Nick Nicolaou – Writer, Director, Producer
Nick Nicolaou has been working in the film & television industry for over 25 years in the field of special make-up effects. He is a Director of Make-up Effects Group (www.megeffects.com.au), one of the leading studios in the world for the creation of special prosthetic make-up effects, animatronic characters and creature effects.
Some of his film credits include, I,Frankenstein, The Wolverine, Cloud Street, 2:37, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Silk, Candy, Feed, Man Thing, Matrix 2 & 3, Double Vision, Cut, The Matrix, Two Hands, The Island of Dr Moreau and Babe.
Nick always knew that his love of special make-up effects would be a stepping-stone towards his passion for writing & directing feature films. His company Genre Pictures (www.genrepictures.com.au) was set up to help develop this dream.
Nick has various short film and feature film scripts to his name. He has adapted one of his feature film scripts, A NICE PLACE TO VISIT, a Sci-Fi/Conspiracy Adventure, set in 1963 America, into an independently produced concept promo/trailer. It was shot on Super 35mm and boasts a very stylish, elaborate and big budget feel.
Another trailer/short film directed by Nick, based on his feature screenplay, PARADISE LOST, won the Gold award for short form film at the Australian Cinematographer Society Awards in 2006. It’s a Drama/Horror film, about a man who has lost the love of his life to a senseless and tragic murder. He questions his faith and existence, as he struggles to find his way out of the darkness. The script was selected by Richard Taylor at WETA NZ, from over 50 script submissions and put into production development.
Nick has been production designer, producer, writer, director, and taken on various other key roles while developing all his projects.
In 2005 PARADISE LOST and DEAD END were picked up by producers. Dead End has been budgeted and steps taken to begin its development. Both projects were taken to the Canne open market seeking investor interest.
In 2006 a call-out for Director’s reels went out through ASDA (Australian Screen Directors Association) for an Australian film production called Prey, that was partially financed and seeking a Director to helm the project. Out of the hundreds of entries, Nick was selected in the final 3 applicants, but the project went to an already established director with a few major film credits under his belt.
In 2010 Nick began developing his feature film project MARY DOE, a Horror/Thriller Zombie film (www.marydoemovie.com).
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Kickstarter promotional presentations
Super 16mm trailer/promo based on feature script
Winner of the GOLD AWARD for short form film at the Australian
Cinematographer Society (ACS) Awards in 2006
|2002||A NICE PLACE TO VISIT
Super 35mm concept trailer/promo based on feature script
|2001||A GIANT TALE
Mini DV short film
IFILM film of the month - screened on the American Comedy Channel
Mini DV short film
|2009||MARY DOE - feature script|
|2006||CLUE LUST – feature script|
|2003||DEAD END - feature script|
|2001||PARADISE LOST - feature script|
|2001||SANTA’S LITTLE HELPERS - short film script|
|2001||THE LIFT - short film script|
|2001||A GIANT TALE - short film script|
|2000||WHAT A NIGHT - short film script|
|2000||TITANS FOREVER - feature script|
|2000||F - short film script|
|1999||A NICE PLACE TO VISIT – concept feature script|
MAKE-UP EFFECTS GROUP (feature films - abbreviated list)
|2014||Blacktrack||Prosthetics, Make-up Effects Supervisors||Michael Petroni|
|2012||The Wolverine (US)||Prosthetics, Make-up Effects Supervisors||James Mangold|
|2012||I, Frankenstein (US)||Prosthetics, Make-up Effects Supervisors||Stuart Beattie|
|2012||Redd Inc.||Prosthetics, Make-up Effects Supervisors||Dan Krige|
|2010||Needle||Prosthetics, Make-up Effects Supervisors||John V. Soto|
|2010||Cloudstreet||Prosthetics, Make-up Effects Supervisors||Matthew Seville|
|2007||Heyy Babyy||Animatronic Make-up Effects Supervisors||Sajid Khan|
|2006||Black Water||Special Make-up Effects||Nerlich/Traucki|
|2005||2:37||Prosthetics, Special Make-up Effects||Murali K. Thalluri|
|2005||Nightmares and Dreamscapes (US)||Prosthetics, Special Make-up Effects||Cootes/Hayes|
|2005||Gone||Prosthetics, Make-up Effects Supervisors||Ringan Ledwidge|
|2005||Silk (US/HK)||Prosthetics, Make-up Effects Supervisors||Chao-Bin Su|
|2005||Candy||Realistic Still Born Baby Model||Neil Armsfield|
|2005||Charlottes Web (US)||Animatronic Pig Sculpture||Gary Winick|
|2005||Feed||Prosthetic Make-up Supervisors||Brett Leonard|
|2004||The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (US)||Prosthetics Technician/Make-up||Andrew Adamson|
|2003||Man Thing (US)||Make-up Effects, Creature Suit Fabrication||Brett Leonard|
|2002||Darkness Falls (US)||Special Make-up Effects, Puppeteering||Jonathan Liebesman|
|2002||Ned||*Prosthetic Make-up Supervisors||Abe Forsythe|
|2002||The Great Raid (US)||Prosthetic Wound Fabrication||John Dahl|
|2002||Matrix Revolutions (US)||Prosthetics, Special Make-up Effects||Wachowski Bros.|
|2002||Matrix Reloaded (US)||Prosthetics, Special Make-up Effects||Wachowski Bros.|
|2001||Double Vision (US/HK)||Prosthetics, Make-up Effects Supervisors||Chen Kuo-Fu|
|2001||Cyber Wars (US)||Prosthetic Make-up Effects Supervisors||Jian Hong Kuo|
|1999||Cut||*Prosthetics, Make-up Effects Supervisors||Kimble Rendall|
|1998||The Matrix (US)||*Animatronic Make-up Effects Supervisors||Wachowski Bros.|
|1998||Two Hands||Prosthetic Make-up Fabrication||Greggor Jordan|
|1996||Paws||Animatronic Dog Effects Supervisors||Karl Zwicky|
|1995||The Island of Dr Moreau (US)||Prosthetic Make-up Application||John Frankenheimer|
|1995||Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (US)||Prosthetic Make-up Fabrication||Bryan Spicer|
|1994||Babe||Sculpting, Painting & Finishing||Chris Noonan|
|1987||Critters 2 (US)||Special Make-up Effects||Mick Garris|
* Inaugural Australian Make-up Artists Award for ‘Best Special Make-up Effects and Animatronics’