GO LOCAL WORCESTER – News Article from August 14, 2014
A Worcester native is currently working on the set of the new Whitey Bulger film, “Black Mass,” starring Johnny Depp, Kevin Bacon, and Sienna Miller, among others.
Ryan Convery, 32, was born in Worcester and currently lives in nearby Lowell. He works as the special effects makeup lab production assistant, helping with all of the molding and prosthetics work for the movie.
The movie is currently filming in locations throughout Massachusetts. The film chronicles the life of Whitey Bulger and John Connolly. The film is set to be released in October 2015.
Coming Full Circle
Convery’s film career has taken him across the country and back. Although originally heading out to Los Angeles, he pretty quickly returned to the Worcester area.
Convery originally went to college out in Los Angeles to learn how to do makeup and a variety of other cosmetic techniques for films. After the shops for movie makeup began to close in LA, Convery moves back to the area to go to college in Boston. It was there that he learned animation, editing and more, all techniques that he uses to this day.
Now in the Worcester area to stay, Convery is taking time to enjoy the local movie scene as well as the local talent. Convery tries to make his independent films as locally as possible, using local actors, locations, and workers.
“The Worcester movie community has been growing because there is so much local talent around here,” said Convery. “Because of the growth, it is easy to get involved with the local talent. For many of these jobs it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. After all, it was a local connection from one of my old jobs that got me the job working on the “Black Mass” set.”
INTERVIEW COURTESY OF: http://m.golocalworcester.com/lifestyle/worcester-native-working-on-set-of-new-whitey-bulger-movie