On Friday 7th April we travelled across the pond to LA to attend the largest monster/horror convention in the world: Monsterpalooza. After a 15 hour journey we arrived in Pasadena to be greeted by the amazing team at PPI Premiere Products Inc, who basically made the entire trip possible and spoilt us rotten!
Our main priority was to capture as much as possible so that we could share it all with you. We didn’t quite realise how hard this task would be, as everywhere you turned there was something to goggle over, a sculpture that would have us mesmerised or a makeup that would leave us speechless. Rather than mention it all we thought we would give you an overview of some of our favourite moments (although we couldn’t resist doing separate blogs about The Lost Boy’s Demo and Ve Neil’s Frightime Achievement Award, sorry!).
The Monster Museum
Walking into the spooky Monster Museum was something to behold. A picture is worth a thousand words, so armed with a Nikon camera we got snapping. Floor to ceiling of props, tribute pieces, original pieces by the likes of Rick Baker, Greg Cannom, Mike Hill, Norman Cabrera and literally tonnes more. Here is our virtual walk through…
Eryn Krueger Mekash
Josef and Vlad from FX Creator
We caught up with Josef and Vlad over drinks on Saturday evening. They had a demo the following day that they wanted to be fully prepared for, but before they rushed off we got to see a little peek of what was to come the following day. They had to pre colour a lot of their pieces, as their work’s so intricate it would take hours and hours if they were to do the entire thing live. Introducing the God of the Dead. Zoom in to see those horns coming out of the rib cage, who thinks of that?!
Trump, Putin and Kim by Hyperflesh
All we can end this on is if you ever get an opportunity to go to this show then take it! It was worth every penny and every hour of lost sleep. We would do it all again in a heartbeat. A final thanks to all those who made our trip special, we are so lucky we get to work in this very special industry.
For full access to all of our adventures, head over to our Pinterest and check out our Monsterpalooza Madness board for an excessive amount of pictures!
Makeup effects artist Barrie Gower is known for his work on high profile productions such as HBO’s Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. He also contributed to Academy award winning makeups for The Wolfman and The Iron Lady.
We managed to pin Barrie down to ask him a few questions on how he got where he is today…