A multi-award winning make-up artist, Nick Dudman has worked on some of the largest films in movie history. Starting out as a trainee on Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, assisting Stuart Freeborn with his work on Yoda, Nick went on to hone his skills on the likes of Labyrinth, Willow, Indiana Jones, and Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles.
Alongside his make-up and prosthetics work, Nick has spent the past twenty years working on animatronics and large-scale creature effects, which resulted in a BAFTA Award for Visual Effects for his work on 1997 film, The Fifth Element. It was combination of these skills that lead Nick to working on the Harry Potter films where him and his team were responsible for creating the make-up effects, magical animatronic creatures, and the CG scanning models for the entire series. In this time, Nick also worked on Batman Begins, Beowulf & Grendel, and TV mini-series, Penny Dreadful.
Nick is also currently making the move into producing with his debut, Highgate Vampire. He is also looking to develop The Many-Colored Land adapted from Julian May’s best-selling science fiction/fantasy series, Pliocene Exile, into a major feature film.
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Although working on all eight of the Harry Potter films, Nick’s role varied each time. He is credited as the Make-Up and Creature Effects Designer for all films inclusive from Philosopher’s Stone to Half-Blood Prince, whilst is simply Make-Up Effects Designer for the final two installments. During this time, Nick was involved in the designer of hundreds of creatures including goblins, Acromantula, and the fabulous animatronic Buckbeak for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which is currently on display at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.
During his ten-year stint on Harry Potter, Nick and his team received six BAFTA nominations for Best Make-Up, seven Saturn Award nominations, and one Oscar nod. He went on to win the Critics Choice Award for Best Make-Up for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
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