Rob Bottin

Special makeup effects designer, Special effects designer, Director
Legend has it that, upon first stepping onto a Hollywood soundstage, the twentysomething neophyte filmmaker Orson Welles announced "This is the biggest toy train set a boy ever had!" Sadly, Welles was soon forced to ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1958

Filmography

Wardrobe, Hair & Makeup (21)

Deep Rising 1998 (Movie)

special makeup effects(Ron Bottin Studio) (Makeup)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

Demon effects makeup (Makeup)

Mission: Impossible 1996 (Movie)

special makeup effects (Makeup)

Seven 1995 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Basic Instinct 1992 (Movie)

special makeup effects designer and creator (Special Makeup Effects)

Bugsy 1991 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Robocop 2 1990 (Movie)

Robocop costumes (Costumes)

Total Recall 1990 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

The Great Outdoors 1988 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Innerspace 1987 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Robocop 1987 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

The Witches of Eastwick 1987 (Movie)

special makeup effects designer (Special Makeup Effects)

Legend 1986 (Movie)

special makeup (Makeup)

Explorers 1985 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

special makeup effects design("It's a Good Life") (Special Makeup Effects)

The Thing 1982 (Movie)

(Special Makeup Effects)

The Howling 1981 (Movie)

special makeup (Makeup)

The Fog 1980 (Movie)

Special Makeup (Special Makeup Effects)

Tanya's Island 1979 (Movie)

(Makeup)

Mistress of the Apes 1978 (Movie)

(Makeup Assistant)

Piranha 1978 (Movie)

(Makeup)
Visual Effects & Animation (7)

Deep Rising 1998 (Movie)

creature creator and designer (Visual Effects)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

Lounge Lizards designer (Visual Effects)

Mimic 1997 (Movie)

creature design (Special Effects)

Basic Instinct 1992 (Movie)

special visual effects (Special Effects)

Total Recall 1990 (Movie)

character visual effects (Visual Effects)

The Fog 1980 (Movie)

Blake Effects (Special Effects)

Humanoids From the Deep 1979 (Movie)

Humanoids creator (Visual Effects)
Actor (1)

The Fog 1980 (Movie)

Blake (Actor)
Producer (1)

The Howling 1981 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Physical Effects (1)

Rock 'n' Roll High School 1979 (Movie)

giant mouse creator (Puppets Design)
Other (8)

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

visual effects consultant (Consultant)

Robocop: The Series 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Other

Robocop 3 1993 (Movie)

Robocop designer & creator (Other)

Robocop 2 1990 (Movie)

Robocop creator (Other)

Robocop 1987 (Movie)

Robocop design and creation (Other)

Humanoids From the Deep 1979 (Movie)

designer (Other)

Tanya's Island 1979 (Movie)

beast design (Other)

Robocop: Prime Directives (TV Show)

Other

Biography

Legend has it that, upon first stepping onto a Hollywood soundstage, the twentysomething neophyte filmmaker Orson Welles announced "This is the biggest toy train set a boy ever had!" Sadly, Welles was soon forced to find another playground. More than half a century later, however, a contemporary "boy wonder" like special makeup effects creator/designer Rob Bottin could make an excellent living in Hollywood by playing with toys full-time. Indeed, Bottin really was a boy, aged 14, when he first became an active participant in movie magic. His mentor, future Oscar-winner Rick Baker, may have been the best teacher a student of special makeup FX could ever hope to have. The resourceful high school freshman even got his school officials to agree--unofficially--to allow him to attend classes in the morning and work with Baker in the afternoons.

EDUCATION

graduated high school c. 1977; beginning in his freshman year, was unofficially allowed to attend class in the mornings and work special makeup effects master Rick Baker in the afternoons

Milestones

1999

Reteamed with Fincher to create the gruesome special makeup effects for "Fight Club"

1997

Signed to direct first motion picture, "Freddy vs. Jason"; film never made

1995

Provided memorably grim special makeup FX for the well-received crime picture "Seven", directed by David Fincher

1994

Credited as "Robocop designer" on the syndicated "Robocop: The Series"

1992

Reteamed with Verhoeven to design and create special makeup FX as well as special visual FX for "Basic Instinct"

1990

Provided Oscar-winning visual effects for Verhoeven's "Total Recall"

1987

Credited with "Robocop design and creation" as well as special makeup effects for "Robocop"; first collaboration with director Paul Verhoeven

1987

Reteamed with Dante for "Innerspace"

1986

Designed "The Greibble", a cartoonish monster, for a Dante-directed episode of the NBC fantasy anthology "Amazing Stories"

1985

With Peter Robb-King, provided the Oscar-nominated special makeup effects designs for Ridley Scott's underperforming fantasy feature, "Legend"

1985

First feature credit for Rob Bottin Productions (for "alien creature creation"), Dante's "Explorers"; Bottin provided special makeup effects

1983

With Craig Reardon and Michael McCracken, served as special makeup effects designer for "It's a Good Life", a Dante-directed segment of "Twilight Zone--The Movie"

1982

Provided landmark monster designs for Carpenter's remake of "The Thing"

1982

Hospitalized for nearly two weeks during the making of "The Thing" for what has been variously described as ulcers, pnuemonia, allergies and/or nervous exhaustion

1981

Worked with mentor Rick Baker as special effects designer and special makeup effects designer on "Tanya's Island"

1981

Producing debut, served as associate producer on Dante's "The Howling"; provided breakthrough werewolf transformation effects among other special makeup FX

1980

Credited as "humanoids designer" for "Humanoids from the Deep", another New World cheapie

1980

First collaboration with writer-director John Carpenter, "The Fog"; appeared in makeup as Captain Blake, the head ghost; also provided special effects and special makeup effects

1979

Credited as "giant mouse creator" on New World's "Rock 'n' Roll High School", directed by Allan Arkush

1978

Last film assignment as Baker's apprentice, Brian De Palma's "The Fury"

1978

TV debut, served as special effects designer for a syndicated special entitled "Manbeast! Myth or Monster"

1978

Feature debut as special makeup effects designer and special effects designer, "Piranha", a Corman-produced "Jaws" rip-off for New World Pictures; first collaboration with director Joe Dante; appeared in makeup as a victim

1978

Hired by Roger Corman's New World Pictures shortly after graduating high school

1977

Served as a special makeup apprentice on "Star Wars"; worked under Baker on the "cantina sequence"

1977

Started his own FX company, Rob Bottin Productions, at age 18

1976

Worked with Baker as a special makeup effects apprentice on the the lavish remake of "King Kong"; deemed too young to be on the lot by MGM, ended up working in Baker's garage

1974

Became a protege of FX makeup pioneer Rick Baker at age 14 (date approximate)

Bonus Trivia

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Bottin's name is pronounced "Bo-teen".

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Some sources give his birth year as 1958.

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Bottin shared a 1986 Oscar nomination with Peter Robb-King for Best Achievement in Makeup for Ridley Scott's "Legend".

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