Nick Maley

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Nick Maley started working in the film industry in 1969. Over the course of 54 movies Nick Maley has worked as a make-up artist, prosthetics designer, director of special make-up and creature effects, screenwriter, storyboard supervisor, and video director/producer.

His big break came in 1976 when his continued association with veteran Special Make-up designer Stuart Freeborn led to his involvement in the making of Star Wars and the famed Mos Eisley Cantina sequence. He contributed to Chewbacca, Greedo, Dr Evazan, Wuher the barman, Ponda Baba, Dannik Jerriko, The Fly Alien: Tzizvvt, Snaggletooths: Takeel & Zutton, the Crockers: Hrchek Kal Fas & Sai'torr Kal Fas, the Rat Alien: Snitch Garindan, Bat Alien: Kabe, Walrus creature: Mosep.

On Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, once filming started and crucial team member, Graham Freeborn, was occupied with the stars on set, Nick was the senior tech in the Creature FX workshop. He was a key collaborator in the creation of three versions of Yoda for which he was dubbed "that Yoda Guy." He co-built the full size Wampa, designed and built the close-up Mynock puppet, assisted with the Tauntaun's animatronic head, moulded and foamed the prosthetics for the Ugnaughts and other creatures.

He assisted Stuart for 7 years, contributing to Superman I & II and, as a make-up artist & effects consultant, also contributed to The Shining, The Man with the Golden Gun (007), Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, Flash Gordon, A Bridge Too Far, The History of the World Part I, and Clash Of The Titans.

Over the years that followed he designed and in some cases directed the prosthetic, animatronics and creature effects for Britannia Hospital, , The Keep, Lifeforce and Duran Duran's award winning video "Wildboys." On Highlander he not only conceived all the beheadings and designed the Kurgan's prosthetics, but also devised "the Quickening" by creating the storyboards for those sequences. His work was featured in several CINEMAX and HBO specials, led to articles in PunchPlayboy, Cinefantastique, and numerous newspapers, won a place in The Guinness Book of World Records, made the front cover of American Cinematographer, Fangoria, Fantastic Films, Starfix.

With 54 movie projects to his credit, Nick turned his attention to his artwork and the preservation of movie history which lead to the creation of the Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit in 2011.

Today Nick continues his involvement in entertainment events with autograph appearances and discussion panels at Star Wars conventions, ComicCons and keeps the history of these epic movies alive at his The Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit on the Caribbean island of Saint Maarten.