From #1 New York Times bestselling author J. W. Rinzler, a deluxe two-volume set of images exploring seven-time Academy Award winner Rick Baker’s 40-plus-year journey as a special makeup effects artist.
Foreword by John Landis
Preface by Peter Jackson
Introduction by Rick Baker
Afterword by Dick Smith
Rick Baker: Metamorphosis chronicles the career of the legendary special effects and makeup artist, best known for his creature effects and designs. These two-volumes, replete with more than 1,600 four-color images and original sketches, covers the makeup artist’s 40-plus-year journey, from his early days as a young “monster maker,” creating body parts in his parents’ kitchen, to his more than 70 film and television credits, which resulted in seven Academy Awards, one Emmy, and three BAFTAs, among numerous others.
From the gory zombies of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the staggeringly lifelike Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons to the creative builds in Men in Black and the groundbreaking effects in An American Werewolf in London, Rick Baker’s special effects, makeup, and prosthetics count among some of Hollywood’s most enduring legacies.
“Not for the faint of heart, this two-volume retrospective of the Oscar-winning special makeup effects artist revisits his spookiest creations.” —New York Times
“Baker’s massive book documents his long career, starting when he was a ten-year-old kid making monster masks in his bedroom.”NPR’s Morning Edition, Mandalit Del Barco
“Stunning photographs…beautifully written…”WTF with Marc Maron, Marc Maron
"Rick Baker has had a remarkable career...(which) is now tracked, and celebrated, in the J.W. Rinzler-written, two-volume Metamorphosis, which includes 1,600 color images and original sketches as well as an introduction by its subject, a foreword by John Landis, a preface by Peter Jackson, and an afterword by Baker’s mentor, the late Dick Smith."Entertainment Weekly
“The more than 1,600 images and original sketches illustrate Baker’s career, from the gory zombies of Michael Jackson’s Thriller and lifelike Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons to the creative builds in Men in Black.”Publisher’s Weekly
“Rick Baker: Metamorphosis is an elaborate, full-color, two-volume, 700-page extravaganza highlight his 40+ year journey through Hollywood. Frank and I were lucky enough to get a couple of copies, and our jaws are still hanging open.”Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast, Gilbert Gottfried
"Not for the faint of heart, this two-volume retrospective of the Oscar-winning special makeup effects artist revisits his spookiest creations."The New York Times