Tutors

MEET THE TUTORS...

Our tutors are all current, senior industry practitioners who alternate between teaching and working professionally. In an industry that constantly changes and develops, this guarantees that what you're taught are the most relevant and contemporary skills, by specialists who are regularly active at the forefront of screen prosthetics and make-up FX.

Neill Gorton

Neill Gorton

Neill is involved in key aspects of our 7-week courses and also teaches short courses. He has won 12 major awards for his work on shows such as Doctor Who, The Catherine Tate Show, Bodies and Being Human. Since his career began in 1987 he has worked on hundreds of productions with performers as diverse as Sir Michael Caine and Lady Gaga, prolific directors such as Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Joe Johnston and impresarios like Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Sir Cameron Mackintosh.

Neill has taught at many other institutions including Dublin's Dun Laoghaire Institue of Design & Technology, Arts University College Bournemouth where he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2010, ACMUSE Australia, Leicester College, Grimsby Institute, The Israel Association of Cinema and Television Professionals in Tel Aviv, Perfect in Make-up Vienna, BBC Wales, Focal Zurich, Greasepaint, Brushstroke and the National Film & Television School. He is an advisor for their Digital FX Masters Degree at the NFTS and a Visiting Professor at the University of Bolton.

Stuart Conran

Stuart Conran

Stuart is principal tutor on the Creative & Character Make-Up course and also teaches bespoke and short courses for us. He has almost 30 years experience of working in special effects make-up for film and TV, since beginning as a trainee on Hellraiser in 1986. He has a wide range of skills from working on various features, TV shows, pop promo's and advertising campaigns. He is skilled in all aspects of prosthetics from lifecasting, sculpting and mouldmaking to painting, finishing, make-up & prosthetic application.

Stuart spent three years in Tornonto, Canada recently, where he worked for CMU as an instructor for their Film/TV, Prosthetic & Creature Design courses. He was the Prosthetics Designer on Shaun Of The Dead and his other credits include Peter Jackson’s Braindead, The Piano, The Descent, Attack The Block, The Peter Serafinowicz Show, Look Around You and promos for Fatboy Slim, Squarepusher and Goldie Lookin’ Chain amongst others. Ad & corporate work includes that for Tussauds, London Underground, Nicorette and Wrigley’s. Stuart has worked for Millennium FX over the years on many projects including From Hell, Saving Private Ryan, The Tenth Kingdom, Strange and Doctor Who amongst others.

Dave Bonneywell

Dave Bonneywell

Dave teaches Make-Up FX and Prosthetics Creation. He started in the industry in 1992 at Image Animation and was workshop supervisor there until 2002. He has since worked with Neil Courbould, Creature Effects, Spectral Motion, Tony Gardner and Millennium FX as well as being a freelance designer, writer and production artist.

He does all aspects of prosthetics from make-up application to mould making, is a highly skilled sculptor and creature/character designer and supervised the effects on many of his credits. To date Dave's career has seen him work on a large number of high profile feature films including Event Horizon, Ronin, Dog Soldiers, Beyond Borders, Troy, Oliver Stone’s Alexander, Seed of Chucky, 28 Weeks Later, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army and Clash of the Titans. His television credits include working with Millennium FX on the new Doctor Who.

Dan Frye

Dan Frye

Dan teaches Make-Up FX and Prosthetics Creation. He started his make-up career at 14 in New York City, working in local theatres. He worked as key make-up artist on such films as Frankenhooker, Brain Damage and Basketcase 2. Focusing on lab work and prosthetics, he moved to LA to work on films like Terminator 2, Leprechaun, Ghostbusters 2, Last Action Hero and Nightmare on Elm Street 5.

