Adam Johanson working on a prosthetic witch head in Odd Studio -  long shot
Adam Johanson working on a prosthetic witch head in Odd Studio -  long shot
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Fri 05 Mar 2021

Odd Studio turns people into weird and wonderful creatures

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Adam Johansen's studio specialises in prosthetic makeup, character design and costume props.

Sydney-based company Odd Studio have created prosthetic make up, creature effects, animatronic characters, special effects, props and models for some of the biggest blockbusters of all time, including Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), Alien: Covenant (2017) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

In this video, Adam Johansen, co-director of Odd Studio, gives us a brief tour of his studio and introduces us to his many weird and wonderful creations, including a witch made from prosthetic appliances that will sit in ACMI's centrepiece exhibition, The Story of the Moving Image.


Odd Studio is a creature effects and makeup effects company based in Sydney. We specialise in prosthetic makeup, character design and costume props.

I'm Adam Johansen. I'm one of the directors from creature effects company Odd Studio. In the ACMI display the final character will be a witch but we're not pushing it too far into fantasy. We're sort of finding a balance between a realistic looking old woman with witchy features. I'm putting the final textures on the sculpture that consists of doing fine pore details and some wrinkles and veins and things like that.

My business partner Damian and I have always had a fascination with creatures and monsters and makeup effects. All the sculpting and the moulding and the casting all happens in a workshop. We would take this on set and apply it. These days the biggest challenge for for us, you know, doing full makeups is the high def cameras and the change in light.

These are the witch hands. So, we've gone for sort of knuckle-y arthritic, Some veins and wrinkles. These are just a cast straight out of the mould. This is a glove that we made for another job. You can see how these ones will end up working and how effective they look.

Hopefully it's so seamless that people don't really think about it too much and they just accept the character as a real thing.

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