If you wish to go to the current Fangoria site, you may click the top logo, "Home" or "News" links. Or click here.
FANGORIA took a trip to Tinsley Studios,
the FX house behind FX Network’s acclaimed horror series AMERICAN HORROR STORY, and after touring the space, we sat down with the show’s makeup FX designer, Christien
FANGORIA: How did you get into the FX business?
CHRISTIEN TINSLEY: I first got into the FX business just by
being a child in love with movies. Not
knowing how films were made, I think I just fell in love with filmmaking and
developed an understanding about how films were divided up into different
departments. After that, it was obvious
that my passion lie in the illusion of the monsters and the make-up. From that point—I was seven or eight
years-old—I started to sculpt, paint, and create Halloween masks.
FANG: Did you ever have formal training?
TINSLEY: No, I was self-taught. FANGORIA was a big influence on me at the
time. It was the only source of information I had growing up in Seattle. There
were no school, I think Joe Blasko had one, but there wasn’t really anything at
the time. Dick Smith had his course, but Fango was the only source for anything
remotely like I wanted to do. Eventually
Fango came out with a magazine called GOREZONE, and GOREZONE was dedicated to
more behind the scenes. They used to have these makeup lab sections, and I
remember Mark Schostrom had an article on how he made Henrietta for EVIL DEAD
II. I remember those pages were worn
out, I would constantly read that one. Essentially, what I would do was mimic
the photos that I saw. Then, when I finally made the trip down to California
when I was 21, I sent out my portfolio and got hired immediately as a sculptor;
which is a job I never thought I’d have.
I thought I would be a mold maker like everyone else in this
business. From that point, I never left
Los Angeles, and I’ve been here for the last 18 years.
FANG: What are some
of the horror movies that influenced you?
Carpenter’s THE THING, AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, I even enjoyed SWORD AND
THE SORCERER. Those were the three
movies that had the most influence on wanting to be a makeup artist.
FANG: What FX do you enjoy applying the most?
TINSLEY: I enjoy
character makeup. I enjoy noses over
monsters, changing someone’s appearance realistically over creating five headed
beasts. So Dick Smith’s Amadeus makeup
on F. Murray Abraham was tremendous for me.
FANG: Besides the
second season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY, what other projects do you have coming
TINSLEY: We have some really cool effects in KILLING THEM
SOFTLY, which is Brad Pitt’s new project.
We also have the new RIDDICK movie coming out next year.
AMERICAN HORROR STORY premieres October 17th on FX.
JOIN OUR COMMUNITY AND BE THE FIRST TO KNOW ABOUT NEWS, CONTESTS, EVENTS AND MORE!
All contents © 2011 Fangoria Entertainment