Bizarre creatures, horrifying monsters and out-of-this-world aliens have been staples of motion pictures for decades. One of the most prolific companies that makes such creatures for the film industry is SOTA FX, which is a family business owned by Cleve Hall. Designing movie props since he was a teenager, Hall runs the shop with his ex-wife, Sonja Maddox-Hall, and daughters Constance and Elora. This series takes viewers behind the scenes at SOTA FX to see how the movie props are made and how the imaginative creatures come to life.
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The team is asked to direct Devo's latest music video entitled, "Monster Man".
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The team must build a wee sized alien with a menacingly oversized brain and a pair of 12-foot tall boots for a Puss in Boots event.
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Indie director Mike Mendez stops in for his creature feature Mega Spider; Cleve fights to keep his handmade arachnids in the film.
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Creating a biomechanical pest; the team works to deliver devilish ants with some explosive personalities.
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A unique werewolf for the creature feature "Hallow Pointe"; makeup effects for director Richard Elfman's sequel to the cult classic "Forbidden Zone."
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Director Sean Cunningham challenges Cleve and his team to come up with conjoined twins that break apart for his next feature film; Cleve seeks inspiration in shark-infested waters when he is asked to build a terrifying two-headed shark.
Joe Maddalena owns Profiles in History, the world's largest auctioneer of movie, television and pop culture artifacts. To find the very best items, Joe and his crew scour the globe, hunting for the original car from "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" or the hat of the Wicked Witch of the West or some other memorable prop. There's plenty of variety in the work -- one day Joe is in a dusty basement poring over old boxes, the next he's browsing the well-kept personal mementoes of one of Hollywood's biggest stars.
People often think that ghosts and other spirits live in and "haunt" buildings. But people don't usually think the same thing about objects like paintings, jewelry and dolls. But the Zaffis family, led by dad John, not only thinks that ghosts can inhabit such objects, they collect what they think are paranormal objects. John Zaffis is a paranormal investigator who has been asked to consult on hauntings for nearly four decades. Through the years, he has amassed thousands of possessed objects that he keeps in his bizarre museum, where visitors report feeling an evil presence upon entering the building. Assisting John on his investigations are his children, Chris and Aimee. Also along for the (potentially scary) ride are tech specialist Brian Cano, who has been fascinated by the paranormal since he was young, and an additional psychic investigator or two.
Cosplay -- the practice of dressing up as characters from movies, books or video games -- is a popular activity in the sci-fi community. People transform themselves into pop culture-inspired creations, often with an emphasis on anime characters. Usually, it's just for fun and playful contests, but on "Cosplay Melee," the perfect costume can be worth $10,000 to a cosplayer. Each episode sees four contestants creating full costumes and character origin stories, then hitting the runway in an attempt to impress the judges, who are world-class cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp and costume creator Christian Beckman, by looking -- and acting -- the part. Whoever the judges feel most embodies the character is proclaimed the winner and earns the grand prize. Actress Yvette Nicole Brown ("Community") hosts the show that Syfy says compares to reality show "Face Off" but "with a triple dose of adrenaline."
This series goes inside the lives of the sexy staff members of world-famous bar The Abbey in the heart of West Hollywood, Calif. The Abbey is a hot spot for celebrities and VIP guests seeking the ultimate nightlife experience. The servers, bartenders, and VIP hosts wrangle Hollywood's hottest clientele every night of the week while dealing with their personal lives, both inside and outside of The Abbey. The exciting backdrop of one of Los Angeles' sexiest bars brings hot drama, budding romances, diverse sexuality and the pursuit of their individual Hollywood dreams.