Prosthetics Boot Camp with Neill Gorton

£741.00 inc VAT

This course is taught exclusively by Neill Gorton and is a five-day tour-de-force of the key processes and techniques he uses to create character prosthetic makeups in silicone.

Alternative Payment Option

3 or 6 Month Payment Plan




This is a subject Neill is well known for within the industry. He has pioneered many new techniques over the past 15 years, and won numerous awards for his prosthetic makeup work, including a number of Royal Television Society and BAFTA gongs.

The teaching is predominantly demonstration-based, but you will get up close and hands-on with the materials, and each student will design, sculpt, cast, apply and colour their own silicone transfer appliance.

The course is intensive, technical and full of information, and you are welcome to ask questions throughout.

You will be granted access to our Online Learning, Processes and Pathways for 1 month following the course to help to reinforce what you have learnt and introduce you to new technical techniques and skills.


In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have strict practical measures in place so we can teach you safely. Gorton Studio can remain open in lockdown unless the UK government introduces rules to the contrary. If there are any changes to the way we are able to operate we will contact students immediately to inform them.

If you have booked a place on a course please keep updated on your country and the UK’s travel guidance; you can find the UK information here

This information was written on 6th November 2020 and will be updated when changes occur.


Neill is founder and co-director of Millennium FX, one of the busiest companies in the international film industry. He holds 12 major awards for his work on productions such as Doctor Who, Tracey Ullman’s ShowThe Catherine Tate Show, Bodies and Being Human.

Since his career began in 1987 he has worked on hundreds of productions with performers such as Johnny Depp, Sir Kenneth Branagh and Lady Gaga, prolific directors including Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Joe Johnston, and impresarios like Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber.

Neill has taught at many institutions including Dublin’s Dun Laoghaire Institute 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 & Television Professionals in Tel Aviv, BBC Wales, Focal Zurich, Acte Académie in France, MUD in Los Angeles and New York and the National Film & Television School. He is an advisor for the NFTS Digital FX Masters Degree and a Visiting Professor at the University of Bolton, where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2017.


This course is suitable for all abilities and can serve as an introduction to the subject or a means of developing more advanced knowledge and skills. It's ideal for:

  • Beginners wanting to gain a comprehensive overview of the subject and start practising the prosthetic manufacture and application processes themselves
  • Students on a makeup or prosthetics diploma, degree course or similar
  • Tutors teaching makeup FX subjects
  • Professional makeup artists wishing to broaden their skills and increase their knowledge and awareness of prosthetic makeup techniques

Participants must be over 18, have a good understanding of English, basic conversational use of English and use the Self-assessment Criteria guidance from the 7-week Course page to ensure they'll benefit from the course content.

This course runs from 9.30am to approximately 5.00pm each day. Please note the last day can sometimes finish later - up to 8pm on some occasions.

Day 1

Life casting, designing the prosthetic and sculpture
Demonstration of a face cast in silicone and then casting and correcting positives from this cast
Making a flat mould appliance
Sculpting the appliances onto the life cast

Day 2

Breaking down the pieces and further sculpture
Sculpting the prosthetic makeup
Students begin sculpting their flat mould appliance

Day 3

Mould making for prosthetics
Separating and floating the appliance sculpture
The thinking behind mould making techniques and choices of materials; two piece moulds in plaster, PU resin, silicone and silicone flat moulds

Day 4

Casting and painting appliances
Students cast and apply their pieces
Running silicones with Super Baldiez encapsulates in two piece and flat moulds

Day 5

Prosthetic application
Casting the appliances in silicone
Application and colouring the finished makeup


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 07470463878 to pay over the phone
  • Contact is advised to arrange an online bank transfer or international wire


UK students: choose a 3 or 6-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 or 6-month interest-free payment plan which must be completed before the start of the course



Cancellations made up to 42 days before the start date of the course:
90% of the fee will be refunded

Cancellations made between 41 and 28 days before the start date of the course:
50% of the fee will be refunded

Cancellations made after 28 days before the start date of the course:
Regrettably no refunds

PLACE REFILL CLAUSE: If you cancel your place less than 28 days before the course start date and we are able to fill it again, a 50% 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.


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



Brought into effect 14th December 2020 until further notice. This is only applicable to NEW bookings after 14/12/2020.


In the event of issues arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, only these terms and conditions override our standard terms and conditions; our standard terms and conditions continue to apply in all other situations.

