The newest movie chapter in the Maze Runner trilogy, ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’, based on the books by James Dashner, is out on DVD and Blu-ray just in time for the holidays! Make-up artist Mark Garbarino was at Walker Stalker Con NY/NJ to show us how the scary Crank zombies, from the movie, came to life. Mark has had a successful career for over 30 years as a sculptor, creating creature suits, puppets and prosthetic make-ups. You’ve seen his work in movies such as ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’, ‘The Abyss’, ‘Ali’, ‘Star Trek’, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ 1&5 and ‘Soul Surfer’, just to barely name a few. His award winning make-ups have appeared in music videos and TV series’ such as ‘Babylon 5’, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Six Feet Under’. You can go to his website Mark Garbarino: Make-up and Prosthetic Illusions to find out more.
At Walker Stalker Con NY/NJ I got a chance to watch Mark at work recreating the Crank zombie characters from ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’. It was awesome seeing him do the make-up, creating the character from beginning to end. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment also gave one attendee the chance to get a free make-over on Saturday. Winner Gianna N. from Boston was thrilled to get her make-up done and had a blast posing for photos afterwards and with people at the convention, who loved her new Crank zombie look.
After all the makeup was done, I was able to talk to Mark for a few minutes and ask him some questions about his career and his work on ‘The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’.
Los Angeles Zombie Examiner: Mark, can you tell me about how the Crank zombies were developed?
Mark Garbarino: “ADI is the company the producers approached, and showed them pictures from the first movie, where the audience got a little tease of what the characters looked like; scary, with exaggerated veins popping out of the neck.” he said. “When I came on board the director was saying he didn’t want that, less was more, but that he wanted veins to be black and erupting, maybe coming out of the skin. They had good conceptual art. So they did the prep work on that and then when I did the make-up, which I had to piece together to look like that photo, it took us three days and three tries of doing different things to get the director content. It was tedious makeup, with all the veins, and we had to keep pushing ourselves to speed it up. In the end it looked great.”
ZE: What made you decide to go into Special FX make-up?
MG: “While I was in the process of going to university I directed my studies my last few years at the University of South Florida as a sculptor and I did some really cool pieces. They weren’t sculpted in clay and casted, then it was ceramic and fired, and now its life casting, carving rigid foam and building up on large sculptures.” he explained. “As a kid I always loved the monsters, but it wasn’t part of my up bringing to think that would be OK or that there was even an industry for it, as much as it was there I just didn’t see it. I loved Planet of the Apes, but I think the two most important movies I saw were ‘Alien’ and ‘Clockwork Orange’. In ‘Clockwork Orange’ they had that art scene where Malcolm McDowell beats the guy over the head with that big dildo thing and I said, that’s the kind of art I do. Then ‘Alien’ came out and H. R. Giger art directed this insane stuff, the hands-on creating of the Alien and I thought alright I can be a sculptor in film and I can be a lot more happy. So I didn’t necessarily want to be a make-up artist, but I wanted to work in films as a sculptor or to do props. Other influences I had were working with guys like Screaming Mad George and Kenny Scharf in New York.”
ZE: What is your favorite make-up that you’ve ever done?
MG: “Jon Voight played Howard Cosell in ‘Ali’. The was one of my two best make-ups. The other one was Jackie Chan. I made him into an old guy in ‘Forbidden Kingdom’. Jackie looked completely real and old and the camera celebrates it. With the old foggy contact lenses, he looked tight!”
ZE: Do you have any up-coming projects?
MG: “My next thing I’m working on is straight make-up. I’m not a regular team member but I’m working on ‘Teen Wolf’ doing period French makeup. The next thing for sure I’m working on is with John Singleton, the director from ‘Boyz in the Hood’, his new project called ‘Snowfall’. I’ll be the key makeup with Debra Denson. What ever they want us to do, we’ll do, its not about special make-up effects.” Mark shared. “I’m not running from it, but I want myself and other people to know I can do straight make-up, women’s make-up and can work that angle. Lots of my peers, all great Special FX make-up artists are department heads and doing straight make-up nowadays.”
ZE: Is there a person you have always wanted to work with?
MG: “I’ve always thought Rob Bottin was the greatest and would have liked to work with him. Dick Smith is a purist and a genius and is the greatest pure technician. He would be great to work with. He has set the bar so high for us all. I’d also like to work with my French friends again, I love working with the Europeans and in other countries. There will always be someone new, young and cool that I will love meeting and working with. Others? Vincent Van Dyke is great and there’s Adam Johansen from Australia, that guys insane, Id love to work for him, too.”
We can all look forward to seeing more of Mark’s amazing work in the future. In the mean time don’t forget to get ‘Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials’ on DVD and Blu-ray. The Ultimate Fan Edition has two full hour of extras and a 24 page collectible printed prequel comic book is included.
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