In 2018, Beetlejuice celebrates its’ 30th anniversary. The movie won an Oscar for Best Makeup, and one of the winners of that award was my next interview subject, Robert Short. Robert Short is an acclaimed visual effects artist who has worked on a wide variety of projects, from the Spielberg movies 1941 and E.T The Extra-Terrestrial to Splash and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. We discussed those projects and many more on Wednesday, June 27th, and I hope you all enjoy getting to know him.
I was first introduced to Audrey Landers’ work via the 1985 film version of A Chorus Line, where she played Val and memorably performed the song “Dance Ten, Looks Three”. As I’m always learning more about the pop culture of the past, especially the 1980s, I came to discover more about Audrey, and I was impressed. She acts, she sings, she composes songs and she’s logged more miles of travel than most of her contemporaries. I spoke to her on May 2nd, and I hope you all enjoy getting to know this versatile talent.
If you’ve watched the Academy Awards at any point over the course of the past three decades, the chances are very good that you’ve seen one of my next interview subject’s works. Chuck Workman won an Oscar in 1987 for his 1986 short Precious Images, a rapid-fire look at cinema up to that time. He’s subsequently done many montages for the telecast. There’s more to him than that, though. As head of Calliope Films, he’s helped to create scores of memorable movie trailers. His work as a documentarian has seen him take on subjects as diverse as Andy Warhol, the Beat Generation and the history of the pornographic film, as well as multiple documentaries about the medium of film itself. I was first exposed to Mr. Workman’s films in 1990 when the special Happy Birthday, Bugs: 50 Looney Years featured his short 50 Years Of Bugs Bunny In 3 1/2 Minutes. 27 years later, I got to interview him, and I hope you all enjoy getting to know this editing master.