For over 30 years Kevin Yagher Productions Inc. (KYPI) has been a forerunner in providing high-end special makeup effects for the entertainment industry. The creative force behind the company, Kevin Yagher, started the business when the art of special makeup effects was still in its adolescent stage. Beginning with such characters as Freddy Krueger in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 and Chucky in the CHILD'S PLAY films, Kevin established himself as one of the top makeup effects artists by developing and creating life-like creatures, aliens and humans with meticulous detail.
Shortly after his work on CHILD'S PLAY, Kevin was approached by the producers of HBO's TALES FROM THE CRYPT to design and build the show's host, the Crypt Keeper. Kevin also directed all of the show's wraparounds and several promotional spots,
one of which earned him an Emmy. LOWER BERTH, an episode he directed, went on to receive Cable ACE Award nominations for directing, makeup, screenplay and photography.
KYPI has collaborated with many top film directors as well as with several well-known actors including Robert DeNiro, Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, Gene Hackman, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr., Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Dana Carvey, Nick Nolte, Keanu Reeves, Christian Slater and Charlize Theron.
KYPI has also worked with Tom Cruise on the blockbuster film, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2. Other projects include Paramount’s THE SPIDERWICKE CHRONICLES, FACE/OFF and SLEEPY HOLLOW, Sony Pictures’ MASTER OF DISGUISE and ADAPTATION as well as Universal’s THE HULK.
On the film SLEEPY HOLLOW, not only did Kevin write the screen story and co-produce the project, but he also did all the makeup effects including the gruesome decapitations and the headless horseman’s makeup. He went on to receive a Hollywood Makeup Guild Award for his work.
KYPI worked on all 12 seasons of the hit
show BONES. Over the long successful run,
various effects and props were constructed, from animals, like a deer and a
black bear, to every decomposed victim. Also, thousands of skeletal bones were created to show different
murder evidence etched onto their surfaces.
The company strives to create effects that far surpass people's expectations and to provide the producer and the director with the highest quality effects imaginable.
For instance, FACE/OFF includes an operation sequence in which the facial skins of John Travolta and Nicholas Cage are removed and then switched. John Woo, the film's director, was so pleased with the face-switching effects that he cancelled the scheduled computer effects touch-up work.
Also for ADAPTATION, KYPI created an overweight belly appliance that was applied to actor Nic Cage. The prosthetics were convincing enough to fool viewers into thinking Cage had actually gained the weight himself - as Daily Variety reported, “Cage let his ‘Con Air’ hard body go to an opposite extreme of flabby shapelessness.” Such commendations are what drive the efforts of Kevin and his crew.
Recently, Kevin completed Bill & Ted Face The Music, the third installment of the Bill & Ted franchise, which premieres later this month. Kevin has worked on all three Bill & Ted films and is excited for audiences to see all of the new makeup effects that he and his crew have created.