20 November 2013

It's not every day that you get to share your lessons with a zombie.

But one of the living dead was a silent observer in a lesson for Sixth formers about the art of creating special effects make-up.

Tony Gartland, a specialist in make-up and special effects from Smart FX , held a lecture and demonstrations for Year 12 and 13 Film and Media Students and brought along the fully-made up zombie to demonstrate his work.

"It was a fascinating insight in to the materials and techniques used to alter actors in the film and media industries," said Mrs Hardie, the College's head of Media and Film.

 "It was a huge success with some students experiencing how to apply face casts and wounds.

"All the students appreciatied the time and dedication required to learn a craft still essential to the business, despite the prevalence of computer-generated imagery."

The two-hour class was the first time Tony had demonstrated his skills in a school.

"I've really enjoyed it," he said.

"I hope I've inspired them and I think it's great that they're going to have a go at it themselves.

Music teacher Mr Crocker volunteered to have a cast taken of his face and then student Tom was given a fake neck wound.

Tom said it was a "bit of an honour" to have the scar created on his neck in front of the class.

"It was an awesome lesson."

Fellow student Chloe said it had been a “fantastic afternoon”.

“We are studying British Horror at the moment so it definitely fitted in with that and it’s the first time we’ve ever had a zombie in a lesson!”

Students made up with special effects lesson

Tags: News: Academic Year 2013-14