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Monsterpalooza Guest List and Presentation Updates

We’re exactly two months away from the second annual Monsterpalooza, which is returning to the Marriott Burbank Convention Center April 9-11, 2010. To help get people fired up for the event, which features special effects artists from the horror industry along with their many works, the promoters have revealed the expanded guest list along with a slew of presentations and demos that will be taking place over the weekend.

Confirmed guests so far include:

VERNE LANGDON – MONSTER OF CEREMONIES
MICHAEL WESTMORE – ACADEMY AWARD WINNING MAKEUP ARTIST – MASK, STAR TREK, RAGING BULL
TOM BURMAN – AWARD WINNING MAKEUP ARTIST – ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, THE GOONIES, NIP/TUCK
BARNEY BURMAN – PROTEUS F/X – DAWN OF THE DEAD, MATRIX RELOADED, STAR TREK 09
ROB BURMAN – THE FLY, THE THING, STAR TREK 09
AMALGAMATED DYNAMICS – ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS TOM WOODRUFF & ALEC GILLIS – STARSHIP TROOPERS, AVP
KNB – ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS GREG NICOTERO & HOWARD BERGER – NARNIA, DRAG ME TO HELL
THE CHIODO BROTHERS – KILLER KLOWNS, CRITTERS, ELF, PEE WEE HERMAN LIVE
JOHN GOODWIN – EMMY AWARD WINNING MAKEUP ARTIST
ROBERT SHORT – ACADEMY AWARD WINNER – BEETLEJUICE, E.T., SPLASH
DONNIE DUNAGAN – SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, TOWER OF LONDON
BERT I. GORDON – FOOD OF THE GODS, WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST
JULIE ADAMS – CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
BRETT HALSEY – RETURN OF THE FLY
ALLAN TRAUTMAN – RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD I & II, JIM HENSON PUPPETEER
TOM MATHEWS – RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, FRIDAY THE 13TH VI
DON CALFA – RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S
BRIAN PECK – RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 1-3
JOHN PHILBIN – RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, POINT BREAK
BEVERLY RANDOLPH – RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD
TONY GARDNER – MAKEUP ARTIST – RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, ZOMBIELAND
WILLIAM STOUT – ILLUSTRATOR/CONCEPT ARTIST – RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD
EILEEN DIETZ – THE EXORCIST
DAVID HEDISON – THE FLY, LIVE AND LET DIE
DANIEL ROEBUCK – BUBBA HO-TEP
JOE TURKEL – THE SHINING, BLADE RUNNER
BERNIE WRIGHTSON – ILLUSTRATOR
STEVE NILES – COMIC BOOK AUTHOR/SCREENWRITER – 30 DAYS OF NIGHT
SUSAN GORDON – TWILIGHT ZONE, ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS
OLA RAY – THRILLER VIDEO, FEAR CITY
TUESDAY KNIGHT – A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4, WEEDS
BELINDA BALASKI – THE HOWLING, FOOD OF THE GODS
WARREN STEVENS – FORBIDDEN PLANET, TWILIGHT ZONE, STAR TREK
BRINKE STEVENS – TEENAGE EXORCIST, BLEED
WILLIAM SCHALLERT – INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, DEEP SPACE NINE, STAR TREK, TRUE BLOOD
CORTLANDT HULL – THE WITCH’S DUNGEON DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER
JOE MOE – SCREENWRITER/ASSISTANT TO FORRY ACKERMAN
LUCY CHASE WILLIAMS – THE COMPLETE FILMS OF VINCENT PRICE
AUGUST RAGONE – AUTHOR OF EIJI TSUBURAYA, MASTER OF MONSTERS
TOM WEAVER – AUTHOR – SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY FLASHBACK, UNIVERSAL HORRORS
DON POST, JR. – DON POST STUDIOS
THE CHANEY FAMILY – HOUSE OF THE WOLFMAN
BELA LUGOSI, JR. – TALES FROM THE GRAVE BY MONSTERVERSE
BILL WARREN – AUTHOR OF KEEP WATCHING THE SKIES
DON GLUT – AUTHOR/SCREENWRITER – DINOSAURS: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA
LARRY BLAMIRE – WRITER/DIRECTOR – DARK AND STORMY NIGHT, LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA
MIKE HILL – FX ARTIST
JORDU SCHELL – FX ARTIST
JAMES KAGEL – FX ARTIST
CASEY LOVE – FX ARTIST
DON LANNING -FX ARTIST
TIM GORE – FX ARTIST
THE SHIFLETT BROTHERS – SCULPTORS
FRANK DIETZ – 2D ARTIST
KERRY GAMMILL – 2D ARTIST
PAT MAGEE – FX ARTIST
DAMON BARD – FX ARTIST
DAN CRAWLEY – FX ARTIST
TOM SPINA – PROP RESTORATION
CHRISTIAN HANSON – FX ARTIST
JEFF WEHENKEL – FX ARTIST
JASON HITE – SCULPTOR
BOB LIZARAGGA – 2D ARTIST
SIMON LEE /SPIDER ZERO – SCULPTOR
SPLATTER FX – FX ARTISTS
REY HERNANDEZ – SCULPTOR
RUSS LUKICH – FX ARTIST
PETER MURPHY – SCULPTOR
MARTIN ASTILES – FX ARTIST
RICH KRUSELL – FX ARTIST
JUSTIN MABRY – MASK MAKER
MICHAEL BURNETT – FX ARTIST
RUSTY SLUSSER – FX ARTIST
JONATHAN FULLER – FX ARTIST
ALLAN A. APONE – FX ARTIST
PAUL KOMODA – SCULPTOR
EDDIE CARILLO – FX ARTIST
BRIAN JOHNSON – ARTIST
A.BRENT ARMSTRONG – SCULPTOR
BONE YARD FX – FX ARTISTS
ANDREW FREEMAN – FX ARTIST
KELLY MANN – FX ARTIST, MASK RESTORATION
NORM MEYERS – SCULPTOR
MIKE SOZNOWSKI -2D ARTIST
ERICK SOSA – SCULPTOR
BRIAN MCCRUDDIN – SCULPTOR
CASEY WONG – FX ARTIST
AARON LEWIS – FX ARTIST
JOHN WRIGHTSON – FX ARTIST
ROCHELLE KNIESLY – FX ARTIS
DENNIS AND NAN BECKSTROM – SCULPTORS
SHAWN CROSBY – 3D ART
CHRIS DENSMORE – ARTIST
REBECCA HICKS – ARTIST
TOM ZIMMERMAN – ARTIST
STEVE RIOJAS – ARTIST
DILUTED FREAK SHOP – FX ART
NEAL KENNEMORE – FX ARTIST
GABRIAL GARCIA – ARTIST
ARMANDO DE LA ROCHA -ARTIST
JAMES HAKOLA – SCULPTOR

