Outside Creature Features

It was almost two weeks ago that I made my second 2015 visit to Los Angeles for Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors, this time for a signing at the city’s Creature Features store on Sunday October 25th.

Arriving at Creature Features

While my first visit was to celebrate Tremors‘ 25th anniversary in the cinema ahead of the book’s publication, this time I actually had finished copies to sign.

Display of Seeking Perfection

I had just over 6 weeks to prepare for the event and I decided to invite along as many people as I could from the original franchise produced by Stampede Entertainment – Tremors 1 to 4 and the TV series.

The first people to say yes were co-creators and writers, S.S. Wilson and Brent Maddock, along with director Ron Underwood and actor Robert “Melvin” Jayne.

I also asked along production designer Ivo Cristante and illustrator Donn Greer, who was hired in 1990 to illustrate the Tremors poster, before the studio decided to go with a photo-based design.

Donn Greer

A surprise visitor to the event was Conrad Bachmann, who fans will immediately recognise as Dr Jim from the first film. Conrad recently screened Tremors at his own film festival in Louisville and was happy to meet the fans and sign the book.

I also met a familiar “face” from the films…

Other attendees included Tremors 2: Aftershocks‘ Christopher Gartin, better known to fans as Grady Hoover…

Tremors 3: Back to Perfection‘s casting director, Craig Campobasso, and actor Javi Mulero, who played the TV producer at the start of the film…

Craig Campobasso and Javi Mulero

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins‘ Lydia Look, who played Walter Chang’s ancestor, Lu Wang Chang…

…and Tremors: The Series‘ Gladise Jimenez, better known as Rosalita to those familiar with the show.

Other crew popped in to say hello, including miniature effects specialist, Dennis Skotak, Shrieker creature operator Yancy Calzada, visual effects whizz Kevin Kutchaver and special effects guru Lance Gilmer.

It was a fantastic event that drew a great crowd, all happy to meet and greet the Tremors team at a rare event.

I’d like to thank Taylor White for organising the event and bringing so many people together in one place.

Guests at the signing

At the end of the event I caught up with S.S. Wilson to ask for his thoughts on Seeking Perfection.

Find out where you can buy Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide to Tremors and keep an eye on the signings page for future events.

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