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Monster Maker Interview with Award Winner Bill Corso

by Kenny Hoeschen

The Stan Winston School of Character Arts interviewed Bill Corso, the makeup artist who has worked on films including Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and who won the Academy Award for Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Corso tells the story of how he got started with drawing at the age of two and began drawing the rock band, Kiss, along with standards like dinosaurs and monsters. Corso came from a family of builders and plumbers, but his father encouraged him to pursue his art. Corso’s first paying gig was making Thriller makeup for another high school’s performance of Michael Jackson’s classic. And his first professional movie experience was working with Burt Reynolds. A fascinating story from the beginning of a terrific career to memorable moments and biggest disappointments.

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