The Movie Crypt: Ep 148: Stephen Chiodo

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Directing, writing, producing, special effects, sculpting, puppeteering, stop motion animation, creature effects… Stephen Chiodo does it all. From animating “Large Marge” in PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE, to designing the CRITTERS, to directing his own KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, to puppeteering the puppets in TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE… Stephen (along with his brothers Charles and Edward of CHIODO BROTHERS PRODUCTIONS) has created or brought to life some of the most iconic moments in cinema history and in this fantastic episode he sits down with Adam Green and Corri English to share and discuss his journey. From literally self-teaching himself how to do stop motion animation and how to create his own style of special effects, make-ups, and creatures… to his first job working on commercials…. to why the 1st AD can often be his least favorite person on a set… to how he’s changed with the times and embraced new technology over his 4 decades in the business so far… to discussing where the long awaited sequel to KILLER KLOWNS is at…this episode is a master class in not only HOW Stephen did it— but WHY he continues to do it. After all, if you’re in it for the right reasons you can endure Hollywood’s various ups and downs without being soured by the hits and hurdles we all face. Your terrific “Viewer Mail” is answered, Joe checks in from Serbia and the set of his new movie MAYHEM, and Adam shares a lesson on podcast etiquette before almost choking to death on absolutely nothing. So listen, learn, and remember… “In Space No one Can Eat Ice Cream!

Watch Adam’s 2007 stop motion series WINTER TALES that the Chiodo Brothers animated and that both Corri and Adam provided voices for here: And don’t miss this week’s new episode of SCARY SLEEPOVER with one of the podcast’s most favorite guest of all time Todd Farmer. The epic Season 2 finale with the one and only Dee Snider rolls next week, so now’s the time to get caught up on any episodes you may have missed!

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  • One-Eye

    KILLER CLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE was one of the the VHS staples of my misspent youth. I loved that movie.

    And, once again, Corrie makes a great co-host.