Speaker Bios

Candice Stafford-Bridge

Candice Stafford-Bridge

After graduating from make-up school in April 1998, Candice Stafford applied to the local IATSE film union and was granted membership in 2001. Since then she has worked on countless film and television productions both assisting and as head of department. Now, as the co-chair of the make-up department for IATSE Local 891, Stafford is focused on keeping members’ skills at world-class levels and ensuring standards are maintained.

Mike Fields

Mike Fields is an award-winning special make-up effects artist. He is known for his work on Star Trek: Beyond (2016), Elysium (2013) and Deadpool (2016).

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.

Werner Pretorius

Hailing from South Africa, Werner Pretorius is an effects veteran with 23 years of film experience as a sculptor and designer. After majoring in Fine Arts and Puppeteering in South Africa, Pretorius started work in the film industry there before coming to Canada in 2005. Pretorius spent 8 years working at Mastersfx as art director and being one of the lead artists there, he had the unique opportunity to design and create many of their projects. In 2015 He combined his talents with Richard Darwin to create Amazing Ape Productions.