We had the pleasure of recording with makeup FX legend Steve Johnson, the interview will be coming out soon but it was a great time. Steve has worked on films like Fright Night, Ghostbusters, and the Abyss. He has recently taken to writing and his memoirs "Rubber Head" can be found at http://www.stevejohnsonfx.com/ These are packed with insane stories about the crazy days in the FX industry during the 70's 80's and 90's
From his website:
For three decades multiple Emmy-Award winning Steve Johnson has been transforming raw elements, cutting-edge technology, and pure thought into mind-boggling creations.
His company is responsible for the make-up effects in over two hundred films, countless television shows, commercials, and music videos. He’s blown the doors off audience’s expectations with unbelievable characters and FX in some of the most astounding and beloved films of our time. From the beauty and grace of the aliens from The Abyss to the zany antics of the ghosts from Ghostbusters. From the groundbreaking robotics for Robin William’s Bicentennial Man to the alien seductress from Species, to the multi-tentacled villain Doc Ock from Spiderman II.
Mr. Johnson’s range of projects also includes live-action. When Criss Angel needed assistance to create his earth shattering illusions, he turned to Johnson’s company. Johnson’s team has also created animatronic characters for theme parks around the globe, including Disney Theme Parks and Eigamura in Tokyo.
Chances are, if you’ve ever been amazed by something out of the ordinary, Mr. Johnson was likely responsible.