‘Transferable skills’ is a common term in the jobs market, but did you know it applies to working in prosthetics?
The skills of a screen prosthetics artist can be used in other industries and art forms. This happens throughout the industry including at the highest level – here are some cool examples:
Primetime Emmy winner Justin Raleigh and his company Fractured FX have done ground-breaking work in the medical world. Working with Boston Children’s Hospital they have used their prosthetics skills to create hyperrealistic training aids for surgeons, so they can practise their surgical techniques in a way that feels like they are performing a real operation.
Creature and costume FX specialist Tahra Zafar’s stellar film credits include senior animatronic designer on Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and lead fabricator on Annihilation. In 2012 when London proudly hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tahra used these skills as head of costume hair and makeup for the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies of both live events, managing the production of 23,000 costumes for all four ceremonies.
Famous fine artist Ron Mueck whose hyperreal sculptures of people play with scale – very large, half size, all with incredible detail, was originally a puppet maker for children’s films – he was even the puppeteer inside the oversized character Ludo in 80s film Labyrinth. He uses the same processes now for his celebrated modern sculptures as when he worked with puppets – sculpting, moulding, and casting, with the skin of his figures built up in silicone.
These examples show how prosthetics techniques can be applied to other industries and artistic pursuits, so investing in learning prosthetics could provide you with more professional opportunities than you thought!