- Michael Sheen
Ramin Bahrani, Director,
The White Tiger
Xuan Liu, Producer,
So Long, My Son
Screenwriter / Executive Producer
We offer quality, detailed, realistic and convincing high-end prosthetics and special make-up effects for Film and Television, worldwide.
For design, ageing, character, disguise, blood effects, trauma, realistic bodies and body parts, dummy body hire, animatronics and creatures.
Matthew’s childhood dream was to create Special Make-up Effects in Films. From the age of seven he created creatures in his bedroom and experimented with different media. Following an Art Foundation at Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham, he went on to take a BA in Fine Art Sculpture at Kingston.
Now, with over 26 years professional experience in prosthetics and special make-up effects for Film and Television, he enjoys the benefits from having worked on all genres, from large Hollywood blockbusters, to small low budget independent films, worldwide. He brings considerable hands-on experience and passion to his work, and a willingness to creatively adapt the process as a project evolves.
Matthew has applied prosthetic makeup to some of the world’s leading actors, including: Meryl Streep (Into The Woods), Kate Winslet (The Reader), Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) who went on to win Oscars for these roles (NB Meryl Streep was nominated). Also, Michael Sheen, Jude Law, Robert Downey Jr, Kevin Costner, Eddie Peng, Ralph Fiennes, Ryan Reynolds and Helena Bonham Carter, amongst others.
In addition, Matthew has benefited enormously from working closely with world-renowned make-up and hair designers, special effects and visual effects supervisors.
During 1999-2000, Matthew was a member of the Emmy Award-winning team behind Arabian Nights, and shortly afterwards, 2001-2002, he received an Emmy Nomination for Band of Brothers.
In 2008, he was a member of the Oscar-winning make-up team responsible for La Vie En Rose, while the following year, 2009, he reached the Oscar ‘bake-offs’ for make-up on The Reader.
Television success has taken the form of a Televisual Bulldog Award for Best Physical Effects for Dead Set (2008).
Matthew was nominated for a Make-up and Hair Stylist Guild Award for Meryl Streep ‘Into The Woods’ (2015).
Matthew’s special make-up effects were nominated for a Make-up and Hair Stylist Guild Award for ‘Black Mirror, USS Callister Epsisode 1’ (2017).
I am passionate about all aspects of prosthetics and special makeup effects, from the start of the job to the final outcome.
Communication and collaboration
I believe communicating the Director’s vision in the best possible way is of paramount importance. Initially, I read the script thoroughly to get a feel for the character within the environment, or setting, portrayed and then I undertake the visual research necessary to create the make up.
As the process progresses, I am determined to solve any problems that might arise along the way and, having worked in a range of high-pressure and difficult conditions around the world, I thrive on challenges and enjoy working to tight deadlines.
Using the right materials
For me, Make-Up effects are not just about the latest materials and techniques but, more importantly, about how realistic and believable the make-up looks; about how it moves on the body being filmed. In this sense, I do not allow the technical aspects of prosthetics to dictate the artistic aspects of the process. I select the right material for the particular job at hand.
In order to effectively tell a story in an intelligent and convincing manner, actors have to feel comfortable in their ‘second skins’ and thereby achieve their best performances. For this reason, I am committed to a ‘less is more’ approach. My approach with actors is to provide a highly personable service in a comfortable and professional environment.
Attention to detail
I look at things with a great eye for detail and apply make-up in delicate ways that maximize subtlety and credibility for the particular context.
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Our studio is conveniently situated on the banks of the River Thames in Staines-Upon-Thames, a prime location for the major British Film Studios (Shepperton, 10 minutes; Pinewood, 25 minutes; Longcross, 15 minutes; Leavesden Studios, 35 minutes).
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