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Published:October 25th, 2006 07:56 EST
Judyth Piazza and chats with Tom Savini and Dave Pelley at Screamfest

Judyth Piazza and chats with Tom Savini and Dave Pelley at Screamfest

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Tom`s interest in make-up was initiated by the film "MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES", which starred James Cagney as the legendary Lon Chaney, Sr. With this inspiration at the age of twelve, Tom could be found in the bathroom :doing grotesque things" to his face while other kids were out play football.

When Tom Savini began his adventure into the movie business, his philosophy was "THE MORE YOU DO, THE MORE YOU GET TO DO". He was able to parlay his hobby of make-up, and his army training as a combat photographer (Vietnam 1969-70) into a job as special make-up artist and still photographer on Bob Clark`s movie DEATHDREAM. He then graduated to head special make-up artist on Clark`s next film DERANGED. For the next six years he worked as a free lance photographer by day and an actor/make-up artist at doing repertory regional theater in North Carolina. 

It was during these years Tom honed his make-up skills by designing production make-ups for three area theaters. A typical evening meant that Tom would play a character, usually a lead, apply his own make-up, and before curtain time apply beards, scars, aging and whatever to nearly everyone else in the cast. "Always for the mirror." If the make-up looked convincing in the mirror, he knew it would sell from the stage. You would also find Tom, in those days, choreographing a musical, or staging the fights, (Tom is a tournament fencer) or falling down a long flight of stairs in some play for his "art". He is also an accomplished gymnast. Then his other life experiences began to pay off. While teaching and attending Carnegie Mellon University under a fellowship, he designed and executed the special make-up effects, played a role, and performed the stunts for George Romero`s "MARTIN". Following a brief return to regional theater, he designed and executed the effects, played a role, and performed many more stunts in George`s Romero`s "DAWN OF THE DEAD".

That did it. His real movie career took off. He was besieged by producers who let him create innovative and shocking effects, sometimes perform stunts, play roles, and stage fights in such movies as "FRIDAY THE 13TH" PART 1 and 4, "CREEPSHOW" 1 and 2, "DAY" and "DAWN OF THE DEAD", "TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE II", "INVASION USA", "MONKEY SHINES", "KNIGHTRIDERS", "MANIACS", "MARIA`S LOVER", "RED SCORPION", "HEARTSTOPPER", "BLOODSUCKING PHAROHS IN PITTSBURGH", "TWO EVIL EYES", "TRAUMA", "KILLING ZOE", "NECRONOMICON", "BACKSTREET STREET JUSTICE"," MR. STICTH", and "GHOSTWRITER". He also directed three episodes of "TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE" and the 1990 remake of "NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD". He still runs his own effects company, TOM SAVINI LTD., does seminars, performs in plays, and locks for good scripts to direct, and who betters to direct a film than someone who has been an actor, a stuntman, a choreographer, a fight director, a photographer, and a special make-up effects designer.

 

For More Information:  www.savini.com

Jimmy the Pizza Delivery Guy is a short horror/comedy film that is currently in pre-production and set to film in late 2006.

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