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15
May
18

Star Trek Sirius is back

I managed to somehow find the original Adobe C4 files on a 10 year old computer and put it on my new rig on CC and get back the entire original timeline complete.

It was like fraking magic.

There were many files but the last one ended at 5-9-12. The day my late wife came home and told me she had stage 4 cancer. Now I can truly finish this in glorious 2K which was the height of tech back then.

Working on new effects and finishing this once and for all.

15
May
18

For the Record

For the Record:

Planet of the Apes. Well let me tell you about my involvement in the Planet of the Apes. It goes back to 1968 when I first saw it in high school. My thought was,” how did they do that”? This eventually lead to my career as a make-up artist. You may have heard of me.  My last name is Neill since birth.

I did my first Planet f the Apes makeup on myself in 1972. I’ll make this as short as I can, but shortly thereafter I was invited to Ape Con in Hollywood.

I put my own makeup on, got on a plane and flew to the Con in makeup. I had to call ahead of this event and ask if it was OK. They said, “yes”, to my amazement. Try to do that today. Not on your life.

When I arrived at the airport security held me for awhile and then let me board after everyone else boarded the plane. To say the least it was an amazing experience and people loved it.

I got to LA and was picked up by Abby Bernstein and her mother Bee. I stayed at their house, slept in the makeup and went to the Con the next day.

That’s where it all started. I met Paula Christ and Bill Blake, who were the only other people doing Ape Cosplay back then. They were the best at it down to the last detail.

I later moved to LA. I did lots of conventions and even sold foam rubber appliances that I was making in my apartment. This lead to my getting in the union and one of my first jobs was working on the “Planet of the Apes” TV show  where I met Roddy McDowall, John Chambers, and many other greats from the series and movies. It was a wonderland for a young guy in his 20’s to experience.

Later I hooked up with a band named “ Zolar X”, a space rock band. I did a Sixth Finger styled make up for the bass player. They had a makeup artist doing their make named Veonity. She was a beautiful hot redhead that I fell madly in love with and we became a couple. We lived and worked together for a few years. That’s when she shortened Veonity to Ve. People assumed we were married so we went with it. She became known as Ve Neill. Ve became one hell of a makeup artist and is always working on the craft.

Ve and I enjoyed working on many films together and we use to love cosplaying together, many times as the apes and others in space aliens. We did “Laserblast” together and more. I made the prosthetics and she did the makeup.

Later I was asked by Fred Philips to work on Star Trek to do Spock’s ears and other aliens. I told Fred about Ve and she was hired to apply make-ups on the show, she was group one and was able to do this because she had her days from a previous film we had worked on together.

In the Union those days you had to have a certain amount of days on a film to be group one. Group one meant you were highest up in the union order and could be picked to work on a film. Only if everyone in group 1 was working would a Group 2 member be picked. Every day you worked (as a group 2), then would go to the 120 days needed to be group 1. Oh and you had to take this test. Then you were in.

We eventually parted and went our separate ways but remained friends to this day.

I later met my late wife in 1980 and shortly thereafter worked for John Chambers on a National Lampoon film with my dear friend Rick Stratton. That was amazing time to work for the great master and get to know him well.

I remember my first day there. We met again. He was wearing his white lab coat and tie.

“So you want to sculpt huh kid?”

I answered, “Yes Mr. Chambers”. He then handed me a broom, “well… see if this fits first.”

I was one of the lucky ones. I never achieved lunch bucket status.

Later on I did get to sculpt and heard all kinds of wonderful stories from his experiences in WW2 to Outer Limits and “Planet of the Apes”.

There are so many other details I haven’t gone into. This is the short story but I do plan a book with the full story soon. My whole story about my career. If you weren’t nice to me you have a lot to be worried about now.

But what this all brings me to is this:  I was doing cosplay “Planet of the Apes” before any of you.  I lived, ate, slept, drove a car, did conventions, charities, San Diego Comic Con and flew a plane in “Planet of the Apes” makeup before any of you were born. So now you know my story too.

02
Apr
18

SNG Now April 1st

25
Mar
18

SNG Now 3-25-18

04
Mar
18

40 years today I was an Alien

https://www.amazon.com/Laserblast-Roddy-McDowall/dp/B01BVZACS2/ref=sr_1_2?s=instant-video&ie=UTF8&qid=1519941334&sr=1-2&keywords=laserblast

009 Steve as Alien on the ground

26
Feb
18

SNG now this week

11
Feb
18

“A New World” film production

“A New World” is a very different documentary on many levels. First of all, most films on this subject are all very similar. They often are over-dramatized, sensational “talking heads” documentaries that rehash the same cases over and over again. They have cheap special effects and re-enactments with actors.

Most importantly they are almost never honest, in-depth or soul searching. They don’t try to answer the greatest mystery of them all: Why? Why has a high intelligence taken such a deep interest in us? Where is this all leading? And who are we?

Think about it for a moment. None of us really know. You are alive in this immense Universe. There is so much more then the existence we have here on Earth. Our perspective is a small piece of a huge picture you rarely consider in your day to day life.

We are not small insignificant creatures as many people pontificate on social media. They say we aren’t worth it. They go on to state we are tiny and insignificant.

We are beings that can hold the vision of this immense universe within our minds. Even as I write this, I can see from Earth to the edge of our known universe and beyond to the multi-universe that exists beyond, and, at the same time, down to the atom and beyond.

Can other species of life on this planet do this? Do they understand the nature of mortality? We can and this makes us huge. This is a universe that wouldn’t exist without us here to perceive it. We are not alone this is an old cliché but true nonetheless.

This documentary will be an experience that will answer many questions never asked in the past. It will be a film experience that will take you on an incredible journey leaving you with a perspective of your reality that will change your consciousness. It will leave you with a perspective that I feel this experience with the Visitors is all about.

Be a part of this film. Your help is very important. Be part of history and a movement towards understanding our lives and relationship to the universe.

Other filmmakers have had their say and now it is time for truth. It’s time for the years of Whitley’s experience, study, and perspective to be heard in this definitive film, “A New World”.

https://www.gofundme.com/newworlddocumentary to donate

 

A New world art poster version




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