SyFy’s MONSTER MAN, Cleve Hall is the face and master of the SOTA Team. He has created masterpieces for countless movies for big studios including Paramount, DreamWorks, Warner Bros, Disney and numerable television programs. Monsters are his specialty, which fits the personality of a man who dresses in all black and drives a hearse.
Cleve grew up in rural Florida next to a family cemetery. While in high school, Cleve built a Godzilla costume, which won first prize at a monster convention in Houston, Texas. Someone from Six Flags saw the costume and hired the student to build another. It was his first professional build and the start of his career. Cleve then formed Imagimation Productions and created various creatures for stage and commercials in Florida. Over the next years, he worked on Hollywood low budget films like Ghoulies, Re-Animator, Troll and Terrorvision. He also lent his talent to higher-budget films like Ed Wood and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.
In the ’90s, with the advent of CGI, the world of creature effects changed forever. With fewer films using physical effects, Cleve expanded his client base to include kid shows such as Yo Gabba Gabba, for which he received an Emmy Nomination. He also began working with rock bands such as KISS, creating Gene Simmons’s Demon Armor for each tour, as well as groups such as Insane Clown Posse, Alice Cooper, Tenacious D and DEVO.
Constance is the daughter of Cleve Hall. She works with her dad in the family’s monster prop shop business. With orders coming in at a dizzying pace, Cleve has to rely on someone he can trust to help him come up with his creations. There’s no one he trusts more with his business and his art than his daughter. Cleve is the first to tell anyone that Constance is the real mastermind behind the monster-making enterprise, managing every detail of operations and lending her own artistry to the creations.
Danny got his start in the entertainment industry in the early 90’s, building props and costumes for television and small films, along with stand-in, extra and technical work on many films. His credits include Band of Brothers, Windtalkers and several other projects. For the past few years, Danny has been returning to his greatest love – horror – recently appearing on The Walking Dead (as a featured Walker), Teen Wolf, The Vampire Diaries and feature films, like The Crazies and Zombieland.
He currently resides in Atlanta, where he has started a company building animatronics and props for haunted houses. He plans on continuing to work in all areas of the entertainment world. Already active in film and television, Danny would also like to pursue voiceover work in cartoons.
Savana Jade Wehunt
An Atlanta, GA native, Savana is a season 2 featured Walker (zombie) on the television series The Walking Dead and in webisodes on the AMC website. She has also been a stand-in, photo double and stunt double for the children on the series. In other work, Savana can be seen on MTV’s Teen Wolf, and in the films Neighborhood Watch and The Goats this summer.
Savana has great respect and love for the haunt industry, getting her acting start in 2006 working at a haunted house, and has continued to work at haunted attractions ever since, including Six Flags Over Georgia’s Fright Fest. Savana is also on the Dean’s List at the University of West Georgia, where she is majoring in Early Childhood Education.
West Virginia actor Jeremy Ambler has an impressive list of acting credits in both film and television for someone who has been acting only 7 years. Currently, Jeremy is featured in the television series The Walking Dead as one of the Walkers in seasons 1 and 2.
His past acting credits include appearances in the films Due Date (2010), Dead End (2010), The Vampires of Zanzibar (2010), The Road (2009) and Sorority House Slaughter #7 (2007), to name a few. Watch for more appearances by Jeremy in the upcoming films, The Three Stooges and Child of God. Go to Jeremy’s web site at www.jeremyambler.com for more information.
Best known for his appearance on season 2 of the reality show Face Off, RJ was trained at the Joe Blasco Makeup School in Hollywood, California. After graduation he worked at special-effects company, Alterian Inc. and Amalgamated Dynamics Inc., before moving home ten years ago. RJ received his Regents Bachelor’s of Arts at West Virginia State and now teaches film, television, multimedia and special effects to high school students at his alma mater Capital High School, in Charleston, West Virginia. RJ hopes being on Face Off will allow him to work on more projects and hopes to open his own studio in West Virginia.
Since working on Face Off RJ has set forth on a mission to meet as many of his Face Off fans as possible by attending as many conventions as he can and offers a series of seminars for people looking to get into the special effects makeup field. Please visit his website www.radfxco.com or www.rjhaddy.com for more info.
Tom Devlin apologizes to his fans, but has been hired for a new movie and will not be attending HAuNTcon 2012
David Crawford played Dr. James Foster in George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, Diane Lane’s father in Lady Beware, The Rev in Sabbath, the cop in Flesh Eater and many other roles in film and television. When not being horrifying, he works regularly in professional theater and teaches acting at CLO Academy.