  • You will be offered to defer your place onto the next available course once. This may be in the upcoming year, or in the following year. 
  • Cancellations made up to 35 calendar days (5weeks) before the course start date will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations made less than 35 calendar days before the course start date:

£275 will not be refunded. If the course fees paid by this time are less than £275 there shall be no refund.



International students

  • Keep updated on your country and the UK’s travel guidance; you can find the UK information here
  • If you have to make unavoidable changes to your plans due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, please inform us immediately. Prompt communication will allow us to work with you for the best possible outcome in these circumstances
  • If there is an enforced quarantine in the UK for visitors from your location at the time of your course commencement, you will not be able to begin the course until you have completed the quarantine. Please keep informed about this and adapt your travel plans to accommodate a quarantine period if necessary.

UK students

  • Please keep updated about the restrictions in your area. According to current UK rules, Gorton Studio can remain open even in Tier 3 lockdown, but your participation may be affected by the government’s travel advice within the UK so please keep abreast of this information.

All students

  • You must adhere to the local restrictions in Aylesbury during the course, under the UK government’s Tier System. Please check the local restrictions in place here
  • Keep informed of the UK’s self-isolation procedure for those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for it. Having symptoms or a positive test result will require you to isolate for a stated period - 10 days as at Dec 2020 - and until symptoms have gone. This means if you display symptoms or test positive in the 10 days before your course starts, you will not be able to join the course until you have isolated for the required time and no longer have symptoms. The duration of isolation may change; it’s important that you’re aware if it does so that in the event of becoming symptomatic or testing positive you complete the required isolation period at the time before you start your course. This also applies during your course.


Appropriate practical COVID-19 safety measures will be in place in the studio and strictly adhered to. You will receive information about these nearer the time of your course.

If there are any changes to the way, we are able to operate due to the pandemic we will contact you immediately to inform you and address the changes with you. We will always strive to provide the best way forward available to us in the circumstances and to minimise disruption to your learning as much as possible.

We would like to stress again that keeping in touch with us about any unavoidable changes to your plans due to the pandemic is essential, so please let us know as soon as possible if this occurs.

Accommodation near Gorton Studio

We are pleased to provide the following list of available accommodation near our studio in Aylesbury. These are suggested places to stay only and have not been vetted by us. Your accommodation is your own responsibility and Gorton Studio does not get involved in recommendations, reservations or issues concerning accommodation.


Approximate Distance from Studio: 5-minute drive
Description: Single room in a private 3-bedroom house shared with the owner (alumni of the 7-week course, and freelancer in the SFX makeup industry; often working at Millennium FX!) Available all year round. Access to kitchen, garden, Internet, washing machine and dryer, dishwasher, bathroom and workspace. £120 per week, £50 deposit.
Contact name: Tim Quinton
Phone: +44 7551 361172


Approximate Distance from Studio: 5-minute drive
Description: Room in a private 3-bedroom house shared with the owner and her young son, available all year round. Access to garden, Internet, washing machine, dishwasher and bathroom. £110 per week, £50 deposit.
Contact name: Emma Jane
Phone: +44 7913 8200 53


Approximate Distance from Studio: 5-minute drive
Description: Single room with ensuite in a private house
Contact name: Mark and Viv
Phone: + 44 7796 532 775


Approximate Distance from Studio: 5-minute drive/bus or 25minute walk

Price Per week – 1 Guest £220, 2 Guests £250

Description: Just a few minutes’ walk from Aylesbury Waterside theatre, or an easy train ride from Wycombe Swan theatre, friendly and welcoming family offering a home from home in a beautiful Grade II listed period property while you’re away from your own, and busy working. Both rooms are recently redecorated and are fresh, warm and comfortable, with tea and coffee making facilities. The main room can be made up as a twin or king-size bed at your request. A large family bathroom (with shower and bath) is shared with the owner. A separate sitting room is available for your use with sofa, TV, dining table and chairs so you can relax downstairs away from your bedroom if you desire. WI-FI is available.

Contact Name: Fiona Bull

Phone: +44 7597592062


You can also search the following websites using the studio’s postcode HP19 8ZU:
Rightmove Students

Nestoria (rentals)
Gumtree rent and Gumtree share

Theatre Digs Booker

For hotels/bed & breakfasts, these websites are helpful: offers self-catering options.