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Why Hide is an exciting new horror comedy from talented young film makers, Director James Cook and Karen Taylor.

I came on board to create some scary finger extensions for the ‘demon’ character. Due to the tight time constraints my role expanded to take on the makeup effect duties to create one of the haunted visions, a character called Kwaku Anansi.

James sent me across some concept art and mood boards that were invaluable to help me create this wonderful creature!

I began by doing my own drawings to make the earlier concept art work as a makeup. I also created the articulated finger extensions and will post videos of the hands in the near future.


Concept design sketch drawn by M Danbury


Mould Making

Various moulds and lifecast

The mask

Performer Jez Hunt getting into make up

Finished Character with articulated fingers just requiring a few finishing touches.




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Bruce Forsyth study

I decided to do some sculpting practice, what better than portrait sculpture.

So I printed off some reference photo’s of genius entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth. The sculpture has been moulded and I hope to cast out the finished head in the near future.


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Horror from the mind of Paul Gerrard

I have been collaborating again with visionary artist Paul Gerrard. Below are some images of a dark twisted demon.

Paul Gerrard is an incredible artist known primarily as a concept artist for film, television and the computer games industries. Check out his website at to see his fantastic work.

This project is in development and is a more traditional horror with a terrible body shock twist. Below are a few pictures of a prototype demon creature that I made for the proof of concept.


Concept art by Paul Gerrard used to base makeup design on.

The finished prosthetic makeup on set.


Work in progress shots, helped by makeup assistant Claire Golding.


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2011 Showreel

Mark Danbury’s Special Effects Showreel from Fantome Line on Vimeo.

So here it is…. my showreel.

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My Site is Finally Live!

Okay, it’s taken a little while, but my site has finally gone live. Bear with me over the next few weeks while I fill it up with meaty goodness!

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I was a member of the special effects team who created the spectacular Fire for the hit ITV soap Emmerdale that aired in January 2011.

I assisted Ian Rowley Special Effects to create the various fires with the use of flame bars, smoke and a spectacular fire ball at the Emmerdale Post Office.

We filmed in November 2010 during the heavy snows that engulfed the UK. If you watch the scene closely you can see the continuity nightmare that was to hinder the crew. snow etc. Thankfully much of the scene was shot in sequence so it appears that not only did the good folk of Emmerdale have a raging fire to contend with but horrendous arctic conditions too.

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One More Day

This is a wonderful short film that was adapted and directed by the very talented young film maker Alex Nichol. The film is an emotional little drama with a healthy dose of the blackest of humour. It is based on a short three panel cartoon created by the genius of Nicholas Gurewitch.

I had great fun creating the production design for the short, finding suitable prop items, creating the illusion of a real fire and providing the simple make-up. Even the grave stone is fake. Enjoy.

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I provided some nasty ‘out of the kit’ make up effects for newcomer James Cook’s psychological horror “Together”.

My involvement came late in the shoot of this new short film. I was asked to create two main make-ups. The first being a facial acid burn, the second was to create the effect of letters being carved into the victims skin.

James hopes his film gets to have it’s premiere at the Berlin film festival next year. Fingers crossed that it’s a huge success.

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Byker Grove

Sadly the long running, award winning programme is no longer on our screens but the hit TV show was my training ground for television.

My first job was to help out the art department as a prop maker and scenic artist back on seasons 7 and 8. My first role was to create tag/street art for the mischeivous character Terry, who got up to no end of trouble leaving his mark, ‘Godzilla!’ on the streets of Newcastle.

Later I was trained up as a set dresser and eventually an art director for seasons 9 and 10. Byker Grove was a popular and fast moving childrens drama, the script threw many challenges and with the help of an experienced and friendly crew we met those challenges head on.

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Wire in the Blood

The hit ITV series from Coastal Productions, “Wire in the Blood” showcased a number of grizzly scenarios and stories. My involvement came in season six when I was asked to create three mutilated suitcase victims.

In the story the bodies are discovered inside suitcases with their limbs hacked off, I guess they just don’t make suitcases big enough for serial killers these days! Then the mutilated corpses where thrown into a lake with the hope that they’ll never be seen again. Unfortunately for the killer but fortunately for me the bodies are discovered and I was given the task to realise their horrid demise and I had only a short amount of time to do it.

I began the job by doing research, what does a body look like after its been mutilated and thrown into a lake for several months? Well I found my answer from some rather disgusting images care of the pathology department. With research in hand, I drew up some designs and discussed the look of the corpses with the art department, who adviced me on just how grotesque to go with our poor victims.

So based on those instructions I set about creating the bodies by taking life casts from some very helpful volunteers. From those casts I created sculptures of the dead victims before making moulds and eventually the silicone castings.

The silicone rubber was pre-pigmented before applying into the mould, building up translucent layers one at a time. The bodies where then fitted with a wooden skeleton and filled with an expandable polyurethane foam.

The final bits to add was some congielled blood, gooey stuff to make the skin appear slimey and of course finished off with wigs and hair. NASTY!

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