In the world of makeup effects, Rick Baker is a titan, having won the first *ever* Best Makeup Oscar for An American Werewolf in London, one of just seven wins for him in the category. Baker subsequently won Best Makeup for Harry and the Hendersons, Ed Wood, The Nutty Professor, Men in Black, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Wolfman.
Needless to say, Baker is one of the artform’s true legends, and his career is being celebrated this year with Metamorphosis, a two volume book spanning the years 1950-2019!
Being published by Cameron Books, Metamorphosis was written by J.W. Rinzler, and it features essays from John Landis, Peter Jackson and the late Dick Smith.
“From the gory zombies of Michael Jackson’s Thriller and the staggeringly lifelike Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons to the creative builds in Men in Black and the groundbreaking effects in An American Werewolf in London, Rick Baker’s special effects, makeup, and prosthetics count among some of Hollywood’s most enduring achievements.”
“This deluxe, two-volume set is replete with more than 1,000 four-color images and original sketches.”
“It covers the makeup artist’s 40-plus year career in which he’s earned seven Academy Awards, one Emmy, and three British Academy Film Awards, among numerous others.”