!
Best Brand: Ben Nye Translucent Luxury Powder  ( $15.00 ) These powders provide superior matte and subtle finishing. Often compared to French powders with silky-fine textures. Ben Nye Bella Luxury powders are translucent with just a hint of color or totally translucent.
Makeup Ideas using FX Powder: Setting prosthetics, setting wax applications, aiding in the blending of edges
Tips and Tricks: Get a giant kabuki brush and roll the powder onto it. Dab it onto your piece of whatever you’re powdering in light dabs. With a clean brush, powder free, blend the powder in lightly.
How to Remove it: This powder removes with soap and water



Alcohol Activated Palettes: Alcohol activated palettes are used almost more than anything in FX for their staying power. They are sweat proof and smudge proof! They only work with 99% alcohol, so make sure you pick some up! It MUST be 99%! When you add 99% to these palettes they become liquid and work for spattering, detailing and designing of any kind! LOVE these! They stay on all day and work great with latex, foam, or skin.
Best Brand: Matthew Mungles Stacolor Character Palette: ($60.00)
Makeup Ideas using Alcohol Activated Palettes: You can literally create ANYTHING with these! From zombies to Marilyn Monroe, it’s endless! They come in every palette for any use and as I said are sweat/smudge proof.
Tips and Tricks: Purchase a palette that corresponds to your costume, such as a vampire palette specifically or Pirate palette. They come in almost every costume concept.
How to Remove it: Use a professional removing agent like Bond Off or Removal All


Aqua Palettes: Aqua Palettes are the opposite almost of Alcohol palettes because they use WATER to activate. This means they unfortunately come off easier, but these do work better for face painting and 3d face painting effects. The colors in Aqua Palettes are usually more neon and vibrant, while alcohol palettes are very natural, muted and ghastly. Runway and Theatre artists use these more commonly than FX artists however they work awesome for Halloween!
Best Brand:
Kryolan Aquacolor Palette (60-80$.00 depending on what type you get )
Makeup Ideas using Aqua Palettes: Any 3d Face Paint, Clowns, Vibrant beauty Makeups, Makeups requiring metallic, Tin man/woman
Tips and Tricks: Get a wet sponge and dip in any shade you want for quick and easy application. Spritz with final seal to set this makeup and make it sweat proof.
How to Remove it: This removes with soap and water



Non Alcohol Cream Bases and Wheels: Cream base cosmetics and wheels are some of the most important FX cosmetic tools FX artists use! These can cover large areas of the face and be used to shade, blend and detail a piece in any way imaginable. Character bases are a single color in a plastic container, while cosmetic cream wheels come in a palette of shades meant to compliment each other. Wheels are great because they also come in themed tones such as “Zombie” or “Vampire” you can always mix and match as well!
Best Brand: Ben Nye Cream Character Base, Ben Nye Cream FX Wheels ( $5.00-$15.00 ) You can get these bases and wheels in many different palettes, themes and shades!
Ideas for using Character Bases and Wheels: Use a character base like green for instance for a zombie makeup all over the body erratically with another base like brown or grey. Then, using a character wheeling like the “Death” or “Zombie” wheel from Ben Nye, detail your piece with bloody tones, trauma wounds, or gore!
Tips and Tricks: Get a base that corresponds with a character wheel for the perfect makeup. Such as a green that compliments a the character wheel you’re thinking of.
How to Remove it: This cream removes with soap and water



Teeth Stains: Teeth Stain products can make your mouth look disgustingly black, green, yellow or even as if you’ve smoked since you came out of the womb. Teeth stains usually taste minty or slightly like alcohol and make the teeth look diseased without of course actually hurting the teeth.
Best Brand: Fleet Street Tooth lacquer Palette ( $30.00 )
Makeup Ideas using Teeth Stains: Zombies, Ghosts, Creepy Vagabond, Vampire, Heavy Smoker
Tips and Tricks: You need 99% medical grade Alcohol to most teeth stains, so you’ll need to pick that up. Keep the lips parted and away from the teeth. Dry the teeth slightly with a paper towel. Apply the lacquer to the teeth and allow to air dry for a few minutes.
How to Remove it: Simply brush the teeth with toothpaste


Wax: You can literally make almost anything out of wax! Just apply spirit gum to the area, let it get tacky, apply your wax and sculpt whatever you want! Want comes in all shades from translucent to varying shades of skin tones, and even zombie or vampire toned. Sculpt your wax with a sculpting wooden or metal tool and then paint it.
Best Brand: Ben Nye Nose & Scar Wax ( $14.00 )
Tips and Tricks: Put cotton in your spirit gum when you apply the spirit gum to make it anchor the wax better. Blend the wax into the skin well, and then paint it realistically with a base and spatter paint to hide any edges.
How to Remove it: Comes off with some scrubbing and spirit gum remover

