2021 MONSTER MASH
The Monster Mash Exhibition in Hall 2 at The Prosthetics Event gets bigger every year and features all things prosthetic from creatures, concept designs, maquettes, and moulds to makeup appliances, masks, animatronics, animals, and armor. It celebrates work from a diverse range of artists from award-winners to industry aspirers and everyone in between.
The applications for the Monster Mash Exhibition are now closed.
We cannot wait to see the amazing work displayed on Saturday 13th November!!
Exhibiting Artists 2021
Having completed our very own 7-week course at Gorton Studio in 2020, Laura has been working at Millennium FX since April this year. For her final project on the course Laura made this exquisite giraffe bust, which she can’t wait to exhibit in our Monster Mash on November 13th.
Representing DDFX Studio in Coventry, Paul and his fellow artists provide practical effects and creatures for film, event, theatre and photo shoots. The studio were responsible for heading up the FX and creature work in indie horror, Book Of Monsters, as well as the more recent cult comedy movie, Zomblogalypse.
Having completed Neill Gorton’s first Prosthetics Boot camp in Falmouth a few years ago, Carl has worked on some music videos and short films. His main skills lie in prosthetic design and application, as well as sculpting masks out of clay and wood. He can also often be found making latex masks and maquettes, but is open to all aspects of the industry.
Noah is a recent graduate, having begun his craft as a makeup and wigs intern for a busy theatre in Germany. Via a Foundation degree in Special Effects Makeup at UCEN Manchester and a Bachelor of Design at the University of Bolton, he now works for RS Propmasters, manufacturing lineage Star Wars props, whilst freelancing
Chase recently graduated from MA Prosthetic Effects at Falmouth University and before that studied BA (Hons) Hair, Makeup and Prosthetics for Performance at London College of Fashion. Chase hopes to exhibit two pieces in our Monster Mash: The Funhouse, inspired by Rick Baker’s work in Tobe Hooper’s 1981 film of the same name, in addition to Deep One, a silicone mask based on the Deep Ones from H.P Lovecraft’s The Shadow Over Innsmouth.
Carla is a sculptor who studied SFX at Bolton University. Her love of sculpting was initiated when she was 8, through a local ceramics class, and at the age of 14 she discovered creature design. Carla has married these two passions with her love of palaeontology and the natural world to help inspire her creations.
Remi is a trainee prosthetic artist with 3 years of experience in mould making/ running, prosthetic application, traditional sculpture, 3D sculpting, hair punching and airbrushing to name but a few of her skills. She was awarded a first-class degree in media Makeup and Character Design by the University of Bedfordshire, before studying on the MA Prosthetics Effects at Falmouth University, in partnership with Gorton Studios.
Born and raised in Belize, Marco is a multidisciplinary artist who aims to create an under-represented side of art. With 3 years of freelance makeup and creative projects under his belt, his vision is based on personal narratives, which create unique and authentic imageries through the art of makeup.
Charlotte started her journey into the industry back in 2015, studying Media Makeup for Film and Television in York. She has since worked on a selection of local films and regularly develops new sculpture projects to expand her skillset.
Nicola has been working freelance in Makeup and Hair Styling for over 9 years and is also a graduate of the 7-week Gorton Studio course. Nicola implements her skills to create decorative homeware and household objects, amongst other things. She is also a trainee for Millennium FX.
Matt describes himself as “the guy who always went that extra mile at Halloween.” Always in awe of and fascinated by creature creations in the movies, Matt recently took the plunge, quit his job, completed the 7-week Gorton Studio course and has now begun working as an FX Makeup Trainee.
Currently a second-year student studying SFX for Film and TV at the University of Bolton, Joshua has a background in fine art, which he studied at A-level. He is self-taught in terms of sculpting and has a love of all things creatures and monsters, integrated with a passion for horror, fantasy and sci-fi movies.
William is an aspiring SFX makeup artist. He has a distinction in Level 3 extended SFX Makeup from Aylesbury College and has also completed the Gorton Studio 7-Week Course in Makeup FX & Prosthetic Creation. He has experience creating silicone prosthetics and latex masks and is currently looking for work as a mould shop trainee.
Bitemakers Ltd is run by Dominic Mombrun, a fully qualified and registered dental technician, forging the synergy of digital and practical dental FX since 2017. Working with Dominic is his dental partner (Hollywood tooth legend) Gary Archer. Their partnership, with the flow of digital scans and 3D printing, allows for seamless transatlantic collaborations without any compromise to their high standards.
Ben recently graduated with a distinction from the MA Prosthetics Effects course delivered by Neill. Translating his keen eye for detail and process from the pencil, Ben aims to develop a philosophy built on traditional sculpting, a methodical process in mould-making and creative concept design. Ben hopes to display two pieces at our Monster Mash exhibit; ‘The Cyborg Henchman’, a character mask with 3D printed parts and ‘The Matriarch’, a three-rod silicone puppet reimagining the Alien Queen from James Cameron’s Aliens (1986).
Breeze is a UK based Artist specialising in rainbow-coloured portraits who has recently ventured out into special effects. She is now aspiring to be a SFX Artist after completing Gorton Studios 7-week course in 2020. Lister created this 3 headed creature bust as her final project whilst on the course.
Jane Emily Arnold
Jane has been a professional makeup artist for 11 years working mainly in the beauty industry. She has worked for various makeup brands behind the scenes, on makeup counters and on set! Jane’s style has always lent more towards the theatrical and grunge which led her down the path of teaching herself SFX and prosthetic makeup. Last year she decided to broaden her skills by joining the 7-week Makeup FX & Prosthetics Creation course at Gorton Studio, wherein she was taught by Millennium FX’s Co-Director, Rob Mayor.
