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 Main Stage sponsored by Gorton Studio has a lineup of the industry’s top artists from both sides of the Atlantic.
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 around 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 – this has now closed for 2017 applications.
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’.
Neill Gorton will be master of ceremonies on the Main Stage again. Since last year he’s been busy with Millennium FX on films such as ‘Another Mother’s Son’, commercials for Warner Bros. video game ‘Shadow of War’ and TV series’ like ‘Doctor Who’, Red Dwarf’ and Tracey Ullman’s Show’. He also helped singing megastar Adele add some comedy to her birthday party with a Nan Taylor-style ageing makeup! Neill has also been doing collaborative work with world-leading robotics specialists Engineered Arts and In July, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bolton in recognition of his outstanding services to the creative industry.
Rob Mayor is a prosthetics designer with over 20 years’ industry experience and is a co-owner and director of Millennium FX. His early film credits include ‘Event Horizon’, ‘Ronin’, ‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Black Hawk Down’. At Millennium FX, he has designed prosthetics for over 30 productions and designed/supervised over 150 episodes of ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Torchwood’ and ‘The Sarah Jane Adventures’. His movie credits include ‘The Wolfman’, ‘A Fantastic Fear of Everything’, ‘The Forest’, ‘The Titan’ and ‘Victor Frankenstein’. Other TV work includes ‘Critical’ and ‘Toast of London’ and he was Lady Gaga’s personal prosthetics artist for her Born this Way campaign.
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’.
We’re proud to be hosting the UK release of a new book by Joe Nazzaro. Joe will appear on the education stage to talk about this major publication, Star Trek Beyond: The Makeup Artistry of Joel Harlow, available in the exhibitors’ rooms. Joe is a New Jersey/London-based entertainment journalist with more than a dozen books and three thousand interviews to his credit. He’s been writing about makeup FX for over three decades, for such magazines as Starlog, SFX, Sci Fi Now, Starburst and Fangoria. He has written for Makeup Artist Magazine since 2000, contributing more than 40 cover features. Joe has also written for Prosthetics Magazine since the first issue.
Sebastian Lochmann is one of the industry’s most highly regarded sculptors. He originally trained as a dental technician and moved into special effects following a stint working for renowned artist H. R. Giger. His film credits include ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, ‘Exodus’, ‘Wrath of the Titans’, ‘Dark Shadows’, ‘Dracula Untold’, ‘The Revenant’, ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’, ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’ and ‘The Mummy’. His work will appear in 2018 releases such as ‘Annihilation’ and ‘Overlord’. Sebastian’s TV credits include major series’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Atlantis’.
Sangeet is a leading independent screen makeup effects artist, working internationally and collaborating with the best makeup designers and companies in the field. He directs Studio Sangeet, from which he runs self-initiated projects as well as freelancing for some of the top effects companies and production houses in the industry. His makeup FX clients include PlayStation, Kanye West, Aldi, Mentos and Stella Artois. Film and TV credits include ‘Father’, ‘Red Dwarf’, ‘Prison Break’, ‘Dark Knight Rises’, ‘Dead Snow 2’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘The Titan. Sangeet will be on the Main Stage assisted by Lori MacGregor, demoing contoured, flat and tattoo transfers.
Richard has been working in the film and TV industry since 2009. He has contributed to many screen creatures, characters and effects working as a freelance technician and makeup artist. His movie credits include ‘Hercules’, ‘Spectre’, ‘Victor Frankenstein’, ‘The Forest’, ‘Assassin’s Creed’ and ‘A Fantastic Fear of Everything’. He has regularly worked for Millennium FX on shows including ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Mission 2110’, ‘Being Human’ and ‘Wizards Vs Aliens’, as well as on Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ video. Richard’s company RMFX specialises in hyper-realistic silicone busts. He also creates realistic prosthetic eyes for FX work and is a principal tutor at Gorton Studio.
Mike Dargan is a special FX makeup artist and materials expert. During a 20-year industry career he’s worked on films including ‘Frank’, ‘Quantum of Solace’ and ‘Freight’ and supervised the prosthetics for TV shows such as ‘Monroe’ and ‘The Body Farm’. In 2012 Mike applied his extensive technical knowledge to setting up his own manufacturing company, Mr Dashbo, who work under strict lab conditions and dispense from their own patented machine technology built in-house. Dashbo is now an award-winning company renowned for its high quality, ethically produced products and excellent price points. We’re delighted Mike is bringing his technical expertise to the Education Stage.
