2001 Oscars Governor's Ball

In 2001, party designer Edgar Zamora and his company Revelry Inc. asked me to design the chandeliers and table centerpieces for the 73rd annual Academy Award Governor's Ball held for the last time at the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The theme of the ball was Victorian; the time when the art of film began.
Each chandelier was 2' wide by 7' tall and contained a back lit, frosted, interior wall covered in applique' butterflies, which slowly rotated. Each table centerpiece was a working zoetrope - the original motion picture technology - and, at its base, was a beautiful floral arrangment by Mark's Garden. My sister Monica helped me create all 78 zoetropes and 8 chandeliers.

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DeSanto Singer Guastini - Battlestar Galactica Portfolio

Below is a portfolio of the many Cylon sketches I did for Vincent Guastini's Battlestar Galactica presentation for director Bryan Singer, producer Tom Desanto and Universal Studios.

In 2001, Vinnie was one of the front runners to head up the make up f/x and creature department on the now legendary unfinished Singer remake. Some of these made the presentation, some did not. Some I admit are weak but am posting anyway .

I was a child of the 70's and remember doodling Cylons on my binder in grade school. This project was fun to be a part of.

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Vinnie originally hired me, based on a friends' recommendation to fix some minor imperfections in the chroming process on his "hero" cylon bust. He was funding this presentation work himself and hoped to avoid re-chroming as it is a very expensive process.

We agreed any fixes could not perfectly match the real chrome finish. I suggested the small problem areas could be disguised by giving the bust a battle scarred/aged and rusted feel. He liked the idea.

Vinnie trusted me with the detail painting on the "hero".

The conceptual sketch with this cylon head attached is actually retro designed . It was my idea of what the body of the cylon might look like with the finished Cylon bust designed and made by Vinnie.

Sunday cartoon

Sloane Pub ads

When in Cleveland OH, stop by the Sloane Pub and tell 'em Dave Lowe sent ya. Then they'll hand you my outstanding tab.

Current project

Working late on a new set design for a DIY Network show called "Craft Lab". My early ideas are leaning towards a Jules Verne/ H.G. Wells feeling workshop.
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