Cleve Hall is the face and master of the operation, having been in the prop design game since he was a teenager. He has created masterpieces for countless movies for big studios including Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks, Warner Bros, Disney, and numerable television programs. Monsters are his specialty, which fits the personality of a man who dresses in all black and drives a hearse.
Cleve grew up in rural Florida next to a family cemetery on five acres of land filled with ponies, dogs and cats. Cleve's mother loved horror movies and he hated babysitters, which resulted in her taking young Cleve to a lot of movies featuring grotesque abominations with zippers in the back. Starting at the age of two, Cleve spent much of his childhood watching such movies as Mothra, Gorgo and Godzilla vs. The Thing. Godzilla changed Cleve's life forever. From that moment, Cleve wanted to grow up to be a monster maker.
While in high school, Cleve built his first Godzilla costume, which won first prize at a monster convention in Houston, Texas. As luck would have it, someone from Six Flags saw the costume and hired the high school student to build another costume for them. It was Cleve's first professional build and the start of his career.
Cleve then formed Imagimation Productions with a group of friends and created various creatures for stage and commercials in Florida. By the 1980s, Cleve was ready for the big time and moved to Hollywood. With the home video boom, it was the perfect time for a monster maker and Cleve set himself apart from the crowd with his outrageous Goth style and encyclopedic knowledge of monster movies. Over the next several years, Cleve worked on such low budget films as Ghoulies, Re-Animator, Troll and Terrorvision. He also lent his talent to higher-budget films like Ed Wood and Pee Wee's Big Adventure where he was able to fulfill a life long dream of building a Godzilla costume and even playing the famous creature himself.
In the '90s, with the advent of CGI, the world of creature effects changed forever. Many shops closed as most of the hand made effects were now produced digitally. Cleve and others, however, never felt that these creatures looked real and continued to create Monsters of Flesh (Rubber) and Blood (Karo Syrup). With fewer films using physical effects, Cleve expanded his client base to include kid shows such as Yo Gabba Gabba, for which he received an Emmy Nomination. He also began working with rock bands such as KISS, creating Gene Simmons's Demon Armor for each tour, as well as groups such as Insane Clown Posse, Alice Cooper, Tenaceous D and DEVO.
Cleve loves to share his love of monsters with his daughters Constance and Elora, both of whom have joined their father in the family business, and it already looks like Cleve's youngest, 3 year-old Zoe Stardust Hall, will be next in line as part of my monster dynasty.
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