Ross Plesset

Portfolio

The many publications I have written for include Cinefantastique, Premiere Online, Star Trek magazine, Star Wars.com, CraveOnline.com, The Brea Progress (Orange County Register), Filmfax, Outre, Femme Fatales, Starburst, and Dreamwatch.

Some of my online work can be found here:

McQuarrie Memories (StarWars.com)

Shrek and Disney's It's Tough to be a Bug
Twilight Zone: The Movie- Visions Lost in the Twilight Zone

Making of articles about Shrek and Disney's It's tough to be a Bug

Star Wars: Holiday Special - Script and Directors
Star Wars: Holiday Special Artists - McQuarrie and others
Star Wars: Tooning Out the "Holiday Special": Nelvana Studios

Interviews

2017

"Walt Disney's Unrealized City of the Future A Conversation with Disney EPCOT Imagineer Marty Sklar" (Filmfax #148, May-July) 

*Marty Sklar

  It's now online (sans my original introduction) here.

2014

UpsyDownsyLand.com

Toy designers/artists, including:

*Sam Cornell

*Gordon Shireman

*Ralph Dunn

*Alex Laird (aka: Alexandra Laird)

*Erin Libby

*Armando Baeza

*Kathy Bleser

*Elonne Dantzer

*Marlene Dantzer

*Justine  Dantzer

*Gerry Leistikow

*Joyce Clark

*Jean Burger

 *Bob Baker (Bob Baker Marionettes)

 

2011

 The Making of The Empire Strikes Back (CraveOnline)

*J.W. Rinzler

 

The Day Time Ended... A Vision Lost in the Vortex! (Filmfax #126)

*Paul Gentry

*Steve Neill

*Wayne Schmidt

 

 2010

 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (CraveOnline)

*Thierry Coup

*Daniel Radcliffe

*Jim Hill

 

King Kong Rises from the Ashes at Universal Studios (CraveOnline)

*Bob Burns

*Tom Williams

*Valerie Johnson Redrow

 

Concept Artist Neville Page on Tron and Green Lantern (CraveOnline)

 *Neville Page

 

Joe Alves:  From Id to Odd to Jaws & Beyond (Filmfax #125)

*Joe Alves

 

Behind the Glasses--Unseen Special Effects: Jaws 3-D (Filmfax #125)

*Joe Alves

*Chuck Comisky

*Carl Gottlieb 

*Rupert Hitzig

*Woods Mackintosh

*Randy Roberts

*Robert Skotak

*Danielle Verse

 

 2009

Celebrating 30 Years of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Star Trek magazine #23)

*Jon Povill

 

Godzilla 3-D (Filmfax #122)

*Rick Baker

*William Stout

*Jim Aupperle

*Stephen Czerkas

*Don Carmody

*Gene Warren, Jr.

 

Sleep Dealer Preview (CraveOnline)

*Alex Rivera

*Mark Russell

 

2008

Twilight Zone: The Movie -- Visions Lost in the Twilight Zone (Twilight Zone Museum website)

*Allen Daviau

*Joe Dante 

*Craig Reardon

 

The Making of Star Wars (CraveOnline)

*J.W. Rinzler

 

2007

Dinosaur Animation for Land of the Lost (Filmfax #114)

*Gene Warren, Jr.

 

2006

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (DreamWatch #122)

*Harrison Ellenshaw

*Mark Rosenthal

 

On the Set of Walkout (LA IndyMedia.org, et al)

*David Sanchez

 

2005

The Art of Space Travel with Joseph Jennings (Filmfax #107)

(co-written with Kevin H. Martin)

*Joseph Jennings

 

Star Trek's "History of the Future" Museum (Filmfax #107)

*Penny Juday

 

Unused Ideas for Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Filmfax #107 )

*Robert Collins

*Jon Povill

*Paul Rabwin

*Bob Baker

 

The Grid (Filmfax #107)

*Matthew Robbins

*Hal Barwood

*Jim Bloom 

*Syd Mead

*Geoffrey Kirkland

*Ralph McQuarrie 

 

2004

The Return of the King (Cinefantastique vol. 36 #1)

*Howard Shore

 

The Return of the King (Starburst Special #62)

*Randall William Cook

 

2003

The Return of the King (Cinefantastique vol. 35 #6)

*Grant Major

 The Return of the King (Dreamwatch #112)

*John Howe

 

2002

 Spider-Man (Cinefantastique(Cinefantastique vol. 34, #3/4) 

*Sam Raimi

*Tobey Maguire

*Ted Raimi

*Danny Elfman

*John Dykstra 

*Laura Ziskin 

*James Acheson

*Neil Spisak

 

Spider-Man: The Web Not Taken (Cinefantastique vol. 34, #3/4)

*James Cameron

*Joseph Zito

 

Disney's The Black Hole (Filmfax #92)

