Testimonials

7-Week Courses

Creative & Character Make-Up

"Thank you so much for the incredible experience you have given me. This course was everything I wanted and more. I have loved every minute of it and I am definitely leaving inspired and more confident to pursue a career in what I love.

Stuart you have been amazing! We couldn’t have asked for a better tutor- thank you for your time, energy and patience! I will be eternally grateful for everything you have done! Massive thanks to Neill Gorton, Laura, Vicky, Carrie, Ellis and the actors and actresses. It has been a great pleasure to meet you all and I will keep in touch with the Gorton Family."
Federica Lento, Italy 

"Gorton Studio’s Creative & Character Make-Up course is quite unlike any other. The energy, passion and creative genius that go into the 7 weeks are second to none. Arriving at the studio in beautiful Falmouth I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Having studied straight makeup in London, Glasgow then touching on prosthetics in Leeds, I had booked this course to expand my knowledge and was filled with excitement, anticipation and a whole lot of nerves. I was quickly put at ease though when greeted by affable studio manager Emily – the lady who I was soon to discover no task was too big for - from set design to location sourcing and general morale. My tour round the studio instantly made me feel at home. I was impressed by the fantastic workshop facility, chemicals room, photography area, kitchen and garden/BBQ areas. Every last detail was thought of above and beyond anything I had ever experienced before.

Class soon began with Welsh fire cracker Danny Marie Elias and this was when I realized I was in for a treat. Danny has boundless energy and creative flair. Her friendly and positive attitude was contagious, and after watching her create the most amazing fairy-like creature using prosthetics filled with gems and glitter, magnificent wig structures and a dress she had constructed from doilies, I was a little daunted, but couldn’t wait to get started.

The forest shoot that ensued introduced me to a new way of thinking. Working with students from Falmouth University’s Fashion Photography course, my idea of a background setting quickly changed. Painted bottles, butterflies, birds, flowers, fairy dust and forest mystic transformed the scene into a magical world and I realised that the shoots to follow on the course would be far from ordinary.

And how right I was proved to be. Following a week of learning how to apply and colour prosthetic pieces, apply wigs, sculpt and style I found myself on Falmouth’s Gyllyngvase beach with a troop of models dressed as vintage cats, a man lion and a set from an old fashioned beach postcard. At the time I wondered how Danny could bring true her promise that the shoots would only get ‘bigger and better’ from there; but as the weeks went by and the locations changed from a haunted tin mine for our ‘Witches’ shoot, a space ship for ‘Aliens’, ancient Egypt for ‘Wigs’, culminating in the famous ‘Under Water’ shoot, Danny held true on both her promise and her mantra ‘go big or go home’!

During the course we also enjoyed teaching time with Neill Gorton himself. Displaying the patience of a saint, Neill enthusiastically explains procedures he must have covered a million times before. Having watched Neill at IMATS on a number of occasions I was aware of his reputation in the industry for ‘sharing knowledge’. Neill is a natural teacher and his courses are a valuable asset to the makeup industry and those looking to learn, and I would thoroughly recommend Gorton Studio.

I was very sad when my 7 weeks were up. I couldn’t believe how quickly the course passed and how much we had managed to cram into them. I left Falmouth with a heavy heart at leaving behind the studio, which now felt like home, new friends and creative bliss. However, I am now armed with many new skills - from making bald caps and prosthetic molds to wig design, and can’t wait to start using them. A big thank you to all at Team Gorton!"
Laura Sutherland, UK

"Being part of the ‘first batch’ of students taking the ‘Creative & Character Make-Up’ course has become one of the best experiences in my short career. Coming from a background of visual arts, set-design and costumes, I had some experience in make-up (fashion, short films, music videos, some SFX) and was looking for some upgrade on my skills; I did consider the Chesham course, but workshop-based work didn’t really appeal to me: I need the stress, the butterflies in my stomach and all the people that you find on set – Falmouth was my destination.

The 7-weeks went by fast and were as crazy and frantic as it gets.

I have nothing but good things to say about Danny Marie Elias, she’s a great teacher and a great person, always helpful and encouraging, extremely creative and every day aiming for something bigger (and believe me you will get into that state of mind!) We also had some time with Neill Gorton, it was a privilege to learn from him and he’s the most patient person on earth, dealing with our crazy conversations about monsters. You actually get to see your evolution as an artist, from week to week.

From cats to witches, from crazy aliens to sea creatures (yes, that meant an under water shoot), you do get bigger and bigger and so do your artistic skills and your confidence.

We also had a fantastic group of people working with us to make the most of our creations, from photographers to set designers, and the amazing Emily (what would we do without you?!) I have to say they all created a little family and were kind enough to include us; they gave us a home away from home.

