John Bruce Dods
John Bruce Dods (born December 1948 in Plainfield, New Jersey) is an United States filmmaker, make-up artist and specialist in prosthetic make-up effects for movies and the stage. He may be best known for designing and creating the facial appliances for the stage productions of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Dods’ early work as an amateur filmmaker involved the construction of miniature models and sets for elaborate stop-motion animation projects. His creation of latex-covered animation models led him toward the crafts of sculpting, mechanics and mold-making, which in turn led toward a budding career as a mask- and monster-maker (as displayed in the independent 1980s horror films Nightbeast, Return of the Aliens: The Deadly Spawn, Spookies, and My Demon Lover).
Following his studies under Academy Award-winning make-up artist Dick Smith, Dods was employed as make-up artist, mold-maker and mechanical effects designer in mainstream feature films, including Poltergeist III, Ghostbusters II, Death Becomes Her, Longtime Companion, A Kiss Before Dying, The Santa Clause, Alien: Resurrection and The X-Files.
Dods also was effects supervisor on 18 episodes of the syndicated television series Monsters, and worked as a set construction supervisor on the Back to the Future theme park ride at Universal Studios Florida.
- John Dods’ Playbill biography for Beauty and the Beast. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-04-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Dick Smith’s website: "Recommendations by Top Make-up Artists." "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-04-27. Retrieved 2007-04-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Playbill.com, 24 April 2007 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-05-27. Retrieved 2007-04-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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