Stunts

Dirt and Stipple

Dirt and Stipple

Sometimes you find yourself with some fake blood in your mouth and a couple of drinking straws - because that's how you get things done in this business. At least, it is when you're a special effects makeup artist, like next week's Cinematic Immunity guest, David Mendez.

On Tuesday, you'll get to hear the multi-talented Mendez brake down the makeup department for us, with a special focus on special-effects. We'll talk about the tools of his trade (fake blood and drinking straws are only two of them), the challenges of creating looks for film, his influences, and how Captain Kirk taught him to fight. He also explains how being a U.S. Army Infantryman compares to working on a movie set, and how it has helped his stunt coordinator work. Plus, we talk set safety, the process of getting union membership, and the wonders of technology - because walkie-talkies are your friend!

Check back on Tuesday for David's interview, and don't forget to follow us on all your favorite social networks (Tinder not included).

Shaking Dirt from his Helmet

Shaking Dirt from his Helmet

Skip Van Leeuwen was one of the best Tourist Trophy Steeplechase riders in the history of AMA racing. Van Leeuwen dominated AMA TT competition in the mid-1960s.

"I told them racing was just a temporary thing and that I was just doing it for fun,
 recalls Van Leeuwen. "I promised my mom that when I made expert I would quit racing. Then I went out in my first expert race and there were all the guys I grew up watching and were my heroes. I just happened to get a great start and won the race and of course after that I was hooked."

I Want him in the Games until he Dies Playing!

I Want him in the Games until he Dies Playing!

Bruce Logan's love of imagery paid off when he was hired by Stanley Kubrick to work under Douglas Trumbull on 2001: A Space Odyssey. He came to California in 1968 and worked as a DP on over a dozen films, including: Star Wars, Star Trek, Airplane, Tron, Firefox, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Batman Forever.