I finished the course with a great portfolio and an amazing experience.

What’s next? We’ll see…but I’ll keep aiming at the starts and going bigger every day!"
Bruna Comedias, Portugal

 

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Make-Up FX and Prosthetics Creation

“The 7-week course was the most enjoyable and helpful experience I had in my professional life, never learnt so much in such a short period of time, time flies when you are doing what you really love doing and being in such a wonderful workshop, I wish it didn’t end ...ever!! Thank you to my amazing tutors, especially David Bonneywell, you gave me so much, it was the most well spent money of my life! Also thank you to all Millennium FX team I had contact with, you are amazing and tireless, thank you for everything, I’m really grateful to have had this experience.”
Rita Anjos, Portugal

“I came onto the course without any previous experience in the industry, having just a degree in illustration under my belt. I thought I might be a little out of my depth, but our course tutor, Dave, was amazing at showing us the ropes and giving us all the help and advice we needed to make a start in the prosthetics industry. Everything that we needed was provided for, and I made some excellent friends during the 7 weeks in the studio; I only wish I could have stayed longer! I’d recommend the course to anyone who wants a career in make-up and prosthetics.”
Lucy Youngman, UK

“Neill Gorton’s prosthetics and animatronics was one of the best learning experiences of my life: jam packed full of creative work.

I guess I’d say I think I was probably in a position to take advantage, and made the most out of the course in the respect to having already experimented with materials like fibreglass, silicone and urethanes for mould making and for special effects type work on short films, as well as having practiced my sculpting as much as time permitted over the last two years. “
Muhittin Kavuncu, Turkey

“I found the course to be well structured, informative and stimulating. It is a benefit that all the materials are provided within the course fee.

Dave was always on hand to offer advice and encouragement, pushing us to exceed our expectations. Martina was extremely helpful as was all the team from the workshop.

I would strongly recommend this course to anyone wishing to study prosthetics.
Vitor Oliveira, Portugal

“The sculpting and artistic side of the course, under the instruction of Dave Bonneywell and Neill’s visits, turned out to be the most important side of the course for me. Because I had my head around the way materials work under most conditions, so it was improving my art that I found to be most valuable.

For this I could not stress enough how great Dave was as a teacher: a capacity to push students artistically forward alongside a sense of humour and a way of cajoling students along with their work was ideal for that situation. Not only that he was prepared to let me have a go and didn’t say no to what I wanted to try in my final project. So in this regard I could learn what my capacity was as an artist and make my own mistakes. Dave made me an overall better artist and for this I owe him a debt of gratitude.

The other thing I appreciated was meeting some of the artists and technicians that work for Millennium FX….these guys were great blokes and gave thoughtful advice and assistance with my project. It was also interesting to learn a bit about the way they got into the industry…thanks again for making me feel welcome!”
Edward Yates, Australia

"Thank you for the seven weeks at Gorton Studio, it was a brilliant experience and nice to see a professional FX workshop for the first time. The course was great, I was really impressed with what I achieved there and the level of productivity maintained throughout...I hope to stay in touch and look forward to what lies ahead."
Rob Gurney, UK

“I enrolled on the course to re-visit prosthetic techniques that I had not used for a while in order to improve my confidence with the subject as I was preparing to teach small aspects of prosthetics in the upcoming academic year. As the only teacher in the group I did require a slightly different set of skills in comparison with the rest of the group. However the course was well tailored to each of our individual needs by the fantastic tutor and the facilities were more than adequate to accommodate this.

I am very satisfied with the course and feel confident to pass knowledge I learnt in the studio onto my students.”
Sarah Jordan, UK

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Short Courses

Summer School for 14-18 year olds

"The staff on the course were amazing!! They were all so friendly and so helpful. They let me try out new things and create whatever I wanted. Some challenges I found on the course were having to change plans when something went wrong, I overcame this challenge by having to think quickly and improvise and trying to be creative as possible. My favourite part was definitely watching the demonstrations, seeing how professional makeup artists do it and learning new tips and tricks.

