If you’re keen to learn about the craft of prosthetics from an array of extremely talented and highly successful practitioners, you’re in the right place!
There will be a full day of educational classes and talks on both the Main Stage and Education Stage, as well as demonstrations on stands in the exhibitors’ rooms where you can talk to the artists about their work.
The Education Stage hosted by the University of Bolton SVFX course is the platform for Prosthetics Jam, our own ‘open mic’ session with high profile professionals sharing handy techniques in under and hour.
Also all about education is Portfolio Surgery, which offers a select number of people a one-to-one consultation with a senior industry practitioner, giving advice on presenting their work in interviews – look out for application info here.
Barrie and Sarah Gower
Barrie and Sarah Gower run BGFX, celebrated for their cutting-edge makeup FX in many film and TV productions, but probably best known for their work on HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ for which they have both won Primetime Emmy awards. Working for other industry leaders, Barrie contributed towards the Academy award winning prosthetics for ‘The Wolfman’ and ‘The Iron Lady’. Sarah began work in the visual effects department of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, followed by Framestore, Disney/Bruckheimer and more recently Cinesite on projects such as ‘X-Men First Class’ and ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.’ Barrie and Sarah will be appearing on the Main Stage.
Eryn Krueger Mekash
Recent Emmy® winners Eryn Krueger Mekash and Mike Mekash will be joining us from the USA. With over 30 years industry experience, makeup designer Eryn’s credits include ‘Wakefield’, ‘To the Bone’, ‘Anything’, ‘Scream Queens’ and ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’. She began her career in the special makeup effects field in Los Angeles and is currently department head for both ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Feud’. Eryn has won six Emmy and five Artisan Awards as well as receiving 30 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Makeup, Prosthetic and Non-Prosthetic. She says she can also still make a nice mould in a pinch!
Recent Emmy® winners Eryn Krueger Mekash and Mike Mekash will be joining us from the USA. Multi-award winner Mike holds 5 Emmy Awards and 12 nominations in both prosthetic and non-prosthetic categories. Starting his career as a graphic artist in Washington state for the skateboard and snowboard industry, Mike got the call to go to Los Angeles in 2000 to be the lead designer for Tinsley Studio, where he began the next phase of his career, drawing tattoos for film and television shows. As well as TV shows like ‘American Horror Story’, his film credits include ‘John Carter’, ‘Iron Man 2’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and recently, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2’.
Anthony trained at Gorton Studio and now works for Millennium FX in Neill Gorton’s development workshop, helping develop products for Neill’s Materials, MFX Warehouse and of course sculpting and moulding character prosthetics for industry jobs. His work can be seen in films such as ‘Victor Frankenstein’ and ‘The Forest’, TV shows like ‘Nurse’, ‘Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’, ‘Wizards vs Aliens’, ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’, ‘Red Dwarf XI and XII’, ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’, ‘Urban Myths’ and ‘Doctor Who’, commercials for Aviva and Paddy Power and touring theatre production ‘The Catherine Tate Show Live’. Find Anthony on the Gorton Studio stand.
Martin Rezard has been part of some of the most significant movie and TV productions of recent years, including the powerhouse that is the Star Wars franchise – he will be on the Education Stage discussing his work and other high-profile productions. Martin’s film credits include ‘The Matrix’, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones’, ‘Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith’, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, ‘Prometheus’, ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, ‘A Star Wars Story: Untitled Han Solo Film’ and ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’, plus TV shows ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Merlin’.