Makeup FX & Prosthetics Creation

£7,500 inc VAT

This intensive course prepares you for a career in screen prosthetics and related fields. It gives a comprehensive grounding in all the practical aspects of the subject to the standard of junior film industry technician; a higher technical level than that achieved on degree courses.

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OVERVIEW

This intensive course prepares you for a career in screen prosthetics and related fields. It gives a comprehensive grounding in all the practical aspects of the subject to the standard of junior film industry technician; a higher technical level than that achieved on degree courses. It is suitable for beginners with some recommended preparatory work – please refer to the entry criteria to judge whether it is suitable for you.

The course focusses on the fundamental processes involved in creating prosthetics, from basic sculpture techniques to prosthetic manufacture, mould making, casting and even simple animatronics. These are the skills used every day in professional FX workshops, and are taught with the materials most widely used in today’s industry.

FORMAT

The course is a combination of taught subjects and personal projects; the basic disciplines are prescriptively taught and the personal projects allow each student the freedom to select further content they would like to explore.

Demonstrations are used to give an insight into some of the more specialist areas. These can include hair punching, gore fabrication and denture FX for example, and the topics introduced in this way are partly determined by the interests of each group.

The course culminates in a final project of your choice; a major silicone gel prosthetic, a dummy body part, an animatronic mask or a realistic severed head for example. This is planned and developed during the first three weeks, and worked on intensively thereafter.

This project is your opportunity to apply your new skills and tackle any additional techniques and materials you particularly want to learn about. We help you devise a final project that will get the most out of your time by involving the processes that will be most useful on your intended career path. Your final project will provide a significant piece of work for your portfolio, which will be your key tool in securing professional work.

TUTORS

Our 7-week course tutors are all current, senior film and television professionals with the best skills in the business to pass on, and all have extensive teaching experience. Screen prosthetics is a wide subject and no one tutor will be an expert in all areas, so we complement the principal tutors’ skills bases with visiting specialists who teach disciplines such as hair work and finishing.

Neill Gorton usually teaches a sculpture and design class in the first week of the course and is also there at end to see the final projects come together. In between, if he’s around the Millennium FX workshop, he stops in to check your progress, talk through your projects and answer technical and creative questions.

You will be notified by email who your principal tutor will be before your course starts.

ENVIRONMENT

Our teaching studio is in the same building as our multi-award winning sister company Millennium FX, one of the most successful screen prosthetics companies in Europe. During your course you will be able to watch real industry jobs develop in the Millennium workshop and have contact with some of the company’s highly experienced crew.

CAREER PATHS

This course is ideal training for those seeking a career in areas such as:

  • Prosthetics and makeup FX for film, TV and theatre
  • Prosthetic mask making
  • Maxillofacial and cosmetic prosthetics
  • Casualty simulation
  • Medical simulation
  • Hyper-realistic art
  • Cosplay
  • Haunts
  • Live events

READ TESTIMONIALS

This course requires you to have some basic creative ability. In order to feel confident that you have this, you should have had a go at some hands-on work in any creative medium including painting, sculpture or 3-dimensional crafts. This can be through classes at school or college, or just in your own time.

Students must also be over 18, have a good understanding of spoken English and basic conversational use of English.

SELF-ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Here are some pointers to help you decide if this course is suitable for you. The curriculum is appropriate for beginners with some preparatory work as recommended below, and to get the most out of it we recommend one of the following should apply to you:

  1. You have done some hands-on artistic work as a hobby in any medium such as painting, drawing, sculpture or 3-dimensional crafts
  2. You have studied a course of any length in a subject such as makeup, prosthetics, prop making, costume making, model making, theatre crafts, fine art, ceramics, textiles, pottery, sculpture etc.
  3. You have previously attended one of ours, or another providers' hands-on short courses on prosthetics/makeup FX techniques
  4. You have some experience as a hobbyist or cosplayer that includes makeup, sculpture, basic prosthetics or hands-on crafts
  5. You have worked in any kind of hands-on creative subject

We’re certainly not expecting you to come to us with specific skills, but as this is a highly intensive course that is very hands on, so if you are coming to us with no basic knowledge or hands-on experience whatsoever then you might find it difficult.

An example of this is sculpture. When you’re first starting out it takes a little time to get used to the feel of the clay and what it’s like to work with and it can take a day or two to really get familiar with it. We feel it’s far better for you to do this before the course - please see below.

If you feel you are suitable then please go ahead and book a place. If, however, you’re unsure then feel free to contact us and we’ll advise you on your suitability.

RECOMMENDED PREPARATORY WORK FOR BEGINNERS

Before the course starts you would benefit from practising some sculpture; we teach the subject on the course, but it’s a great help if you are already a little familiar with the materials and the basics of anatomical sculpture when you arrive. This can be done simply using regular pottery clay and books such as the following. International Standard Book Numbers are quoted so you can find them online and in bookshops:

Modelling the Head in Clay - Margit Malmstrom. ISBN 10: 0823030997

Modelling in Clay - Dorothy Arthur, ISBN 10: 0713667494

Also have a look at books and YouTube videos by sculptor Philippe Faraut.