Hair Stains: Hair stains are great if you want to alter your hair, add weird highlights or any sort of temporary color change. These won’t alter your actual hair shade and yet look real!
Best Brand: Ben Nye Hair Color ( $7.00 )
Makeup Ideas using Teeth Stains: Age your hair for an elderly look, add a blackish tint or green for a ghoulish effect, add fake highlights with a blonde or brunette color
Tips and Tricks: Apply this to clean hair with a small brush or even a tooth brush for  more blended look, and then hairspray over top it make it sweat proof!
How to Remove it: Simply wash hair with shampoo and conditioner.



Fake Blood: Although there are hundreds of blood recipes out there ( sorry I can’t give you mine, trade secret! ) and you can easily make your own, if you don’t feel like it you can always buy some. But trust me, handmade is best!

Blood Powder: Blood powder is great for anyone who needs a ton of blood, with perfect coloration, and fast. You can create different consistencies with this by adding more or less water. Instant blood!
Best Brand: Ben Nye Mass Causality Blood Powder
Tips and Tricks: Get three different containers and fill each one with a different amount of water, so you have various types of consistencies of blood! Label them accordingly. ‘Thick blood, normal blood, runny blood”
How to Remove it: This stuff comes off normally with soap and water!


Dried/Scabbing Blood Gel: This product is used for an “old” trauma effect, great for zombies and older wounds. This gel dries and stays in place to create the look of a wound that’s been there a while.
Best Brand: Fleet Street Drying  Blood
Tips and Tricks: Add a little black food coloring to really
make this blood look disgustingly old
How to Remove it: This stuff comes off normally with soap and water!



Eye Blood: NEVER put anything in your eye unless it was MADE for the eye. THIS IS WHY EYE BLOOD is so important! NEVER put other forms of fake blood in your eye, it’s not a good idea! Ever! Eye blood is like eye solution with a tint. It’s harmless and creates a creepy bloody eye effect.
Best Brand: Kryolan Eye Blood ( $14.00 )
Tips and Tricks:  Look up at the ceiling then drop one drop in the eye. It doesn’t last long and sort of runs out of the eye after a few minutes but is super creepy while it does last!
How to Remove it: Comes out on its own


Liquids and Sprays:

Final Seal: Final Seal is exactly what the name entails, a final sealing spray agent that locks your FX makeup. I often use this on beauty makeups or facepaints as well that will need to hold up for hours, such as runway or wedding makeup. This spray doesn’t smell or feel hard when applied. This works wonders for FX makeups and beauty makeups alike!
Best Brand: I love Ben Nye’s Final Seal MATTE Spray, because it dries without any sheen. However Mac’s Fix it spray is great for beauty makeup alone.
When to Use Final Seal: When you need a makeup to last hours without sweating off or being altered. Costumes, FX, Face Paints, Weddings, Runway….
Tips and Tricks: To make your Final Seal work to its best potential, spray in three intervals a few feet away from the face. Spray once, air dry with by fanning your hand over the face until dry, and repeat two more times. Make sure not to spray this too close to the face or it will just get sticky! Also I hold my breath or tell my clients to hold theirs so they don’t breathe it in. It won’t  hurt you, but it doesn’t taste too great.
How to Remove it: You do not need a special remover for Final Seal, soap and water and a little bit of scrubbing works fine but if you do have a remover it comes off faster.


99% Alcohol: 99% alcohol is a major tool of the trade for FX Artists. We use this too blend prosthetic edges, water down products including cream makeups and to of course use our alcohol based products like alcohol palettes and alcohol tooth lacquers. We use alcohol based products frequently to make them smudge and sweat proof, and last longer. Make sure you pick up 99% alcohol, because any lower of a percentile won’t be high enough to get the blending powder you need!
When to Use 99% alcohol: Blending foam edges, blending wax, thinning cream makeups, for alcohol cosmetic palettes and tooth palettes
Tips and Tricks: Swirl your brush in the 99% before putting it in the palette or in the cream makeup, then spatter it with your finger for a speckled effect.
How to Remove it: You do not need a special remover for 99% alcohol.


