Creature Creator Dan Rebert Talks to io9 About Alien Influences and…

We've made no secret of our admiration » 9/05/08 12:09pm 9/05/08 12:09pm for special effects artists. This week, we got to talk with Dan Rebert, the Effects Producer for MastersFX, the house that created the aliens of and . Rebert told us all about his cultural influences, talked Stargate, and gave us the inside scoop on the fang physiology behind…

6 Mask-Making Magicians Who Create Your Favorite Aliens

Creating cool alien creatures for TV and movies is no easy feat. It requires constant innovation, an ability to create characters who are at the same time surprising and believable, and the magic power to smother actors in pounds of makeup and foam without killing them. Here are galleries showing off the work of our… » 8/14/08 1:52pm 8/14/08 1:52pm

KNB EFX

You may recognize KNB EFX » 8/14/06 12:24pm 8/14/06 12:24pm founders Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero’s work from a wide range of films, from to to . And when KNB does aliens, the results are always impressive. They have created physical models to complement the CG in , critters for and , and numerous rubbery cast members for .

Todd Masters, MastersFX

Todd Masters has kept busy heading makeup for Stargate Atlantis » 8/14/06 12:15pm 8/14/06 12:15pm, designing characters such as the menacing Wraiths. Masters and his studio, , also worked on , bringing the disturbingly sexy Borg Queen (and her serpentine spine) to life. They also showed off their prosthetic chops – and their eye for the bizarre – with…

Dave Elsey, The Jim Henson Creature Shop

Dave Elsey was asked to join the Australian branch of the Jim Henson Creature Shop just two months before the launch of Farscape » 8/14/06 12:03pm 8/14/06 12:03pm. Although the shop had completed sculpting on Rygel and Pilot, other characters required resculpting, and some looks hadn’t been designed at all. Elsey not only managed to complete the…

Michael Westmore

Michael Westmore won an Academy Award for his work on Mask » 8/14/06 11:57am 8/14/06 11:57am, but he is better known for his otherworldly creations. A member of a Hollywood makeup dynasty, Westmore has worked on every iteration of since . It was he who gave the once flat-foreheaded Klingons their pronounced cranial ridges, and he updated the…

Optic Nerve Studios

When John Vulich and Everett Burrell, founders of Optic Nerve Studios » 8/14/06 11:46am 8/14/06 11:46am, took the reigns of the Babylon 5 makeup department, their goal was to set a new standard for TV ETs. Working with shop head Mike Measimer, they designed the look of the various and sundry species that passed through the space station. More…

Neill Gorton, Millennium FX

When all of space-time is your playground, you’re bound to run into some exotic characters. Neill Gorton and his team at Millennium FX » 8/14/06 11:27am 8/14/06 11:27am are currently responsible for bringing the many worlds of Doctor Who to life, from anthropomorphic Catkind and the Forest of Cheem to the disembodied Face of Boe. Gorton has also…