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Selected by the Royal Television Society as the Most Promising Newcomer in 2002, and also nominated for a Hollywood Reporter Key Arts Award, Viks has been trained by legendary editors such as David Freeman, Howard Smith and Donn Cambern.
Tony Morassutti—Production Designer A skilled craftsman, carpenter, and draughtsman, Tony Morassutti is one of Toronto’s premiere production designers. From train wrecks to 20-ft. banana peels, Tony is the man with all the answers. His work on Blood Deep required numerous challenges: the design and construction of a free standing, fully operable, dumb waiter, a swimming pool-sized cesspool, and a treacherous, antiquated, tree house…two stories tall.
Other notable credits as a production designer include the 2005 Florida Film Festival official selection, “The Passage of Mrs. Calabash,” an American Film Institute thesis film, and also an official selection of the 2005 Independent Film Festival of Boston, Philadelphia Film Festival, and Sarasota Film Festival. Tony’s film work also includes the Too Thin Theatre Group’s feature Alice Blue starring Alex Appel (The Brady Bunch in the White House, MOW), and writer/director, Park Bench.
Over the past several years Tony has compiled an impressive list of credits including 9 short films, 3 features, 20 music videos, 8 TV commercials, and another half dozen television series and specials. He’s helped create commercial appeal for some of today’s top products such as L’Oreal and Nike. Other notable work includes set design and construction on music videos for L.L. Cool J., Nickelback and the Crash Test Dummies
Richard Miranda, a veteran special effects make-up artist of nearly 20 years, is currently working on the horror film Devil’s Ranch, starring Jason Connery, Christopher Walken, and
Dean Cain. His long list of credits include: Ghost Ship; Army Of Darkness; Lost Boys; Friday The 13 Part VII: The New Blood; Honey, I Blew Up The Kid; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; American Ninja IV; Gremlins 2; Nightmare On Elm Street 5; and The Dream Child. Richard, too, participated on Todd Kniss’ Short film “Last Stop” as the Special Effects Make-Up Artist.
A graduate of the Joe Blasco Makeup Center, Inc. (Los Angeles), Richard was given the esteemed honor to work with Mr. Blasco on the film Running Man. After graduation, Richard apprenticed with two Academy Award-winning make-up artists, Rick Baker and Mathew Mungle. He still continues to perfect his craft through the Advanced Makeup Course by Dick Smith, Makeup Illusions, Inc. (New York) along with Creature and Character Design Classes at Schell Sculpture Studio, Van Nuys, California.
His work in television includes “Pee Wee's Playhouse,” the new “Twilight Zone,” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Richard also created the make-up effects for Michael Jackson's “Moon Walker,” Guns And Roses' “Sweet Child Of Mine,” Aerosmith's “Dude Looks Like A Lady;” and the Cramps' “Creature From The Black Leather Lagoon.”
In February, 2005, he began teaching a course in Makeup for Television and Film. Richard has also taught Beauty Make-up and Special Make-up Effects at Cypress College-School of Continuing Education for both adults and children (1997-2000). In 2005 he taught Special Effects classes at Empire Academy of Makeup, in Costa Mesa, CA.