We’re thrilled to have Gary Pollard back at the event this year to take part in Portfolio Surgery and the Monster Mash exhibition. He is a revered industry sculptor of 30-years’ standing with a vast array of credits on the big and small screens.
Gary grew up in the northeast town of Redcar in Cleveland, UK and was a fan of sci-fi and horror from an early age. He pursued monster making as a hobby with the earliest inspiration he can recall being Universal’s ‘Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman’, before eventually training in 3D Design (Theatre) at Nottingham (Trent) Polytechnic in 1981.
His career as a sculptor started on ‘Dream Child’ and ‘Labyrinth’ in 1983. He was a key sculptor on ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace’, a creature designer on ‘The Mummy’, an animatronics modeler on ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, a designer for Jim Henson’s Creature Shop on ‘The Never Ending Story III’, head of sculpture on ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, supervising and key animatronics designer on two of the ‘Harry Potter’ films and prosthetic make-up designer on ‘Mortal Kombat: Annihilation’ to name only a few of his many film credits. More recently he sculpted for Millennium FX on ‘Victor Frankenstein’ and was lead creature sculptor on ‘The Hallow’.
His TV work includes prosthetics for ‘Game of Thrones’ and sculpture for ‘Doctor Who’.
Over the years Gary has covered a wide range of topics in his work such as costume, M.O.D. testing rigs, architectural theming and natural history programmes, but monster making has always been the largest part of his career.