"I'd just like to also add, the equipment and the utensils are the real deal and they're what the people at the studios work with and I think it's really cool how we got a chance to have a go with them and play around with it and see how they work. I learnt a lot at The Gorton Studios summer course and I would honestly recommend it to everyone interested in SFX makeup."
Bea, UK

"I would just like to thank the whole team for all the work that went on. I have listened to her telling friends and family about her experience and to see and hear her confidence and the fact she is so inspired is wonderful for a parent, believe me it didn't often happen during her school years. Thank you so much the whole experience was lovely from the barbecue through to the scary mask sitting in the back of the car on the way home!"
Hannah's Mum, UK

"I love it! I liked creating the scars. The cool thing is that once you’ve done it a couple of times, you get the idea of it, the hang of it and then it’s just changing it and figuring out how you want to take on it."
Ella, UK

"I like making a mask [best] because you get to plan it and go through the process. Making scars was interesting too."
Jodi, UK

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Prosthetics Boot Camp with Neill

“…..I have to tell you all that "Boot Camp" was, is, and will always be, one of the high points in my makeup career! What a privilege to watch a master at work at his craft ... simply phenomenal! Commencing the 5 days "Boot Camp" with a full-head silicon lifecast, casting out positive face casts, and demonstrating flat-plate prosthetics (which we would be doing ourselves) by sculpting his 3rd eye makeup ... and that was just the 1st day!!

Over the next 4 days Neill, sculpted a "witch" face, broke down and floated the sculpt, made snaps of forehead, nose and chin in plaster and polyurethane, transferred the floated facial features to the appropriate snaps and flat-plate for cheeks, made the molds for all five appliances in silicon, plaster, polyurethane, and epoxy, cast the appliances in Super Baldiez encapsuated silicon gel, and finally, applied the makeup he'd created ... whew, it was a whirlwind of information ... and an exhilarating ride!

That doesn't even include the time, we as students, spent sculpting, moulding, casting, and applying our own Flat-Plate Prosthetics, with Neill guiding us each step of the way and providing encouragement and helpful critique ... invaluable!! For me, I was most interested in learning more about the various kinds of molds and mold-making, I was not disappointed! Neill knows his materials forward, backward, and sideways ... and the techniques and tips he provided ... fantastic! I now feel armed to buy the materials I saw demonstrated and give them a go, confident I'll have some measure of success.

My enthusiasm was matched by all the other Boot Camp participants, as each day we would gather excited about what we would learn, not only in class, but at breakfast, lunch and dinner together. Boot Camp is an appropriate term for the course because like soldiers the shared experiences have bonded us together!

….I cannot recommend Boot Camp too highly! It is impossible to put a value on what I got from the course. It was worth every minute and penny. It was not a cost, it was an investment, one I am glad I took advantage of and would again, in a second! To Neill and all his fabulous people in Falmouth, my sincerest and deepest gratitude.”
Gary Christensen, USA

“Had the most INCREDIBLE time at Prosthetics Boot Camp in Falmouth - learnt an insane amount, and feel confident to go away and start making my own prosthetics. Was great working in such a nice studio, and with such a great team of people around me, and Neill's teaching couldn't really be much better! Not only that, but Falmouth was such a fab place to be, a very pretty town with some great bars and restaurants too. Thanks so much Gorton Studios!!!”
Emma Croft, UK

“I had an awesome week at Boot Camp. Neill is an absolute mine of information and very willing to share. All the staff were great fun too. Thank you!!”
Carl Gabriel, UK

“Incredible experience at the last Boot Camp, I had the occasion to clarify a lot of doubts, understand a lot of new ways for me to use materials and improve them. Thank you to the all team ps. wonderful group!”
Giulia Giorgi, Italy

"I recently completed Neill's five day Prosthetics Boot Camp, which was amazing.... I have never learnt so much in such a short time and it to actually sink into my brain. I am currently at University studying SFX Make-Up so this course was very useful to me. Neill's teaching skill's are second to none and I can now confidently go on my own and make silicone prosthetic pieces....

I felt really cared for whilst at Millenium FX....and Neill usually gave us an extra hour training each day, which he did'nt have to do, you could tell he enjoyed teaching. I wish Neill was my tutor at University and I will definitely book on another course if it suits. Thankyou so much."
Jenna Hacking, UK

"My attendance of the Prosthetics Boot Camp course was the most rewarding experience I could have wished for. As a past student of Neill’s 7-week prosthetics course this was the perfect follow up to cover some processes and materials that I felt needed to be refreshed for myself, specifically learning how to break down a sculpture and to float the individual pieces in order to create a multi piece prosthetic.

I could not recommend this course highly enough to anyone who is seriously into sculpture and make-up FX, If you have the time and the money and most importantly the passion to learn the various different techniques and the creative processes then there is no other make-up school or course you need to look for, you have already found the perfect one…" 
Jonathan Stewart-Wood, UK

"Firstly I’d like to say how much I enjoyed attending Neill’s Prosthetic Boot Camp, June 2013. I found it enormously informative and have since applied much of what I learned during the week to my own work. I found Neill to be an inspiring tutor who imparted a huge amount of knowledge clearly and concisely and managed to get through an impressive amount in the time available, making the course extremely good value for money.

