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Curt C. Chiarelli
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Curt Chiarelli has been providing design, sculpture and illustration services for the motion picture/television, toy/collectible, video game, museum exhibit and publishing industries for 30 years. A native born and bred Chicagoan, Curt began his career early at the age of 20 when he was contracted to create storyboards for the McDonald’s Corporation.

At the age of 23 and barely out of college, he became this country's youngest production designer when he was hired by HBO to art direct a comedy feature presentation, "Men Will Be Boys".

From that point forward he began to receive a steady stream of commissions until his first major career breakthrough occurred in 1991 when he created the stop-motion animation model of the character, Goro for the Williams Electronics international blockbuster hit video arcade game, "Mortal Kombat".

In 1994 he left his staff position in the Exhibit Design Department at the John G. Shedd Aquarium to accept an invitation from Skellington Productions to join their team in the creation of the stop-motion animation models and effects for the feature length motion picture, "James and the Giant Peach". Noticing that his employment prospects were much enhanced and the weather far more accommodating, he decided to remain in the balmy climes of California for the next 13 years.

After having his work featured in the prestigious Spectrum anthologies, enjoying a rewarding collaboration with world renowned fantasy illustrator, Boris Vallejo, seeing the projects he's worked on win multiple awards, including a Cannes Bronze Lion and an Emmy nomination, tackling such high-profile commissions as the creation of the action figures for the "Halo" video game product line and the advertising campaign poster for "The Age of Empires III: The War Chiefs", he has expanded his scope of activities to the field of writing, education and gallery art. In the past 14 years he has taught advanced-level university courses, written 3 books and seen his work featured in juried group exhibitions at the prestigious Providence Art Club and Woods-Gerry Gallery at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Specialties include: Production design/art direction, sculpture and illustration for the motion picture/television, toy/collectible, video game, themed entertainment, museum exhibit and publishing industries. Educator, essayist and arts activist for the past 14 years.

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Friday, December 13, 2019 If what I witnessed this afternoon is any indication, then we are doomed as a nation and as a species. This cheery report comes to you fresh from the front lines of a local climate change group meeting to which I was invited. Four people were present, myself included. I had to fight my way inside the door it was so crowded with concerned citizens . . . . Bottomline: it amounted to all prattle and no praxis. This meeting was very thin on informed opinion, experience, common sense, knowledge, insight, intelligence or even a clear-headed plan of how to organize. However, what WAS in plentiful over-abundance was gende
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Donald Trump Interviewed on Fox News; Lovecraftian Holocaust Ensues  Thursday, May 18, 2017 New York, New York (Dis-Associated Press) — Bankrupt real estate tycoon and American reality TV President, Donald J. Trump is not shy about shocking the public with his over-the-top antics, but no one expected that a routine network interview with him would result in ten slain Secret Servicemen and several wounded studio technicians late Thursday afternoon.   When asked to comment upon his most recent Tweet during an interview with Fox News pundit and immigration expert, Lou Dobbs - a Tweet which accused the entire staff of the EPA of covertly
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In Memoriam: Harlan Ellison by Curt Chiarelli Every day we lose more and more of the voices that truly mattered most. As their ranks dwindle and their achievements lose luster and fade in the public's low-wattage, low attention span - as our species is herded and blithely shuffles into the shadowlands of a new Dark Age - their ranks are not being replenished; slowly choked off by the encroachments of entropy, apathy and the conformity of the hive-mind. These unique voices defiantly sing out and hover with a bell-like clarity above the din and muddle of human affairs, slicing through the crap and swindle of life. For those attuned to their
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I am a big fan of ur work sir, I would be honored if you visited my deviant art profile and took a look at my Goro metal work. Great work sir your such an inspiration
Thank you! It's feedback such as your's which keeps me going!
And thank you for all the faves and adding me on your watch list:-)
Sheer joy looking through your portfolio here (though I am sure this is only a small fraction of it) there are so many artists that influence you in your life, directly and indirectly - and you sir have been a great influence on me - and for the most part I had never even realized, until now. Thank you :D
Hi Sean:

You're quite welcome! In a lot of cases my colleagues and I operate in complete anonymity, but when someone like you writes us messages like this they are greatly appreciated. Thank you!
ha ha - yes I can imagine!

Do you get time to do any other sculpting/effects type work now-a-days? What are you working on at the moment?
It's mostly maquettes and collectibles nowadays when I sculpt. Animation Insider.com has just posted an interview with me. I've written three books in the past three years, one of which was just published as an e-book by Smashwords Editions and another one - an art instruction book for fantasy artists - in the works. And I've production designed an entertainment venue that I'm trying to get underwritten.