APRIL 2008 UPDATE
22/04/08Over the weekend of 19/20th April we headed out to the New York Comic Con as part of Universal's publicity blitz for the forthcoming Guillermo Del Toro movie, HELLBOY II : THE GOLDEN ARMY. As well as hosting a panel with Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, Luke Goss and Hellboy creator,Mike Mignola, Del Toro presented a sizzler reel and introduced some of the creatures that will be seen in the movie, including the Limb Vendor, Organ Grinder, Cat Seller and Butcher Guards which were all created at creature effects. We will of course be presenting pictures of these when we are able to do so, but suffice it to say we're all pretty excited by what we've seen of the movie so far...
Also unveiled at Comic Con was this exclusive poster by the legendary poster artist Drew Struzman. Struzman, who painted iconic posters for numerous Lucas and Speilberg movies, created this especially for the event. It will not be the official one sheet for the movie, but is just so cool we had to show it to you.
There will also be two Hellboy books which will feature our work, The Art of Hellboy II and The Monsters of Hellboy II, which should be available about the time of the films July 11th US opening.
Back in February, The Old Sail Factory near Canary Wharf hosted an exhibition of artwork from the UK's makeup effects community. The show featured over 100 peices from 34 artists and 9 short films, much of the work was created by artists who regularly work at Creature Effects. Cliff Wallace showed two new sculptures, Lachrymae and Lachryssima which can be found in the creatures section of the PORTFOLIO.
These creatures were also shown a couple of weeks previously at the International Makeup Artist Magazine Trade Show which was held for the first time this year in a new venue: Alexandra Palace. Since its inception I have been responsible for the museum section of the show and once again I'm indebted to all those artists who contributed work to what turned out to be a fantastic show.
These events made up for what has been a fairly dry period following the writer's strike in the US, we did however create some stunt heads for the 22nd James Bond Feature THE QUANTUM OF SOLACE and a number of interesting projects are gearing up for the rest of the year. We'll keep you posted...