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Zombies vs Vampires is Shaping Up!

I’ve lost track but I think there are only a few more days until the taping for Zombies vs Vampires, and we are inching towards being ready!

Paul and Tara help bloody up some zombie wear.

OMG apparently that is me on the left, terrifying poor Andrea our makeup artist extraordinaire. Sometimes I can’t help myself.

We dragged a museum preparator in to be a practice model – someone forgot to tell him to play dead ;) Another great make-up creation by Wendy!

Zombies (above) and Vampires (below) rehearse on an ASU plaza.

Great vampire makeup by Trevor.

Fabulous zombie looks by Angie (above) and Angelica (below).

ok it’s 3:30am which is 6:30am in New York and in any case it is way past my bedtime, so I’m signing off.

October 28, 2009 at 10:32 am

Adam Listening to the Desert

Yesterday, somewhere south of Phoenix, sound engineer Adam Murray recorded the subtle sounds of desert for Vampires vs Zombies. It was a hot, dry, crackly day and the incessant overhead plane volleys called for measured patience. I suffered many scratches as I ran, rubbed branched together, brushed against the bristled shrubbery, slithered, and otherwise performed noises for Adam’s listening machines. Luckily we encountered neither scorpions nor jumping cacti – dear desert, you are a prickly beast!




October 27, 2009 at 5:58 am

Zombies in the House

This week our skilled make-up artists have been making zombies in the gallery, and unleashing them on the unsuspecting public. Strangely every time we finish a zombie, it disappears, causing concern among the museum staff. So far, all staff are breathing and accounted for.


andrea transforms matt (above) into the living dead (below)



roxy turns bryan (above), and wendy turns sonny (below) into terrifying, though happy, zombies


matt studies kyl’s technique turning paul into a walking corpse (above)

roxy gets a taste of her own medicine in the expert hands of angie’s make-up

one big happy family! note to zombies: do not eat your make-up artist!

5 days left until the Zombies vs Vampires video showdown – don’t miss it!

October 27, 2009 at 5:41 am

Creating the Vampire!

Here’s a sneak peek into makeup sessions last week at ASU Art Museum for my upcoming Vampires vs Zombies video, featuring 55 local zombies and vampires, not to mention the talents of local make-up artists. Our vampires will be red-eyed and thirsty, with bloodstained lips.

Carlos Vampire makeup

Carlos (above) and Ginger (below) create vampire looks!

Ginger Vampire makeup

Greg Vampire Makeup Before

Vampire look, created by Sandra (above), modeled by Greg (below)

Greg Vampire Makeup After


Vampire eyes (above) and mouth (below), created by Greg; modeled by Paul


Join us!


October 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm

WANTED: Artist Jillian Mcdonald seeks actors and makeup artists for vampire and zombie video – no experience necessary!

I arrived at ASU Art Museum on Monday Oct 5, and after brain-storming and visiting local sights I am ready to get started on my first project. See below for details on how you can participate!

Zombie Loop, installation, 2006

Zombie Loop, installation, 2006

Vampire Hunting, installation, 2007

Vampire Hunting, installation, 2007

Jillian Mcdonald, Social Studies artist-in-residence at ASU Art Museum seeks participants in a video installation for her November exhibit at ASU. Interested parties will attend an information session and audition on October 15th at 11 a.m.; attend a rehearsal on Oct 22nd starting at 11 a.m.; and be videotaped together on the afternoon of Oct 31st in the desert. The information session, audition and rehearsal will be held in the project’s gallery at ASU Art Museum. No acting experience or knowledge of vampires and zombies necessary, however feel free to do some research online. There is no cost to be a participant in the project!

Zombies may also, if interested, participate in a further performance on the Light Rail on The Day of the Dead, November 2nd. Watch for more information on this coming soon. Contact Jillian Mcdonald, info below, to receive notifications.

Also seeking enthusiastic makeup artists – with or without experience. Makeup artists will come to an information meeting on Oct 15th at 2p.m., and a workshop Oct 16th or 23rd at a to be determined time. These meetings will also be held in the project’s gallery in ASU Art Museum. Makeup for the video will be done at the museum on the late morning of Oct 31st. There is no cost to participate, makeup will be provided.

Please sign up with Jillian directly if you are interested in participating in the project at 917.443.8107 or – she will also answer any questions or concerns. Interested parties who cannot make the scheduled dates, please inquire about alternative times.

Take advantage of early opportunities to meet the artist on Friday, October 9 at 11 a.m. for a preview gallery talk and from 7-9 p.m. for the FREE public season opening reception at ASU Art Museum (Mill Avenue @ 10th Street). Also during an open class October 13th at 6:30 p.m. at ASU Art Museum.

To see more recent zombie and vampire related events, visit my website!


October 8, 2009 at 10:45 pm

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