Speaker Bios

Chris Lyons

Chris Lyons is a prolific make-up artist who specializes in character teeth and prosthetic facial effects for film, television, theater and multimedia promotional productions. Lyons heads up a team of very talented professionals at Fangs FX, based in Buckinghamshire. Fangs is a team of dedicated make-up artists. Every challenge is met with imaginative design and skill. This is reflected in the clientele who have come to rely on Lyons and his team, from award-winning personal make-up artists to special effects companies who have gone on to win BAFTAs and Oscars.

Fatima Thomas

M.A.C. Senior Artist and glam fanatic Fatima Thomas’ approach to beauty hails back to the club and disco culture of the 1970s and the high-octane style pioneered by the likes of Donna Summer, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry, Iman and Grace Jones. Her day-to-day responsibilities include designing looks for shows, creating body-painting concepts for commercials and traveling the world to prepare celebrities (including Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Fergie and Cyndi Lauper) for public appearances.
Jonah Levy

Jonah Levy

Jonah Levy has been working in the make-up effects industry since he was 17, doing film, television, theater, corporate conventions and theme parks. His film credits include Green Lantern, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, I Am Number 4, Zombieland and The Crazies. Levy runs Blue Whale Studios Inc., a full-service make-up and special make-up effects facility located in Atlanta.

Matthew Silva

Matthew Silva, co-owner of Blue Whale Studios Inc. has been working as a make-up artist for over 10 years and has been part of make-up teams on such projects as Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, The Accountant, Allegiant, The Vampire Diaries and Selma. Before partnering with Jonah and Crystal Levy, Silva owned a well-known Atlanta based make-up effects shop: Black Tie FX. His acute attention to detail makes Silva a strong and versatile artist—with a skill set ranging from beauty and fashion to technical sculpture, armor making and prop building.  

Neil Morrill

Neil Morrill is a sculptor/make-up effects artist, with over 24 years of experience in the UK and Canada. His work includes Band of Brothers, The Descent, Crimson Peak, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Strain and more recently Hereditary and IT. Morrill was credited as supervisor/designer on Suicide Squad and the upcoming DC film Shazam.

Siân Richards

Siân Richards is a single mother of two and an award-winning make-up artist. Richards has worked in every avenue that make-up demands, from editorial to special effects. She won The People’s Critics Choice Award for transforming Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas and was Emmy and 706 Guild Award nominated for her transformation of Queen Latifah into ’30s blues icon Bessie Smith. Richards was the personal make-up artist to Chadwick Boseman on Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and others. She wrapped Avengers 4 (Untitled) this year. She also has a successful brand called Siân Richards London.

Vivian Baker

Vivian Baker is a veteran make-up artist who has enjoyed a career in film, TV, commercials, print and fashion for more than 25 years. She has worked on such high-profile projects as Oz The Great and Powerful, Grey Gardens and her latest film, Jurassic World. Her clients include Hilary Swank, Michelle Williams, Ryan Reynolds and Tom Hanks. Baker says having the proper lighting wherever she works is critical to her success.