A highly skilled mould-maker, painter, sculptor and prosthetic make-up artist, he moved to London to work on films including Shaun of the Dead, Resident Evil, The Cottage, Nanny McPhee, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Troy, Alexander, Clash of the Titans and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2. His theatre credits include The National Theatre's Wicked and The Nutcracker and he has worked in museums including the Imperial War Museum, the London Dungeon and the Cabinet War Rooms. More recent screen credits include Ridley Scott's Prometheus, Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Dracula UntoldVictor FrankensteinDoctor Who, Game of Thrones and Atlantis.

Richard Martin

Richard Martin

Richard teaches on our 7-week Make-Up FX and Prosthetics Creation course as well as other courses. He is a specialist in hyper-realism and his fastidious attention to detail makes for superbly lifelike work. His company RMFX creates screen prosthetics and hyper-realistic statues and busts for museums, events, collectables companies and the medical industry, for which he uses many of his own innovative techniques.

He has been working in the film and TV industry since 2009, having beaten 731 other applicants for an apprenticeship at Millennium FX where he honed his skills. In the last seven years he has contributed to many screen creatures, characters and effects working as a freelance technician and on set make-up artist including work for A Fantastic Fear of Everything, Doctor Who, Casualty, Mission 2110, Lady Gaga’s 'Born This Way' video, Being Human and Wizards Vs Aliens. More recent movie credits include Hercules, Spectre, Victor Frankenstein, The Forest and Assassin’s Creed. Richard was also recently part of Millennium FX’s prosthetics crew on A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the BBC, which will be aired this year as part of their ‘Shakespeare Festival’.

Ian Morse

Ian Morse

Ian teaches our 7-week Makeup FX & Prosthetics Creation course. An all-rounder with skills across the board in the subject of screen prosthetics, Ian’s career began in the mid 1980s on films such as Little Shop of Horrors, Gothic and When the Whales Came. His other major movie credits include Fury, Wrath of the Titans, Warhorse, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Clash of the Titans, 28 Weeks Later, Alexander, Alien 3, From Hell and Saving Private Ryan.

He has worked expensively with Neill and Millennium FX over the years, including long stints on BBC TV shows Doctor Who and Wizards vs Aliens. He began teaching two years ago for CMU, College of Makeup Art & Design in Toronto, Canada where he was a tutor in film and TV, prosthetics and creature design.

Stephen McClure

Stephen McClure

Stephen teaches the 7-week Make-Up FX and Prosthetics Creation course. He has been working as a freelance sculptor, model and prop maker in the TV and film industry since 1993. His portfolio includes films for directors such as Danny Boyle and Alfonso Cauron, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, Tim Burton’s Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Elizabeth The Golden Age, Your Highness and more recently Jupiter Ascending for the Wachowskis and Ridley Scott’s Exodus.

For Millennium FX Stephen has worked on films such as Ex Machina and on numerous episodes of Doctor Who, including taking the role of lead sculptor and project supervisor on the build of the new Cybermen in 2013.

Bianca Judd

Bianca Judd

Bianca teaches our Summer Schools for 14-18 year olds and is also our Aylesbury studio assistant, supporting the tutors and helping the Makeup FX & Prosthetics Creation students through their 7-week courses. She also assists with some of our bespoke courses. She is a graduate of our Aylesbury 7-week course herself and in 2016 won the coveted Stan Winston School Creature Competition with her fabulous final project Shrump, the characterful puppet shown in her profile picture here!

Bianca originally trained as a performer, discovering an enjoyment of creating props, sets and costumes through this, so moved into prosthetics after 20 years in theatre, community arts and directing youth theatre productions. Recent teaching projects for Gorton Studio include assisting with bespoke workshops in Poland, and working with postgraduate students from the National Film & Television School to create and deliver the prosthetics for a short film. Recent credits include fabrication for Millennium FX on Doctor Who, a commercial for Old Spice and creature fabrication and hair work for two major theme parks. Bianca also stage manages the main stage at The Prosthetics Event, our annual gathering of prosthetics practitioners, students, enthusiasts and fans in Birmingham.

