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Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film – Indiegogo Campaign

A fantastic Indiegogo campaign for all fans of Planet of the Apes. For over a century, Makeup Artists have dazzled audiences by creating extraordinary characters and creatures on screen. They make the impossible seem possible. 50 years ago, a group of ambitious artists led by JOHN CHAMBERS and TOM BURMAN ushered in a new era in cinema with their ground-breaking work on PLANET OF THE APES.
Now… MAKING APES: THE ARTISTS WHO CHANGED FILM is telling that incredible story!

Back the project HERE

MAKING APES: THE ARTISTS WHO CHANGED FILM is an upcoming feature length documentary about the Hollywood makeup artists who created the iconic makeups seen in the original 1968 classic Planet of the Apes and their impact on cinema.

Featuring interviews with makeup artists and actors from the original film franchise, modern makeup artists and filmmakers who were deeply influenced by the franchise and film historians who recognize Planet of the Apes as a breakthrough moment in cinema, this is a story 50 years in the making.

Many regard Planet of the Apes as a breakthrough moment for the motion picture industry. It is the film that proved anything could be done on screen. The impact was so great that makeup artist John Chambers was presented an Honorary Academy Award for Excellence in Makeup almost 12 years before The Oscars created a yearly category for the craft.


Blade Runner 2049

The Sand Storm

Set in an arid future, where dwindling water supplies are sending the inhabitants of a city to the brink of chaos, Jason Wishnow’s “low-fi sci-fi” short The Sand Storm presents us with a dystopian vision of a potential life on Earth, based on real concerns over diminishing resources. Starring Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei, making his acting debut and shot by renowned cinematographer Christopher Doyle (Hero, In the Mood For Love), this high-profile short transports viewers into a frighteningly believable projection of what could happen to our world if gripped by a global water shortage.

Feeling a little narratively unbalanced, Wishnow’s story focuses largely on a love-triangle, with the film’s most interesting character, Ai Weiwei’s water smuggler, feeling a little like he’s left on the peripheries. Described as “the implied set-up to an even bigger story”, whilst The Sand Storm does feel a little incomplete, as an introduction to a universe we’ll hopefully see more of, it’s a perfect set-up. Presenting us with just enough glimpses of his intriguing futuristic world and leaving us eager to find out more about Ai Weiwei’s character, it feels like we’re just seeing the very tip of Wishnow’s promising narrative.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Concept Art


Check out this incredible concept art for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by the Aaron Sims Company, you can see more of their work on the official website HERE including images and sculpt (Caesar below) from Rise of the Planet of the Apes.



Coronation of Caesar – By Orlando Arocena

coronation_of_caesar-by-orlando-arocena_vector_2014Awesome new print for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes by artist Orlando Arocena, available through Hero Complex Gallery HERE

Escape From New York Toys

Escape_From_New_York_ReAction02__scaled_600Escape_From_New_York_ReAction01__scaled_600In 1988, the crime rate in the United States rises four hundred percent. The once great city of New York becomes the one maximum security prison for the entire country. A fifty-foot containment wall is erected along the New Jersey shoreline, across the Harlem River, and down along the Brooklyn shoreline. It completely surrounds Manhattan Island. All bridges and waterways are mined. The United States Police Force, like an army, is encamped around the island. There are no guards inside the prison, only prisoners and the worlds they have made. The rules are simple: once you go in, you don’t come out.

But wait…The President of the United States has been involved in a plane crash that has left him in the treacherous prison! This sounds like a job for…SNAKE PLISSKEN!

Look for these to be released in August 2014. Available HERE


A little late to post I know but I hadn’t seen this until today. Luke Scott in cooperation with RED Camera presents “LOOM”. A film shot completely in 4K format in the tone and style of Ridley Scott’s dystopian Blade Runner. The film was originally intended to help showcase the prototype REDray 3D laser player. The film was constructed for 3D, the film needed to push the limits of the cameras exposure sensitivity and colour range and 4K projection. Visually the film is unmatched to date in it’s use of RED’s new technology.