Monsterpalooza Guest List and Presentation Updates

Whew! Now here’s a list of some of the activities that will be going down:

THE ANIMATED WEBSTER COLCORD
With the assistance of slides and video, Animator Webster Colcord explains his involvement with such films as Night at the Museum, The Spirit, Grindhouse, and James and the Giant Peach.

METROPOLIS
Created by Violinist/Composer Kurt Coble, Artistic Director, University of Bridgeport Robotic Music Laboratory
See this abridged version of Fritz Lang’s silent classic world of the future accompanied by a whole new musical score performed by Mr. Coble and his robotic orchestra. *Admission is $10 for each performance

CAPTAIN COMPANY
Join host Daniel Roebuck, Don Post, Jr., and author Don Glut as they discuss the MAGIC that was Captain Company. SEE meat-eating Venus Fly Traps, Famous Monsters Speak, X-Ray Specs, hand-cranked projectors, and much more!

BURMAN ON BURMAN
A compendium of the life and career of Makeup Effects Artist Tom Burman. Tom has been involved with such projects as the original Planet of the Apes, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Cat People, and many more effects-driven films. Tom will also discuss his father, Ellis Burman, who created a line of masks as well as
the infamous silver cane used in Lon Chaney’s The Wolf Man.

CINEMA MAKEUP SCHOOL
Join the folks at Cinema Makeup School as they take you on a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into helping flesh out a character — be it man or monster.

WESTMORE
The legendary Westmore Hollywood Dynasty of makeup artists goes all the way back to the silent era of films. George Westmore, master wig maker, created the first makeup department at a motion picture studio. After Westmore’s passing, his sons carried on the dynasty, working as department heads at all the major studios. Join Academy Award winner Mike Westmore as he discusses his family history as well as his own illustrious career. Moderated by Verne Langdon.

THE MONSTER BRAIN GAME
Prolific genre author Tom Weaver makes his first appearance at a West Coast convention as the host of a wickedly tricky horror, sci-fi & fantasy trivia contest, ably assisted by Lucy Chase Williams, author of The Complete Films of Vincent Price. Do you have what it takes to play???

EIJI TSUBURAYA AND OTHER GIANTS
Author August Ragone has commented on Japanese film and popular culture on television, radio, in print, online, and at film festivals for more than twenty-five years and has also written a very extensive book on the life of Eiji Tsuburaya. Join him as he discusses this special effects GIANT!!

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD
Join actors Don Calfa, Thom Mathews, John Philbin, Brian Peck, Allen Trautmen, and Beverly Randolph; Makeup Artist Tony Gardner; and Conceptual Artist William Stout as they reminisce on the making of this cult favorite. Moderated by artist Frank Dietz, immediately followed by a screening of the film.

FORRY STORIES
Forrest Ackerman introduced the history of the science fiction, fantasy, and horror film genres to a generation of young readers via Famous Monsters of Filmland. At a time when most movie-related publications concentrated on the stars in front of the camera, Forry promoted the behind-the-scenes artists involved in the magic of movies. Joe Moe, Brinke Stevens, author Bill Warren, and friends fondly remember times spent with Mr. Sci-Fi via words and photographs.

MAN MADE MONSTERS
See Emmy Award winning make-up artist John Goodwin present a never-before-seen makeup creation by the late great Paul Blaisdell for Earth vs. The Spider. THRILL to the recreation and application of a piece of Hollywood fantasy lost until TODAY !!!!!!! Can you stand the SHOCK!!!! Can you stand the EXCITEMENT !!!!! Get there early so you don’t have to stand at all. John will also be covering other makeup and effects from past Bert I. Gordon films.

DONNIE DUNAGAN – SON OF FRANKENSTEIN
Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Jack Pierce, and Walt Disney all worked with Donnie Dunagan. Join Donnie as he reminisces about the films he has worked on and the talented people he has crossed paths with.

In the amazing figure modeler room will be a Jordu Schell sculpting demo, the Shiflett Brothers sculpting demo, and a Steve Riojas painting demo.

Lastly, Moebius will be handing out 100 monster model kits per day to the first kids 12 and under!!!


Click here for more information, including how to order tickets. See you there!

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