Vincent Guastini of V.G.P. Effects & Design Studio

Air Date:
Friday, Dec 28, 2012

Show # 97

Vincent Guastini Productions (AKA) V.G.P. Effects & Design Studio he moved his company to the west coast and is now one of the top effects houses.

“I love movies, making monsters .Monroe, Bettie Page, and my art, I love my son & girlfriend more then anything in the world. Would do anything for him & her. I’m a very passionate person so everything I do must be my best.” – Vincent Guastini

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey October 7, 1963, he started his own Special Make-up effects company at the age of 22, specializing in prosthetics and creature effects, design, and animatronics.

The film that was a big influence on his life was John Carpenter’s remake of Howard Hawks film The Thing; the film had an effect that changed Vincent’s life. He decided then and there he must do this for a living. His company soon grew to become one of the top special makeup effects houses on the east coast. At first called Fantasy Workshop, where he started doing creatures and special Make-up effects for the creature of the week TV series in the late 80s called Monsters, under the supervision of Make-up Legend Dick Smith, his company and credits soon expanded and his big breakthrough film as far as realistic and graphic effects came in 1991 when asked to take over the prosthetic effects for Michael Mann’s epic remake of The Last Of The Mohicans. After this film Vincent went on to supervise and design creature effects for various studio and independent films.

Changing his company name to Vincent Guastini Productions (AKA) V.G.P. Effects & Design Studio he moved his company to the west coast and is now one of the top effects houses.

One of his most challenging projects was Darren Aronofsky’s film Requiem for a Dream, in which he had to transform Ellen Burstyn into a thinning, decaying women throughout the film. The prosthetic transformation made Vincent an Oscar hopeful that year. Other films Vincent has found to be a big feather in his and his company’s cap is creating the ground breaking animatronic wings and creature effects in Kevin Smiths film “Dogma”, Vincent’s work was also nominated for his prosthetics for TV’s “Saturday Night Live”

Vincent has created Make-up effects are “Scary Movie 4”, & Clint Eastwood’s “Letters of Iwo Jima” FOR more recent news, Vincent produced 2 Malcolm Mc Dowell Movies as well. And did the effects. Credits are as follows to mention up front in intro, The Last of The Mohicans, Dogma, Requiem For A Dream, Letters Of Iwa Jima, Flags Of Our Father, for director Clint Eastwood. Scary Movie 4, Stephen King’s Thinner, Saturday Night Live.

He just finished the Horror movie Silent Night which was in theaters in November and December and have Sushi Girl starring Mark Hamill Tony Todd, James Duvall, Jeff Fehey, Noah Hathway, etc. Hits theaters Jan 4

Vincent Guastini’s Interview