Praise For Tom Savini and Grande Illusions:



We went into BRAINDEAD without imaginations sparked by the Grande Illusions book.

-Peter Jackson
Director, Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit, King Kong (2005)


It’s fun to remember the more significant influences over our early work—Tom Savini’s Grande Illusions was not far from my side as we conceived of solutions for the multitude of crazy gags that Peter wrote into the BRAINDEAD script. We took great inspiration from the pages of this most entertaining of “How To” books. I still have my dog eared and blood splattered copy sitting on my bookshelf here at the workshop.

-Richard Taylor, Creator of WETA Workshop, Academy Awards Winner for Special Effects


When I first bought my copy of Grande Illusions, it was a life changing moment. Even today, when an FX gag comes up, I think about how Tom would have done it!

-Gino Acevedo, Make-up Effects, Lord of the Rings Trilogy


The best special effects were done by William Tuttle (Twilight Zone) probably only second to Dick Smith (or the new make-up genius Tom Savini).

-Stephen King, Danse Macabre


You can’t think about the state of modern horror cinema without thinking about Tom Savini. I will never forget sitting in the Gateway Theater in Pittsburgh eating licorice and popcorn with a 102 temperature...but hell with the flu...it was the premiere of DAWN OF THE DEAD! Having grown up watching Chiller Theater and seeing NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD on that very program...I was (at 14 years old) primed and ready for this film. All I can say is from Wooley’s head explosion to “Miguel” zombie’s bite on the tenement woman...I was forever changed. Grande Illusions provided the first glimpse into Tom’s genre changing take on the creation of special make-up effects. From misdirection to sleight of hand, his genius inspired legions of fans and budding effects artists alike...myself included. Like hordes of the undead, Tom has done for horror and make-up effects what Spielberg did for swimming! I am proud and honored to call him my mentor, my inspiration, and my lifelong friend.

-Greg Nicotero, Co-Founder KNB Efx Group Make-up Effects, The Walking Dead


About The Book:


Legendary special make-up effects artist, Tom Savini’s books, Grande Illusions and Grande Illusions II, have been entertaining readers and educating the next generation of artists for decades.  Now, for the first time, both books are combined into one ultimate guide to the craft and art of make-up effects. 


With hundreds of pictures and diagrams, Grande Illusions uses Tom’s real world experience on dozens of classic movies to show the readers exactly how he did each effect in an easy to understand step-by-step guide.  This book offers budding make-up artists and film fans a firsthand look at how cinematic illusions are created.


Some of the amazing effects that are explained in this book are from legendary films such as: Friday the 13th, Creepshow, The Burning, Maniac, The Prowler, Dawn of the Dead, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Monkey Shines, Red Scorpion, Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, Night of the Living Dead (1990) and others. 


Using his own films as an example, Tom teaches not only how he did each effect, but also how to do head casts, make case molds, punching hair, sketching, color plates and casting teeth, giving budding artists a full understanding of the craft. 


With amazing introductions by fellow legends, Stephen King, George Romero and Dick Smith, Grande Illusions is sure to thrill and entice film fans and become and become a constant companion for new make-up artists. 

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