Friday, May 27, 2011

Sayonara, old buddy...

One of my oldest and best friends, Rolf Berg, passed away today. We made 15 films together, and had a blast doing them. Rolf played everything from pirates and crooks to trolls and wizards. He did it all and did it very well. I will really miss him.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Recreating Taurus

 I just finished one of my very few puppet-building commissions, a recreation of the monster Taurus from the film "Equinox" (1968/71). I built it for a fellow YouTuber with a great interest in vintage monsters. This puppet is built up, like all my puppets, having a aluminum wire-jointed skeleton covered with soft foam and a latex skin. It's a pretty good recreation, and I'm quite happy with it. I hope my YouTube pal will like it too.

"Equinox", for those of you that don't know, is a low-low budget horror fantasy of singular pedigree. It was put together by people who would in the 70´s rise to fame as creators of the effects for "Star Wars" and most of the blockbuster fantasies that followed during the 80´s. Besides Taurus there's also a bat-winged devil and a Lovecraftian tentacled horror, chasing no other than fantasy author Fritz Lieber in a small role. Today you can get "Equinox" as a very polished double DVD set (of course).