An Interview with David Greathouse – By Baron Craze

 

David Greathouse both starred, in Tom Nagel’s ClownTown (2016) as Baseball Clown and provided as the Key Makeup Artist / Special Makeup Effects Artist, took some his valuable time to do an interview. David recently starred on Syfy’s reality series “Face Off” during their fourth season, displaying his sculpting and prosthetic applications, which he has used in his 23 years of makeup effects, dating back to 1993 for the film Necronomicon: Book of Dead. In addition, he enjoys acting having worked on Edward Douglas, of Midnight Syndicate fames The Dead Matter (2010) as a Vampire and Late Phases (2014) as a Werewolf, now appearing as dangerous clown.
BC: What was it like to act and work on ClownTown?

DG: Acting and working on ClownTown was an absolute blast on many levels. The talented and hard working crew was an inspiration to me. Acting as a demented clown on screen is a dream role. Filming it in my hometowns of Cleveland and Crestline was an extra bonus.
BC: What was it like to acting & working on ClownTown?

DG: First half was in, Crestline, Ohio and the second half in my hometown Cleveland, OH – I could just walk since I was familiar with it … nice to work with Tom Nagel [The Dead Matter (2010)] and Jeff Miller who I’ve worked with before [Axe Giant (2013) and Inoperable (post-production)] .
BC: You have a really cool character in the film – did you come up with your own makeup technique for yourself?

DG: Yes since I’m a makeup artist by trade it was easy to do it for me for clowns – the clowns were the easiest part.
BC: What was your inspiration for the clowns in Tom’s film?

DG: It all depends on the actors’ faces and how the makeup is like on their face, when cast interesting people it comes from that taking the moments to see how they react, which ultimately determines their clown face. It also depends on the budget as well, and the actor some transform more with the makeup on, and their personality, understanding their role and character factors into it.
BC: Have you ever had a situation where the actor was uneasy with the makeup or full facial molds?

DG: Yes I have, you work through it, but in the end that’s what they signed up for, so by day’s end it gets done, but still your responsibility that it goes right, the makeup and materials can be hard at times but that is what’s needed for the role, they [actors] trust me. For example, take Robert Englund has been in the chair for hours, putting the makeup on and then taking it off, but they [actors] learn to use the time, understand the significance, in the end they know what they are in for when it comes to it.
BC: Obviously, I saw ClownTown but I also saw another film you did called Funhouse Massacre (2015), which also has clowns in it. What’s it like to do a film 1-year apart with clowns in them? Clown fetish?

DG: It was pretty much… immediate between the two films – I had a blast with both films – Funhouse was so much fun, the makeup and masks were great and the people were great as well. Got give the actors credit, their face determine the look, for example The Rocco character [actor Mars Crain]– ClownTown was right after that… it was the two best films for me to work on in that short period of time.
BC: What advice would you give to a rising makeup artist especially with the topic of safety?

DG: If you’re applying makeup to actors make sure you are clean and makeup is safe around the actor’s eyes, make sure everything around you in sanitary & healthy, extreme cleanliness, and the knowing the makeup, expiration dates, allergies, all seems [like common scene].
BC: Nowadays independent filmmakers seem to take more risks?

DG: You will always have risk…its part of it, depending of the movie hence the need of a proper stunt department. Nowadays, it can result in suits, fines, and much, much worse, so yes safety… important.
BC: On the film ClownTown it seemed that you and the other clowns worked very well together – did you have to stay away from the other actors for the scares to heighten in the scenes?

DG: They were already friends already so it was easy, they really have a bond , they cue the lines… and yes they could be scared…especially the Machete Clown [actor Chris Hahn] some clowns were scarier than others.
BC: I could tell you like horror movies – what horror film hooked you on the genre the most?

DG: The horror films that influenced me the most are Universal Frankenstein (as a child) and then flash forward to the most influential The Evil Dead (in my teens).
BC: How did you get started in special effects than just an actor?

DG: Special effects and acting for me as a teenager were almost the same. I would act as the character of my make-up design. But FX work ruled over acting work for most my life. More recently, I have been playing more creature and psycho roIes. So we will see what is next.
BC: Thanks for your time and the interview, good luck in your future works.

David’s IMDB Page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0337306