365: Masters of Make-Up Effects – A fascinating convo with Howard Berger and Marshall Julius

A fascinating convo with Howard Berger and Marshall Julius

365: Masters of Make-Up Effects – A fascinating convo with Howard Berger and Marshall Julius

Howard Berger and Marshal Julius are with us!  You probably remember Howard from episodes 74 and 284. He’s the co-founder of the KNB EFX Group AND he’s an academy award and Emmy award-winning special effects artist.  It’s hard to do this guy justice… because he’s been involved with over 800 feature films and television shows. He’s worked with some of the biggest names in show business.

He and his business partner Greg Nicotero are responsible for allllll of the zombies in the Walking Dead. He’s done All of Quentin Tarantino’s movies. 

He’s Mark Wahlberg’s go-to guy for special effects.  He and his team did the Chronicles of Narnia… for which they won the Academy Award for Best Make Up. He got another academy nomination for his work on HITCHCOCK.  And just about every horror movie that’s scared the crap out of you over the past 20 to 30 years… there’s a VERY good chance Howard had something to do with it.  And just try to wrap your mind around this… for ONE tv show… The Orville… they have created over 1000 designs…  that’s just ONE show!!!

Now… let’s talk about Marshall Julius.  I’d classify him as a modern-day renaissance man!  He’s an author… he’s an artist.  By the way… his art has been purchased and shared around the world. He kills it on the Twitters and most importantly… he’s made an impressive career and business out of being a professional fan and self-proclaimed nerd.  Now THAT’s the best… when you can make a career out of something you love!

Okay… so we’re talking today… because these two long-time friends have teamed up to write one of the most anticipated and fascinating books written for film fans and geeks… called, Masters of Make-Up Effects: A Century of Practical Magic.  It’s already a #1 new release and it doesn’t come out until next month!!!

We’re going to be talking about the book… and some of the great stories that they remembered and uncovered as they wrote it.  I can’t wait for this… so let’s get to it!


Their new book: Masters of Make-Up Effects: A Century of Practical Magic

Click here to find it on Amazon!  

Check out the website for the book: mastersofmakeupeffects.net

Want to be blown away? Visit Howard’s IMDB Page: Click here

Be sure to follow Howard on Insta: hoops511 

Find out more about Howard’s Company: KNB EFX: ​​www.knbefx.com/howard-berger 

Find Marshall on Twitter: twitter.com/MarshallJulius  

Find Marshall on the Instas: instagram.com/vintagegeekcentral 

Find Marshall’s other books on Amazon: Click here


“Don’t Blow Up the House – And other great stories about Zombies, Aliens and Following Your Dreams!” My FIRST interview with Howard Berger: www.mitchmatthews.com/074

“Starting Small, Dreaming Big and Making Movie Magic!” My SECOND interview with Howard Berger: www.mitchmatthews.com/184 

Starting your OWN PODCAST: 5 Keys to Make it Work!: www.mitchmatthews.com/350 


How about YOU!?  What stood out to you from this conversation with Howard and Marshall?  

More importantly… what’s something that stuck with you?

What’s one of YOUR favorite movies?  What’s a movie set YOU would have loved to be on when they were making it?

Also… what’s a goal YOU want to pursue?  What if you went after it with a friend like Howard and Marshall did?  

Lastly… what questions do YOU still have?  Comment and let me know! Let’s keep this convo going!

And PLEASE share this special episode with someone who YOU think would appreciate it and/or might be needing it… right now!  They’ll thank you!

Know I’m rooting for you!



Quick Recap:

  • 0:02 What to expect from episode 365
  • 2:27 Get to know our TWO amazing guests
  • 5:00 A little back story behind Howard Berger and Marshal Julius’ project
  • 13:25 Howard’s favorite story from the journey
  • 28:35 The importance of having fun along the way
  • 34:44 How to work better with a team
  • 40:40 What movie Howard and Marshall wish they were apart of 
  • 49:37 The hardest part of starting something new
  • 51:54 Mitch’s minute! What do you think?
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