Students create special effects in ‘amazing’ prop production masterclass

on December 4, 2019

London-based prop production company, Bentley Advanced Materials, visited Barnfield College yesterday to host a fantastic masterclass to a range of our students.

Throughout the masterclass, Hair, Beauty, Media and Art and Design students were introduced to industry standard materials from Bentley Advance Materials, which is heavily involved in special effects used in Hollywood blockbusters.

Students were taught advanced casting and molding techniques by Dave Oxborrow, who demonstrated different methods of moulding, including life casting, foam casting, silicones and wound boards.

He said: “We are showing students the kind of materials we use, how to use them and why they’re important to the industries we work in. Practical mould making and casting, along with wound boards and various other types of material are an integral part of the special effects work we do.”

Students were then given the chance to try their hand at these techniques, and had the opportunity to practice mixing silicones, creating molds and making casts to create realistic silicon special effect make-up and molds.

Luke Collins Level 3 Extended Diploma Art & Design “I have really enjoyed this workshop today. I am a 3D artist where I mainly use ceramics and plaster work. This has helped to expand my knowledge on the different types of art and materials I can use.”

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Aaron CaisleyStudents create special effects in ‘amazing’ prop production masterclass