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Jun 17, 2019

Movie Meltdown: Episode 490

This week we continue our “live” coverage from WonderFest as we talk with artist Daren Dochterman. Early on, Daren worked in the art department on The Abyss - when he was just 20 years old. And since then, he’s worked in the art departments of more than 75 feature film projects including - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Independence Day: Resurgence, Passengers, Star Trek Beyond, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, TRON: Legacy, Iron Man 2, Addams Family Values, Seven, The Grinch, The Chronicles of Riddick, Exorcist III, Freaked and so many others.

And as we dust off our moviolas and steenbeck editing tables, we also bring up… Black Mirror, Sesame Street, Star Trek: The Animated Series, James Cameron, 2001 A Space Odyssey, Lee Unkrich, Screaming Mad George, Winona Ryder or Bella Thorne, why I was scared, redressing of locations, Ron Cobb’s designs, Wizard of Oz, he gave me a pad of tracing paper, various signage, leader of the Necromongers, all done by Letraset, Jay Roach, hanging out with Wednesday Addams, Planet of the Apes, doing storyboards, all the soup cans, I knew them when they were goofballs, Dirk Benedict’s shirt, matching the full-scale to the miniature, gags for Thing, because a lot of the times... I'm showing them - what they don't want, I completely turned away from any sort of school art classes - for that reason, I'd be more surprised if she didn't lick it, USC, every new movie gives you a new opportunity to do something different, Balok, art classes are not intended for artists, Christian Slater, record album covers, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Superman, the fight to stay employed, I don't know if she talks some of her words, The Talosians, HAL was born there, using toxic waste as it’s engine, Mina Harker, Jack Warner's old desk, if Neve Campbell and Hayley Atwell had a baby, a 2000 mile buffer, the Starchild and Oscar the Grouch’s trash can.

“I would be perfectly content to sit in my room and draw and listen to records… and I’m pretty much exactly the same way now.“

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