From my perspective, the course clearly broke down the processes covering traditional and alternative methods in head-casting, mould-making, modelling, casting and make-up application. It was invaluable to me to see the whole process refined and polished and this is where I personally gained most value from this course......For me, the course was excellent and I would recommend it to anyone wishing to finesse existing skills and I think that beginners with the capability to keep up with the pace will gain a huge amount of knowledge and enjoy an exciting introduction to the industry."
Leigh Cranston, UK

"Neill’s Prosthetics Boot Camp was a valuable and hugely rewarding experience. The course structure was perfect, covering in detail a lot of subject matter in such a relatively short space of time....Neill’s session delivery was excellent and he demonstrated teaching skills that “qualified” teachers and lecturers often fail to utilise, such as relating the course material to professional or personal experience to reinforce learning...Neill also demonstrated excellent differentiated learning, effectively linking his explanations of techniques or materials to individual student’s abilities and areas of interest or experience.

...I particularly enjoyed watching Neill sculpting the character and was also grateful to Neill for bringing a range of moulds from storage and explaining the methods when I asked him about moulding and casting ear appliances, even though this topic was not originally part of the course....I loved every minute of the course and would whole heartedly recommend it to anyone with an interest in special effects make up and prosthetics."
Ray Phillips, UK

"I found the Prosthetics Boot Camp Course to be very informative thanks to Neill’s expertise and product knowledge. Neill broke down the principles of prosthetics which allowed the students to understand and follow each process required to produce very high standard prosthetic pieces.  Product knowledge is a very important component in learning prosthetics and I felt we really learned a lot from Neill as he was so forthcoming with all his knowledge and information. 

I would highly recommend the course and would have loved to have stayed another week in order to put all we learned to practice. Thank you! Amazing!"
Therese Mcmenamy, Ireland

 

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Make-Up FX Summer School for 14-18 year olds

 

"Summer School was so much fun! I leant loads and made new friends from all different places who are into prosthetics."
Ellis Moore, UK

 

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Prosthetic Application Workshops, taught by Neill

“The course was exactly what I needed to improve my techniques and learn new ones. Also, the course did improve my confidence a lot.....and the teaching was great, thank you!”
Sif Gudmundsdottir, Iceland

“This course has vastly improved my confidence working with prosthetics. Fantastic course, perfectly paced, thanks!
Cerina Knott, UK

“Fantastic! Feel much more confident going into a job knowing I can apply a piece...... thank you so much!”
Lulu Hall, UK

“Have enjoyed the weekend very much, learnt many new things. I have learnt a lot about my strengths and weaknesses in application and painting and I know now what I have to concentrate my training on. I would like to return for another weekend workshop”
Andreas Moravec, Austria

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Lifecasting Workshops, taught by Neill

“Very informative……had an excellent time. Highly recommend the course even if you have some experience”
Robert Whitehead, UK

“The workshop was very informative and I loved the hands on opportunity. I particularly liked the fact that it was a small group and the openness and genuine insight into the film industry. Loved every minute of it!”
Chantell Roy, UK

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Fundamental Mould Making Techniques Masterclass, taught by Neill

“Neill did an outstanding job of engaging all who took part and was very good at relating the course content to the specific areas of interest of the individual students...As well as having the expertise in the subject area Neill is a natural teacher with an effective delivery style and excellent session management skills. This was evident in that we covered in depth, so many essential aspects of the subject in such a relatively short space of time.”
Ray Phillips, UK

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Mask Making & Creature Design Fundamentals (1 week), taught by Jordu Schell

“The week I spent on Jordu's course was one I won’t forget in a hurry. Jordu's passion for his craft is so infectious that I couldn't help but learn from him. He is such an energetic and generous teacher with a wealth of experience to impart. Not only did I learn an awful lot I also had a great time meeting new like-minded friends in such a creative environment.

Completing the course has given me confidence and a whole new set of skills as well as an improved way of thinking when approaching a creature design. The surroundings of the course couldn't have been more appropriate either.

It was such a privilege to be able to sculpt creatures at the world famous Millennium FX. Attending Jordu's course was an absolute pleasure and given the opportunity to attend again I wouldn't hesitate for one moment!!”
Peter Tindall, UK

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Bespoke Courses

4-Day Course for ACT; Israel Association of Cinema and Television Professionals

“The course in Tel Aviv was very valuable and we have been using the flat-mould technique Neill taught us constantly ever since. It is a brilliant method that produces very good results and is also cost-effective.

