Barrie and Sarah Gower
Barrie and Sarah run BGFX, celebrated for their cutting edge, photo-realistic makeup FX in many film and TV productions, but probably best known for their work on the mighty Game of Thrones. Take a look at some of Barrie and the company’s superb work below from various productions flanked by character from Game of Thrones seasons 5 and 4.
Barrie began his career in the film industry in 1996 after graduating from the London College of Fashion with a HND in Specialist Makeup. His first role was at the BBC visual effects dept. on projects including ‘Red Dwarf’ and ‘Silent Witness’. The following year, Barrie was employed on his first major feature film, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Saving Private Ryan’, working for Neill Gorton and Steve Painter.
Barrie has since worked for other industry-leading companies and individuals such as Weta Workshop and multi-award winner Rick Baker. Barrie contributed towards the Academy award winning prosthetics for ‘The Wolfman’ (2011) and ‘The Iron Lady’ (2012) and has won 2 Primetime Emmy awards for his work on HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones.’
After graduating from Teesside University with a BA (Hons) in Creative Visualisation in 2000, Sarah began work in the visual effects department of Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Her career progressed in VFX (as Sarah Micallef) by working for Framestore as VFX Coordinator and DI Producer, as a VFX Coordinator for Disney/Bruckheimer on ‘Prince of Persia’ and more recently as a VFX Producer at Cinesite on projects such as ‘X-Men First Class’ and ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.’
Using her knowledge and skills as a VFX Producer, Sarah now coordinates all projects for BGFX. In 2016, she won a Primetime Emmy award for her work on HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones.’
In true industry style this announcement comes with a health warning that Barrie and Sarah’s busy schedules can be subject to last-minute changes that might result in them not being able to attend; it’s unlikely but we need to point it out just in case the schedule gods aren’t on our side on the day.