Some of the most busiest and overlooked people in the film industry are make up effect artists. They are the ones who make the impossible happen on screen, as we’ve seen from three of the best people in the business today at slinging goo and making your favorite actor look like a total believable mess. They also happened to be all working on the upcoming new Sam Raimi movie, “Oz: The Great and Powerful.”
Having 6 major movies being released within in a year is not too shabby for a make-up and special effects. Jamie Kelman’s credits roll for over 20 years in the business from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Men in Black,” “Iron Man,” “Zombieland,’ and dozens more. But his work on creating work changing Colin Farrell from a scruff sexy man into a balding coke snorting little guy in Horrible Bosses has to be one of his finest hours. Look for Kelman’s wildly creative work this year in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” “Total Recall“, “Argo,” “Looper,” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful.”
“Richard Redlefsen, “Red State”
The total budget of $5,000 for make-up and visual effects for Kevin Smith’s political-religious horror movie, we got to give a big hand to Redlefsen and the fellow make-up artist team. They created some very shocking effects for what would be a day’s worth of catering on Sylvester Redlefsen further work on “True Blood,” “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” and the new Judd Aptow movie, “This is 40.”
Robert Kurtzman, “The Woman”
The man that gave Quentin Tarantino an ear to slice off in “Reservoir Dogs”, Robert Kurtzman is the man behind some of the coolest and goriest effects moments on screen. From his work on the original “Predator,” “From Dusk till Dawn” (based upon his original story), and many more blood bursting movies. Kurtzman’s work is on full display in the brutal last act of “The Woman”, which doesn’t waste a moment with his talents as body parts begin to fly on the screen. Look for Kurtzman work on the upcoming “Oz: The Great and Powerful” and the new Alex Cross movie coming out later this year.