Touch of Hollywood make-up magic comes to Liverpool

July 7, 2017 by  

The transformation of a person into a zombie using make-up and prosthetics is to be among the highlights of this year’s Comic Con-versation to be held at Liverpool City Library.

Make-up Effects Group’s Paul Katte and Nick Nicolaou, who were part of the team that transformed Hugh Jackman into The Wolverine for the big screen, will provide a live demonstration at the event.

The pair has worked on many films, including The Hobbit, The Matrix, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Cleverman 2.

According to Nicolau, their greatest challenge has been to put together something innovative and new for each venture, while at the same time adhering to the schedule and budget of each film.

He said that graphic design plays a key part, for they have to be creative, imaginative and artistic, as well as technically structured and precise.

Nicolau said The Matrix’s animatronic baby and The Wolverine’s animatronic bear were two of his favourite projects, saying:

“The animatronic bear alone took 12 weeks to build and then we had to go on-set and puppeteer the thing, while rain was pouring down on us from the rain machines.”

As part of the event, Liverpool City Library will also host an exhibit of Phantom original art, vintage comics and memorabilia. The event, which will be held from July 10 to 14, will also feature cosplay workshops, book launches, panel discussions and workshops.