Collodion: Collodion creates realistic scars and aging in seconds! Simply apply it to the skin, wait 2-4 minutes and wallah!
When to Use: Fake scars, fake cuts, fake scratches. DO NOT USE directly near the eyes.
Best Brand: Kryolan ($16.00 )
Tips and Tricks: Apply collodian in the design you want your scar or cut to look. Such as zig zag, or large, or small. It will set exactly that way. Apply a deep redor brown in the crevice to make it appear realistic.
How to Remove it: Use Detachall

Unique Tools of the Trade:

Chip Brush: The chip brush is one of the most common and cheapest tools used in FX. You can buy an entire box for $6! How we use this tool is unique. We cut the tip off almost down to the bottom of the brush, pretty much slicing off half of the bristles at an angle. Then, after dipping it in our color of choice we “spatter” or flick the brush to achieve speckled, mottled results. This technique really adds to the realism of a piece and adds tiny details that would take hours to do any other way.
Best Brand: Really any brand works! I like the small ones.
Makeup Ideas using the Chip Brush: Adding freckles, ages spots, fading two colors together flawlessly, adding realistic bruising, realistic trauma
Tips and Tricks: Flick the chip brush in the direction you want the paint to lay, and not erratically to achieve the best results.



Stipple Sponge: A Stipple sponges work wonders! These work best for applying a molted or freckled base that is believable. You don’t want your base to be FLAT or one color. Always use 2-3 colors for a base to your makeup, and using a STIPPLE sponge makes that even easier.
Best Brand:
ANY works! Just make sure it’s a stipple sponge and not a regular one, they usually run about 75cents.
Makeup Ideas using Aqua Palettes: Anything requiring a multilayered look.
Tips and Tricks: Dip the sponge in any base, whether alcohol, water or cream. Apply one shade, clean the sponge, then apply another, and another. Do so erratically creating a layered look. Then apply details.


Crepe Hair: Crepe hair comes in almost every shade and is perfect for applying fake beards, stubble and mustaches! You can even make fake WIGS out of this stuff, but that’s a bit advanced for this article! FX artists use this to create wearwolves, hairy creatures and fake facial hair.
Best Brand: Ben Crepe Wool Hair  ( $16.00 )
Makeup Ideas using Crepe Hair: Werewolf, Fake Mustache, Hairy Face, Big Eyebrows, Giant fake beard
Tips and Tricks: Put spirit gum where you plan to glue the hair down. Let it get tacky. Cut your Crepe Hair and carefully lay it in the direction that looks real on top of the spirit gum. Lay it in layers until you get the desired effect!
How to Remove it: Use Bond Off, Spirit Gum Remover or Detachall!

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Director Adrian Tofei and his “Film for Anne”

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Adrian Tofei’s “Be My Cat: A Film For Anne” is being touted as the first Found Footage film in Romania, an appealing snag if I ever heard one. Not wanting to miss a first I checked out the trailer and synopsis. What struck me about the film, now completed and preparing for release, was it’s timely commentary on our obsession with celebrity. I had the pleasure of talking with Adrian about a great manor of things, and now dear reader I present the culmination of that talk.

DA: Your film is about a deep obsession with celebrity going far out of hand. As our world seems to get more and more caught up in everything celebrity, what truly inspired you to tackle such a timely issue? Also what about Anne Hathaway made you focus your character’s obsession on her?

AT: “The Monster” one-man-show that I wrote, directed, produced and played in 2012 was an early inspiration for the movie. The character I played in that theater show is obsessed with an actress and also has some issues with cats. Initially, my plan was to make a movie adaptation of “The Monster”, but then, as things evolved, I finally decided to make a movie with an entirely new, original story and keep only some of the psychological traits that my character in “The Monster” had. The actress of whom my character was obsessed in my one-man-show was a real Romanian actress, but the one of whom my character in the movie is obsessed needed to be a very high profile one, known by everybody worldwide! She also needed to have some connections with cats because of my character’s psychological traits related to cats. And she also needed to be an actress that I personally admire very much, because, since I was to be the one playing that guy obsessed with her, my genuine fascination with the actress would have boosted a lot the authenticity of my performance in the movie! So, Anne Hathaway had all the elements: 1. Oscar winning, worldwide known, glamorous movie star; 2. She played a great looking Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. 3. I personally was extremely impressed by her performance in “Les Miserables”.

DA: What was it like playing such an unhinged character on top of directing the film? What did you do to prepare for a role that really required you to proverbially swing all over the map of performance and nuance?

