On Wed, June 27 at THE TIFF LIGHTBOX @ 7.p.m….
Makeup effects pioneer Gordon Smith discusses the techniques he used to transform the living into the (un)dead in Kathryn Bigelow’s vampire western Near Dark.
Gordon Smith’s 30-year film career began when the special makeup effects industry was still in its infancy. His innovations as an industry pioneer, and as president of FXSMITH Inc., have become the industry standard, including the silicone prosthetic technology he invented that is used all over the world.
Smith’s extensive credits include such classic films as Oliver Stone’s Salvador (1986), Natural Born Killers (1994) and Nixon (1995), Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark (1987) and K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), Adrian Lyne’s Jacob’s Ladder (1990), and Bryan Singer’s hit comic-book adaptations X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003).
Smith’s work is the subject of TIFF Bell Lightbox’s upcoming exhibition X-Men Master: Gordon Smith, in the CIBC Canadian Film Gallery.
Rue Morgue in conjunction with The Mortuary are giving away three pairs of tickets to the event.
You can enter by answering the following question right here on the blog:
In your opinion, which horror movie has the greatest practical make-up effects?
The winners will be picked by random on Monday, June 25th.