Laura Odette Phipps

Laura Odette Phipps

Laura teaches various courses for us including specialist bespoke classes for the education sector, being a qualified teacher and assessor. She trained at The London College of Fashion, gaining a degree in makeup and special effects for film & TV. She is also a graduate of our Makeup FX & Prosthetics Creation course (2009).

Experienced in all aspects of makeup including prosthetic creation, application and mould making as well as having a background in hair and straight makeup, Laura has 15 years’ industry experience working on TV, films, commercials and music promos, along with photo shoots, weddings and events. Her screen credits include films such as Alien Covenant, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Malicious Intent, The All Together, The Best Years, Dark Beacon, Payne & Redemption and The Lost and TV shows like Doctor Who, Don't Stop Believing and Celebrity Driving Academy.

Sarah Panigada

Sarah Panigada

Sarah teaches our Summer Schools for 14-18 year olds. Starting life as an extra, you might recognise her from Eastenders, The Bill, Holby City and Bridget Jones’ Diary. Sarah studied makeup and hair for film & TV at the London College of Fashion, before studying prosthetics on our Makeup FX & Prosthetics Creation course. Her prosthetics work since includes many small budget films, a short for the National Film and Television School and working for Millennium FX on the BBC's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Doctor Who. Recent films include Behind the likes, The Rizen, The Cage, Viking Siege, Cheeky Charlie and Mother. 

Sarah's most recent jobs include working for Millennium FX on big budget Si-Fi adventure The Titan, and providing the prosthetics for a short film with internet sensations KSI and The Racka Racka Brothers. Sarah's zest for life and her ‘I can do that’ motto make for great fun in the studio during our Summer Schools, which she fits in amongst her industry work.

Andrew Whiteoak

Andrew Whiteoak

Andrew teaches specilalist hair work on our Creative & Character Make-Up course. Over a 20 year career as Head of the Wigs and Make-Up Department at The Birmingham REP Theatre, he has created wig, hair and make-up designs for hundreds of productions including Harvey, The Witches, The Wizard of Oz, The Rocky Horror 25th Anniversary, The Snowman, 12 Angry Men and Of Mice and Men to name only a few.

In late 2014 Andrew become a freelance wigmaker, hairdresser and make-up artist and has worked on theatre shows including Horrible Histories, Gangsta Granny, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Andrew’s recent TV and feature film work includes hair and wig making on Disney’s Beauty and The Beast and make-up work on ITV’s new drama Jericho which airs in January 2016, Downton Abbey (series 6 Christmas Special) and prosthetic make-up work on ITV / FOX studios’ Houdini and Doyle. He is also an experienced lecturer.

Gilles Paillet

Gilles Paillet

Gilles teaches Make-Up FX and Prosthetics Creation. He first started work in the UK in 2001 for Soft Options, where he was supervisor of the foam lab. In 2009 he joined Millennium FX to work as a freelance foam latex technician on Joe Johnston’s The Wolfman. Since then, his UK TV credits include Doctor WhoBeing Human and The Sarah Jane Adventures amongst other shows. Recently he has worked on big budget movies such as HerculesLast Days on Mars, Prometheus and Wrath of the Titans for various companies.

Gilles is also an experienced teacher, and in the past few years has been a visiting tutor at Bournemouth and Bradford Universities, Metamorphoses FX School in France and DbFX workshop in Geneva.

Nicola Langridge

Nicola Langridge

Nicola teaches specialist body art classes on our Creative & Character Make-Up course. She is one half of Nicotine Body Painters, an artistic duo with fellow body artist Justine Darwent, with whom she travels extensively to paint. They have been body painting as co- artists for the past 4 years. Renowned for their quirky behaviour and highly illustrative body paintings, they bring creativity and a stylistic virtuosity to their work.

As a teacher Nic has a level 7 ‘outstanding' PGCE in teaching 16+ years students. She is also the event founder and director of BodyFactory – the only pure body painting festival in the UK and the only one of it’s kind to have a “No Theme” competition voted by the public.