Movie FX

If your production is in need of SPFX make-up, custom props, creatures or other practical effects, we can help!
We specialize in creative solutions to fit any budget, so contact us now!

For a sample of the twisted things that have come out of our workshop in the past, please check out our Portfolio below, and don’t forget to check out the Testimonials of our previous clients.

Grief (2022)

This horror anthology feature follows the 5 stages of grief. Grieving can be scary, and often you’ll have to face the demons within. For this production we were allowed to make a few of these inner monsters. (more pictures coming soon…)

Underneath: Beyond the Threshold (2022)

For this sequel to “Underneath: an Anthology of Terror” we did several demon/character makeups as well as injury and blood FX.

Greed & Gore (2021)

A production with “Gore” right there in the title is of course any FX artist’s dream!
For the short film Greed & Gore, we got to kill almost every character in a variety of gruesome and creative ways.
Pictures coming soon!

Snow Blinded (2021)

Snow Blinded is by far the most challenging film we worked on so far, because applying extensive prosthetic makeup for a shoot in the middle of the snowy woods is no walk in the park!
As we can’t give away any plot development yet, I’m just going to have to leave you with this teaser pic…

Brian sprays fake blood on actor Michael Masurkevitch

Neurovenge (2020)

Who says that your smart home system doesn’t have a secret agenda?
For Paper Padlock Production’s first feature film Neurovenge we fabricated a sleek little smart home unit. “Jackie” has dome camera, that can flash its light in different colours as it’s speaking to the actors. In addition, we also did some cool stabbing and makeup FX that we unfortunately can’t show you yet either…

Smart home unit Jackie communicates with flashing different colours light.

My Dinner With Chuck (2019)

For this short film, director Joe Parente needed an Alaskan King Crab capable of following instructions, like looking around the restaurant and talking with his fellow actors.
We provided the team with a realistic, life sized, cable controlled crab with beady alien eyes. With the help of 2 puppeteers, Chuck can move his eyes, claws, antennae and mandibles. His 32 parts (not counting inner mechanics!) are cast in resin and foam latex.
Special thanks to Ripley’s Aquarium Toronto for the research support!

Beyond Hell (2019)

Beyond Hell” is an indie feature film by director Alan Murray and producer Gavin Downes.
We designed the facial prosthetics for main demon Belial, and trained their team of make-up artists to apply the make-up. We also created a number of background demons, and a bar full of dead bodies.

Winner of Best Special Effects at the Scarefest Horror Film Festival 2019

Dead Serious (2018)

Dead Serious is a ‘zomedy’ written and directed by Dan Carriere, and shot in Hamilton, ON. For this short film we made five original zombie make-ups (“Thriller style”), including a maggot infested zombie, a dried up zombie and a before/after hockeystick head bash zombie.

The Secret Sessions (2017 – 2018)

The Secret Sessions presents movie experiences where live theatre fuses with classic movies. We have been part of the Shaun of the Dead Movie Experience (2017) and The Princess Bride Movie Experience (2018).
For these events we have created scars, an albino, a one-armed zombie, various old age make-ups and zombified large parts of the show’s audience for several nights.

Snuff Film (2016)

Film maker Michael Laicini was in need of black & white simulated snuff film footage for a horror short, so we ‘beat up’ his actors for him. This shoot was extremely challenging because the various stages of injuries and the very short time frame in which the location was available. It also involved tattoo cover-up.

Cole “The Monster of Pilkington County” Bowman (2014)

For a film project titled “The Life of Daniel”, we created this original make-up to turn writer/actor Joseph Moore into an early 20th century burn victim. The character looks as if he has been patched up as well as possible with the skin grafting techniques available in that time period.

Rose Hunter – “Black & Blue” (2014)

Rose Hunter Domestic Abuse SFX Make-up

Rose Hunter is an upcoming singer-songwriter from BC. Her debut single “Black and Blue” is based on her experiences with domestic violence.
We created this abuse make-up for her music video, which was shot at Villa Sound in Collingwood, in November 2014.
In the video, her injuries disappear one by one, to show her healing herself from the inside.

A Dark Matter (2011)

A Dark Matter is a film noir about a man obsessed with artist’s eyes.
We created prop eyeballs for a surgery scene and eyeballs in formaldehyde in different states of decay, as well as SFX make-ups for the main actor after he lost an eye. We created the stab wound for a scene featuring the discovery of a dead body. Because the shoot location had porous wood floors that could not be damaged, we created “wet” pools of blood that could be placed on the floor beneath the actress, and then peeled off after shooting without any damage to the floors.

Avatar: The Exhibit (2012)

Special guests at the opening of “Avatar: The Exhibit” at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener, ON.
We created custom nose and ear prosthetics and costumes to resemble Jake Sully and Grace Augustine from James Cameron’s Avatar. We custom made Grace’s Stanford shirt and jewellery, and made tails with an internal bone structure that allowed them to swish back and forth like real tails. Finally, we used special waterproof makeup so that it would not transfer onto museum guests, and that stayed on for 48 hours without re-application.

Various injuries

We can create any wound, big or small, on your actors, either by using our hand-made prosthetics, or by building it up on the spot.
For example: Cuts, Claw marks, Bullet wounds, Broken nose, Burns, Branding, Bite marks, Bug infestations, Compound fracture, Torn cuticle, etc.

Various props