Robert Kurtzman is one of the most respected F/X artists in the history of the genre. His talents have been showcased in some of the most memorable films in the horror genre and now he’s giving aspiring F/X artists a chance to follow in his footsteps.
The first course has been announced, Creature Corps Special Make-Up and Character Design. Check out the official Kurtzman Institute of Art website and read on for the details below. This school presents an amazing opportunity to learn from a legend in the craft.
From the Press Release
Robert Kurtzman has been an icon in the world of special make-up, creature effects, and genre filmmaking for almost three decades. His films and award winning, photorealistic effects creations have won him legions of fans around the globe. As Co-founder of the Emmy and Academy Award winning K.N.B. EFX Group Inc. (Kurtzman, Nicotero, Berger) and Precinct 13/Creature Corps, he has created stunning special effects makeup and creatures for such films as: From Dusk Till Dawn, Wishmaster, Dances With Wolves, Spy Kids, Army of Darkness, Hostel, Scream, City Slickers, Pulp Fiction, The Devil’s Rejects, Misery, Reservoir Dogs, John Carpenter’s In The Mouth Of Madness, Cabin Fever, Evil Dead 2, Bubba Ho-Tep, The Hulk, and many more.
Now, Robert is opening the doors to his state-of-the-art facility and giving students first hand access to decades of genuine Hollywood experience. Learn from top notch instructors with proven experience in courses covering all aspects of the make-up effects industry, including: Sculpture, Mold Making and Casting, Life Drawing, Hair and Beards, Airbrush Techniques, Human and Animal Replicas, Suit Fabrication, Animatronics, and Special FX Props. In addition, students get real world experience, working alongside respected professionals, in a fully functional film and effects studio during the course of their instruction, providing a truly unique educational experience.
When asked what made him want to create an art school, Kurtzman said, “Over the past eight years since P13/ Creature Corps was launched we’ve worked on a wide array of film, television, and music video productions, not only on the effects side of things, but entire productions have been produced through our studio. During this time we’ve had numerous up and coming artists as well as internship students from dozens of schools and colleges come through the studio.
Some of them had taken effects courses at other schools, and although these artists were very talented, we found ourselves retraining them on some very basic effects techniques that should have been covered at these other schools. We get calls every week from people wanting to know if we have a training program. Since we’ve had such a demand for artists looking for a real hands-on learning experience we put the program together. The Make-Up and Character Design course is the first of several courses the Institute will offer over the next several years. What makes the KIA / Creature Corps program different is that the students learn in a real effects studio environment. They learn the latest techniques using up to date materials, and participate in a 200 hour hands-on internship program working on actual effects productions in films, television programs and commercials, music videos, and haunted attractions, giving them real life experience before ever graduating from the course.”
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