The X Files: Shapes – Werewolf Transformation
This series of images is from The X Files: Shapes episode directed by David Nutter. Here I am transformed into a werewolf by special effects makeup wizard Toby Lindala. The whole process took about 3-4 hours. I gained much respect for actors who wear makeup like this on a daily basis, let alone the makeup artists like Toby who create it.
You might notice the teeth in the above photos are different than the teeth in the photos below. It was decided to change them after seeing how they looked on camera. I think the worry was that the fangs below would be more visible since they were more positioned towards the front teeth.
The contact lenses in the eyes were the hardest part to get used to. To make it look effective, I really had to open up my eyes wide and expose the lenses, and that proved difficult – because I had big foreign objects in my eyes! It made for an interesting look though, with the watery shine coming off the eyes.
These teeth were also REALLY sharp, so I had to be careful not to puncture my cheeks or tongue. I suppose I could have done some real damage if I went on a crazy werewolf tear, ripping flesh from people left and right. Those teeth were dangerous!
— Jennifer Denges (@Angel0315) June 25, 2014
The transformation scene was pretty fun to do. It was just this small bathroom in a soundstage that was lit very intricately, creating all kinds of cool shadows and effects. David Nutter, the director, is a master at creating stuff like this. He encourages people to try new things and really fosters a creative environment. He empowers people on his sets to be creative, and it really makes it fun to be a part of his team.
David and Gillian were great. I wish I had the chance to be in more scenes with them. Very nice people, both of them. I’ve run into David a couple times since then, and he always remembers my name, which surprises me given the number of guest stars that have made their way on The X Files. He’s just one of those guys that remembers everything and everybody! Very nice guy. Seems very bright. They both made me feel very welcome on the show.
After that episode, did you ever want to do scifi again, @mr_TyMiller? 5 hrs in the chair daily, but the chance to be someone different!
— Pilar Pedraza (@Pilarcita) June 25, 2014
Yes, absolutely love sci fi. It’s quite a bit like Halloween, the feeling of being someone completely different and anonymous, but the artistry is taken up a few notches. I think the guy in Pan’s Labyrinth (Doug Jones) must have a blast with all the different characters he gets to play. The makeup sessions must be brutal for him!