In my recent interview with Vic Armstrong we talked about how these days people, myself included, are assuming that a seemingly impossible stunt (like Tom Cruise being blown sideways into a car in Mission: Impossible 3) must be CGI. It's an unfortunate side effect of the overuse of CGI in modern movies-- we just assume that the unreal couldn't have really been done.
The same goes for sculptor artist Jordu Schell. Like Vic, he's one of those names that even most hardcore movie geeks won't recognize, but his work is everywhere: Avatar, Chronicles of Narnia, The Mist, Hellboy, Dawn of the Dead, Planet of the Apes, Predator 2. I was turned onto his craft (via Reddit) thanks to his uncannily accurate silicone bust of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin. It's the kind of work that is so meticulous, so deceptively real and yet simultaneously unbelievable that I assume no person could have made it by hand. And yet that's the case.
Schell is one of those unsung wizards of movie magic, and so we here at Movies.com tip our hat to him with this small gallery showcasing his amazing artistry.
Now who wants to be my new best friend and buy me one of his masks?