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Ghouls (and guys) allowed as course reveals secrets of horror make-up

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

If you want to create black eyes, bullet holes, surgery wounds, gruesome scars and other horrific effects using make-up, a new special effects course will provide just the training you need.

Under the expert guidance of Paddy McGurgan (below) and Christian Kotey, a 10-week ghoulish masterclass course will run every Sunday from September 30 in Belfast.

Students will be taught face painting, air brushing, stencilling and casualty effects, as well as how to master the mechanical and technical aspects of casts, prosthetics and silicone moulds – all to create some horrific effects.

Make-up artist McGurgan told the Belfast Telegraph after six years of running academy courses for commercial, bridal and creative make-up, he wanted to help meet the current high demand for special effects make-up artists in Northern Ireland. It's been boosted by the recent popularity of Northern Ireland as a film-making centre – particularly in the sci-fi and horror genres.

Paddy said: "With productions such as Game of Thrones and the new Dracula movie being made on our doorstep, it's important that we have a pool of artists trained in advanced techniques – and to an international level – so I'm really honoured that Christian Kotey would come to Belfast and do this course at my academy over 10 weeks. He is in demand by film producers and make-up teams from Hollywood to Bollywood and has made several prosthetics for Game of Thrones among others.

"His course is one of a number that I'm running this winter and I'm excited to be working with world-class experts to deliver training at a local level.

"It will be interesting to see what our local make-up artists can achieve under the experts' guidance, as we've had some really intuitive young students come through my academy and go on to do great things in their own right."

Christian Kotey has worked extensively in the TV and film industry as well as on live performance projects such as Cirque du Soleil and as a comic book artist for Marvel.

He designed and storyboarded the Oscar nominated short film New Boy and is currently working on a number of film productions as well as designing computer concept art for video game development.

"I started out working in the entertainment industry developing make-up, costumes and special effects looks for performers all over Europe," Christian said.

"But since then I have been working in various disciplines in the TV and film industry for over 15 years, and enjoyed vast experience in many roles as a make-up artist, director, concept artist and even cameraman, but always specialising in sci-fi or horror, which I love."

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