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Tom Savini – “Tom of the Dead” Panel at Dragon Con 2014 (Video)

Tom Savini - "Tom of the Dead" Panel at Dragon Con 2014

Tom Savini – “Tom of the Dead” Panel at Dragon Con 2014

What inspires the master of gore? Horror fans were in heaven when attending Dragon Con 2014.  Horror make-up/effects legend and actor Tom Savini sat on three panels and spent time in the “Walk of Fame” talking to fans.

Tom’s solo panel “Tom of the Dead” was a real treat, as he shared great stories about his  time as a combat photographer in Vietnam, working with George A. Romero on “Night of the Living Dead,” and much more. He was happy to field questions from the audience, speak about his inspirations, and offer advice to those that are interested in pursuing careers in filmmaking.

It was interesting to learn that while he was a combat photographer, he was exposed to the realistic gore of war wounds that later led to his ability to effectively recreate gruesome injuries for the screen. He also credits his time in that role as valuable study in anatomy.

Tom’s childhood inspiration that sparked his interest in make-up effects was Lon Chaney, and he mentioned the Chaney documentary Man of a Thousand Faces as a huge influence.

Covering early career milestones like “Friday the 13th” and “Creepshow,” as well as later films like “From Dusk Till Dawn,” Tom offered insights and great stories about his involvement and experiences. He also shared information about the Tom Savini Make-Up Effects Program and participation in upcoming projects.

It’s panels like this that make Dragon Con so special. Fans can get unfiltered information directly from their icons.

Watch the panel video below:

Prior to taking questions, Tom previewed the upcoming documentary on his career that some of his effects school students are putting together. Entitled “Smoke and Mirrors,” it will no doubt become a staple in the viewing library of horror and makeup effect fans. For a teaser of “Smoke and Mirrors,” you can watch the video below:

When asked what film moments scared him, he mentioned sequences from the Exorcist and Alien. We also learned that Tom is scared of bugs and razor blades.

He is quick to praise peers like Rob Bottin, Greg Nicotero, and the late Stan Winston. He called Rob Bottin’s work on John Carpenter‘s “The Thing” the ‘Gold Standard’ of splatter effects.

Pick up a copy of Tom’s book “Grande Illusions” via the link below.

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Grande Illusions: Book I & 2 by Tom Savini

What Is Dragon Con, and Why You Should Be There

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe.

The convention is organized for fans, and features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days.

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