Student’s name: Anh Tran
Class: Stage Make Up
Gino Acevedo grew up in Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. His career has been tremendously varied, from working at a company designing and making Halloween masks to a chance meeting with legendary Hollywood make-up artist Rich Baker and work on some Hollywood’s biggest films, to New Zealand, Richard Taylor and “The Lord of the Rings. Therefore, Gino certainly has a lot of experience in visual creature effects art with particular skill in special make-up, prosthetics and air brushing. Now he lives in Wellington and works as the Creature Art Director at Weta Digital and a special make-up supervisor at Weta Workshop. In 1998, Gino Acevedo was asked by Richard Taylor to join Weta Workshop to supervise the special makeup effects and creatures for Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Prior to this, Gino had been working in the Los Angeles film industry for more than 10 years. During production of The Lord of the Rings, he oversaw paint designs on creatures including Gollum. Gino was approached by Weta Digital VFX Supervisor, Joe Letteri, who was intrigued by the way Gino had made the skin coloration of a physical silicone puppet of the dead Boromir so believable. Joe then asked if Gino would be interested in texture painting on Gollum. Although at the time seeing himself as computer illiterate, Gino grasped the new digital challenges, becoming the art director for the digital creatures and the liaison between Weta Workshop and Weta Digital. Gino Acevedo has greatly contributed into many projects such as the Alien series, Godzilla, Men in Black and The Nutty Professor, especially Avatar, The Water Horse, and King Kong. On King Kong and on The Water Horse, Gino along with Richard Taylor supervised the sculpting of maquettes for digital scanning, and making the physical silicone puppets used for environment and actor interaction, which were later replaced with the digital...
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