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The Frankenstein Complex

2015 – 1h42

From the first costume experiments to make-up special effects, from animatronics to CGI, The Frankenstein Complex looks back at more than a century of techniques that gave birth to the famous monsters such as Godzilla, Yoda, the Queen of Aliens or the tyrannosaurs of Jurassic Park.

Directors Alexandre Poncet and Gilles Penso give voice to the artists behind each creature, such as Phil Tippett and Rick Baker, and to filmmakers whose films have left their mark on the history of special effects, such as Joe Dante and Guillermo del Toro. The Frankenstein Complex celebrates this ever-changing art form and pays homage to these new Dr. Frankensteins, who continue to amaze generations of viewers with their inventiveness and unique craftsmanship.

Written and Directed by : Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet

Starring: Guillermo Del Toro, Joe Dante, John Landis, Kevin Smith, Phil Tippett, Dennis Muren, Rick Baker, Greg Nicotero, Mike Elizalde, Steve Johnson, The Chiodo Brothers, John Howe, Richard Taylor, Joe Letteri, Chris Walas, Christophe Gans, Steve Williams…

Music: Alexandre Poncet

Editing: Gilles Penso

Visual and Credits Effects: Brett & Co.
Mixing: Vega Prod
Color Grading: NOD


Sitges / PIFFF /Gérardmer /Trieste / FEFFS / NIFFF/ Monsterpalooza /Colcoa


French Union of Film Critics :
Curiosity Prize 2017

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On the occasion of the exhibition “Special Effects: burst the screen” of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie de La Villette, the co-directors of the Frankenstein Complex give some keys on the nature and secrets of special effects in cinema for the show Entrée libre sur France 5.