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David McAdoo is a freelance artist with a focus on creature and character design. He began his career in illustration and comic book art, making an easy transition into story boarding and creature/character design. David has worked on a wide variety of projects, from video games and music videos to short films and features, in... Rod Maxwell grew up loving movie makeup and sculpture. A childhood trip to Disney World sparked an interest in animatronics, and that led to a decision to study mechanical engineering at BU. After creating special effects for several student-directed films, he became frustrated with the high prices charged by distributors for makeup supplies. So he... Jason Adcock, Los Angeles transplant, is a FX and Beauty Artist who specializes in latex masks, wigs and theatrical makeup. Clientele includes drag race alumni, nightlife icons, musicians, theme parks and print. Kris has spent his life wanting to know how these creations are made and how can he do it since seeing the 1931 adaptation of Frankenstein. Kris has been in the industry for more than 11 years, and shows no signs of slowing down. He worked on and with the Emmy-Award winning team for Six... Born and raised in France, Nelly Recchia is the unique and ethereal Body Art Evolutionist that is all about emotion and putting quality before quantity. Multi award winner in International Makeup and Body Art competitions, she humbly aims to “ be perceived as someone who is contributing to Body Art’s Evolution ”. Recchia lends... Heather Pepe has over 15 years experience as a makeup artist and beauty educator. Starting her career off by assisting some of the top makeup artists in Tv & Film, she quickly realized her passion was for Beauty & Fashion Makeup. This lead Heather to broadening her clientele and gaining experience working on fashion... With over 15 years of experience as a makeup artist, Bria Danielle brings her well honed skills and on-set experience to CMS, as well as an enthusiastic desire to help teach aspiring makeup students from around the world. Her fine artist background lends a steady hand to her makeup work and to her educating... Born and raised in New York, Danielle Baum knew at a very young age she wanted to pursue a career in makeup artistry. Being the free spirt and creative person she is, she has said many times that she cannot imagine doing anything else in her life. After relocating to Los Angeles, Danielle attended... Crista Llewellyn is a special effects makeup artist based out of Los Angeles, CA. She got her start in special effects in high school when she learned how to create cotton and latex wounds for the play 'Bury the Dead.' She fell in love and the rest is history. After high school, she went... Mike Spatola is a makeup and FX artist with over 40 years of experience. Some of his work includes Terminator 2, Iron Man 3, and HBO’s Tales From The Crypt. He’s the author of the celebrated Monstrous Makeup Manual series of instructional books, as well as the textbooks for Cinema Makeup School, where Mike... A native to LA, Andrew Velázquez has always been passionate about beauty and style. After receiving his degree in fashion merchandising and license in cosmetology, Velázquez honed his skills at top beauty destinations like Aveda Spa, Anastasia Beverly Hills and MAC Cosmetics. Today, he has a roster of celebrity clientele, from Demi Lovato to...

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Prolific and diverse two-time Emmy Award winner Andy Schoneberg has the wide-ranging skill , patience and positive attitude that it takes to succeed in the world of creature effects. Growing up in Billings, Montana, Andy had to learn the business from trial and error and hints gleaned from rare books. Schoneberg has had a prolific... Gary Archer originally from the UK, is a Los Angeles based makeup artist/dental technician who has specialized in the creation, design and fabrication of dental prosthetics and oral appliances for almost 400 films, television shows and theatrical productions. Some of his past and most recent works have been the iconic AUSTIN POWERS teeth, the legendary... Lino Stavole works in the middle of murk, magic, monsters, and mathematical madness. Lino creates things using technology. He works as a project supervisor at Spectral Motion and oversees their digital manufacturing. Every day he produces amazing things in concert with groups of talented artists.


He specializes in the collaboration between art and new technology and is knowledgeable...
Alec Gillis began his professional career in 1980 at Roger Corman's New World Pictures. While working with future luminaries such as James Cameron and Gale Ann Hurd, Alec also attended UCLA Film School. By 1985 he began working for Creature FX legend Stan Winston ("Aliens", "Predator", "Pumpkinhead"). There he met Tom Woodruff, Jr with whom... Shannon Shea, a native New Orleanian educated at The California Institute of the Arts has enjoyed a 36-year tenure designing, constructing, and performing animatronic creatures and characters for Motion Pictures and Television. He has had the pleasure of contributing to such diverse films as Predator, Dances With Wolves, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park, Spy Kids, The...

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