I am a firm believer in supporting great indie artists. I had the opportunity arose to interview Collin Major of Crimson Mask Studios, I had to take it. Collin creates some of the most incredible Jason masks I have ever seen.
LBoH: What inspired you to start making masks?
Major: A few things have really inspired me throughout my life. I remember the first time I watched Friday The 13th part IV. The character of Tommy Jarvis had all these bad assistance monster masks he made and for some reason that always stuck with me. I also remember ready a few kids worked on Evil Dead II (one of my all time favorite films) and eventually started there own company KNB Effects. I just always just wanted to make monsters is some g or another. My other inspiration comes from my beast friend Shaun Luu who sadly passed away from brain cancer at the age of 22. He was a huge horror fan and we used to spend countless hours together watching and discussing our favorite horror films. His death really effected me, it kind of gave me the push to leave the comfort of my hometown Syracuse N.Y. and venture off the Pittsburgh to attend Tom Savini’s Makeup Effects School.
LBoH: How did you come up with the name “Crimson Mask Studios”?
Major: I am a huge pro-wrestling fan. The term “Crimson Mask” is wrestling slang for when a wrestler has cut or bladed his forehead and is bleeding all over his face. Hence, he’s wearing a crimson mask. It’s my way of sneaking my love of wrestling into my mask company.
LBoH: How long have you been making masks?
Major: I have only been making masks for a few years but I have been making monsters my whole life. Be it art, or sculptures, makeup, movies and even short stories. I’ve always been a very creative person. Id go crazy if I couldn’t create.
LBoH: What was your first creation?
Major: My first real creation was an animatronic prop from the film Hellboy. Its the mummy from the graveyard scene in the film. I sculpted it, made a foam latex skin that I painted and I even made and fabricated all of the animatronic servos inside. In the end it could talk, blink, move his eyebrows, and cough dust. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever made but extremely rewarding.
LBoH: What materials are your masks typically made of?
Major: All my masks are made of super deluxe latex. And my Jason masks are made of resign or fiberglass. Fiberglass is better buy more expensive because it takes forever to make.
LBoH: Which mask takes the longest for you to produce?
Major: My Frankenstein mask is huge and it takes allot of latex to make.
LBoH: How many custom orders do you get a month?
Major: I get asked to do a ton of custom orders but rarely do no get to make them. People don’t understand that for me to make a custom mask it costs allot. I have to sculpt it from scratch, mold it and make one copy. I have to spend allot of money to produce one mask. The reason I can keep my retail price so low is that I can make multiple masks and they eventually pay off the initial cost.
LBoH: What are your standard rates for a custom piece?
Major: They all usually start at between 175$ to 350$. It all depends on the size and design.
LBoH: Have you ever taken your work to a horror convention?
Major: I have only once. The Syracuse Horror and Scifi Garage sale in Upstate NY. I have big plans to start traveling to conventions.
LBoH: What are your future plans for Crimson Mask Studios?
Major: Our future plans are to first start attending more conventions. Possible hore an intern. Were a onenman operation and its been getting busy in the studio haha I would also like to produce allot more latex masks this year. 2013 we only made 2 and in 2014 we want to triple that. I also have plans to make Jason mask that I’ve never seen made before. I’m most excited about that, I have a feeling once we release that to the public it’d going yo change everything for us in a really positive way.
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