There was a buzz at Arts Project on the day that Neville Page was scheduled to visit. In particular the buzz emanated from our science fiction geeks – artists and staff! Neville is a designer, the Hollywood genius of science fiction legends like Avatar, Tron, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes – and just to broaden this blog’s readership – the less science-fictiony masterpieces of Narnia and Garfield the Movie.
Neville was here to scope out the Arts Project Business Model (as a best practice model), with a view to establishing a similar service in a third world country; and so we were really pleased to show him around … albeit overtaken by the attack of the Arts Project’s nerd brigade (no not me … much) whose excitement at having a real Hollywood artist visit was exhibited in a very attentive (stalker-like?) activity.
Neville was such a pleasure to have visit, he made time to talk with every artist in the Studio, ask them about their work and have his photo taken constantly as he wandered around. It is a good thing we don’t have these types of visits every day as, although very exciting, I am not sure much art was practiced during the process.
By Business Manager Sandy Fernee.
Photos by Penny Hunt
Page has worked as a concept designer on films including Watchmen, Star Trek, TRON: Legacy, Cloverfield, and Avatar. In 2010 his works were featured in an exhibit titled “From Page to Screen: Character and Creature Design of Neville Page” at the Oceanside Museum of Art. He joined the panel of judges on the SyFy television series Face Off for its third season alongside Ve Neill and Glenn Hetrick. His works were again featured at the Oceanside Museum of Art in 2012 in an exhibit titled “The Beauty in the Beast: Crafting Creatures by Neville Page”, which highlighted his designs in films including Green Lantern, Prometheus, and TRON: Legacy.