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Pierce branching out

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Former Brazil resident Drew Pierce adds a touch of 'blood' to an actor on a recent set.
After finding success in various aspects of the special effects realm, a former Brazil resident is looking to find new outlets for his love of life's gorier elements.

Drew Pierce, who grew up in Brazil before moving to Indianapolis during his seventh-grade year, has found success in Hollywood with his special effects company Cutthroat Studios, creating effects such as blood and various pieces of jewelry for various film and television shows. His work has been featured on programs such as "Grey's Anatomy," and "Heroes," and films such as "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."

Pierce moved to Hollywood in 2001. He said his intention when making the trip wasn't to make blood. But when he was asked to make blood for an online Nike commercial (an ad Pierce confessed he has never seen), various opportunities started to arise.

After years of different projects, Pierce earned his first movie credit in 2005, when jewelry pieces he created were used in the Rob Zombie horror film, "The Devils Rejects."

Pierce's most notable creation is "Bad Blood," a type of non-staining fake blood that can be made into any shade of red and can be put into an actor's mouth and even washed out of their clothes.

He seemed to still be a bit surprised at how far he has taken Cutthroat, but expressed a quiet pride in the work he's done in the industry.

"I didn't think I'd come (to Hollywood) to make blood, it just happened," Pierce said. "There are times when it's frustrating and things don't always go right. But when you've worked really hard on a project and it works, those moments make it worthwhile."

Pierce took an interest in effects at a young age. His interest only increased when he started renting "How To" videos on special effects from Video Specialists, a store owned by his father Larry.

Pierce's father shares his son's interest in make-up effects and expressed excitement about Drew's achievements in a field he himself would have liked to have worked in.

"I kind of feel like I'm living through him," said Larry, who still operates Video Specialists, 717 E. Jackson St., Brazil. "I would have loved to have done what he's doing, and I think it's great he's been able to make all the connections he's made."

Drew still has several ties to Brazil and visits regularly. Aside from his father, he has a brother Brian, a half-brother Brad, and a half-sister Ashley, who currently claim residence in the city.

Drew even came home to Brazil during the well-publicized strike of the Writers Guild of America, which shut down production of nearly all major Hollywood facets from Nov. 5, 2007-Feb. 12, 2008.

Events such as the strike, mixed with what seems to be a general need to continue trying new things, have caused Drew to branch out into other realms. He recently provided his talents to new uses, as he began working with the Medical College at Florida State University, to create surgical procedure organs for medical students to work with.

He said the expansion was necessary, acknowledging that in a system as fickle as Hollywood, there may not always be steady work to be found.

"Things change all the time," he said. "You always have to diversify on a more worldwide basis."

Another way Drew is hoping to branch out is through another industry he has a great passion for: Halloween.

He already has experience, having put his talents to use for various haunted houses.

Currently, he said he is working on a collectible line of masks he hopes to market to major distributors such as Walmart and K-Mart.

Whatever industry he is partaking in, Drew said he will continue putting his strongest efforts into the work he's doing, expressing a quiet pleasure in being able to make a living in a line of work he's very passionate about.

"I'm ready for whatever comes up," Pierce said. "I've always been doing this (type of work) and I'm going to continue to do it as long as I can."

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Drew seems to really know his thing!

good Job, and an interesting one too!

-- Posted by busymomandstudent on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 9:59 PM

Does anyone know what college he holds a degree from? I ask because someone commented somewhere else that, basically, you had no place in our society if you didn't have a degree, a real job, and own your home. It would appear that Drew is doing just fine having a bit of fun with his "real" job. If you are having fun at what you are doing, is it actually work?

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Sep 18, 2009, at 3:06 AM

Interesting job, Drew! And sounds like you really are a creative young man who loves his work!!!! Wishing you continued success and a good life.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Fri, Sep 18, 2009, at 9:42 AM

In response to Leo Southworth's post: gee, whoever said that "basically, you had no place in society if you didn't have a degree, a real job, and own your own home"....well, gee......let's see I have been employeed FULL TIME for over 40 years, in addition to having several PART/TIME jobs which lasted 20 yrs., HOWEVER, I do NOT have a "degree" nor do I "own my home".....so hmmmm guess I don't fit into society, as someone would think. Gee....all these years I thought I fit in quite well..........having a wonderful, loving, intelligent family and the best friends in the world. I guess that doesn't count for much in someones' mind. too bad. Sorry to have posted on this otherwise very nice blog.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Fri, Sep 18, 2009, at 9:49 AM

Great article about Drew, immersing himself in something he is very interested in and seems to have a passion for.

Good luck to you and your future endeavors Drew!! Reach for your stars.

Leo, what does it matter if he has a degree from some college/university? Who cares anyway, this article is about him and his success in his passion not his education. Why would you even write something like that? Don't bother trying to dignify my question with an answer because I don't care and it is irrelevant to this article. I also am sorry to let some keystroking goober get my dander up.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Sep 18, 2009, at 12:07 PM

Seriously, people....Leo was not being critical! Reread the comment he wrote. He made reference to what someone else had previously written, and his intent was most likely to point out that if you love your job, you're doing just fine. Am I right, Leo???

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Fri, Sep 18, 2009, at 12:39 PM

You read it right Bigpappy, Leo was not being mean, some people are just looking to find fault on here, right? "Proud?" I have been "Prouds" victim before as well. I guess anyone with an opinion that opposes his is a "keystroking goober out to get his dander up!

-- Posted by Jolly on Fri, Sep 18, 2009, at 2:29 PM

You are right, Bigpappy. Drew is doing GREAT, no matter what his education level or even in spite of it. That he likes what he is doing and can make money from it is WONDERFUL.I do not care how he makes his money, where he went to school; he is contributing to this society.

Why did write my post.....LOL........because some keystroking goober got my dander up and I hoped that it would respond here.......LOL

I didn't mean to rile anyone except the person who thinks that a person is only a member of society if they meet the criteria set by certain members of that group instead of the criteria recognized by the whole group.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Sep 18, 2009, at 2:43 PM

I'm not always the smartest in the class, but even I saw the sarcastic wit in Leo's Post. He was trying to say that Drew rose above the "norm" and made it without all the other attributes. Believe it or not it was a backward compliment. Good Luck Drew, glad you are making it and having fun doing it.

-- Posted by opininated on Fri, Sep 18, 2009, at 9:34 PM

I'm sorry Leo! Everybody is always so negative on here. I see the wit after re-reading it several times.

Have a great day everybody!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 11:21 AM

thought this article was about Drew

-- Posted by Sand mann on Tue, Sep 22, 2009, at 1:08 PM

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