Directing Creatures

Learn to direct practical, animatronic & makeup characters with Oscar nominated FX master Alec Gillis (Aliens, Tremors, Spider-Man).

Description

Special Effects Makeup and Character Creation master, Alec Gillis, teaches his methods for directing practical, animatronic & special makeup creature characters.

This lesson isn't just for those with a passion for Special makeup and Creature FX, but an invaluable tutorial for any director working in today’s effects-driven entertainment industry who wishes to make a monster performance memorable.

Lesson Highlights:

  • Directing a great Creature Performance
  • Camera Placement, Lighting, Lens Selection
  • Showing Less to Achieve More
  • Rehearsing the Suit Performer & Puppeteers

Approximate Runtime is: 00:56:40

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  1. Title - 00:00:00
  2. Introduction - 00:00:17
  3. What is a "Creature Character"? - 00:01:55
  4. Why is Character SO Important: - 00:02:56
  5. It All Starts with Character - 00:04:07
  6. Nuts and Bolts - 00:07:16
  7. There's a Person in There - 00:09:46
  8. Balancing Practical Effects with CGI - 00:13:17
  9. Embracing the Limitations - 00:16:44
  10. Talking to Each Other - 00:18:25
  11. Performing vs. Weightlifting - 00:22:06
  12. Interface with the Production - 00:25:50
  13. Working with the Director - 00:27:27
  14. Blocking the Scene - 00:29:25
  15. Shot Design - Coverage Saves the Day - 00:30:50
  16. No Substitute for a Good Second Unit - 00:33:25
  17. Get to know your Creature... BEFORE the Shoot - 00:34:28
  18. Frame Out your Weaknesses - 00:36:19
  19. Layering the Shot - 00:37:08
  20. Frame Rates - 00:39:32
  21. Lighting - 00:41:44
  22. Lenses - 00:44:59
  23. What's My Motivation... Other Than Killing You? - 00:45:50
  24. Naturalistic vs. Theatrical Behavior - 00:46:34
  25. Hitting the Pose - 00:50:04
  26. Managing the Puppeteering Station - 00:50:47
  27. Isolation of Movement - 00:51:58
  28. Build Your Library - 00:53:05
  29. The Director's Personality - 00:54:09

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Alec Gillis

Academy Award nominated FX Wizard | Co-Founder Amalgamated Dynamics

While attending UCLA film school, Animatronic and Special Effects Makeup Character Creator Alec Gillis worked at ...

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