Previous guests have included: Rob Corsino; Todd Debreceni, BAPO-FX; Felipe Gonzalez; Church Haley; Meagan Hester, The FXBeauty Lab; Brett Klisch; Robert Kurtzman, Creature Corps; Tom McLaughlin; Mike Melillo, Gargantua Effects; Will Morgan, WM Armory; Tim Pearson; Melinda Prom, Glitter Me NYC; Steve Siegelbaum, GutRot Effects; Jennifer Suarez; Chris Reed; Peter T. Ragonetti; Anthony Reyes; Ryan Rutherford; Shelley Wapniak
Arvin Clay has been a fine arts and fashion photographer, digital music composer, DJ, and of course special effects make-up artist. He was the founder of Replicants.org— the world’s first website dedicated to silicone and its uses in special effects make-up and fine arts. His writing experiences and technical understanding have lead to articles for Neill Gorton’s Prosthetics Magazine, and is working with Tom McLaughlin on the second edition of the seminal book Silicone Art.
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.
New Jersey native and 17-year Hollywood, Disney, and Broadway vet Anthony Giordano will be returning. His special effects fabrication and makeup artistry have been seen on movies such as The Last Samarai and Spiderman 2, and Broadway productions such as Young Frankenstein, Tarzan and Shrek the Musical. In addition to make-up artistry, Mr. Giordano has worked for Disney as a set and costume fabricator and has created training suits for NASA, is an organizer of the International Makeup Trade Show (IMATS) makeup convention. For the past 6 years, Giordano has created and operated the top haunted attraction in New Jersey, State Scare: Haunted Attraction.
Matthew H. James
Matthew H. James is a Brooklyn based artist born and raised in Hawai'i. He has worked for 12 years in New York as an artist and has shown around the world including permanent installations in the lobby of the Onyx building in Chelsea NY and the Solair Resort in Manila. He recently finished a 21 foot tall out door commissioned painting for the Salt development in Hawaii. His journey with art began with special effects. The discovery of Dick Smith’s and Tom Savini’s books at the age of nine propelled him into a word of material and technique that informs his methodologies to this day. He has worked on numerous low budget films in New York most recently for the film “Frontier” Which he created and performed in a 9 foot foam monster suit.
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.
Tom McLaughlin created rubber skin for such iconic characters as Miss Piggy, Yoda, Jabba the Hut, Chewbacca, Ewoks, Babe the talking pig and the original Budweiser Frogs. Somebody’s gotta do it. His custom rubber formulations have graced needy amputees and personages like David Bowie and the Conehead family. Tom helped some of the best create magic worlds for screens big and small. Henson, Lucas, Spielberg, Disney. Productions some might call landmarks in television and motion picture history. Tom literally stretched the limits of rubber skin technology for Babe with the world’s first photorealistic animatronic silicone animals on film. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
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.
NYC-based makeup artist Stella Sensel, known for her work on Face Off Season 7, also joins as a guest! She specializes in special effect prosthetics, including sculpture, foam latex, silicone, gelatin, and pros-aid transfers. Before delving into the world of makeup, Stella spent over ten years in the Halloween industry where her love for the grisly and gruesome has grown, and where she picked up many tricks of the trade.
Joshua Turi of Designs to Deceive is a three-time Emmy-award winner, known for his work on Saturday Night Live, Orange Is the New Black, The Amazing Spiderman II, Men in Black III, and the Marvel Netflix series, inclusive of Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones.
Shelley is a graduate of SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry with a Bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture in 2007. Shelley is a published Illustrator. Her first book Eye See You Africa published in 2012 was Authored and Photographed by Dr. Jay Walshon. Shelley has been body painting for 4 years and in that time her work has appeared in International Protests, Piermont Flywheel Gallery, The Art of Fashion at Neiman Marcos, Fox Sports, ESPN , NBC, Channel 12 news and Shelley had a personal appearance on the Today Show with Al Roker
Louie Zakarian has had a career than spans more than two decades with a range of experience that crosses over from film and television, to theater and live performance. He has toured with Paul Simon, designed makeup for Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and has film and television credits that include Fringe, The Magnificent Seven, Southpaw, Requiem for a Dream, Across the Universe, Evening, P.S. I Love You and The Ministers. But Louie is perhaps best known as the makeup department head at Saturday Night Live for the past 20 years.The accolades for his work are heard far and wide and he took home the Emmy Award for his work on SNL in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015. Over his tenure at SNL, more than 50 cast members have come through his makeup room along with more than 100 guest hosts and more than 100 musical guests. To say that Louie Zakarian has been a part of the most important program in popular culture would be an incredible understatement. He and his team have helped SNL parody presidents -- including Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama -- along with other political figures, sports stars and celebrities and created some of the most iconic characters in television history.