Clay is quite inexpensive and easy to source so you can experiment with this material at your own pace and on your own time. Then when you start the course, you’ll get a lot more out of the tuition than if you’d never previously handled these materials.

This course runs from 9.30am to approximately 5.00pm each day with access to facilities until 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The following broadly outlines how the course is approached, its objective being to provide maximum content within the time frame. It is not definitive, as flexibility is always maintained to ensure the best outcome for each group and accommodate the aims of the individuals within it.

WEEK 1

Introduction
Tour of facilities and workshop
Rules, regulations, health and safety
What do we hope to achieve in the next seven weeks?
One-day project: creating and applying a simple prosthetic appliance
Sculpture class: basic anatomy sculpture techniques, detailing and texturing
Life casting demonstration
Conducting a life cast
Clean-up and mounting of life casts

WEEK 2

Discussion about final projects
Moulding life casts in silicone
Setting the casts in a base and preparing to pour a silicone master
Demonstration of a brush-on silicone technique and a silicone pour into a jacket mould
Moulding life casts and producing positives in fibreglass, plaster and fast-cast resin
Sculpting basic appliances: where to put edges and why, appropriate thickness
Sculpting basic appliances: detailing and texturing, wrinkles
Moulding basic appliances: grounding up, cutting edges, release agents

WEEK 3

Casting appliances in foam latex and gelatine
Running foam: mixing and casting gelatine, pouring and injecting
Demonstration of prosthetic application
Studio work: students apply ready-made appliances
Making small appliances: quick procedures using fast casting techniques
Silicone gel appliances: demonstration of manufacture and application
Discussion of final projects for the following four weeks

WEEK 4, 5 & 6

The format of the next four weeks will largely be determined by the progress and content of your final project. Some days will be split with demonstrations of techniques/procedures or lectures by visiting specialist practitioners, followed by work on final projects.

The following list shows examples of subjects that may be included in morning sessions, according to students' requirements. These topics are examples only so may not be relevant to your group, and additions can be made if necessary:

  • Prosthetic design with computers
  • Flocking
  • Painting techniques
  • Basic animatronics
  • Blood FX
  • Bladder FX
  • Seaming and patching
  • Hair punching
  • Denture FX
  • Contact lenses
  • Fur replacements
  • Gore fabrication
  • Airbrushing

WEEK 7

Day 1: Finishing final projects

Day 2: Finishing final projects

Day 3: Finishing final projects

Day 4: Finishing, applying and photographing final projects

Day 5: Final show of work and class critique
Photographing finalised projects

PAY IN FULL

You can pay the full course fee using a credit or debit card in the following ways:

  • Add this course to your basket on this page
  • Call us on +44 1209 211144 to pay over the phone
  • Contact is advised to arrange an online bank transfer or international wire

MAKE AN INITIAL PAYMENT NOW FOLLOWED BY TWO FURTHER PAYMENTS LATER

Our 3-step payment allows you to book with a first payment of £1,500, then make two further payments of £3,000 each at 16 weeks and 8 weeks before the start of the course

PAY IN MONTHLY INSTALMENTS

UK students: choose a 3, 6 or 12 month interest-free payment plan on this website which can run past the end of the course

International students: please contact us to arrange a 3, 6 or 12 month interest-free payment plan which must be completed before the start of the course

BESPOKE PAYMENT PLANS

If you have special requirements please contact us to discuss a plan that suits you

The cancellation policy for this course is as follows

£1,500 of the fee is non-refundable in all cancellation circumstances

Cancellations made up to 16 weeks before the course start date:
£1,500 non-refundable, all other payments refunded

Cancellations made between 16 and 18 weeks before the course start date:
£1,500 non-refundable; £3000 of payments received are refunded

Cancellations made less than 8 weeks before the start date of the course:
Regrettably no refunds

Place refill clause: if you cancel your place less than 8 weeks before the course start date and we are able to fill it again, a £3,000 refund will be given, however if we are unable to fill it the no-refund policy remains in place. This clause does not apply to deferred places, please see below.

PLACE DEFERMENTS

You may defer a place on a Gorton Studio course only once with a valid reason and must request deferment no less than 8 weeks before the start date of the course, after this deferment is not possible.

In terms of the cancellation and refund policy, a deferment works as a ‘freeze frame’ from the day it is agreed on the original course, to that same day in relation to the start date of the course you’re deferring to. If you choose to defer and then cancel the place 28 days or less before the start date of the course you have deferred to, there will be no refund even if the place is refilled.

You will not be eligible for a deferment Agreement if any one of these points apply to you:

  • You have previously cancelled a place on a Gorton Studio course
  • You have previously deferred a place on a Gorton Studio course
  • You have failed to complete a payment plan after attending the associated course