Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC), Middle Tennessee’s premiere venue for professional theatre has announced they’re partnering with NECAT, Nashville Education, Community and Arts Television to present “The Art of Special Effect Makeup: An Interactive Workshop” on Saturday, March 5 at TPAC’s James K. Polk theatre. The one day workshop will feature instruction and guidance from Rick Prince, Roy Wooley , Rashaad Santiago and Ben Rittenhouse, four makeup and special effects artist whose works have been featured in TV and film. They’ll be working their magic as they transform members of The Nashville Ballet who’ll be on hand as models for these special effects masters. The event will also include a Q&A session, as well as the chance to photograph the pros in action.
“The Art of Special Effects Makeup” is the latest in a series of events presented by TPAC InsideOut, an education outreach program that allows fans and interested parties the opportunity to experience the magic behind the scenes of the performing arts.”Special effects makeup is a unique skill, a special artistry, and these men have extraordinary credits,” revealed Kristin Horsley, TPAC’s senior director of education outreach.
Speaking of those credits, Rittenhouse, a recent transplant from Los Angeles to Nashville, received an Emmy for his work on HBO’s “The Pacific”. His credits range from the 2001 “Planet of the Apes” redo to the more recent “Underdog” movie, with everything from “Kill Bill 1 & 2”, “Hannibal”, “The Mist” “Hulk” to “Men In Black II”, “The Hills Have Eyes”, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe” and more.
Fans of SyFy channel’s “Face Off” might recognize TPAC and NECAT’s other special guests, as Prince, Wooley and Santiago all competed on the popular special effects competition series hosted by McKenzie Westmore.
Santiago, a native of The Bronx, won Season 6 of “Face Off”. He kicked off the season scoring Top Looks in Episode 1’s Spotlight Challenge with his Undersea City creations. Consistently landing among the Top Looks throughout the season kept Santiago in the game, but it was his back-to-back overall wins in Episodes 12 and 13 during the “Industrial Revolution” and “Bloodsuckers” challenges that secured his place in the final three, winning the season with his “Heavenly Bodies” creations for the season finale. Following up his win, Santiago recently completed work as creature fx designer for the upcoming Casper Van Dien/Cynthia Rothrock Sci-Fi film “Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine”.
While Wooley became a fan favorite during Season 3 of “Face Off” from the beginning when he co-created a Robotic Exoskeleton for Episode 1’s “Star Wars Cantina” challenge. but it’s his Queen of Hearts during Episode 4’s “Alice in Zombieland” that proved his most memorable look of the season. He too has an extensive effects bio. His credits range from obscure gems like “Motor Home Massacre” and “Cheerleader Autopsy” to more mainstream hits like Rob Zombie’s “Halloween II”, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2” and TV’s “Doctor Who: The Forgotten Doctor”.
In addition to appearing on Season 5 of “Face Off”, Prince has created characters for “Sesame Street”, as well as Disney, Busch Gardens and Tennessee’s own Dollywood. His Nashville-based special effects makeup company, Malice in Mind FX Laboratory, has turned many a Nashvillian into the undead, having provided full zombie makeups for one of Music City’s most infectious charity events, the annual Nashville Zombie Walk benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank. His indie film credits include “Prism”, “Blood Rogues”, “In The Dark” and the yet-to-be-released zombie horror film, “6:15”.
“The Art of Special Effects Makeup: An Interactive Workshop” takes place Saturday, March 5 at TPAC’s Polk Theatre from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Tickets are $22. Click Here to purchase tickets. Groups tickets for 10 or more can purchase by calling 615.782.4060. For more information on this event, Click Here. For more about TPAC’s Inside Out education programs, Click Here. To learn about other upcoming NECAT events, Click Here.
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