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Makeup effects pioneer Gordon Smith discusses the techniques he used to transform the living into the (un)dead in Kathryn Bigelow's vampire western Near Dark.
Due to a scheduling conflict, makeup artist Adrien Morot will not be joining us on June 27. Canadian special effects and makeup design artist Gordon Smith will be joining us to discuss his work on Kathryn Bigelow’s vampire western Near Dark.
Gordon Smith's 30-year film career began when the special makeup effects industry was still in its infancy. His innovations as an industry pioneer, and as president of FXSMITH Inc., have become the industry standard. Smith's extensive credits include such classic films as Oliver Stone's Salvador (1986), Natural Born Killers (1994) and Nixon (1995), Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark (1987) and K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), Adrian Lyne's Jacob's Ladder (1990), and Bryan Singer's hit comic-book adaptations X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003).
Smith's work is the subject of TIFF Bell Lightbox's upcoming exhibition X-Men Master: Gordon Smith, in the CIBC Canadian Film Gallery.