Leonard Lies will be known by convention goers and haunted attraction guests as the face of one of the most iconic images in the history of horror cinema, the “Machete Zombie” from George Romero’s classic film, “Dawn of the Dead.” He got a machete to the head in the Monroeville Mall, and the rest is history. Since then, he has tried to stay involved in the horror community, at conventions and in film projects. Lenny also appeared in George Romero’s “Knightriders” as a biker and as a life-sized raven that is a harbinger of death for Ed Harris’s character in the film. As owner of Dream Catchers Films, Inc., he is an established producer, writer, and director. He has worked in the film industry since 1981. His previous projects included “Reign of the Dead” and “Scream Actors Guide,” as well as a documentary about brain injury. Currently, he is developing a wide range of films, from a psychological drama called “Keys to the Asylum” to a family-friendly live action thriller, “The Fabulous Adventures of Mr. Buckethead.”
Joe Shelby portrayed a motorcycle raider and Martinez, a “chinco looter” in the horror classic George A. Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead. Joe wore many hats during the film production including that of assistant Make-Up artist. Joe has worked on over 50 movies doing such varied jobs as casting, acting, stunts, make-up director, extra, SFX and more.
David Early has appeared in several feature films including George A. Romeros’s Dawn of the Dead. In addition Mr. Early has had parts in Silence of the Lambs; Passed Away; Monkey Shines; Creepshow and more.
Behind the scenes, Nick has carved out a career working behind the camera as a grip, cameraman, or working the lights for too many films and TV shows to count. He’s worked on several horror films, including KNIGHTRIDERS (1981), CREEPSHOW (1982), SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983), DAY OF THE DEAD (1985), NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 1990, all the way through the recent MY BLOODY VALENTINE (2009). Nick has taken a few rolls in front of the camera, including playing “Bomba,” the grenade-tossing Motorcycle Raider in George Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978).
Sharon Ceccatti-Hill is best known for playing the credited, featured Lead Zombie Nurse in the most remembered horror movie, Dawn Of The Dead a George Romero film. Sharon Ceccatti-Hill has become a horror zombie legend all across Europe especially in Germany and is featured as such on posters and many books in Germany. I have made appearances in Germany and England and throughout the United States.
Some of the other films Sharon has appeared in are: Hellraiser III, George Romero’s Knightriders and was the Location Casting Director, Maria’s Lovers, Death Penalty, Silent Witness and Kid Brother, aka Kenny (which won awards at the Montreal Film Festival). Recently filmed credits include Greenman and End Game.
With twenty books published internationally and nineteen feature movies in worldwide distribution, John A. Russo has been called “a living legend.” He began by co-authoring the screenplay for Night Of The Living Dead which has since become known as a “horror classic.” His three books on the art and craft of movie making have become bibles of independent production, and one of the them, entitled Scare Tactics, won a national award for Superior Achievement in Nonfiction. Quentin Tarantino and many other noted filmmakers have unabashedly stated that Russo’s books have helped them to launch their careers.
John Russo wants people to know he’s “just a nice guy who likes to scare people” — and he’s done it with novels and films such as Return Of The Living Dead, Midnight, The Majorettes, The Awakening and Heartstopper.
John Russo’s current movie projects, include a horro film, Escape Of The Living Dead and a hilariously funny TV series entitled The Zombie Comedy Show.
Gary R. Streiner is a key member of the production staff on the original Night of the Living Dead. In 1967, Streiner was working at The Latent Image together with George Romero and his brother, Russell Streiner, in Pittsburgh when production began on the landmark film in which he was one of the original ten investors and owners. In 2008 and 2009, Streiner organized Living Dead festivals in Evans City which attracted the largest reunion of cast and crew to date, as well as fans from as far away as France.
Fix the Chapel.com is the grassroots effort of Night of the Living Dead fans to restore and preserve the chapel in Evans City Cemetery, a cinematic landmark from the George A. Romero classic horror film originally released in 1968. The restoration and fundraising project is being organzied by Streiner. Fundraising activities include donations and merchandise sales as well as raising awareness at horror conventions and via social networks such as Facebook and YouTube.
George Kosana is best known for his role as Sheriff McClelland in George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, for which he also served as Production Manager. His famous line in Night of the Living Dead is one of the zombie genre’s most quoted lines, “Yeah, they’re dead. They’re…all messed up.”
Joshua has dominated the world of Rock and Roll art since 2000. In 2007, he did the CKY Comic, which told the story of the band members of CKY…plus zombies. It was then he decided he had to make his mark on horror. Which is exactly what he did, in interviews and art collaborations with Henry Rollins, Vampire Weekend, Sonic Youth, Corey Feldman, Nick 13 and many, many more. He also regularly pestered director Frank Henenlotter to let him do a comic book treatment of his cult classic 1983 film, “Basket Case.” After some years, Frank gave in, and the strip debuted in issue #304 of Fangoria. It is now a monthly staple in every issue. Joshua is currently getting a “Basket Case” animated series ready for the Adult Swim cable channel. He is also working with MTV on an original series revamp of “Liquid Television,” and has teamed up with the great Cleve Hall to do original work and be a guest on season two of Cleve’s SyFy show, “Monster Man.” Meet Joshua and check in with everything “Basket Case.” He will be more than happy to update attendees about the further adventures of Duane and Belial.