*Peter Ellenshaw

*Harrison Ellenshaw

*David Mattingly 

*George McGinnis

*John Hough

*Jeb Rosebrook

*William Wood

*Gerry Day

*Ron Miller

 

The Lord of the Rings: The Animated Films (Cinefantastique vol. 34, #1)

*Peter S. Beagle

*Saul Zaents 

*Arthur Rankin 

*Lester Abrams

*Chris Conkling

 

The Tortoise and the Hare (Cinefantastique vol. 35, #1)

*Ray Harryhausen

*Mark Caballero

*Seamus Walsh

 

Journey to the Center of the Earth (Cinefantastique Online)

*Rusty Lemorande

*Paul Carafotes

*Brett White

 

ElectraWoman and DynaGirl  (2001 revival) (Femme Fatales vol. 11, #7)

*Marty Krofft 

*Markie Post

*Greg LaVoi

*Jeff Kline

*Elisa Bell

 

Women of Star Wars (Sirens of Cinema #3)

*Michonne Bourriague

 

2001

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings (Cinefantastique vol. 33, #6)

*Peter Jackson

*Richard Taylor

*Philippa Boyens

*Grant Major

*Alan Lee 

*Christopher Lee

*Elijah Wood

*Ian McKellen 

*Mark Ordesky

 

Planet of the Apes: Unfilmed Scripts (Cinefantastique vol. 11, #4)

*Oliver Stone 

*Don Murphy

*Graham Yost

*Adam Rifkin

 

Planet of the Apes (Cinefantastique vol. 11, #4)

*Danny Elfman 

*Rick Heinrichs 

*Ralph Winter

*Bill George

*Tim Roth

*Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

*Terry Notary

 

Return to Planet of the Apes: Linda Harrison (Femme Fatales vol. 10, #4)

*Linda Harrison

 

The Official Movie Magazine: Planet of the Apes (SFX)

*Tim Roth

*Paul Giamatti

 

 All You Need is Shrek (Cinefantastique vol. 13, #3)

*Andrew Adamson

*Vicky Jenson

*Terry Rossio

*James Hegedus 

*Raman Hui

*Ken Bielenberg

 

It's Tough to be a Bug (Cinefantastique vol. 13, #3 )

*Kevin Rafferty

*Tom Fitzgerald

*Mike Sandrik

 

The Amazing Lost Museum of the '70s: Movie World (Outre #26)

*David Cellitti

*Bruce Gordon 

*Paul Osterhout 

 

Tolkien: The Road Not Taken (Outre #26)

*Heinz Edelmann

*Rospo Pallenberg 

 

2000

Syd Mead Interview (Outre #20)

 

Robert McCall Interview (Outre #21)

 

The Star Wars Holiday Special (SFX #67)

*Peter Mayhew

*Patty Maloney

*Ken & Mitsy Welch

 

The Primevals (Cinefantastique vol 32. #2)

*Kent Burton

*Chris Endicott

 

1999

Ralph McQuarrie (Filmfax #72 and #73)

*Howard Kazanjian

*Brian Johnson

*Phil Tippett 

*Hal Barwood

 

Spider-Man: The Ride (Cinefantastique vol. 31, #7)

*Gary Goddard

 *Jeff Kleiser

*Scott Trowbridge

 

Land of the Lost (Cinefantastique vol. 31, #1/2)

*Marty Krofft

 

Stop-Motion Animation (100-year anniversary) (Cinefantastique vol 31, #1/2)

*Paul Verhoeven 

*Phil Tippett 

*Tom Smith

*David Allen

*Robert Stromberg

*Jim Danforth

*Charles H. Shneer

*The Chiodo Brothers

 

Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! (Cinefantastique vol. 31, #5)

*Randal Kleiser 

*Tom Fitzgerald

 *Steven Spiegel

 

1998

Never Say Never to Barbara! (Femme Fatales vol. 7, #1)

*Barbara Carrera

 

The Primevals (Cinefantastique vol. 30, #3)

*David Allen

 

The Star Wars Holiday Special (Filmfax #69-70)

*Ralph McQuarrie

*Joe Johnston

*Stan Winston

*Pat Profft 

*Lennie Ripps

*Patty Maloney 

 

On the Set of Je M'Appelle Crawford (Premiere Online)

*Kylie Bax 

*Veronica Webb

*Kimora Lee 

 

1993

The Future of Theme Parks (college project)

*Tony Baxter, Walt Disney Imagineering 

*Richard Bastrup, R&R Creative

*Jason Cardwell, Landmark Entertainment

*Steve Clark, Management Resources

*Ray Euberroth, American Coaster Enthusiasts

*Leon Jansen, E Ticket fanzine

*Jim Joiner, AVG

*Tom Keubler, LifeFormations

 *Ward Kimball, Walt Disney Productions (retired)

*Jim Seay, Magic Mountain amusement park (Valencia, California)

 *Dave Schweninger, Ride and Show