From Men in Black to An American Werewolf in London, legendary effects guru Rick Baker has created some of the coolest stuff ever to grace the big screen. But the times, they are a-changin’.
Pushing toward his mid-60s, Baker has seen a lot during his decades in the movie business. His style of practical effects is absolutely mind-blowing, but all those masks, plaster and other goodies can start to be expensive. Cue the meteoric rise of digital effects.
With more and more blockbusters using digital effects, there aren’t nearly as many Hollywood filmmakers beating down the door at Baker’s massive studio. So, with rooms and rooms (and rooms) of awesome memorabilia and movie history, Baker is looking for an avenue to preserve all the awesome stuff he’s created over the years.
Ideally, he’d like the Academy Museum to take on some of the more iconic pieces, so movie fans for years to come will have a place to swoon at how things used to be before tentpole films were shot almost entirely in front of a green screen. He’s even made an awesome pitch video (which includes a mind-blowing tour of his studio) to get the point across.
Though we dig digital effects and things that go boom as much as the next fan, there’s something to be said for the tangible style of practical effects. If not the Academy, we’d love to see Baker’s entire studio turned into a massive museum. Hey, we’d pay $15 to take a stroll through there any day.