First of all, why don't you introduce yourself to those of us who
don't already know you?
Hi, I'm Tracey Jane and I am a special effects makeup artist working in the
horror industry. I design my own silicone prosthetic make up. I also make
to-order specialist props, i.e. breakable bottles, glass, mirrors and guns
and knives etc. I’ve been designing and making prosthetics and other
props for about 4 years and I thoroughly enjoy this part of my work
What got you into
doing special effects makeup in the first place, and did you receive any
formal training on the subject?
worked in child care, I was the sole proprietor of a children’s day
nursery for 11 years before making a career change moving into hair and
beauty, then into special effects makeup
was influenced to enter into special effects makeup by the makeup of the
likes of David Bowie, Adam Ant, and the new romantic era of music. I
received my first Adam and the Ants makeup kit when I was 8 years old!
My interest then escalated from there! It’s something I’ve always been
Do talk about some past and
current films you've worked on, and your specific tasks on those?
first film I worked on was directed by Dominic Power (Emmerdale), this was
his first film as a director. In this film I worked on hair and some blood
effects. I then worked on some independent films, and then lockdown was
instigated, which for me was a very difficult time, but did give me a much
needed break and time to concentrate on my skills as a special effects
During lockdown I started making props i.e. breakable bottles and
extremely hyper realistic body parts. I opened an online shop and posted
pictures of products I was selling on social media, at which time I was
contacted by Mark Willis (an independent director). He asked if I could
make props for use on the film Blue Bodies.
was approached by a my friend and special effects artist Alex Gent to help
on the film“Witches of the Sands, directed by Tony Mardon [Tony
Mardon interview - click here]. From this I
was approached by other directors as my name became more known.
chain of events led me to be asked to work on the film The House That
Zombies Built for Silent
Studios, directed by Jason Wright [Jason
Wright interview - click here]. We
spent 10 days on set making up various cast members as zombies, sometimes
as few as 6, sometimes as many as 20. Some days we were on set at 6am and
finished at 8 pm! All good fun but long hours. This did allow me to showcase my work on prosthetic brains and the like
on low budget films is fun but incredibly hard work, everyone has to be
professional at all times and pull their weight. This is demanding work
the hours are long and you have a limited budget to contend with .
working on The House That Zombies Built my work was seen by screenwriter,
director and producer Dom Morgan who approached me to work on his up-and-coming film
Morris Men, which is to premiere at Cineworld
Leicester sq in the autumn 2022. I look forward to working Dom Morgan again
on future projects
future projects you'd like to share?
currently making body props for the film Video Shop Tales of Terror,
a film directed by Singh Lall and produced by Alex Patterson–Churchyard. Alex also directed the film
Mosaic which I also worked on
in hair and makeup, and I also made props for this film
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What's your specific
approach to creating special effects makeup, and how much freedom do you
want or demand on your creations?
far I have a lot of freedom in my work i.e. I make my own props. I also
follow designs as per the director’s wishes
What are some of the favourite aspects of
your job, what could you do without?
favourite part of my job? All of it, I love the people, sets, everything.
effects artists who inspire you?
was inspired by as I’ve said the new romantic music era. Currently I am
inspired by the work of Stuart Brey and Neil Gorton and their work in
special effects. One day I would love to work with them.
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media, whatever else?