Fear is the Mind Killer

My husband likes to say.....don't compare your behind the scenes with everyone else's demo reel.  He says this because I sometime become despondent as an artist when looking at social media.  Part of me is excited to see the artwork and ideas out there, the creativity and imagination at work. It inspires me.  Part of me wonders if I'm ever going to get to that level and I become fearful of the future.  I still have a very long ways to go, even after all my hard work.

It's not always easy to start a project, because if you start you are that much closer to finding out if you are going to be a success or failure.

Fear of failure can be crippling.  Combine that with fear of being judged (which you will always be judged when it comes to your artwork)......and you have a creative who is trapped.

I struggle on every project with a split personality.  The crazy kid in me going "wheeeee!  This is going to be challenging and new and interesting!"  Then there's the other part of me that is terrified I'm going to goof it up, let people down, or be judged by my peers.  The kid usually wins, because kids are just tenacious that way.  Thank goodness.  But it's not easy.

So, if you are a creative looking at social media and feeling despondent.....you are not alone. You don't know the reality of what that artist had to do to get to that point.  Let your inner kid win and go have some fun making art.






Living On The Edge

I remember the first time I had an effect go south on me on set.  It was my very first slit throat on my very first feature, and I had watered down the blood mix too much.   So embarrassing!  In the world of ultra low budget film, there is rarely money or time for tests.  Sometimes you will be asked to pull something out of thin air right before a shot.

One of the funniest but scary moments I had was a director asking if I could do an eviceration scene on a guy that was going to shoot I n about 20 minutes.....because they changed the script but forgot to tell me.  We ended up making intestines out of pantyhose, cotton, and gelatin on a tarp....took a female autopsy prosthetic and flipped it upside down with the breast tissue removed....and made it work.

You never want to be put in that position.....but some days you will.  So when it comes, just roll with it and try to enjoy the rollercoaster.


Good Times

Well, it's been a busy winter on Grimm season 4.  Still working on the special makeup fx team and also making props.  I've learned tons this year, and am very grateful for the opportunities I've had this season.   I've gotten to work with some amazing artists, and boy has it been exciting.

Good news for the Portland film scene.....Grimm, Librarians, and Portlandia are all renewed!

Combat Report aired its final episode of the season on TuffTV. It's a Midwestern cable channel, but you can watch the episodes at www.tufftv.com.  It was a blast to work on, and my fingers are crossed for the series.

The shop is bursting at the seams.  We've had to do some rearranging just to fit everything, but it's much more efficient now.

I'm hoping to post new pics soon!



All work and no play.....

Makes Christina a little crazy.

It's been a good summer so far!  Ravenous Studios has been able to work on the new TNT show The Librarians, supplying props and getting to do a little makeup as well.  Portlandia is back in town, as well as Grimm (which is been so kind as to order a lot of props so I can keep the teenage creature that lives with us fed adequately).  I've been working on a new TV show called Combat Report as well, which I'm super excited about.  It has a really fantastic cast, and I hope it gets to continue.

Of course, I have no pictures I can show until these episodes air.....so hang tight.

I've been learning quite a bit while making props.  I've got Smooth-On foam estimation down pretty good, which can always be stressful the first time you run a mold.  Too much foam mix and things can get exciting in the shop.

I have a large amount of sculpting to do, masks to make, and a belly to make as well.  Not sure how I'm exactly going to get it all done, but I'll figure something out.  Onwards!

Latest News

Well, a lot has happened since my last posting of a random shop oddity.

As soon as Grimm wrapped I was lucky enough to get to make some props and do some makeup for the new TNT show the Librarians.

Laura Loucks and I did a Zombie 101 class for the West Coast Haunters Convention that was a blast!  Great questions during the class.  Hope to do it again.

I also got to spend 5 days at the coast with Road's End Films doing a proof of concept trailer for a new TV series called Runestone.  Made a lot of new friends.  What a fantastic crew! 

More news to come.




Happy New Year!

New year, new website.  I hope you enjoy the new layout, and please drop me a line at info@ravenousstudios.com to let me know what you think!  I'm still getting the hang of how to use this new program, so more content coming soon.


Wow.  2013 went by in a flash!  It was a year full of surprises.  Season 3 of Grimm has kept me very busy, but I was also able to work on 3 features this year during different breaks.  One even took me out of the country!  I got to see Lithuania, and it was an absolutely amazing experience.  The Parlor and Deep Dark are currently in post production, and The Dark Place is completed.  Seal Patrol is a feature I did in 2012, but just was released by Lionsgate on DVD.  There were several short films in there as well - Persophone, Stalker, The Phoenix Project, The New Herald, The Phoenix Project, and more.  We also had the second year of our haunted attraction "Morbid Nightmares" in Vancouver, WA this year.

I have high hopes for 2014.  We're currently looking for a new location for our haunted attraction.  Ira has a fantastic new web series he wrote that I'm very excited about (sci-fi fans....you're absolutely gonna love it), and we hope to start shooting it around February.  We also have a horror script in development, and a couple more projects coming up that I'm very excited about (but can't discuss yet).  It looks to be another exciting year!