Mark Rappaport (born 1954) is an American special effects/makeup artist.
- His main body of work is with special effects in a wide variety of films from science fiction to horror, to comedy and theater. Mark has created hyper-realistic animatronic animals including the horse used by Tom Cruise in “The Last Samurai” and memorable prosthetic makeup effects for “300” and “I Am Legend”. His company, Creature Effects, Inc.is at the leading edge of the Hollywood creature and makeup effects industry.
Mr. Rappaport was born in Yokohama, Japan. At the age of three Mark’s family moved to the Napa Valley in northern California. Mark graduated high school and attended San Diego State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. Upon graduation Mark returned to Napa and worked in law enforcement before meeting and working with Bob Hartman, a San Francisco puppeteer and street performer. Mark’s work with Bob sparked an interest in creating effects for the entertainment industry and he pursued employment at Industrial Light and Magic. At ILM he worked on feature film projects, including “Innerspace” and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”. From ILM Mark went to work with Chris Walas and created effects for films including “The Fly II” and “Child’s Play”.
Mark went on to run the independent branch of Paramount Pictures known as Full Moon Productions which gave him the expertise to open his own company in 1990. Through Creature Effects, Inc., Mark has supported feature films for all of the major studios and has traveled crew around the world to puppeteer, manage effects and apply makeup. Mark has managed extensive, multi-million dollar projects requiring crews of 50 to 100 technicians, as well as commercial assignments with limited funds and rapid turnaround. Rappaport creates much more than creature makeups and puppets, he has an extensive inventory of ultra-realistic human baby and animal puppets. His latest effects include the creation of two ride-able animatronic horses that have been used in numerous film and commercial productions.