Monday, 14 April 2014

The Pig Child

I am currently running the prosthetic and props department for Lucy Campbell's upcoming short 'The Pig Child'. We've got some interesting things going on here! Not least the creation of an animatronic baby! Here are a few work in progress pics - hugely looking forward to our early May shoot!

 Pig child sculpt, lacquered and ready for fibreglassing!

Here is our fibreglass mould, expertly made by my skilled colleagues Emily Christman and Alan H, 
with the clay being laid in for the core

Freaky clay pig child pulled out of the fibreglass mould, with our fibreglass core just visible

 Mini placenta test!

Here is our pregnancy belly, beautifully painted by Ella Noble

Monday, 24 March 2014

Hard Light

I was asked to design and build a 'robotic' central nervous system with working electronics for director Ross McElwain's upcoming student film Hard Light. Here is the unit design for the 'Hard Light' nervous system robot, a full size man in scale, with pulsing lights and a clear screen/visor for the head.


 Below are two visor shapes I carved into plaster for vac-forming over at Artem, who very kindly lent a hand (and their vac-former!)

Monday, 3 March 2014

LEV Collective/Papa Zeus

I have just finished working as the prosthetic designer for the upcoming Papa Zeus promo, in collaboration with LEV Collective - you can check out Papa Zeus' music here. The project was ambitious and the video promises to be exciting!

Finished silicone bust of our actor

Finished bust, with zip at the back

 On the left is the bust fresh out of the mould we made after taking our actor's life cast. On the right is the bust after a little bit of painting and hair punching. Looking good!

The zipper for application to our actor's back, along with the finished bust ready for packing and taking to set.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Seams Update - Kickstarter launched!

As the Seams Kickstarter launches, I thought it about time to update my blog! Here are a few sneaky pictures from behind the scenes of the mannequin build...

My wonderful colleagues Dave Felstead and Alan helping in creating the life-mould for foam casting. Thank you Amelie Cherie!

 Foam pieces fresh out of the mould and in need of a clean up!

 Fitting of the skin over the hand - the idea was to make it like a perfectly tailored glove

Finally, a very sneaky little peek at the final product! No revealing until the film is finished!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

He Took His Skin Off For Me update

Update from the HTHSOFM facebook page:

"HERE IT IS! The first look at the incredible SFX work done for He Took His Skin Off For Me by Jen Cardno and her incredible team Hermes Pittakos, Tom Smith, Dave Felstead, Myriam Tillson, Emma Watts & Ruth Parry. Getting the look right for this particular dinner scene took over 8hrs to complete!! This incredible photo by Ben Hughes Photography is a little more INTENSE than the tone of the actual scene itself, but in all fairness, it's pretty trick NOT to take an intense picture of a skinless dude.." 

Friday, 15 November 2013

Nosferatu in Love

I've just finished working as the prosthetic designer for the character of Nosferatu in Peter Straughan's upcoming short 'Nosferatu in Love'. We created 50 handmade individually tailored plastic nails, 20 rubber nails, 5 sets of ears and Dave Felstead aided me with creating the character makeup. After spending an amazing week shooting in the Czech Republic, I now eagerly await the release of the film as part of Skyarts 'playhouse' season starting in April 2014.

Ear sculpt, finished and ready for moulding

Each nail was made with a butt-joint, so that it would break in a safe and controlled way 

Nail ends stuck on, ready for sanding and trimming

Thumbnails being marked, trimmed and sanded

50 individual nails tailored to the actor's fingers, masked off and ready to be primed and painted


Drawn prop design for the macabre tailor's mannequin in Christina Pergomet's upcoming short film, 'Seams'. We are going into full production this weekend with our life cast on Saturday - can't wait! She's going to be lovely!

Girl Power

Here's the mould (looking a little worse for wear!) for the prosthetic penis I made for a character in Benjamin Bee's upcoming short film 'Girl Power' written by Kefi Chadwick. The penis looked lovely, and very realistic, but we shall have to await the release of Girl Power before we can see it in action!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

The Thing Under The Tree

Some stills from the wonderful 2013 RCA Grad film 'The Thing Under The Tree' by the talented animator and modelmaker Lily Fang. Check out more of her superb work here. I helped out with set-building and props making on her film (see the lovely stills above for a showcase of what I made!). The film is now a finalist in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2013 - congratulations Lily!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

On Loop

This is Colin - two frames from additional animation drawn/painted for Christine Hooper's RCA grad film 'On Loop'. The film is great, and is a semi-finalist for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2013. Info on film here, the first screening of the film will be at LIAF in October - exciting!!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Ürth Mütha

Puppets/armatures made for Sam Steer's Random Acts/C4 commission, Urth Mutha. This is the little girl, Lokuna. You can see the first rushes of the film here. It is looking to be an amazing piece of work! Animated by Sam Steer and Lily Fang, sound design by Serafina Steer.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Tired of Swimming

This is a tiny knife and fork I made for Anna Eijsbouts' 2012 RCA grad film 'Tired of Swimming'. They were carved in wax, and then cast in silver. More of Anna's work can be found here

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

He took his skin off for me

Image © Ben Hughes
Coordination and supervision of a small team. Our brief was to design and fabricate a skinless man prosthetic costume for Ben Aston's short film 'He took his skin off for me'.  The prosthetics had to look clinical and beautiful, rather than grotesque or frightening. Myself, Tom Smith and Hermes Pittakos created just the hand and forearm, provided by Cigna Spine, for a makeup test shoot on May 24th. The footage is currently being edited. I am so proud of all of us!

Thursday, 7 March 2013


This is some of the work I have done for artist Jennifer Kidd (
 Ball and socket armature, in need of a couple of repairs but it is a thing of beauty!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Dead Bird Wrapping Paper

Dead Bird Wrapping Paper - great for wrapping super special gifts for super special people.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Monday, 18 June 2012

Life Drawing

Still from Life Drawing Boil, RCA 2012


Old Woman model made for stop-motion lip sync project, RCA 2012 (the video will be available to view on my vimeo link soon)