Category: Linda Pawlik Picardo

Linda Pawlik Pays Tribute to the Life and Career of Her Brother

As an actress, Linda Pawlik, known professionally as Linda Lawrence, has met and had the pleasure of working with many individuals in both film and television. Among them, she considers her late brother, Dennis Pawlik, one of the most talented and inspirational. Dennis was well-known for his expertise in special effects makeup and worked diligently to ensure that his practical effects gave acting talents the opportunity to shine on the screen. Here, Linda Pawlik, previously Linda Pawlik Picardo, discusses some of Dennis’s most impactful contributions to special effects work.

The Work of a Special Effects Makeup Artist

To fully grasp the scope of Dennis’s work, it helps to first understand what the duties that special effects work encompasses. Special effects makeup artists use makeup and prosthetics to reproduce wrinkles, deformities, wounds, or other features that add to the realism (or surrealism) of a film or movie. One of the most interesting facets of Dennis’s career path is that there is a staggering amount of diversity within the work. Some days a person could be fully changing the face and identifying features of an actor to create a supernatural entity, whereas another day they may be simply adding a wig, bald cap, or wrinkles.

His sister recognized that behind the scenes work such as that of a special effects makeup artist utilizes an entirely different skillset than she needed to pull from for her acting- but the work is equally indispensable to the success of a project. Sheparticularly admires the sheer amount of patience required of a special effects makeup artist. To perfect Dennis’ craft and get the looks required for films required a great deal of patience. He and his colleagues could be working on a look for anywhere between 3 and 18 hours! 

Examples of Dennis’s Memorable Work 

Dennis made a name for himself in the 80’s and 90’s, where he worked various positions to provide high quality effects for television and film. Naturally, his contributions to several works were very well received and Dennis received multiple award nominations over the course of his career.

Figure 1Dennis with fellow special effects artist Rob Bottin

In terms of cultural impact, perhaps some of Dennis’s most prolific work was for the RoboCop series, where he headed the roboteam for RoboCop, Robocop 2, and RoboCop 3. Dennis was also the special effects supervisor. Many fans question how the robotic effects in all their charm were produced- and the answer is quite simple. For example, Dennis was asked during production if “Robo” needed a “gun lag”, and he designed and manufactured one immediately.

Dennis Pawlik and his colleagues on the set of RoboCop 2

One of Dennis’s most elaborate feats in special effects makeup were for The Fly II. For his work on the Fly II, Dennis received a nomination at the Saturn Awards for the category Best Make-Up alongside his colleagues Stephan Dupuis, Jo-Anne Smith-Ojeil, and Jayne Dancose. The multiple special effects makeup types required for the film reflects some of Dennis’s most varied work.

Dennis and his team working on The Fly

A few years after the Fly II, Dennis worked on the HBO television film “Stalin”. The television film, released in 1992, chronicled the career and personal life of the former leader of the Soviet Union. Stalin received a multitude of awards in its critically acclaimed success, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or Movie, and more- including several nominations as well. Dennis notably received a nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a miniseries or a special for his contributions to the film. In fact, Linda believes that his effects work was instrumental in setting the scene for Robert Duvall’s convincing portrayal of Joseph Stalin.

Robert Duvall as Joseph Stalin

Remembering Dennis

Dennis at 16 filling up his car at the popular Texaco gas station in town

Dennis was born November 23, 1957, to Alex and Jean Pawlikand grew up in Riverdale, IL. Dennis will always be remembered by his family, friends, and colleagues for his generosity. Dennis will be known for his staunch dedication to his craft, ability to use his talents to set the scene for numerous projects, love for the guitar, and consistent willingness to teachothers. To family and friends, Dennis will be remembered and treasured for his patience, kindness, and especially his wacky and wonderful sense of humor. Regardless of the ways that those in his life had the pleasure of knowing Dennis, he and his contributions to the world will be truly missed.

Linda Pawlik Picardo Discusses Design Trends For 2020

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Since the start of the pandemic in March, many people have taken on home redesign projects as a way to both stay busy inside and update their home’s look. Linda Pawlik Picardo has been a fan of design and renovation since childhood and, over the years, has helped a great number of friends and clients update their homes. It is a designer’s job to stay on top of design trends while keeping in mind their client’s tastes during a project. This year, Linda Pawlik Picardo has taken note of 2020’s unique trends and below, will discuss what is “in” and “out” this season.

