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, where he was awarded and Honorary Doctorate for his services to the creative industry in 2017.

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’.

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.

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 extensively 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.

 

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.

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.

Michele Bromley

Michele Bromley

Michele has been in the industry over 20 years and teaches on the courses in our Falmouth studio. She started her career in 1995 as a self-taught SFX and creative makeup artist and worked her way up into many high-profile jobs, including as a long-term member of the makeup team on live TV show ‘Good Morning Britain’, making presenters and guests look fresh at ungodly hours! Her work covers all aspects of makeup including beauty, special effects and fashion with a portfolio that includes TV, music videos, live awards ceremonies and films such as World War Z and Tink’s Kitchen.

Michele's work can also be seen in various shorts, including the 2014 multi-award winning Caring for the Recently Deceased, which made a dark and memorable mark on the zombie genre. Michele’s TV credits include Poldark, Wolf Hall and the Laureus World Sports Awards and her creative skills come from working each year on MTV’s European Music Awards live shows, collaborating with other heads of creative makeup artistry.

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. Andrew spent over 20 years as head of the wigs and makeup department at The Birmingham REP Theatre and created wig, hair and prosthetic makeup designs for hundreds of productions there including The Witches, The Wizard of Oz, The Rocky Horror 25th Anniversary, The Snowman and 12 Angry Men.

After becoming a freelancer in 2014 he has done a lot more theatre such as Horrible Histories, Gangsta Granny, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Young Frankenstein and The Exorcist in the West End. Andrew's recent TV and feature film work includes Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Jericho, Downton Abbey and Houdini and Doyle.

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 5 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.

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