Prosthetics Perfection

November 9th, 2018

November 9th, 2018

With just over a week to go, the Warpaint team is excited to be heading to Birmingham for The Prosthetics Event.  Now in its fifth year, Neill Gorton’s family-friendly SFX show is hosted once again at Aston University Campus with a full day of education and artistry covering the whole prosthetics and SFX industry.  For those passionate about prosthetics, makeup FXs, animatronics, masks, sculpture, mould making, puppets, face painting and body art for film TV, theatre, cosplay, live events, casualty simulations and much more, this is the event for you – along with some very special guests.

For college and university groups of 10+ students, the event provides not only discounted ticket prices, but specially designed Tied-in Teaching Packs.  These comprise three written tutorials and accompanying video demonstrations by Neill Gorton with which to plan deliverable classes as follow-up work or students, based on prosthetics techniques they will have seen in action on the day.

Main Stage and Education Stage

Packed full of talent, the main stage features some of the biggest names in the industry: from Academy Award winners Christopher Nelson (Halloween 2018, Suicide Squad) and David Marti and Montse Ribé (Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak), educator extraordinaire Stuart Bray (Games of Thrones, Men in Black 4), Hollywood sculptor Don Lanning ( Lost in Space, Star Trek Beyond), multi-award nominee and founder of PAM – and Warpaint contributor – Kate Benton (Mars, The Last Kingdom), director of Dashbo Mike Dargan (Monroe, Quantum of Solace) and Rob Mayor (Curfew, Slaughterhouse Rulez).  Hosting back-to-back demos, discussions and seminars, the 600-seat is always busy.  Check the schedule ahead of time and arrive early to guarantee a seat.

Neill Gorton

Host and BAFTA-winning Doctor Who prosthetics designer, Neill Gorton himself will be taking to the stage, along with a host of other experts including Chris Lyons, Sangeet Prabhaker, Andrew Whiteoak and Gorton Studio.

“I can’t quite believe our fifth event is almost upon us,” explains Neill.  “It was a crazy idea, we thought we might only do one and here we are just a week away from the fifth annual event.  In that time visitor numbers have doubled, as well as the number of exhibitors, and we’ve found our way onto the calendar of many colleges and universities as an event that students must attend.  Each year we’ve been lucky to secure great guests and this year is no different.  I’m thrilled to have three academy award winners: Christopher Nelson, David Marti and Montse Ribé joining us.”

Academy Award winner Christopher Nelson

Makeup by Richard Martin at the 2017 event, photo by Ben Bentley


Exhibitors from across the make-up and SFX industry are on hand to kit you up.  Gorton Studios and Neill’s Materials will of course be represented, as are Cantor and Nissel, Screenface London, Titanic FX, Clink Street FX, University of Bolton SVFX, Paintopia, Kryolan, Tilt, Dashbo, Get Set Go Bags, Sîan Richards London, Airbase, Makeup Armoury, PAM and Fangs FX.  You can find the whole list of exhibitors here.

Efectos Especiales DDT’s work in Crimson Peak

Monster Mash

Getting bigger every year, the Monster Mash features all things prosthetic from creatures, concept designs, maquettes and moulds to makeup appliances, masks, animatronic, animals and armour.  Celebrating work from a diverse range of artists from award winners to industry inspirers and everyone in between, click here to learn more.

Makeup by Father Phantom Studio at the 2017 event, photo by Ben Bentley

The Application Station

Locating in room G63 and showcasing the work of eight exciting up-and-coming artists,the likes of Begonia F Martin and Paintopia Online Alley’s Kelly Odell, they’ll be applying full-scale prosthetic makeups in their own dedicated area throughout the day.  Check here for all the details.

Michael Myers, aka The Shape in Halloween 2018, picture courtesy of Universal Pictures

Body Art Zone

Buzzing with creativity, the Body Art Zone brings colour and a sense of carnival to the event, with artists incorporating a prosthetic into their fantasy works and parading at the end of the day on the Main Stage.  Headed up by Captain Mona Turnbull, you’ll see the likes of Catriona Finlayson, Angela Youngs, Sarah Scarer Smith, Nic Langridge and Helen Miles, along with many more.  The full list of painters can be found here.

Body art by Ellie Baskerville and Sue Bardwell at the 2017 event, photo by Ben Bentley

Portfolio Surgery

Always hugely oversubscribed, the Portfolio Surgery makes a welcome return again this year and is already closed – click here to find out more.

Academy Award winners David Marti and Montse Ribé of Efectos Especiales DDT

As if that’s not all, remember to put your ticket stub in the Tombola on your way in to enter the Prize Draws to win a £500+ bumper haul of goodies the day.  Draws are made at the Main Stage.

It’s set to be a brilliant day.  Tickets are available here.  We’ll see you there on Saturday 17th November from 9am until 5pm. For more information and FAQs, click here or watch the video below.





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