|VOL 8 ISSUE 1||January 2005|
Well it's that time again to reflect on the accomplishments and missed opportunities of the past year and make plans and goals for the coming year. I hope everyone has been having a wonderful holiday season and enjoying time with family and friends. I sure have been. On New Year's Eve I took the family to the Fiesta Bowl Parade in downtown Phoenix and I was beaming with pride as my old high school band marched down Central Avenue. The Trojans marching band flew in from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania to represent the school. The parade also included representatives from past Fiesta Bowl winners including my other alma mater Penn State. As I am writing this though, I sadly report that Pitt is getting an a$#-whoopin' by Utah in the Fiesta Bowl football game. I hope everyone has made some great resolutions. One of mine is to get a few film credits this year...
A natural progression from bodypainting is to elevate it into special effects make-up for the movie industry. Granted there isn't a huge film market here in the metro Phoenix area, but there are a few independent projects that I am trying to work my way into. Some of my inspiration has come from my recent subscription to Make-Up Artist Magazine and a book I bought on monster make-up called Men, Magic, and Monsters: Hollywood's Masters of Illusion and FX. I'm a sucker for the "how'd-they-do-that" segments at the end of DVD's and these books and magazines give the extensive inside scoop on specific film projects. Although I've dabbled into the world of prosthetic make-up techniques and character bodypaintings, I haven't had any of my work appear in a film...yet.
Instead of waiting for the right project to come along, I have taken the bull by the horns and initiated the making of an independent short film that incorporates my bodypainting and special FX make-up. The script, written by screenwriter Bryan Kinnaird, is complete and I have completed 90% of the storyboarding effort. There are quite a few notable people who have already pledged their support and services to help complete this movie for a premiere at the LepreCon sci-fi convention in May. I'll share more details in the coming months as this project develops. We are currently in the process of casting and hope to begin filming in February.
My obsession of learning the ropes of creature FX creations has led me to join Blockbuster's Movie Pass program and I have been watching as many movies as possible over the holiday break. In the past couple of weeks I have watched Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Predator, Predator 2, The Abyss, Bride of Reanimator, Pitch Black, The Day After Tomorrow, White Chicks, Dodgeball, Eight Legged Freaks, Terminal, and I, Robot. I have been analyzing each one and watching all of the special features that are available.
Another movie that I watched over the holidays was Lady Death, the animated feature length film. It just so happens that Brian Pulido, the creative force behind Chaos Comics and the Lady Death character, is producing independent films here in the valley. His latest award winning short film, There's Something Out There, will be premiering this month in Scottsdale and Brian has contacted me about doing a publicity bodypainting for the premiere. Come on out and join us. Details are available at http://www.theressomethingoutthere.com/ .
I was pleased this month to find a few images of my bodypaintings surface in two separate magazines. The first picture shown is from the Playtime Magazine party. This picture shows a progress shot of the blue dragon that I was painting on Danielle who is slated to be the cover model for the February 05 issue. This was a costume party so you can see my cheesy excuse for a costume as a French impressionist painter with a beret and vest. This picture showed up in the Party Pics section of the December issue of Playtime. I have written an article on the art of lifecasting that is scheduled to appear in the January issue of the magazine. More on that next month.
The second picture above is bodypainted fitness model Kimber Leigh from the Sonik Magazine 4th Anniversary party. This picture was scanned from the party pics section of the "Year 4 Issue 8" edition of Sonik Magazine and although it was just a thumbnail image, it's always great to get a tear sheet for the portfolio. There are some other really cool bodypainting clips from the party that weren't painted by me, but I never had the opportunity to meet the other body artist.
Several months ago I was asked to contribute belly painting images to a new book called Belly Painting by author Nancy Price. The book is now available on Amazon.com, but I haven't seen a copy to know if any of my work appears in the book or not. If it does, I'll have more details next month. If not, I'm sure it is still a very fun book for expectant mothers and according to the product description, "This fun kit contains everything an expectant mother needs to make her belly the talk of the town, including six pots of body paints, two brushes, stencils, a two-sided stamp, and a sheet of colorful temporary tattoos." Click on the image above to order it from my bodypainting book store.
I didn't have anything to do with this shot, but I wanted to congratulate a model that I was fortunate to work with during the Vegas Comic Con promotional event for the Villikon Chronicles last year. Her name is Kalucha and she is the cover model for this months Lowrider Magazine. Congrats Kalucha!
- Upcoming events:
- January 7th, 2005 - I'll be featured again at the Paper Heart Art Gallery's annual Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll extravaganza and again this year I will be working with the very beautiful model Kayla Rei and the theme of my painting will revolve around the rock band KISS, and more specifically, Gene Simmons. Writer Bryan Kinnaird will be on hand also promoting his book Hell Box, which has a tie-in to the band also.
- January 20th, 2005 - Bodypainting for the premiere of "There's Something Out There", the award winning film by Lady Death creator, Brian Pulido. The event takes place at Farrelli’s Cinema Supper Club, 14202 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ. According to the website, admission is free.
- March 26th, 2005 - The Girls, Girls, Girls fundraiser for MudPony Gallery at Christies Cabaret. This event is Black Tie. $10 to get in. For $250 you can get a seat in the celebrity only VIP room complete with a bottle of Christie's Champagne and your own private wait staff. Currently casting models for this session.
- May 26th-29th, 2005 - The Face and Body Art International Convention in Orlando, FL. This event is sponsored by Face and Body Art Magazine and this year's theme is "A Midsummer Night's Dream - Enchanted Forest". I will be doing a live demonstration at this event.
- The 2005 Bodypainting by Mark Greenawalt wall calendars are still available. This is my 4th annual calendar and this year's edition includes 13 images, 15 models, and 6 photographers. Thank you in advance to all of you who have ordered my calendars in the past and to those of you who plan to get this year's edition. Your support is truly appreciated! To see all of the images in this years calendar and hopefully to place your order, go to:
copyright 2005, Mark Greenawalt
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