Cornelius Makes an Appearence

There is an event that I haven’t participated in since the
late 1980s and early 1990s and that is a comic convention
costume contest. Now I have never graced the stage myself
physically, but the make up that I had a hand in creating has.

This year, at the San Francisco WonderCon 2008, a make up
that has been recreated numerous times in the past will make
a rare appearance – Cornelius of the 1968 feature film
“The Planet of the Apes”.

That’s right, my good friend Dan Morgan will be performing his
glorious Roddy McDowall impression in full make up and costume.
Which, by the way, was made from the same bolts of material that
the original McDowall costume was made from in the film.

I’ll soon be sculpting an entirely new prosthetic once again after
over decade. This time though, the prosthetics won’t be made from
foam latex as they have been since John Chambers, the make up
artist that developed it, created the make up for the films. Instead
we’ll be using Platsil Gel 10 Silicone.

Stay tuned for pictures of the process. Meanwhile here are some
studies of the character based on dvd captures.


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Tom has worked for over two decades in television, advertising, and feature film animation. Tom was Character Sculptor and Effects Animator on the Warner Bros/Lorimar Gumby Adventures‚ TV series (1987-1988) and Gumby Movie‚ the stop-motion feature film (1991). In 1991 at Colossal Pictures, Tom's Animation Direction debut Coca-Cola Watch‚ won a Clio Award. In 2000 he became Co-Partner at Way Out West Prods in San Francisco. Tom joined Maverix Studios in October of 2002 and was a dedicated principal member of the group until September 2011. Tom is now an artist for hire.
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3 Responses to Cornelius Makes an Appearence

  1. Alan says:

    DAMN DIRTY APES! I can’t wait.

  2. Kevin says:

    I can’t wait to see Cornelius again in person. Will you also be in San Diego in July?

  3. It’s gonna be fun guys!

    Rather unlikely that we’ll be at SDCON, but I won’t rule it out completely.

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