Brendan Lonergan

Freelance Prosthetics and SFX Make-up Artist

What do you teach here at the school?

I teach here as a freelance artist on the MASA make-up courses. I teach the Special FX days, where students learn realistic burns, cuts, bruises, black eyes and gun shot wounds.

What industry do you work in?

I work in the film industry as a creature, character and prosthetics artist. Past credits include films such as 'The Mummy Returns', 'Gladiator', 'Troy' and 'Saving Private Ryan'.

Where did you study and what qualifications do you hold?

I left school at 16 with an O Level in Art and English, I then went straight into Special FX make-up as a trainee in the Film industry. The industry was a bit different back then - there weren't any courses teaching Special FX make-up!

What are your career highlights?

Working with David Fincher and Ridley Scot on Alien 3, Gladiator and Prometheus. Also working at the Famous Jim Henson Creature Shop in New York.

What is your area of expertise?

My speciality is character and creature design, with the application of prosthetics. I love the whole process of design through to realisation.

What is your make-up motto?

There is more than one technique to do something. It's the finished result that counts.