With hobbies that include Art. sculpture, painting, drawing, and working with many mediums such as metal, clay, wood, plastic wool, and even cardboard, he is a jack of all trades and an artistic force to be reckoned with. We were fortunate to get an interview with this up-and-comer in the Horror-Art world.
Dixie: First of all tell us what are some of your inspirations as an artist?
Benjamin: Oh golly! lets see… I think what first gave me the push to go into makeup and film work, specifically, was sitting in theaters as a boy watching “The Fellowship of the Ring”.
Dixie: Peter Jackson’s vision of Tolkien is visually stimulating — but how did you get into makeup, masks and costuming specifically?
Benjamin: Well in “The Fellowship of the Ring ” I was blown away by the range of dazzling creatures, environments and costumes. Then I started thinking ‘Some one must have been payed to make that and I bet I could too, some day’. Later I searched on the internet for resources for what seemed like months and months trying to come up with some information on the industry. Slowly after some costly mistakes in the lab work and practice I began to hone some of the vast range of skill sets necessary to become an effects technician. I am still learning, and always will continue to learn for my entire life.
Dixie: Fantastic! You must tell me, what piece of yours are are the most proud of?
Benjamin: Well to date, the most ambitious costume I have made, both in sculpture and construction, has been the mummy — So that piece wins by default. It took a long time to construct and get to a point that I really felt okay with the final result.
Benjamin: That’s very kind of you to say. As far as classic monsters go — while i love the obsession the Egyptians had with preparation for life in the hereafter (and the beautiful imagery it conjures) — I’d have to say my favorite classic monsters are all from H.P. LoveCraft’s “Yog-Sothothery” (the name he personally gave to what is now known as the “Cthulhu Mythos”). I’d say Yog-Sothoth, the haunter of the dark, and John Carpenter’s The Thing, are some of my favorite monsters of all time. formless, ever changing, adapting and utterly powerful beyond anything a human can tackle on there own.