|David Ayres Battlestar Galactica Alien Designs|
|Written by Marcel Damen|
|Saturday, 09 April 2011|
David Ayres is a professional movie makeup EFX artist, known for his work on movies like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Buck Rogers, Halloween and Roswell. For Battlestar Galactica's pilot "Saga of a Star World" he worked on several aliens in the Casino on Carillon. Most of them were in the background, but he sculpted and painted 3-4 of them. Others also working on the aliens were Craig Reardon (design), Werner Keppler (head of the lab department) and Gunnar Ferdinandsen (mold maker).
alien design by David Ayres for Battlestar Galactica's pilot "Saga of a Star World"
David Ayres' recollection of working on Battlestar Galactica's pilot "Saga of a Star World":
I went out to the back lot to the New York Street, behind the bank front, and was appalled at what I saw piled up in a large mound, open to the element, no roof. There were masters and original molds from Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyle and Mr. Hide, Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Mole People, etc. I believe all those building are no more, burned in the fire years ago. I did rescued a lot of priceless stuff to use on the show, but don't know what happened to it all. We used castings from The Wolfman's test make-up of the ears that were never used on Lon Chaney Jr., and put them on The Mole People masks.
Werner Keppler was head of the lab department and Gunnar Ferdinandson was our chief moldmaker. We pieces together bits and pieces to make some crazy looking aliens for the show, but I guess they never got on. I don't know what happened to them. Craig Reardon was working on the show too. David Ditmar would come and go working on something else.
Don Angiers was working there with Stan Winston on The Wiz, running foam latex. They were using Don Post foam latex and it wasn't working right. Post's VP Bill Malone came in and ran a batch and left. The production was dragging, so I was put on as an extra make-up artist and filled in on Kojak, Charlie's Angels, Operation: Petticoat, and for a longer while, Ba Ba Blacksheep with Robert Conrad. Then I went on to work on Paradise Alley with Sylvester Stallone helping Mike Westmore. This was all at Universal Studios.
alien design by David Ayres (left 'big head' alien; right alien design by Craig Reardon)
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