12 Days of Christmas Movies: Elf (2003)

Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Movies that have fun special fx. Todays pic is the movie Elf starring Will Ferrell

Of course with any Christmas movie involving elves, you will have an abundance of elf ears. Plus, you have puppeteers and animatronics. Even the racoon was the product of a prosthetic shop.

Interesting tidbit, the stop motion is listed under special fx. And the stop motion portion of the movie was done by Chiodo Brothers, who has done stop motion work for others like the Simpsons and Disney.

Will Ferrell is attached by furry woodland creature

Synopsis: After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

I am always interested in who did the makeup & special fx makeup on movies, so I thought others might be too. Here is a list, from IMDB, of makeup/special fx artist whose work made Elf so darn fun.

Special Effects by

John Biggs …. mechanic: Chiodo Brothers
Connie Brink …. special effects supervisor: New York (as Conrad F. Brink Sr.)
Charles Chiodo …. stop motion animation character designer: Chiodo Brothers
Edward Chiodo …. stop-motion animation producer: Chiodo Brothers
Stephen Chiodo …. stop motion animation supervisor: Chiodo Brothers
Jeffrey Cupernell …. fabricator: Chiodo Brothers (as Jeff Cupernell)
Jeffrey Cupernell …. painter: Chiodo Brothers (as Jeff Cupernell)
Rod Currie …. special effects best boy
Robert Falck …. shop foreman (as Robert D. Falck)
Chris Flemington …. main on-set special effects assistant
Terri Fluker …. wardrobe fabricator: Chiodo Brothers
Bleau Fortier …. fabricator
Bleau Fortier …. special effects assistant
Don Gray …. gimbal technician
Paul Kemp …. stop motion animation supervisor: Chiodo Brothers
Paul Kemp …. stop-motion animation line producer: Chiodo Brothers
Carol Koch …. sculptor: Chiodo Brothers
Tony Lazarowich …. special effects coordinator
Eric Lemay …. fabricator
Eric Lemay …. machinist
Heidi M. Luest …. fabricator: Chiodo Brothers (as Heidi Luest)
Heidi M. Luest …. painter: Chiodo Brothers (as Heidi Luest)
Rodd Matsui …. lab technician: Chiodo Brothers
Roger Medanich …. coordinator: Chiodo Brothers
Todd Minobe …. mechanic: Chiodo Brothers
Brad Purser …. fabricator
Brad Purser …. special effects assistant
Charles Rivera …. sculptor: Chiodo Brothers
Dwight Roberts …. shop foreman: Chiodo Brothers
Christopher Roth …. effects editor: Chiodo Brothers (as Chris Roth)
Ernest Sheldon …. fabricator: Chiodo Brothers (as Ernest Sheldon Jr.)
Ernest Sheldon …. painter: Chiodo Brothers (as Ernest Sheldon Jr.)
Bryan Smith …. lead technician: Chiodo Brothers
Bryan Smith …. sculptor: Chiodo Brothers
Corie Tornack …. fabricator
Corie Tornack …. special effects assistant
Michelle Valigura …. fabricator: Chiodo Brothers
Michelle Valigura …. painter: Chiodo Brothers
Michael S. Vincent …. electronics (as Mike Vincent)
Michael S. Vincent …. fabricator (as Mike Vincent)
Amanda Visell …. fabricator: Chiodo Brothers
Amanda Visell …. painter: Chiodo Brothers
Christopher Warren …. director of photography: Chiodo Brothers (as Chris Warren)
Chris Bignell …. special effects technician (uncredited)
Dave Dunaway …. effects rigger (uncredited)
Tibor Farkas …. special effects makeup (uncredited)
Gary Heidrick …. special effects technician (uncredited)
Paul Kemp …. main title sequence: Chiodo Brothers (uncredited)
Paul Kemp …. unit production manager: Chiodo Brothers (uncredited)
Ian Korver …. special effects assistant (uncredited)

Makeup Department

Gitte Axen …. first assistant makeup artist
Gitte Axen …. special effects makeup
Ian C. Ballard …. assistant hair stylist (as Ian Ballard)
Donna Bis …. assistant hair stylist
Angel De Angelis …. key hair stylist: New York (as Angel DeAngelis)
Rebeccah Delchambre …. second assistant makeup
Rebeccah Delchambre …. special makeup effects artist
Victoria Down …. key makeup artist
Sherry Linder-Gygli …. key hair stylist (as Sherry Gygli)
James Sarzotti …. key makeup artist: New York
Mike Fields …. special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Teresa A. Meyer …. special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Ryan Nicholson …. special makeup effects designer (uncredited)
James Dean Patten …. assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Christ Stanley …. special makeup effects designer (uncredited)

 Images from http://www.imdb.com

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