Previous guests have included: Arvin Clay; Rob Corsino; Todd Debreceni, BAPO-FX; Anthony Giordano, State Scare; Felipe Gonzalez; Church Haley; Meagan Hester, The FXBeauty Lab; Brett Klisch; Robert Kurtzman, Creature Corps; Eli Livingston; Tom McLaughlin; Mike Melillo, Gargantua Effects; Will Morgan, WM Armory; Tim Pearson; Melinda Prom, Glitter Me NYC; Stella Sensel, Stella’s Make Up; Steve Siegelbaum, GutRot Effects; Jennifer Suarez; Chris Reed; Peter T. Ragonetti; Anthony Reyes; Ryan Rutherford; Shelley Wapniak
Michael Defeo, the sculptor behind characters from Despicable Me 2, The Lorax, Minions, Ice Age 1 through 4, Robots, Horton Hears a Who, is joining CONstruct.
Michael is a sculptor whose specialty lies in translating 2-D character designs into fully-fledged 3-D models, either by clay or digitally in Zbrush. He hand-built the modeling and sculpting studios at Blue Sky Studios and served as the head of each for 15 years. While with his pals at Blue Sky, Michael brought countless characters to life. Michael’s versatility and unique use of traditional and digital mediums give life to a wide array of characters, from teddy bears to creatures for the film ALIEN RESURRECTION.
BILL AND BRITTANY DORAN
Bill and Brittany Doran run Punished Props, a boutique small business that produces high quality replica props for clients all over the world. They have extensively documented his builds and a core focus of his business is sharing knowledge gleaned from trial and error, as shown by the Foam Armorsmithing book series. Bill is a frequent guest and panel speaker teaching the basics of prop and costuming making.
Two-time Emmy nominee Craig Lindberg owns and operates General Mayhem Makeup Studio and has worked on a wide variety of film and television movies since breaking into the makeup industry, including The Walking Dead, Royal Pains, Boardwalk Empire, Magnificent 7, Kong: Skull Island, and Saturday Night Live. As an instructor, he created a makeup program for Christine Valmy and serves as a guest instructor at the Makeup Designory, Make Up For Ever, and the Local 798 Hair and Makeup Union. Lindberg was one of the 30 for 30 artists selected for the Make Up For Ever palette.
Jordu Schell has been in the film and television industry since 1987. His talent as a designer and sculptor is world renowned, and his credits include Avatar (2009), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), 300 (2006), Hellboy (2004), Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem (2007), Men in Black (1997), Batman Returns (1992), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Alien: Resurrection (1997), The X-Files Movie (1998), Predator II (1990), Galaxy Quest (1999), and Babylon 5-The Series, on which he designed an Emmy award-winning creature make-up and the first fully digital creature for a television series.
Jordu has been providing concept art for the industry over ten years from the Schell Sculptor Studio, where he serves as owner and head designer.. The studio specializes in creature and character design, props, prototypes for toys and model kits, general special effects work, and creature design classes. As a teacher of sculpting and painting, Jordu has taught at some of the most prestigious companies in the industry, including Industrial Light and Magic, Tippett Studio, Blizzard Entertainment, Blur Studio, Millennium Effects and many more.