Prosthetics Practice

November 11th, 2015

November 11th, 2015

After its inaugural opening last year, The Prosthetics Event is returning to Birmingham once more on the 21st November.  It’s back to school (literally – the event is held on the Aston University campus) for all things SFX, but unlike any learning environment you’ve seen.  There’s going to be an awful lot to see and do, so here’s the low-down on what you can find there.


Monster Mash

The Monster Mash is a gathering place for fans and aficionados of monsters in films, TV, concept design, mask making, collectibles, fine art and more.  At its heart, the Mash is an exhibition of fantastic monster creations, including props from film & TV.  It is there you will find the Artists in Residence, who you’ll be able to watch as they create their art throughout the day – the Artists include Oscar-winning Mark Coulier, Richard Martin, Elena Garcia and more.  There will be the opportunity to buy some of their creations, and this year will see some brand new educational features taking place in the area.  Want to know more?  Click here!

You can find the floorplan for the different zones, including the Monster Mash, here. 


Body Art Zone

Rubbing shoulders with the Monster Mash (and no doubt attracting plenty of intrigued onlookers) is the Body Art Zone.  Thirteen bodypainters will be painting throughout the day, culminating in an impressive catwalk show on the Main Stage at the end of the day.  Mona Turnbull is team captain for the day, and she’ll be joined by a host of talented painters, including Nicotine Bodypainters, Brierley Thorpe, and Cat and Jen of Paintopia.

For the full list of painters and further information, click here. 


The Portfolio Surgery

If you were lucky enough to be randomly selected for one of the slots at this year’s Surgery, you’re set to be in good hands.  The Portfolio Surgery gives you the chance of a twenty minute consultation with an incredible SFX designer, where they will go through and critique your portfolio of work.  Unfortunately this year’s entry has closed, but be on watch for next year’s entry.

The doctoring designers include the likes of Stuart Bray, Cliff Wallace, Stuart Conran and Steve Painter.  Click here for the full list of designers and information on how to apply for next time. 


The Prosthetics Jam

Brand new this year comes the Prosthetics Jam – a spotlight for small, clever processes which perhaps don’t feature in the larger-scale demos, but are extremely useful to know about.  Expect advice on finishing touches, top tips, and product suggestions from top artists including Brian Kinney, Morten Jacobsen and Thomas Foldberg.

For more information click here.


Guest Speakers & Main Stage

In the 500-seat lecture theatre set aside for the Main Stage you can expect talks and demonstrations from some of the industry’s top experts, as well as time for questions.  The full line-up is under wraps for now, but we’ve had a sneak peek and you’re in for a treat!

The show’s headline artist is Jordu Schell, who is jetting in from LA for the event.  He has been in the film and television industry since 1987 and his talent as a designer and sculptor is world renowned.  His credits include Avatar, 300, Hellboy, Men in Black, Edward Scissorhands, Babylon 5-The Series (on which he designed an Emmy award-winning creature make-up and the first fully digital creature for a television series), and many more.

For more information on the day’s educators click here. 

Jordu Schull

Jordu Schell

Some of Jordu's work

Some of Jordu’s work


There are three areas dedicated to the various exhibitors.  Expect to see everything from fake blood to bodypaint and sculpting materials available, catering for your every SFX need.  Brands including Mouldlife, Kryolan, bloodymarvellous and Neill’s Materials will have their stands ready and waiting to explore, with knowledgeable staff on hand to help.

For the full list of exhibitors click here.

Tutors & Students

The Prosthetics Event have worked hard to be as useful and accessible to tutors and students as possible.  If you’re planning on bringing your class to the event the organisers have created discounts for groups of 10+ students.

Further discounts are available for groups of 20+ students which include Tied-in Teaching packs.  These specially designed teaching packs will allow you to extend the learning from the event into your own classroom afterwards.  The packs contain student worksheets to ensure the members of your party engage with the relevant elements on the day, plus the information you’ll need to stage your own workshops tied into those subject areas.  You will also be given a passcode to view additional online material from Gorton Studio to accompany your follow-up work.  For more information click here.

When is it?

Saturday 21st November 2015

Where is it?

Conference Aston on the Aston University campus, Birmingham.  Find directions and travel information here.

I’m in!  How do I buy a ticket?

Tickets are available from two online stores: Neill’s Materials and MFX Warehouse, the retail division of Millennium FX.



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By Deborah Murtha

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