We worked intensively after the course to make a selection of generic flat-mould appliances that fit most male and female faces; necks, double chins, cheeks, foreheads, eyebrow coverings, eye bags etc. We now use this selection of pieces on a mix-and-match basis to build many different character looks on actors.

Ours is the only studio in Israel using this method, and the appliances are popular with all the make-up artists in the area. They are very good for jobs where the budget can’t run to bespoke appliances and you can create an entire new character in a very short time. With the pieces pre-made, you can produce an ageing make-up overnight for example!

The course also taught our make-up artists to apply and colour the prosthetics, which they can now do with confidence.”
Rinat Alony
ACT Member/Studio r FX

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Annual Prosthetics Module for the National Film and Television School

“The National Film & Television School and Gorton Studio have been in partnership since 2006. Initially Neill Gorton and his amazing team came up with a Prosthetics Module for the NFTS SFX/VFX Diploma, developing and growing into the current 5-week module that is part of the NFTS Digital Effects MA course.   Every Gorton Studio tutor has the experience to deliver the learning at the highest level. The NFTS students always engage with every aspect of the course and year-on-year find new ways of creating prosthetic effects that shock and entertain in equal measure. NFTS SFX/VFX 2011 graduate Maria Aburn sums it up:

"It was good, because they showed us different techniques and the Tutor was really, really helpful in showing what does and doesn't work for creatures."

Gorton Studio instills the highest technical, creative and professional standards and the Prosthetics Module remains essential to the success of the NFTS Digital Effects MA course.”
John Rowe
Head of Digital Effects
NFTS

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Workshop for University Centre, Grimsby

"SFX pioneers don't come more experienced or diverse than Neill Gorton.

When I was involved with the setting up and running of the Special Effects Make-up Design for Film, TV and Theatre BA Hons at University Centre Grimsby, Neill was THE first call I made to collaborate with us.

Not only is his experience in the SFX industry as comprehensive as it gets, but his clear passion for sharing his experience, talent and common sense approach is a rare and gracious one. Neill opened our purpose built SFX studio 'Millennium' named in his honor and ran an amazing prosthetic workshop with learners. The buzz and positive air Neill bought along is still with us and we can't wait to see him again"
Tee Webb
Programme Leader : BA Hons Special Effects Make Up Design for Film, TV and Theatre, University Centre Grimsby

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Education Sector Work

Annual Prosthetics Module for the National Film and Television School

“The National Film & Television School and Gorton Studio have been in partnership since 2006. Initially Neill Gorton and his amazing team came up with a Prosthetics Module for the NFTS SFX/VFX Diploma, developing and growing into the current 5-week module that is part of the NFTS Digital Effects MA course.   Every Gorton Studio tutor has the experience to deliver the learning at the highest level. The NFTS students always engage with every aspect of the course and year-on-year find new ways of creating prosthetic effects that shock and entertain in equal measure. NFTS SFX/VFX 2011 graduate Maria Aburn sums it up:

"It was good, because they showed us different techniques and the Tutor was really, really helpful in showing what does and doesn't work for creatures."

Gorton Studio instills the highest technical, creative and professional standards and the Prosthetics Module remains essential to the success of the NFTS Digital Effects MA course.”
John Rowe
Head of Digital Effects
NFTS

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Workshop for University Centre, Grimsby

" SFX pioneers don't come more experienced or diverse than Neill Gorton.

When I was involved with the setting up and running of the Special Effects Make-up Design for Film, TV and Theatre BA Hons at University Centre Grimsby, Neill was THE first call I made to collaborate with us.

Not only is his experience in the SFX industry as comprehensive as it gets, but his clear passion for sharing his experience, talent and common sense approach is a rare and gracious one. Neill opened our purpose built SFX studio 'Millennium' named in his honor and ran an amazing prosthetic workshop with learners. The buzz and positive air Neill bought along is still with us and we can't wait to see him again"
Tee Webb
Programme Leader : BA Hons Special Effects Make Up Design for Film, TV and Theatre, University Centre Grimsby

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Modelling

Modelling

“Brilliant!! I had a great time, learned a lot and made new friends”

“I have had a great weekend modelling. I have learnt so much which I hope to put into practice. Neill was great and full of many useful tips and great advice….thank you for an inspiring weekend”

“Excellent course, enthusiastic and well structured, a really enjoyable experience and you will learn a lot too – well recommended”

“Brilliant!!”

"Fantastic fun and very informative – I’d recommend it to anyone"

"Thank you for such a great experience modelling on the lifecasting workshop! Being in the industry and having an interest in special effects make-up I found it extremely beneficial, and it has inspired me to want to look further into this side of the business and possibly do a course myself next year – many thanks!"

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