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Special FX in Fantasy Creature Design and Fabrication - Course - Part-time

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  • Course description

    You may have already completed our ‘Introduction to Prosthetic Make-Up’ course or wish to enter the fascinating world of Special Effects Creature Design. If so, we offer you the opportunity to join a unique and fascinating course delivered by Peter Tindall (Association of Professional Model Makers), whose past successes over a 11 year period within this field include work on major film blockbusters such as Batman Begins, Wolfman and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to name but a few.

    The course offers you the opportunity to discover all aspects of basic creature design and fabrication. The course will take you down an interesting and fun road helping to introduce and improve your skills as an independent thinker and designer. Your tutor will use his unrivalled technical skills and vast industry knowledge, to take you through a series of intense but light-hearted evening classes introducing the whole process from design to realisation.

    The course will begin with thought provoking lectures on the history of creature design and the use of our world as inspiration, which will help you to develop and gain valuable industry insight. Your tutor will give demonstrations into blocking out and beginning the sculpting process. After that you will begin your own designs. Supervised by Peter Tindall you will have on the spot guidance in all areas of the process.

    During the 10-week course you will cover subjects including: Creature design elements, Armature making, Contrapposto, Sculpting, Art Finishing (final paint & hair). This will aid your understanding and assist with your creature design, development and completion.

    Your tutor will set mid-week assignments for research and to complete your designs in preparation for practical class exercises.

    What you need to bring

    Sculpting tools, spherical objects to be used for eye shaping, notebook and pen, FW Inks, oil paints and a camera if you wish to record your work in stages.


    Autumn Term

    • Thursday 8th October – 10th December 2015

    Spring Term

    • Thursday 14th January – 17th March 2016

    Class size
    Maximum 12 students


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