Hey kiddies! This is my new project called PERSEPHONE, named after a figure from Greek mythology. Persephone was a nature goddess who became Queen of the Underworld after being abducted by Hades. The myth of her abduction represents her role as the personification of vegetation – which shoots forth in spring and withdraws into the earth in autumn. When she is in the Underworld we experience winter. And when she visits the world she brings with her spring, flowers, and the resurrection of life. As both a Goddess of Spring, and the Queen of the Underworld – she exemplifies the tension between life and death.
My lovely bride Jen (Lady Bathory) returned as my assistant for this project, as well as my faithful friend Demian Vela. We also worked with some new collaborators. Rebekah Whitt played the part of Persephone, and her make-up was done by Shawn Shelton with Bandersnatch Studios.
The walls and archway of the set were made from plastic VacuForm panels that we painted to look like stone. We built the set inside a factory near Robert Kurtzman’s studio in Ohio. Kurtzman is a legendary make-up FX artist and the founder of KNB EFX. He also wrote the original story for the movie FROM DUSK TIL DAWN and was the director of WISHMASTER. Kurtzman introduced us to David Greathouse (House) – who created all of the foam latex vines that we wired and glued to the walls of the set.
Kurtzman also introduced us to Beki Ingram, who turned out to be the real hero of the project. Jen, Demian and I were all enormously impressed as she spearheaded the enormous task of dressing the set walls with fake foliage and roses, which were meticulously glued to the walls, one flower at a time.\\
- Persephone (davidallsopclassics.wordpress.com)
- Hades and Persephone (bujiashvilitinatin.wordpress.com)
- Persephone’s Heart (breathofgreenair.wordpress.com)