Sangeet Prabhaker is one of the industry’s most respected prosthetics and special effects make-up artists. He has worked on everything from Prison Break, Game of Thrones and Batman – The Dark Knight Rises, but prides himself on the lesser well-known productions for their non-factory feel. Uber cool, rebellious and unschooled, Sangeet’s humble beginnings were in his bedroom as a teenager, watching Star Trek and creating prosthetic pieces with much of his time and money being spent on products. Sangeet is a staunch proponent for crafting your own techniques, which is where he believes the magic in make-up lies. The film that inspired Sangeet to pursue his career, was “FX Murder By Illusion”- A film special effects make-up artist is hired to fake a real-life mob killing for a witness protection plan, but finds his own life in danger.
Sangeet had his first big break on Little Britain, turning Matt Lucas into the obese, often naked female character – Bubbles. If you know, you know! Working with Prosthetics legend Neil Gorton on Little Britain, Sangeet pushed extremely hard to develop his career and shared the mantra that: “Life is about figuring out who you are. It’s not just about what you achieve, but more the person you become in the process.” This powerful message resonated with everyone in the room.
The students were very inspired by Sangeet explaining how sustainable a career in make – up really is, especially with prosthetics skills being so in demand. The film and TV industry are currently exploding in rambunctious style, with many Netflix and HBO productions underway. There has never been a better time to become a prosthetics make-up artist. He went on to explain that make-up students and self-taught artists have fast access to information about prosthetics, that have taken older artists 15 years or so to acquire. The down-side of this, is a paint-by numbers approach to prosthetics, so what Sangeet is looking for with anyone who wishes to assist him, is a great deal of perseverance and self-development. He also explained that the process from casting, to sculpting, to application and painting requires different skill-sets. As a prosthetics artist, you can excel in one area and make a niche career out of it!
After many years working on his own techniques, Sangeet has developed sets of moulds (available to buy!) for silicone injuries to be easily created from. The process involved taking casts from shot pig carcasses (already dead – purchased from a butchers FYI), and using true-to-life ammunition rounds and knives, which would be used in films and productions requiring these prosthetic injuries. No detail was left uncovered!
After a thoroughly interesting talk, Sangeet got onto the demonstration of creating a prosthetic piece for a bullet wound, and applying to one of the students:
We loved this special masterclass from Sangeet, who is one of the most passionate, knowledgable and interesting experts we have hosted so far. Sangeet will be returning to cover specific areas of prosthetics in greater detail, for our incredibly lucky students.
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