Posts by Jessica Mannion

special effects makeup

Pro Special Effects Makeup Artists Talk Monstrous Transformations

A closer look at the extraordinary contributions of special effects makeup artists. What’s your favorite transformation in movie history? Before 1981 there was no special effects makeup category in the Academy Awards. One movie changed that: An American Werewolf in London. The film’s first transformation scene was shocking in its realness. It took a frightening folklore tale and dragged it, growling and biting, into the real world. Rick Baker, the special effects designer and creator        …read more


Adventures in Cat-Sitting in New York City

My life as a professional crazy cat lady. My clients don’t talk, though we communicate just fine. I read body language, posture and blinking eyes. I interpret moods, stretches and the consumption and digestion of food. It’s all in a day’s work, cat-sitting in New York City. Cat-sitting might not seem like a viable way to earn income, but the City that Never Sleeps is also the City of Frequent Flyers, and I do all right.        …read more