Christmas preparations are in full swing! But what do you buy the prosthetics artist in your life? (Alternatively: what’s on your Christmas wish list?) Here are some of the things that the staff at Gorton Studio have been eyeing up as presents…
There are a couple of amazing books which have been published this year, which could be high on the list of wanted items for anyone interested in prosthetics. The first one is the Rick Baker biography Metamorphosis by J. W. Rinzler, Brandon Alinger, John Landis, Peter Jackson and Dick Smith. This is a doorstop of a book, the definitive visual history of the legendary artist’s career, a must-have for anyone interested in special effects. From Michael Jackson’s Thriller zombies to An American Werewolf in London, Baker’s special effects, makeup, and prosthetics are famous throughout Hollywood and beyond. The two-volume set contains more than a thousand images and original sketches! It looks back at Baker’s 40-year career, from his early days as a young ‘monster maker’ creating body parts in his parents’ house to his more than 70 film and television credits which earned him a huge number of awards, among them seven Academy Awards, one Emmy, and three BAFTAs.
Tom Savini has produced a cool book as an ultimate celebration of his career. His official biography shows him creating the iconic effects in Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th, Creepshow and Maniac to acting in films like From Dusk Till Dawn and Machete. Savini is on general release on Friday 13th December (ho ho ho), though a limited edition coffee table version (including some signed) is available directly from Dark Ink Books. This amazing collector’s piece has over 425 colour photos from his life and films, many never seen before. Tom says he spent countless hours making sure every single word, sentence and picture in the book was exactly how he wanted – a must for any horror fans.
Another present that might go down well with beginner prosthetics artists is a tool set. Students on Gorton Studio 7-week courses are issued kits – we get some of the tools for the kits from Ken’s Tools and some from Tiranti: you could put together a starter kit. You could include some decent makeup or paintbrushes – lots of good companies sell these, so have a look around. More experienced artists might prefer to tell you what they’d like as far as tools go – because they usually have their favourites! But any artist might like a new kit bag – we liked the ones we saw at The Prosthetics Event from Tas Merah, The Makeup Armoury, or Get-Set-Go-Bags – they were made with makeup artists in mind, and are really useful (and look good too).
Again for beginner prosthetics artists, you could treat them to one of the starter kits from Neill’s Materials. They provide these for students and you may find it a very wanted and appreciated gift! Or maybe the artist in your life went to The Prosthetics Event in November and made a shopping list?
And of course, our favourite sources of information: we know some people have gifted a subscription to Prosthetics Magazine – or a subscription to be able to learn online with Neill with Gorton Studio’s Online School.
Whatever you decide to gift (or to hint about receiving!) we hope you have a wonderful time looking at the options…