New Documentary Looks at Monster Suit Acting
With the evils we all have to deal with in real life, nothing beats escaping into a fantasy world of movie gorillas, aliens, robots and monsters! This is the world that a brand new documentary from Wyrd Studios, MEN IN SUITS takes us to.
In talking to the men and women that have donned rubber and fiberglass costumes over the decades of cinema, MEN IN SUITS shows us the kind of strength, determination and mental toughness it takes to not only move around in heavy, boiling suits, but to also act, emote and perform, bringing emotion to a character who without the actor inside, is just a lifeless mass of materials.
It is also amazing to see the advances in suit technology that have taken place from the days of The Creature and early Godzilla films to movies like PREDATOR, ALIEN and PAN’S LABYRINTH.
MEN IN SUITS talks to performers such as Doug Jones (HELL BOY, PAN’S LABYRINTH), John Alexander (GORILLAS IN THE MIST), Haruo Nakajima (Godzilla himself) and even Van Snowden (H.R. PUFNSTUFF). There are segments on monsters, robots, even an extensive look at gorilla suits in the movies.
Viewers will be surprised to find out some of the movies that have utilized suit acting in this day and age of CGI. The argument can be made that no matter how advanced you get in CG technology, sometimes you just can’t get the proper illusion of weight or mass that you can with a well made suit.
In interviews with the actors and the directors that put them through their beastly paces, you get a real sense of the love and admiration they have for practical effects and the way those effects can bring a creature to life.
With a crisp 90-minute run time, the documentary moves quickly and covers a lot of ground.
If you are a fan of monsters, want to see how they are made, are interested in the people behind the rubber, then you owe it to yourself to check out MEN IN SUITS.
Bay Area Film Events Brings Monstrous Movie Icons to the Historic Bal Theatre.
San Leandro – April 27, 2013. Bay Area Film Events and The Historic Bal Theatre (14808 East 14th Street, San Leandro, CA) present MEN IN SUITS. And to demonstrate the art of monster acting, the evening’s second feature will be the Universal classic, REVENGE OF THE CREATURE, the second film in the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON trilogy.
The evening will be hosted by Robert Emmett, the host of KFJC radio’s Norman Bates Memorial Soundtrack Show, heard every Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00pm on 89.7FM and www.kfjc.org.
Also appearing will be the writer and director of MEN IN SUITS, Frank Woodward, who will talk about the making of the film and the history of the men and women who brought our rubber-suited nightmares to life.
Bay Area Film Events will also have displays, prizes and an amazing amount of live monsters wandering throughout the theater and lobby so attendees can take pictures and mingle with family friendly creatures, monsters and maybe even a few robots.
If you want to see this documentary and The Creature on a big screen with like-minded fans of the genre, then you’ll want to be at the Bal Theatre on Saturday April 27!
For more information on Bay Area Film Events’ screening of MEN IN SUITS, go to the Men in Suits event page.
Tickets available at Ticketweb.
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