Steve Painter has given advice in Portfolio Surgery since the event began and is very generous with his time and knowledge amassed over a 30-year career. He is a high-profile makeup FX, prosthetics and animatronics supervisor whose film credits include ‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘From Hell’, ‘Cold Mountain’, ‘Alexander’, ‘Kingdom of Heaven’, ‘Hellbound: Hellraiser II’, ‘Hell on Earth: Hellraiser III’, ‘King Arthur’, ‘28 Weeks Later’, ‘Hellboy II: The Golden Army’, ‘Warhorse’, ‘Clash of the Titans’, ‘Wrath of the Titans’, ‘World War Z’, ‘Fury’, ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’, ‘Ben Hur’, ‘The Titan’ and recently ‘Operation Red Sea’ and ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’.
Chris Goodman has worked as a professional creature concept artist for over four years with leading makeup FX company Millennium FX, and will be on the Education Stage talking about the subject of concept art. He has worked on a wide range of film and television projects including ‘Victor Frankenstein’, ‘The Forest’, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Red Dwarf’ and the upcoming sci-fi thriller ‘The Titan’ starring Sam Worthington. During his time at Millennium FX he has also worked as a director in collaboration with the National Film and Television School and Gorton Studio, as part of the prosthetics module on their digital effects masters degree course.
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.
Kate Walshe is an extremely experienced SFX producer and a co-director of multi-award winning company Millennium FX. Millennium is one of Europe’s largest FX houses and during her decade working there Kate has worked on over 60 episodes of ‘Doctor Who’, as well as numerous other TV productions such as ‘Critical’, ‘Torchwood’, ‘Being Human’, ‘Call the Midwife’ and ‘Red Dwarf’, plus films including ‘Vampire Killers’, ‘Victor Frankenstein’ and ‘The Titan’. She will be on the Education Stage following on from concept artist Chris Goodman’s talk, discussing the process of building practical effects.
Michele has been in the industry over 20 years and is principal tutor on the Creative & Character makeup course at Gorton Studio. She provided the tutorials for this year’s Tied-in Teaching Packs and will be on the Gorton Studio stand demoing them. Michele’s career includes as a long stint on ‘Good Morning Britain’ and her work covers all aspects of makeup. Her film credits include ‘World War Z’, ‘Tink’s Kitchen’ as well as various shorts, including the 2014 multi-award winning ‘Caring for the Recently Deceased’. TV credits include ‘Poldark’, ‘Wolf Hall’, the Laureus World Sports Awards and MTV’s European Music Awards live.
Millennium FX is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of prosthetics, animatronics and makeup FX for film, television, music promos, theatre and corporate projects. Prolific on both the big and small screens, the sheer amount of work the company has produced over the years is vast and we’re pleased to show some examples old and new here. Founded in 1999 by Neill Gorton, the company is now co-directed by Rob Mayor and Kate Walshe and holds 12 major industry awards. Recently Millennium has provided the prosthetics for TV shows such as ‘Doctor Who’, ‘The Worst Witch’, ‘Red Dwarf’ and ’Tracey Ullman’s Show’.
Renowned industry wigs and hair specialist Andrew Whiteoak will be creating wigs for the prosthetic application demo on the Main Stage. He has worked in theatre, TV and film as a wigmaker, hair and makeup artist for over 23 years, having forged his skills at The Birmingham REP Theatre before going freelance. He has worked on TV shows such as ‘Houdini and Doyle’, the final season of ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Young Frankenstein’ and David Walliams’ ‘Awful Auntie’ stage shows and the opening of ‘This House’ at the Garrick in London’s West End, as well as films like Disney’s smash hit ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
Chris and his company Fangs FX are renowned throughout the industry for creating exceptional character teeth and prosthetic dental effects. They will be proving bespoke dentures for many of the event’s demos and Chris will be on the Main Stage. In the past few years his credits include ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘The Revenant’, ‘Spectre’, ‘Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens’, ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’, ‘The Theory of Everything’, ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, ‘X-MEN: First Class’, ‘The Iron Lady’, ‘Skyfall’, ‘The Hunger Games’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Life of Pi’, and ‘Mandella: Long Walk to Freedom’.