Charlotte is a London-based makeup artist and portrait painter. She graduated from the London College of Fashion with a first-class honours degree in hair and makeup for fashion. Charlotte was selected as a finalist in the 2017 IPSE Freelancer of the Year Awards. Since then she has graduated with an M.A. in Prosthetics and Sculpting (with distinction) and earlier this year completed Gorton Studio’s 7-week course. Charlotte designed this work, entitled Lepidoptera having been inspired by humanoid aliens and the natural forms found in moths.
Katie has studied SFX makeup since 2015; first at college, then at the University of Bolton, from which she recently graduated with a degree in special makeup effects for TV and Film. As well as makeup application, Katie describes the art of sculpting and prop/creature creation as her real passions. For her final year major project, she created a replica of Dobby in his death scene, complete with an air bladder to give the illusion of his last breaths.
Born in Eisenach, Germany and educated as a dental technician, Sebastian first started freelancing as an illustrator at The Scientific Faculty in Erlangen, before sculpting for H.R. Giger in Switzerland. Influenced by Giger, Sebastian moved to Berlin in 2002 to begin work as a special effects artist, specialising in character and creature design whereupon he has worked on films such as The Dark Knight Rises, The Revenant and Guardians Of The Galaxy. In our Monster Mash Sebastian will present us with a Portrait of Kurira, a silverback male gorilla originally studied by Diane Fossey.
Melissa is a professional make up and prosthetics artist. She has a diploma in makeup artistry, and an International Makeup Association qualification from the London School of Makeup. Melissa has always had a passion for creative and fantasy makeup artistry, and went on to study creature FX and prosthetics at Gorton Studio. She has worked on films including Star Wars IX and Marvel’s Black Widow, as well as multiple music videos for artists such as JP Cooper and photo shoot campaigns for brands including Lucy and Yak. Melissa also loves doing quirky and offbeat weddings, special events and cosplay.
Marianna is a trained makeup artist from Italy. After graduating from the Theater and Film Makeup Academy in Bologna, she is now entering the world of prosthetics. Developing a great passion for the craft, she recently completed the 7-week course at Gorton Studio. Her work focuses on a combination of natural elements and realism. She enjoys every step of the prosthetic creation process, especially sculpting, mould making, painting and hair punching.
With a background in art and photography (and a serious passion for making cosplay props) Scarlotte describes herself as being brand-new in the world of special effects. Unsure how to go about it, she enrolled on the Gorton Studio 7-week course and hasn’t looked back. The course allowed her to finalise a childhood dream, to make Disney’s Stitch real, by taking on the challenge for her final project. Since then, Scarlotte says she has been having a crazy time, working part-time as a Millennium FX trainee.
Kieran made this animatronic rod puppet as a portfolio piece, to combine as many skills into one project as he could, whilst demonstrating his interest to prop departments as a means of finding creative work. Although Kieran wanted to make something like this ever since he saw Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal as a child, he says it’s taken him until his late 30s to learn enough techniques, as well as to afford the tools and materials, to finally bring something that he’s been thinking about all these years to life. He applauds all the many wonderful and imaginative artists whose work have gone before and inspired him, leaving Kieran with one thing to declare: “Creature love all round!”
Taina is a very recent graduate of Gorton Studio’s 7-week Makeup FX & Prosthetics Creation course, having already completed a 4-month makeup and TV Course at Christine Blundell Makeup Academy. She has been a makeup artist for the past 3 years.
Fabienne recently completed Falmouth University’s MA Prosthetic Effects programme delivered by Neill Gorton, where she achieved multiple Distinction grades. Fabienne graduated with a passion for realism and the developed skill set necessary to take a project from concept to completion.
This project was inspired by the TV show Vikings. To create the severed head Fabienne took a 3D scan of her model and cleaned it up using Zbrush, then 3D printed it in filament. The printed head was then covered with a thin layer of Chavant clay and detailed skin texture was sculpted in. A fibreglass mould was then created, and the head run in platinum silicone and filled with soft foam. The piece was then finished by painting realistically and hair punching using a combination of yak, fox, human and synthetic hair. For display the head is impaled on a wooden dowel affixed to a stable square base.
Emerging out of a Musical Theatre background, Rebekah discovered her love for the Prosthetic Effects industry through a module delivered on her Musical Theatre BA, and she never looked back. Deciding to take a leap of faith, Rebekah applied for the Prosthetic Effects MA course delivered by Falmouth university in partnership with Gorton Studios. Accepted onto the course, Rebekah was blessed with the opportunities to learn from Neill Gorton and Bradley Greenwood, all while working alongside a very supportive team of fellow students. Rebekah may be new to the industry, but she is a woman who cherishes a challenge as an opportunity for learning and who is determined to persist through adversity. Rebekah is hoping to show three pieces: two varieties of ‘Omery’ and ‘Mort the Insatiable’.
Dean can turn his hand to anything from character makeup, casualty and gore, to animatronics and hyper-realistic display busts. This year he will be showing his latest display piece, a likeness bust of Rick Grimes.
Dean formed Z BrothersFX in 2013 with his brother Chris with the intention of breaking into the special FX industry. Years later ZBrothers are a provider of professional special FX makeup, and pre-made encapsulated prosthetic appliances. Their credits include, ‘Redcon Apocalypse’, ‘Oulageist’, ‘Virus of the Dead’, ‘Recon1’, ‘A Fathers Day’, and the web series ‘Dead Town’. ZBrothers also provide special FX makeup and prosthetic appliances for The Walking Dead Official Scare Event, and FEAR, the Official Walking Dead PR for British Telecom.