Floral Wallpaper

Floral wallpaper is back in a big way. For the 2020 season, many people are gravitating towards large floral prints with soft, pastel colors. Floral wallpaper is being utilized not only in living and dining rooms but also in half bathrooms. Geometric patterned wallpapers are now on their way out and will be replaced by floral wallpapers this year. 

Non-White Kitchens

For many years, the all-white kitchen was prominently displayed in a variety of home décor magazines. All-white cabinets matched all white countertops and gave off the feeling of a fresh and clean atmosphere. Designers are now looking for new ways for clients to put more of their personality into their cabinets and kitchens. Colorful cabinets are currently in and give a much-needed pop of color to what used to be bland kitchens!

Curved Sofas

Similar to other trends on this list, designers are now looking for fun and fresh ways to decorate spaces. The curved couch, which originated from the ’60s and ’70s, is back for the 2020 season and here to stay. A living room serves as a meeting space for friends and family and should facilitate conversation and intrigue. A unique shape within a space, such as a curved sofa, can give off a feeling of whimsy and approachability to a room.

Wicker Furniture

Hopefully, you haven’t thrown out all the furniture your parents gave you because wicker furniture has returned for 2020. Wicker furniture’s material gives both a warm and antique feel to any space and works well with boho, modern, and traditional spaces. Mixing materials and colors within a design are essential to giving clients a personalized and finished space. For this reason, wicker’s unique material is the perfect addition to any dining or living room.

Linda Pawlik Picardo Discusses How to Help Animal Organizations

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Linda Pawlik Picardo has been an animal activist for years and maintains that helping animals that are in need is one of the most rewarding things that an individual can experience. Unfortunately, a lot of people that would be interested in volunteering or contributing to organizations abstain from it for fear of not knowing the “right” way to do so. Here, Linda Pawlik Picardo includes a few ways that an individual can help animals in need.

One of the ways that someone can effectively help animals in need is to adopt or foster. Adopting and fostering gives animals one of the core things that they require to live happy lives- a loving home. Adoption is one of Linda’s favorite ways to help in part because it enriches our own lives as well. Pets that were given an unfair start at life are often some of the sweetest animals that you can encounter and developing a bond with an adopted pet truly never gets old. Currently, Linda Pawlik Picardo realizes that the adoption process is more streamlined that it was in the past. We can view what pets occupy the shelter online, and many shelters even break down details such as their personality, how well they get along with children or other animals, and toys and treats they enjoy. This means that, should you adopt or foster a pet, you can get an idea of how to best be there for them early in the process.

Adopting and fostering are great, but not everyone that wants to help animals is ready for or even wants a pet. For this reason, many people decide that it is the best course of action to donate supplies to shelters, rescues, and animal wellness organizations instead. Shelters will often have their donation policies listed with an emphasis on most needed supplies. Commonly, shelters and organizations will need items such as leashes, toys, food, cleaning supplies, towels, newspapers, and other items that would reasonably be used. Linda Pawlik Picardo offers the caveat that individuals that are donating should be honest with themselves about if their supplies are in a good enough condition to give to other animals. Shelters typically have policies that tell whether they accept items that are gently used. If your supplies are not in a suitable condition for donating, you could always consider donating money or buying new supplies specifically for the organization you have in mind.

Volunteering is another method that Linda suggests to individuals that want to get active with supporting animals. Shelters and organizations frequently need volunteers that can perform tasks such as feeding the animals, cleaning kennels, manning the phones, spending with the animals, or several other logistical functions within the building. There are many volunteer opportunities that people are even unaware of, such as helping with cleanup of the kennels and surrounding areas after adoption events. Volunteering can become time consuming, but it is immensely rewarding by nature it’s nice to know that that time is always used to the benefit of the animals. Shelters will usually have a minimum age requirement for volunteers, but those that are too young to volunteer can still find other ways to contribute to causes if they have a passion for it.