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Each year Pulse Magazine selects up and comers in Central Massachusetts who are making an impact in the world around them. Whether in the business fields, entertainment industry or through community work, 2020’s People to Watch demonstrates the immense diversity and talent that our region has to offer.

Ed Gutierrez and Ryan Convery

Ed Gutierrez and Ryan Convery both 38, are co-founders of the Production company Fat Foot Films. Gutierrez, who resides in Auburn and Convery who lives in Lowell, started Fat Foot Films in 2001 with a group of close friends from high school. The duo, started their short films with sketch comedy similar to the “Jackass” movies. Overtime, these short films turned into a late night local access show on Sutton’s Public Access. “We are passionate about the same thing, creating something that we can all take pride in,” said Convery. Both Gutierrez and Convery are excited to have the opportunity to work with talented people throughout New England. Gutierrez and Convery have produced over three full length features and multiple award winning short films. Their latest suspense/thriller film, “Stray” won an award for Best Thriller/ Suspense from the SNOB Film Festival. “We truly believe with our skills and the talent in the New England area, we can compete with the big players in Hollywood,” said Gutierrez.

Steve Magnante joined forces with Ryan Convery to create a brand new TV show called Steve Magnante’s Junkyard Crawl. Where Steve will take you through a guided tour of some of the country’s best stashes of mangled muscle cars, antiques and special interest vehicles.

Steve Magnante is an automotive journalist, automotive historian, drag racer, car builder and TV host with over 20 years in the business. He is known for the past 10 years for hosting the Barrett-Jackson auction block and he is also an author of many books and magazines. How-To Build Altered Wheelbase Cars”, “Rusted Muscle; A Collection of Derelict Dream Machines” and “Steve Magnante’s 1,001 Muscle Car Trivia Facts”

In this pilot episode we travel to Rhinebeck, NY and find a 1968 Hemi Coronet R/T – 1970 Challenger R/T – 1969 Dodge Charger R/T – 1972 Charger Rallye and a Mr. Norms 1971 Dodge Charger R/T.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Nicholas Handy, GoLocalWorcester Contributor

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.

“I haven’t had a chance to meet Johnny Depp yet because most of my time is spent in a lab,” said Convery. “I have had the opportunity to go into his dressing room to drop off some of the stuff I have made though, which is pretty cool.”

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 animatronics, 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.”

Fat Foot Films

While “Black Mass” is the biggest film that Convery has had a chance to work on, he is no stranger to films. Convery is the Founder and President of Fat Foot Films, a production company he founded in Lowell in 2007.

Fat Foot Films has produced two full-length feature films: “Joy and the Apocalypse,” a straight to TV drama/love story and “Mourning Wood,” a zombie-based stoner/comedy. They are currently working on the film “How I Dumped My Boyfriend’s Body,” which Convery produced, edited, and did the camera-work for.

While all smaller independent films, Convery says that they were all an enjoyment to create. In addition to doing full length films, the company also does a variety of smaller comedy and offbeat horror films, all with a focus on entertaining their audience.

“The first movie I made was horrible,” but it really helped me to get into making movies,” said Convery. “People still call me to this day and talk to me about how much they still enjoy the film. It was definitely weird going from this crazy stoner comedy to a drama/love story, but it was cool to get the exposure from “Joy and the Apocalypse.” That movie made it on streaming sites, and a few TV stations which was pretty cool.”

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