Exclusive Interview with Art Director CARLOS ZARAGOZA (Puss in Boots 2, Madagascar 3, Mr. Peabody & Sherman…)
Having worked closely with directors such as Carlos Saura and Guillermo del Toro, amongst many others, designing and assisting in the art direction of Oscar and GOYA-winning (also Bafta nominated) films such as ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, we can say that CARLOS ZARAGOZA has, without a doubt, plenty of talent, knowledge and experience to inspire the new generations aiming to work in the fields of Art Direction and Visual Development for the film industry.
Awarded in Excellence by the ADG (Art Directors Guild) this outstanding professional, who started his career in Spain and has lived and worked in London and Toronto, is now based in Los Angeles, California, from where he is responding to this interview.
Jeff Nishinaka, had his ‘eureka’ moment whilst experimenting with different media on assigned graphic and illustration projects, whilst studying at the prestigious Art Centre College of Design (USA).
His phenomenal 3D paper art has since been put to the service of high-profile clients such as Bloomingdale’s, Galeries Lafayette, Toyota, Coca Cola, Paramount Pictures, Harvard Medical School, Random House and Mattel, amongst many others.
His masterpieces range from 8in x 8in to 20 feet tall and 20 feet wide and popular actor Jackie Chan owns, as a private collector, the largest collection of his work.
LORI NIX is one of those ‘rare birds’ that aren’t just happy with flying the conventional way, because creating entire miniature tabletop worlds, just to be the subjects of photography is an out-of-the-box concept these days when Photoshop and the like reign -producing great creations, too- and, for which artists like Lori, requires heaps of work and dedication to materialise.
Yet, once it does is absolutely spellbinding and well worth the effort. Especially if the talent is applied, like in Lori’s case, to both the creation of the subject and its portrayal, resulting in powerful messages, superb atmospheres and wicked dream-like scenes, a knock-out kind of art.
Some of DOUG JONES’ acting credits include: Crimson Peak, Falling Skies, Hellboy I & II, John Dies at the End, My Name Is Jerry, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Pan’s Labyrinth, Men in Black II, Mimic, Hocus Pocus, Batman Returns… amongst many others.
A tall actor and we just don’t mean physically, Doug Jones, or “Dougie”, who is mostly known for his iconic work under prosthetics, but who has also performed as ‘himself’ in highly-rated films, is one of Guillermo Del Toro’s favourite actors.
A spiritual man and a generous professional, Doug, along with his wife Laurie, mentors young people who wish to work in the medium of film and are beginning their careers in the business…
Exclusive Interview with James Bomalick (Alice Through The Looking Glass, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Game of Thrones, Mission Impossible…)
Nothing short of technical resources and awesome imagination is Action Director and Special Effects Master James Bomalick, one of the most prolific and versatile professionals in Hollywood, who’s also made his mark, all the way across the ocean, in Bollywood.
With a staggering filmography of blockbusters, his professional curriculum in Special Effects and Stunt work includes credits from sagas as the Avengers, Mission Impossible and Indiana Jones together with other global hits such as Live Free or Die Hard, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Babel, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Bourne Supremacy, Starsky & Hutch, Minority Report, Artificial Intelligence: A.I., Swordfish, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Bad Boys II… amongst many others, as well as the episode ‘The Watchers on the Wall’ from the worldwide TV series phenomenon Game of Thrones…
Suicide statistics show that in the UK at least 16 to 25 children kill themselves each year because they are being bullied at school. In the U.S., a recent nationwide survey of high schoolers showed that around 16 percent reported that they considered suicide.
We seem to be failing in determining the real root causes for this behaviour when, in essence, it shouldn’t be so hard to realise that children do as they see, and in a world where nasty behaviour is encouraged daily in entertainment and media, whether in our personal romantic relationships or group settings, such as the competitive business arena, what do we think that our children are going to emulate?
Because bullying is not only about physical abuse, but also verbal and emotional abuse and it can start as early as in kindergarten, among both boys and girls. In fact, recent studies show that it is among females that bullying can involve larger groups and last far longer.
Dr. Michelle Anthony, respected developmental psychologist and Dr. Reyna Lindert co-wrote the book ‘Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-Proof Girls in the Early Grades’ which has been very welcomed by parents and professionals alike.
We had the pleasure to interview Dr. Michelle Anthony on the issue of bullying and on the guide that her and Dr. Lindert wrote to help us help our little treasures.
Being tanned seems to be synonymous of healthy and beautiful, but, is this new aesthetical fashion, lasting for some decades now, a trend that may cost us not only a good part of our health but even our lives?
Is it sensible to literally spend hours under the sun?
We have the pleasure to interview Dr. ROBYN LUCAS, from the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health (Australia) on the effects of overexposure to ultraviolet radiation as well as the environmental effects on immune function to find out exactly what ‘prize’ is at the end of this particular beauty contest.
Exclusive Interview with THOMAS YOUNGBLOOD (Gifted guitarist/songwriter of epic metal rock band KAMELOT)
KAMELOT is the Epic/Symphonic metal rock band that nobody, no matter their musical taste, can resist. Formed by the mega-talented Thomas Youngblood and Richard Werner, the latter departing the band in 1997, Kamelot is one of the very few active epic metal bands that have actually managed to keep both fans and specialised media continuously enthralled by their creativity, the quality of their composition and their consistently great live sound.
Kamelot ‘speaks’ of the creation and destruction cycle in their music with a thoughtfulness and a poetry that directly sets them apart from any act that seeks the shock in what is usually a mere posing act. Their authenticity is as heartfelt as their sharp technique and depth of sound are merciless.
We were ecstatic by the chance to interview Master Youngblood on epic adventures, legendary messages and enrapturing riffs.
Exclusive Interview with OLEG DOU (One of the most captivating and copied young artists of our time)
‘I have a younger brother and he has very good drawing skills. As a kid, I suffered a lot thinking he was much more talented than me. I wanted to create as long as I remember but that was the main reason why I wanted to prove to everybody that I could do it.’_Oleg Dou
‘Ah, that guy!’ – This is the thought that usually crosses the mind of the common movie watcher or occasional movie goer, when seeing a film starred or co-starred by Sam Rockwell, or one in which he has a supporting role. Generally underrated by the general public, and often by the industry Awards-givers, the character actor, however, represents all that is genuine in the fake landscape of the movie world.
They are the film lovers turned to storytellers, the cinematic surgeons turned to celluloid-art wizards, the ever curious souls turned to emotion sculptors. They are not concerned with making millions and neither thirst for the idolization of the masses. Their goal and drive is one and one only: Bringing the story to life, so other film lovers, as well as the public at large, can, for an average of 90 min. submerge into a parallel dimension brimming with possibilities, where they can either escape and trivialize their existence or better understand it, as well as be moved, inspired and even challenged by the infinite tapestry of other humans’ existence.