Dave Elsey & Lou Elsey are a formidable team who have demonstrated an extraordinary ability to create memorable characters using make up, animatronics, special costume and now film. They are best known by genre fans for their work on the sci-fi TV series Farscape, and as Creature Shop Supervisors for Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, where they were responsible for bringing to life all of the animatronics and prosthetic creatures, which garnered an Academy Award nomination for Dave Elsey for Achievement in Makeup. Between the two, they have worked on such films as Hellraiser, Little shop of Horrors, Black Sheep, Indiana Jones and the last Crusade, Braveheart, Where the Wild Things are, X-Men First Class. For The Wolfman, Dave won an Academy Award for achievement in makeup, and he is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts. Other work includes: Disney’s hugely successful live action, Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon, and Dracula by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss.
As a creative partnership, Lou and Dave’s contributions to genre filmmaking, and storytelling are considerable, resulting in a rich history of memorable movie, and television characters, as well as crossing many creative disciplines within the medium, such as makeup, prosthetics, props, sets and costume design. Now, together, they are expanding upon those experiences by writing and directing for themselves. Their suspense horror short film ‘Keep the Gaslight Burning’, has screened at many international film festivals including, Sitges and LA shorts, and won several awards for best short film from, Women in Horror International Film Festival, and Burbank international Film festival to name a few. The film is now available to view on Amazon Prime.