CREATURE CORPS SPECIAL MAKE-UP and CHARACTER DESIGN ACADEMY
ROBERT KURTZMAN - Legend/Director/Producer
Robert Kurtzman has been an icon in the world of special make-up, creature effects, and genre filmmaking for almost three decades. His films and award winning, photorealistic effects creations have won him legions of fans around the globe.
As Co-founder of the Emmy and Academy Award winning K.N.B. EFX Group Inc. (Kurtzman, Nicotero, Berger) and Precinct 13/Creature Corps, he has created stunning special effects make-up and creatures for such films as: From Dusk Till Dawn, Wishmaster, Dances With Wolves, Spy Kids, Army of Darkness, Hostel, Scream, City Slickers, Pulp Fiction, The Devil’s Rejects, Misery, Reservoir Dogs, John Carpenter’s In The Mouth Of Madness, Cabin Fever, Evil Dead 2, Bubba Ho-Tep, The Hulk, and many more.
Now, Robert is opening the doors to his state-of-the-art facility and giving students first hand access to decades of genuine Hollywood experience. Learn from top notch instructors with proven experience in courses covering all aspects of the make-up effects industry, including: Sculpture, Mold Making and Casting, Life Drawing, Hair and Beards, Airbrush Techniques, Human and Animal Replicas, Suit Fabrication, Animatronics, and Special FX Props. In addition, students get real world experience, working alongside respected professionals, in a fully functional film and effects studio during the course of their instruction, providing a truly unique educational experience.
16 WEEK SEMESTERS BEGIN OCT. 2012
12 MONTH COURSE - LIMITED ENROLLMENT
The Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools
What made you want to create your own art school and what makes the KIA / Creature Corps Make-up FX training program different from other schools?
Kurtzman: “Over the past 8 years since P13/ Creature Corps was launched we’ve worked on a wide array of film, television, and music video productions, not only on the effects side of things, but entire productions have been produced through our studio. During this time we’ve had numerous up and coming artists as well as internship students from dozens of schools and colleges come through the studio. Some of them had taken effects courses at other schools, and although these artists were very talented, we found ourselves retraining them on some very basic effects techniques that should have been covered at these other schools. We get calls every week from people wanting to know if we have a training program. Since we’ve had such a demand for artists looking for a real hands-on learning experience we put the program together. The Make-Up and Character Design course is the first of several courses the Institute will offer over the next several years. What makes the KIA / Creature Corps program different is that the students learn in a real effects studio environment. They learn the latest techniques using up to date materials, and participate in a 200 hour hands-on internship program working on actual effects productions in films, television programs and commercials, music videos, and haunted attractions, giving them real life experience before ever graduating from the course.”
Education is THE KEY to success to any endeavor is knowledge, and the HAuNTcon Education Program offers over 50 hours of Creative Classes, Business Seminars, Hands-on Workshops and Demonstrations , included in the price of admission. Our education is designed to help attendees learn new techniques regarding makeup and actor training, prop and set building, advertising and marketing, as well as tips and tricks to make Haunters’ lives easier and their attractions more successful. Don't miss the Advanced All Day Classes on May 7th, Advanced Horror Face Painting by the legendary world class body painters, Nick and Brian Wolfe of Evil Twin FX and Computer Aided Haunt Design workshop by our own haunting icon Leonard Pickel.
The Trade Show Floor, Friday through Sunday, is filled with the latest in fright services and equipment, for the professional Haunted House owner and the Halloween enthusiast alike. From horror makeup and highly detailed masks to static props and large animatronic creatures, everything a Haunter needs will be for sale, often at wholesale prices. Buy your convention tickets through TicketLeap!
On Saturday night, Haunters from across the country show off their most creative costumes at the massive Costume Ball sponsored by DarkLight, a rocking party that celebrates the joy of getting into character for fun, rather than for work. Free Beer sponsored by Froggy's Fog! It’s like Halloween in May! Even if you don't attend the convention you can still join us for the ball, tickets are available through TicketLeap!
On Sunday, the hotel parking lot fills with a collection of creepy tricked-out vehicles and funeral cars for the Hearse and Parade Car Show, and later that afternoon is the infamous HAuNTers Garage sale. Buy, sell and trade anything and everything haunted at this flea market/swap meet.
If you own a Haunted House, or would like to find out how to get started in the Haunt business, then HAuNTcon is a “not to be missed” convention! “HAuNTcon is an opportunity for Haunters to network, share tips and stories, get fresh ideas, learn new ways of doing things and check out the latest in Haunting props,” explains Leonard Pickel, HAuNTcon event coordinator. “It is the best investment you can make for your Haunted Event.” Even if you just like Haunted Houses and Halloween, you are in for a rare look at how major Haunted Attractions across the country scare millions of people each October.
Psycomania Theater Haunted House Burns to the Ground
Fri, March 16, 2012
Tuesday, February 28th a fire broke out at PsychoMania, Theater of Terror in Clarksville, Indiana. This unique haunt was a tradition for haunt lovers all over Indiana and improved with age. The fire was reported at 6:08 am and was under control by 9:00 am. Firefighters were still working on hot spots in the theater at 9:30 a.m and were not allowed in the building because of fear of structural collapse. Unfortunately the building is a loss and over $25,000 worth of props have been destroyed. The building was insured, but the props inside were not. It's estimated that 90 percent of the building's contents were destroyed Thomas Upton of the Clarksville Fire Department said that he hopes that it will be declared an immediate danger by the city building commissioner so that it can be demolished. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the workers at PsychoMania and we pray that they'll be able to rebuild someday.
You can donate to help rebuild PsychoMania, Theater of Terror by visiting the following link and making a contribution.
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