AT: I started at the beginning of 2013 to create in my real life the circumstances of this character’s life. I also merged at a psychological level my daily efforts in preparing this found footage movie and selecting the right actresses with my character’s daily efforts in preparing his found footage scenes (that he wants to send to Anne to convince her of his film-making skills) and selecting the right actresses for his scenes. In other words, I lived a lot in character since I started to work on this project, to the point where we needed during filming a switch to differentiate the fictional relation between the guy I play in the movie and the fictional actresses whom he directs on one hand, from the real relation between me and the real actresses that played the fictional actresses in the movie on the other hand. That switch was primarily a switch in the language: whenever we talked Romanian, we were the real us and when we switched to English and turned on the camera, that was the sign that we’re switching to our characters. I won’t go into details, because I’ve just wrote yesterday about this in the “Facts” section of the movie’s official website, where those who are interested in production insights can find out more:

DA:  Why the found footage format and what do you enjoy about working within the style?

AT: I will tell you what a non-found-footage film doesn’t have compared to a found footage one. When people watch a regular movie, there’s something in their subconscious mind telling them that what they watch is not real, because someone filmed those events, someone that had no place in those events and neither his/her camera! That’s why the audiences are able to see what they see: someone was there with a camera to film those scenes, a camera that was not part of the movie’s story! So, no matter how realistic  the performances and the direction, there will always be that subconscious thing reminding the viewer that it’s not real and this will stop him from empathizing in a total way with the events and the characters. But in a found footage film, the events are filmed by the characters in the movie! It is justified within those events that we are able to see them! Because the camera was part of those events, was part of the movie’s story! This way, if the acting and the directing are realistic, lifelike, there will be no element whatsoever to remind the audience that what they see is not real and they will totally empathize with the events and the characters! A lot of people don’t like found footage films because of the bad acting, but a found footage film with Oscar acting performances would be much more powerful than a non-found-footage film with the same Oscar performances!

DA:  What films would you say have influenced you most intimately over the years, and specifically what ff films do you feel define the genre?

AT: What I was a teenager, Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968) opened my eyes towards the art of cinema and art in general! Before seeing that movie I was not interested in anything artistic, but after that… OMG… biiiig revelation!! Changed my life forever! Another film that showed me the power of film-making in talking about the meaning of existence is Ingmar Bergman’s ‘The Seventh Seal’ (1957). My first contact with total realism was in my high school years when I saw ‘The Blair Witch Project’ (1999). But at that time I didn’t understand the found footage concept at a professional level, the movie just had a very powerful effect on me without understanding the motifs. Only years after that, when I discovered Ion Cojar’s method acting in college, I began to make the connections and realized the huge potential of the found footage film-making concept! Other found footage films that have impressed and influenced me a lot are ‘Exhibit A’ (2007) and ‘Zero Day’ (2003). I was also very impressed by Ashley Bell’s performance in ‘The Last Exorcism’… the movie had some problems at the end, but I view Ashley’s performance as the greatest acting performance ever in a found footage film! I talked a lot more about the huge hidden potential of the found footage concept, its relation with Ion Cojar’s method acting and the found footage films that define the genre in my Found Footage Manifesto:

DA: The future film makers and the indie spirits out there are so important to me. What advice would you give them, and what cautionary tales can you offer directly from your experiences making this film?

AT: This is my advice: 1. Try to figure out what is your greatest creative potential in this life, what is that thing that you would love to do for your entire life and do it like no other person! Is it acting? Is it directing? Is it writing? Is it producing?  More than one at the same time? Try and figure it out! 2. Dream! Dream daily about your goals! No matter how impossible they seem, never stop dreaming! 3. Think, make plans! Make plans on a daily bases to achieve your goals, no matter how impossible they seem! 4. Act! Act in order to achieve your goals! Take real life actions on a daily bases, take risks, don’t be afraid to make mistakes! 5. Constantly check to make sure that your daily actions are all aligned towards achieving your biggest dream! If not, make some changes in your life, change the course of your actions and align them with your goals! 6. The obstacles are not your enemies, they are your friends! They are not there to stop you from achieving your goals, they are there to show that the path may be wrong and that you may need to change it in order to achieve your goals!

You can check out the trailer for “Be My Cat: A Film for Anne” below.

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Recently Taylor Swift has released a new music video to her song , SHAKE IT OFF. The song is very catchy but it seems to stereotype every type of person in America, some way some how. I , myself do like Taylor Swift, but I think the country gimmick is gone.  Half of her songs on the last album weren’t even country . You be judge for youRself.

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As always – Jack Saint



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Henry Cavill : FIRST ON SET PIC!

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This is one hell of a day for you guys who are interested in the new movie , BATMAN VS SUPERMAN : DAWN OF JUSTICE. Below we have the first on set pic of Henry Cavill as the Man Of Steel! Other pics online have been blurry, but this one has definition to it! Tell us what you think in the comments below! Are you ready for an epic showdown on the big screen??




“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has a March 25, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey,Holly Hunter and Tao Okamoto in new character roles for the film. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.


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