GnomeCon is thrilled to welcome filmmaker/artist Larry Blamire as a guest of honor. He is the writer/director/star of The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2004), a tribute to low-budget science fiction films of the 1950s. Other films include Trail of the Screaming Forehead, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Dark and Stormy Night.
Blamire grew up in Massachusetts and studied illustration at the Art Institute of Boston. After dabbling briefly in underground comics and various blue-collar jobs, he started working as a science fiction illustrator for Galileo.
In the 1980s, Blamire began acting on stage on a whim, landing roles at various Boston theatres; the Open Door Theatre, the Alley Theatre, as well as a season at the Boston Shakespeare Company. He also wrote several plays, including Bride of the Mutant’s Tomb, a comedy about a hapless Ed Wood-inspired director trying to make his low-budget science fiction movie in the 1950s with a group of misfits. In 1992 Blamire’s comedy sketches were chosen for the HBO Writers Search.
In 1997 he began working with an Internet start-up, Bali Hai Interactive, where he created The Wise Eye Guys, a quirky interactive nonlinear animated adventure. Following the company’s moved to Los Angeles, it fell victim to the dot-com crash of 2000. Blamire, having recently read about developments in digital video, was inspired to create an ultra-low-budget spoof of 1950s science fiction movies, incorporating elements from Bride of the Mutant’s Tomb. The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2002. Picked up by Michael Schlesinger for Sony, the film was released in 2004.
In 2007, Blamire formed a company, Bantam Street, with his core group of actors and technicians. The acclaimed Web series Tales From the Pub launched that same year.
In 2009, Blamire published two books; Tales of the Callamo Mountains, a collection of his western horror short stories, and I Didn’t Know You Came With Raisins, a collection of his surreal cartoons.
He is currently working on Steam Wars, an ambitious longtime project with copious illustrations that he is developing for film. Visit www.steamwars.com to view the animated trailer.