2009 saw the birth of TWO GRUESOME PUBLISHING INC, and the creation of HURT 'EM REEL GOOD - A Quick Reference For Out Of Kit Make-up Effects. It premiered at the the Toronto IMATS (International Make-up Artist Trade Show) and was well received. Many connections and relationships were made. ALCONE COMPANY of NY took on our book as well as MAKE-UP ARTIST MAGAZINE. It is an internationally recognized publication sold in over fifty countries worldwide.
2010 saw the creation of REEL CHARACTERS - A Quick Reference For Creating Out of Kit Feature Quality Character Make-up. This year Randy was invited to be a guest educator at the Toronto IMATS. Before a packed house he demonstrated a Broken Nose Effect. Our books were in several schools and the word was spreading.
2011 saw Randy's return to the film and television industry after a three year hiatus. He contributed to feature film TOTAL RECALL and then moved on to RESIDENT EVIL - RETRIBUTION, helped a little on televisions series NIKITA and finished as a regular assistant on the series KING. He was asked to contribute to MAKE-UP ARTIST MAGAZINE'S Out Of Kit Column. Writing for Issue # 90 HOW ABOUT A NICE PUSTULE EFFECT? and Issue #92 CREATE INJURIES WITH A STRAIGHT MAKE-UP KIT. He once again was invited to be a guest educator at the Toronto IMATS demonstrating an Out of Kit Demon Make-up. Additionally he was asked to join Andre' and Jenny DiMino of ADM TRONICS at the LA IMATS where he demonstrated the POWER OF PROS-AIDE creating as burn make-up using Pros-Aide Adhesive.
2012 saw a few more feature films, like CARRIE and AGAINST THE WILD and a lot of television series - ALPHA'S, DEFIANCE, HEMLOCK GROVE and with make-up artist Kyle Glencross the duo are responsible for the Beast for the series BEAUTY & THE BEAST. SENECA COLLEGE made HURT 'EM REEL GOOD the Out Of Kit text book for their full time Make-up Program. Once again Randy wrote for MAKE-UP ARTIST MAGAZINE Issue # 97 ACID BURN EFFECTS MADE EASY. The year was hectic, at times almost manic and saw many changes throughout the year. And still we ended it with a new look, a new logo and a new book BLOOD PROMISE.
2013 sees the coming of two new books as TWO GRUESOME PUBLISHING continues to grow and expand. Be on the watch for previews for a new Out Of Kit Reference book REEL TIPS & TRICKS. Every make-up artist has their own little trick or tip to executing a quick make-up effect. This book will be a collaboration by a number of working professional artists as they share a few personal secrets.
Also be on the look for BLOOD RULES the second book in our Blood Series. Catch up to Detective Reg Martin 12 years later when he is requested to investigate a new mysterious murder and face off with another immortal nemesis.
FIRST INTERVIEW FOR BLOOD PROMISE.
Column: From one scary genre to another
Chatham native Randy Daudlin, 52, has recently released his first novel, titled Blood Promise. Undated contributed shot. CONTRIBUTED/ THE CHATHAM DAILY NEWS/ QMI AGENCY
A Chatham native who has made a career out of creating frightening appearances for actors using make-up, is now conjuring scary images using words.
Randy Daudlin, 52, has recently released his first work of fiction titled Blood Promise, an adult vampire story.
Daudlin, who now lives in the Collingwood area, is no stranger to the creative process, having written and directed two feature films – Bottom Feeder and Static – as well as contributing to former television series Game Nation and Forensic Factor.
“I've always loved to write, so I had a vampire script I wrote . . . and it sat around for quite awhile,” he said.
When Daudlin began working on Blood Promise, he originally wanted to create a TV series, but changed his plans when the series Forever Knight came out.
His parents Edward and Yvonne Daudlin still live in Chatham, and he gave the unfinished book to his dad to read.
“He'd been hounding me to finish it,” Daudlin said, adding he thought it had some merit.
Then he met English horror writer, David Moody, author of the popular Autumn series.
“We hit it off and I gave him a copy of my book to read and he gave me some really, good constructive notes and encouragement,” Daudlin said. “After that, I thought, 'I guess I can write?'”
Although his book has been released after the Twilight series has helping to make vampires popular, Daudlin said Blood Promise is an adult story.
“It's a little more gritty . . . it involves cops and bikers and different elements,” he said.
“There's no people that sparkle in the sunlight,” he quipped. “It's more of a traditional vampire story.”
Daudlin's been able to gain valuable experiences in the horror genre thanks to his skill as a film make-up artist, a career he credits his wife Barbara for leading him into.
He studied classical animation at Sheridan College in Toronto and met Barbara as he was leaving the program, adding it wasn't quite what he wanted to do.
Since he loved movies and always drew, he said Barbara suggested he explore doing make-up, because she didn't want him to waste his artistic background.
“I went, 'Yeah, I come from Chatham, you're either a farmer or you work in a factory. This ain't exactly going to fly with my father.'”
Barbara suggested he look at working in horror films and even found someone to give him a few theatrical make-up lessons.
“The more off-the-wall the makeup was, the more I gravitated to it and I had an aptitude for it,” Daudlin said.
He began reading any kind of make-up book he could find and taught himself the craft.
Daudlin said fortunately, the home video industry was born in the 1980, “so everybody and his mother was making something, because you had this new platform, but there was no product.”
He found a script for some low-budget direct to video war movie and offered his services free to do the make-up for a character who got his throat cut and suffered some burns. His work impressed and led to paying jobs.
Daudlin said his big break came when someone was needed to do prosthetics for the Friday the 13th : The Series.
He joked after landing that job “then I was legit. My father would finally tell people I was a make-up man cause he could see my name in the credits every week.”
He is currently one of two make-up artists who give the character Vincent Keller, played by Jay Ryan, his beastly appearance.
Daudlin said he and fellow make-up artist Kyle Glencross are known as the “Beastie Boys” on set.
He has written a few make-up books and currently has a television series in development titled 'The Deacon.'
Growing up on Maryknoll Road in Chatham, Daudlin said he never imagined he'd have these experiences. But added he's learned it doesn't matter where you come from, you can't just sit there and hope opportunity will come your way.
“I've pursued everything I wanted to do,” he said.
Daudlin enjoys the writing so much, he would like to give up the film and TV business and do it full-time. He even has plans to make his current book into a trilogy.
For more information on Daudlin's career and where to find his new book, go on-line to www.twogruesomepublishing.com.
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