Saturday, November 1, 2014

Rick Baker: Special Effects Makeup Artist

Since it's Halloweekend, I thought I'd take the time and make an appreciation post for possibly one of the greatest special effects makeup artist Hollywood has: Rick Baker. 

He's done a lot of makeup effects for some pretty famous films like:

- The Incredible Melting Man (1977)
- Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
- An American Werewolf in London (1981)
- Batman Forever (1995)
- The Nutty Professor (1996)
- Men in Black (1997)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
- Planet of the Apes (2001)
- The Ring (2002)
- Click (2006)
- The Wolfman (2010)
- TRON: Legacy (2010)
- Men in Black 3 (2012)
- Maleficent (2014)

He's well known for his amazingly realistic creature effects, especially when it comes down to werewolves and apes. Not only has he worked on such highly acclaimed films, but he also is the first recipient of the Oscar for Best Make-Up for American Werewolf in London in 1981, which was when the category was first introduced. And to add on to that list, he holds the most Academy Award wins and nominations among every other makeup artists, with 12 nominations and 7 wins. Because this is an appreciation post, I shall leave you with some pictures of his awesome work, and let you soak in just how realistic his magic with makeup is.

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