CATERPILLAR makes the official selection for this year’s Terror Film Festival. It is currently being nominated for the following awards:
– Best Drama Short
– Best Actress
– Best Special Effects
– Best Director of Photography
CATERPILLAR will be screening on local access TV in Central Valley California, Comcast 195 & Broadcast 14. The tentative date is October 19th @ 11:00 PM
CATERPILLAR was selected as part of this year’s Dragon*Con Film Festival in Atlanta, GA. There were many celebrity guests, including Adam West, Gillian Anderson, Alice Cooper, Rose McGowan, and LeVar Burton. Among the crowd were thousands of die-hard fantasy and science fiction lovers, with amazing costumes. Here are some of them!
CATERPILLAR screens its world premiere at the Academy Award qualifying, Rhode Island International Film Festival. Director David Field & SFX artist Ben Bornstein appeared on various panel discussions and regional TV interviews.
Las Vegas, NV http://www.pollygrind.com
I grew up in North Reading, Massachusetts and my studio is now based out of Woburn, Massachusetts.
What is your background and how did you get into sfx?
I started doing make-up and fx in 2002. I went to a trade school to learn the basics, then moved to Los Angeles to get into the business. I flew to LA with $200 dollars in my pocket and barely knew anybody. I was living with a friend of mine in Long Beach while sending out sample sheets and blank resumes to thirty of the Special Make-Up FX Studios I wanted to work for. I got about three replies for interviews and one job out of it. I got hired and stayed at that company for about 2 years, then went on to work for other FX houses once I knew what I was doing.
The Fighter, Caterpillar, 300
Describe your process behind the effects in Caterpillar
After reading through David Field’s storyboards, I got really excited about the project. I was responsible for making dozens of webs and caterpillar nests, skin peeling effects, and shedding off all of the woman’s skin on camera. I thought “OK, I know I can do this…but how?” So I did some research on how to make fake cobwebs and came to conclusion to use rubber cement blowing through the air using a tupperware container attached to a fan blade and a high speed drill. Hot glue and compressed air can work alright, although this technique looks far more organic.
As far as the skin effects go, I drove from Boston to Manhattan to do Leslie Bornstein’s lifecast of her face and neck with the assistance of my friend Nick Dennis. The purpose of this lifecast was to have an exact match of the actress’s skin to duplicate it in rubber with mold making and casting procedures. I also used the life-cast to map out placement for the transfer prosthetic I built for when she peels her skin off of her face and neck.
In the storyboards, Leslie sheds all of her skin off on camera (out of focus). I knew there was no budget or time to make a full body life-cast of Leslie and produce the skin from those molds. I bought a thin female mannequin and using the form, I created a “skin suit” from it that the younger actress would be breaking out of for the FX sequence.
Any funny stories from your escapades?
When I met Leslie while doing her life-cast, it dawned on both of us that we might be long lost relatives. Still a possibility! Maybe I’ll do a DNA test, I still have a hair stuck in her life-cast.
Funniest memory from Caterpillar production
I’d have to say, when I put the suit on the actress, it was the weirdest, creepiest thing ever. It flopped around on her, and a section of the face was cut out so half of her face and neck were exposed through the suit. Everybody on set kind of froze. I thought that was pretty funny.