Saturday, 15 September 2012

Art: Interview with Neil Stevens

Here at Art Fist, we are interested the many ways in which artists can take advantage of their talents in ways which may not be considered the 'traditional' route for a creative talent. Neil Stevens of DeadStanceFX is a Wolverhampton-based special effects artist who has utilised his talents to carve a career in FX.

What is it that you do?

I make and sell masks, props and special effects prosthetics, and also undertake commission work.

Can you tell us about the creative process

Sculpting in oil and water based clay is a major part of what I do as this is how I create the effect I want to make a mould of, and is also one of my favourite parts of the process. I can then create a prosthetic in many different materials such as gelatine or foam latex ready to apply to an actor or to sell onto a customer.

How did you get into FX?

I got into FX at the age of 14 when I bought some liquid latex and people at school paid me a few pounds to make scars for them. I've been hooked on special effects make-up ever since.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

I think my highlight has been working on my first short film called Bigger and Badder for which we provided all the special effects make-up. It's a werewolf film and is due to be shown at several film festivals this year which I'm really excited about.

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