Today we’d like to introduce you to Frederick Fraleigh.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Frederick. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I knew that I wanted to be an artist from a very young age, having spent most of my free time drawing, painting and making things with my hands. I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I attended Pius XI high school because I was drawn to its strong art program. There, I began to develop a foundation skill set that would prepare me for my future as a fine artist. I 1992 I attended the Rhode Island School of Design. I learned so much from my professors and my peers and graduated in 1996 with a BFA in sculpture.
Since my first year in Providence, though, I worked with the Big Nazo Puppet Lab. They are an international performance group of visual artists, puppet performers and masked musicians. This made a huge impact on my creative direction. Since 1998 I have been working in the Hollywood film and special-effects industry as a fabricator and specialty costumer. Some films for which I am credited include The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance, Avengers Infinity War, Captain America Civil War, X-Men Apocalypse, Cabin in the Woods, Men in Black two and three, Hellboy one and two, Lady in the Water, Evolution, and Bicentennial Man.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road, for me, has been pretty smooth overall. For anyone entering into a new field, though, there is the challenge of establishing one’s self. I believe that it is important to have a strong work ethic and to be humble. The industry in which I work can sometimes be quite unpredictable. I have learned not to take anything for granted.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a freelance artist, moving from one job to another. The duration of these various projects may range from just a few days to multiple years. I entered into the film and the special-effects industry as a fabricator. I build with a variety of materials to create a desired form. My favorite medium is foam, with its many different properties. It can be, both, carved down or built upon.
I also construct forms by the process of patterning. Patterned pieces of a material can come together to make 3-dimensional, hollow objects. These objects may be joined together in any number of ways to create very complex, ornate structures. This knowledge, combined with a growing vocabulary of building techniques and materials, has helped me to become more adept in specialty costuming. The process of bringing a conceptual design, whether it be a 2-D rendering or a 3-D maquet, to fruition may sometimes have some very grey areas. I love to provide answers by fabricating something that puts everyone on the same page. Once a design for a creature or costume has been attained by any given studio, I may be employed by them to help execute that design and bring it into the real world.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
One thing that I like most about this city is the weather. This is also where my profession is based and I have enjoyed so many years working with my friends. I will remain here for many years to come. I can do without the traffic though.
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