Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Loss of a Legend...

I just received word today that my FX idol, Stan Winston, died at age 62 on June 15, 2008. This Legend brought to life some of the greatest creatures and characters in cinema history, some of which include: Terminator, Predator, the Queen Alien of Aliens, Edward Scissorhands, the Penguin from Batman Returns, the Monsters of The Monster Squad, Pumpkinhead, the Lions of The Ghost and the Darkness, the Apes from Congo, and all of the dinosaurs from the Jurassic Park films, and many others. I am extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to intern at Stan Winston Studio last summer 2007 and have the pleasure of meeting Stan Winston himself. In my copy of The Winston Effect : The Art & History of Stan Winston Studio, he wrote, "To Anthony, You have a wonderful future to look forward to. You have impressed everyone, including me. ~ Stan Winston." These are words that will be prized forever, and memories that will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Stan. Thank you for the inspiration. For more information, click here.
Above photo by Joe Pepe.

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Mason Welcomes You...

My 11x14 Gouache on Illustration Board painting "The Mason" has been used for the cover of the 2008 American Academy of Art "Open House" Invitation for Saturday, July 19th, 2008.

2008 AAArt BFA Exhibition...

Never Known, Never Forgotten
14x11 Gouache on Illustration Board

Out on a Limb
14x17 Gouache on Illustration Board

Silence After the Satyric Serenade
18x28 Gouache on Illustration Board

On June 12, 2008, the artist reception for the American Academy of Art Bachelor of Fine Art Exhibition was held in the Academy's Bill Parks Gallery on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Above are my three pieces I have on display in the show. The Exhibition will be up through July 25, 2008.

Film and FX Updates...

On June 9, 2008, the independent horror film SATANIC PANIC wraps up production with its final day of shooting. The silicone creature suit that I designed back in 2006 and created this year for the film was applied to actor Nikki Taylor Melton and filmed. The original creature designs and finished silicone suit cannot be displayed until the release of the film, but the FX props I created (satanic ritual dagger and sacrificial amimals) can be seen on my website.

Image ©2008 Marc Selz Productions, LLC.

On May 22, 2008, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull came out in theaters. Though uncredited, last summer I worked the Skeletons, Bones, Mummies, Snake, Crystal Skull, & the "Special" Skeletons at the end of the film while interning at Stan Winston Studio. I even helped take a life-cast of the main Russian General's back, from which a fiberglass pulling back-plate was made to protect the actor's back in the "ant" scene.

Image ©2008 Paramount Pictures and Lucasfilm.

Photo courtesy of Antioch Community High School.

On April 8th, 2008, I gave a Make-up and Effects Workshop for theater and art students at Antioch Community High School in Antioch, Illinois. To read the article from the ACHS Newspaper, please click here


On May 27, 2008, I graduated from the American Academy of Art with highest honors as Valedictorian of the 2008 class with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Illustration. Here I am pictured with the guest speaker and Honored Alumnus from 1953-54, the very talented Sandy Dvore.