Students from the University have been tasked with creating a variety of horrifying creatures by Hollywood star, Matt Winston, who appeared in movies Little Miss Sunshine and Fight Club.

His father was the late special makeup effects master Stan Winston, responsible for the creatures in films Jurassic Park, Terminator, Predator and Aliens. Matt now runs the online-based Stan Winston School of Character Arts, which offers video tutorials on a whole range of special makeup effects.

He has agreed to work with the University’s special effects makeup students via video-link from his base in Los Angeles, as part of their industry project. Matt promised to take part after talking to Natalie Woods, the University’s Special Makeup Effects Course Leader at an industry event in California.

Matt told students they would be designing, creating, applying and filming makeup based on creatures featured in an adaptation of the H G Wells sci-fi horror story, The Island of Dr Moreau. He will be supporting the University students throughout the project by interacting with them in real-time on camera. At the end of the intense seven-week module, the students will present a finished film featuring their creations.

Natalie said: “It is amazing that Matt has agreed to be involved in this project; we and the students are so incredibly lucky. The students didn’t know any of the details in advance and you should have seen their faces when they saw who was giving them the brief as part of their module. The session was a lot of fun. The students chose a creature from a box that Matt passed to the camera at his end in LA and we had a similar box at our end for them to choose their creatures at random!”

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