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Gourmet Gamer Future

As you might have noticed, we at Gourmet Gamer have been a bit quite of late. Besides the newly ramped up Twitch presence, not much has come out in the way of new content. And I would like to address that. Simply put we have had some shake ups that we have been slow to recover from. First, our dear friend Floyd passed in December. No one is sure why or even where he is buried. Frankly, I think he faked his death to get out of child support. Johnny decided to take a sabbatical, something about finding himself in the mountains of Peru. Who knows. I suspect he will back soon. Trent is in rehab. He really took to the Ayahuasca. I have Joe Rogan to thank for that. Its not all doom and gloom though. Both Suzy and Stu have teamed up and are performing on Musical.ly ( search for suzyrocket ) and I wish them all the success in the world.

Now, you may be asking, where does that leave Gourmet Gamer. Well, with the downsizing of the team, we are going to focus on three things.

  • Gourmet Gamer Gaming – This will be filled with game reviews and our weekly twitch streams.
  • Gourmet Gamer Podcast – Zane and Evan will continue their successful weekly bitch sessions on everything from movies and video games to potato chips. We will return with a new episode March 27th.
  • Gourmet Gamer Props & FX – This is not entirely new but has mostly been in the shadows. As some of you are aware, I like to dabble in prop making and special FX. I have decided to really focus on this and hopefully provide you some awesome creations from your favorite movies and video games. I am currently working on a Destiny gun, Skyrim helmet and an original mask. Evan is already producing a lot of cool shit over at evanparrafx.com.

I know this is a departure from where we started but its for the best and will allow Gourmet Gamer to continue. I will making updates to the site over the next couple weeks so keep and eye out. I want to thank every one that has supported us thus far and hopefully will continue supporting us going forward.

Dick Smith

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It was 1989 and I had just finished watching MADMAN with the kid next door, who would also go onto being my best friend and partner in crime. And at that moment I knew what I wanted to do when I grew up – Special FX make-up. I had always been creative ( I hate labeling myself that ) and loved movies, so it was a natural fit. My friend and I started consuming as many horror movies as we could. We wanted to learn everything. But you have to remember, this is before the internet and access to info was hard to come by, especially for two 10 year old boys. This all changed when we found a copy of “Dick Smiths Do-It-Yourself Monster Make-Up Handbook”. This changed our world beyond measure. We now had, in our hand, the building blocks necessary to become great make-up artists and it was all thanks to this lonely book in the Littlerock Library.

Dick Smith is considered the “Godfather of Make-Up”. Over a career that spanned 70 years, he created some of films most memorable make-ups like Vito Corleone for the Godfather, Regan in the Exorcist, Jack Crabb in Little Big Man, and many, many more. But more importantly than all those great make-ups was his contribution to the art itself. He pioneered dozens of techniques and materials and was teacher and mentor to many great make-up artists like Rick Baker and Tom Savini. Nearly every make-up artist today, credits Dick Smith and that little book of his for their success.  Sadly, Dick Smith passed away today. He was 92 years old and as he said “Gosh, that fellow had a great career”.  I could not agree more. Unfortunately, I never had the chance to meet him but the mark he left on me and countless others will always be present. Where ever you are good sir, I hope the clay is plenty and the foam is running.

Dick is the only makeup artist in history to receive a Governors Award, the highest and most prestigious type of Oscar.