MCGSFX was set up by Paul to provide a complete one stop effects service. Encompassing all aspects of effects work, be it Special, Visual or Prosthetic effects.
Recently described in the press as an effects guru, Paul has worked in the television and film industry for over 30 years. His effects have appeared in science, drama and comedy TV productions such as Horizon, Death by Excess, Silent Witness, Sex Traffic, The Tunnel, Red Dwarf, Doc Marten. His cinema effects work include Revelation, The Constant Gardener, Botched, The Possession of David O’Reilly, Dementamania, Risen, 1864.
In 1985 Paul joined the BBC Special Effects Department, providing a wide range of special effects for the corporation’s drama, comedy and science output. Trained by the BBC in all aspects of effects including pyrotechnics, he was one of the first group to complete the now industry standard pyrotechnics course. This course was originally set up by the BBC to comply with the upcoming HSE legislation and requirements for risk assessments and method statements. During his time at the Special Effects Department Paul gained a reputation for his particular skills in sculpture and model making.
In 1992 Paul was promoted to Special Effects Designer, where he controlled and supervised all areas of effects for a multitude of BBC and independent drama, comedy and science productions. In 1994 Paul was asked to provide prosthetic autopsy corpses for a feature drama called ‘Degrees of Error’. This led to his appointment as Effects Designer for a new series called ‘Silent Witness’. Along with the normal weather, fire and large scale explosions, Paul was asked to provide the ‘Silent Witnesses’ for the autopsy scenes. This began a side career in prosthetics, which has continued to this day. He has provided Prosthetic make up for many film and TV productions. Recently he spent six months in Morocco, creating and applying many prosthetic effects make up’s on ‘Odyssey’. His work was also recently seen in the Danish feature ‘A War’ which was Oscar nominated in 2016.
In 1996 Paul set up a specialist unit within the BBC’s Special Effects Department providing computer generated effects. Paul secured funding from the BBC to purchase several Silicon Graphics and Apple Macintosh workstations. Trained in the use of Power Animator / Maya, Lightwave, After Effects, Shake and various other programs, he set about providing CGI content for Horizon, Red Dwarf, The Planets, Reeves and Mortimer, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet and many other science, comedy and drama shows. ?
In 2000 Paul left the BBC to set up his own company and continues to provide SFX, VFX and Prosthetics for many feature films and TV series.
Paul has been guest speaker at the 3D Festival in Malmo, BKSTS in Pinewood Studios, LEAF in London and has also been interviewed numerous times about his work including Radio 4’s ‘Mid Week with Libby Purves’, and Radio 2’s ‘Drive time with Simon Mayo’. Print interviews include profiles in The Financial Times Saturday supplement, Warpaint and more recently the Daily Record, Little White Lies and Virgin Atlantic’s Vera inflight magazine.
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