Sunday, 20 July 2014

Cloud Boat - Hideaway (Official Video, Official Monster!)

Well, now I can reveal that we were working alongside David Petch to create the monster seen in Cloud Boat's latest album single 'Hideaway'. Seeing the video makes me so proud, and even brings a tear to my eye! On-set pics and video link below!

Pics on location - the man inside the suit is Chris Fleming. You will know his work; among other things, he is the Honey Monster when he's not starring in lovely music videos! More making of pics pre-shoot to follow very soon!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Can't say what it is yet....!

Sneaky pics of the latest project, not allowed to say what it is yet though! Needless to say I'm pretty excited about it. Should be out in the next couple of weeks and then I can put up pictures and a video link!

Clay sculpt for new character, looking lovely!

Undersuit and facade for character costume - the whole costume ended up being hand-sewn, which was a mighty task given our 2-week turnaround!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

He Took His Skin Off For Me at Palm Springs 2014!

He Took His Skin Off For Me will be premiering at Palm Springs Short Fest 2014! Congratulations Ben Aston! Check out the news page on the official Skin site here for more info on the screening. Very exciting!

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Chop Chop! **WARNING: Explicit images of realistic fake penis, viewer discretion advised**

Another penis! This time created for Christopher Granier-Deferre's exciting upcoming short 'Chop Chop'. I don't want to give away anything of the film suffice to say the penis needed to be 'multifunctional'! A fun brief and I was happy with the outcome.

Inside the pants; the penis is hollow.

Here is the resin insert, attached to braces and a modified cricket box that attach to the g-string with velcro.

With the insert; the angle is mad here, but the actor that will be wearing it is a lot smaller than the mannequin currently modelling it. This leaves lots of room for adjustment on-set.

Here is the flaccid penis, painted and with hair - it has been attached to a male g-string and has a blending edge as the actor needs to look like he's wearing no pants.
Flaccid from the side.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

He Took His Skin Off For Me - REVEALED!

Finally, I can show this to the world! Here's what we did last summer! My wonderful wonderful team Hermes Pittakos, Tom Smith, Dave Felstead, Myriam Tillson, Emily Christman, Ruth Parry, Emma-Alexandra Watts, Alan H, so proud of all of us. Thanks also to Dan Frye over at Millennium FX and to Nigel Booth for early mentoring. Also a huge thanks to Colin Arthur and his wonderful wife Sarah - couldn't have done it without you both! Check out this article on the film in Fangoria and take a peek at the official Facebook for latest news and updates from our director Ben Aston - can't wait for the premiere!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Nosferatu in Love Trailer!

Front still for Nosferatu in Love. Click here to view the trailer - airs Thursday 8th May 9pm!

9th May update: A lovely review in The Telegraph can be found here. With 4 out of 5 stars I'm so proud to have been part of this installment of the Sky Arts Playhouse season.

Monday, 5 May 2014


Here is our little floppy baby, all painted with hair and ready to go. This one was to be used on-set as the 'stunt baby' in place of our mechanical child. Cast, seamed and painted by me, Emily helped to lay hair and punch in eyelashes.

Here is our animatronic baby; the mech has been beautifully crafted by Alan H and Emily Christman (eye mech by Innerbreed), the skin crafted by me. Here we see Alan H cradling baby and cables, with the skin prepped for painting and finishing.

Monday, 14 April 2014

I am currently running the prosthetic and props department for an exciting upcoming short. 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!

 Final placenta and umbilical cord, crafted by Dave Felstead in gun silicone and latex

Here is our pregnancy belly, beautifully painted by Ella Noble, and below the fabrication of the baby bump, crafted by myself

 Baby bump with waterproof covering for shower scene - this shape is more like it!

Testing the skin over the stuffing - a couple of minor alterations needed and we're good to go! 

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!!