JULY 2008 UPDATE
23/06/08HELLBOY 2 THE GOLDEN ARMY Closed the Los Angeles Film Festival on sat 28th June and I along with crew members, Steve Painter, Lotta Haagkvist and Dee Sherwood Wallace, were on hand at Universal's request with two of our creatures from the troll market scene for a red carpet photo op for the worlds media . Director Guillermo Del Toro, Ron Perlman, Doug Jones Selma Blair, Luke Goss and Anna Walton were all in attendance as were Family Guys Seth MacFarlane who plays the BPRD'S newest member Johann Krauss and composer Danny Elfman and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. The poster on the left is the final US one sheet for the movie which is released Stateside on July 11th and in the UK on August 22nd.
I'm very pleased to report that Guillermo's turned in one hell of a summer blockbuster, by turns exciting, funny and scary. Once again my thanks go out to everyone who worked at creature effects on HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY . The book, "The Art of HELLBOY 2" is now available and has some excellent photos of some of the films creatures.
In mid may I began work on the new Ridley Scott movie NOTTINGHAM again acting as prosthetic workshop supervisor for Neil Corbould special effects. Those who know me will know I am a huge Ridley fan and I am very pleased to be working on this my third Scott film, and more pleased to be be working alongside many of the hugely talented artists who have become the backbone of creature effects over the last few years. This project will keep us all busy for the remainder of 2008.
A visit to Chet Zar's art show Ugly American at London's Strychnin gallery in June led to an invitation for me to exhibit some work at Strychnin's Berlin gallery. I have a couple of new peices in mind and will add links to the gallery when I have delivered the work.
Maria Corke's Monster Mash Art Show, to which I contibuted at the start of the year, visits the Dragonfly music festival in Sweden in august and I will be sending a sculpture in support of the event. Incidentally theres a very good documentary about the Monster Mash show available on youtube.
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of creature maestro STAN WINSTON. Stan and his studio created some of the most iconic figures in genre cinema, and his death at the age of 62 is a terrible loss to our industry and to film making in general.
Prior to starting work on NOTTINGHAM , creature effects provided prosthetics for hard hitting trails for Channel 4's documentary season on UK gun crime, and for DHULM: YEARS OF TORMENT a forthcoming fantasy project as well as more work for the 22nd James Bond outing THE QUANTUM OF SOLACE.
Due to work commitments I am afraid I cannot entertain workshop visits or look at folios at this time, I will advise when the situation changes.
cliff wallace @ creature effects