The Team

RICK POUR

Rick Pour was born in Tehran, Iran. His family relocated to the United States when he was 3 years old, initially settling in Long Island, New York. At an early age, Rick’s father instilled in him a love for movies. While growing up in the 70s and 80s, arguably a golden age for the horror genre, Rick became enthralled by the art and magic of Make-Up Effects. In 1987, he and his parents moved to Wilmington, N.C., home of Screen Gems Studios. While finishing high school, Rick began working for TransWorld Entertainment in their retail music store, Tape World, eventually working his way up to Assistant Manager. His love for movies eventually saw him transfer to their video sales division, Saturday Matinee, where he was promoted to Store Manager. While being groomed to eventually move up to District Manager and with the help of his mentor Jeff Goodwin, Rick landed his first job as a Make-up FX Artist on the Brandon Lee noir cult hit "The Crow". In 1995, he and Goodwin co-founded Transformations Makeup FX Lab, an award-winning full-service makeup studio. However, the doors were closed in 2003 when Goodwin moved to Italy. Now, as a twenty-seven year veteran of the film industry, Rick has been fortunate enough to work with some of the biggest Directors in Hollywood such as, J.J. Abrams (Super 8), James Wan (The Conjuring), Ang Lee (Ride with the Devil) and Roland Emmerich (The Patriot).  Most recently, Rick was the Head of the Makeup Dept. for DC Universe’s “Swamp Thing” and oversaw both make-up and make-up FX on the re-boot of the ultra popular “Scream” franchise as well as Blumhouse’s horror film “The Black Phone”.       

JASON WILLIS

Jason Willis is a Make-up and Make-up FX Artist based in Wilmington, NC with over 20 years of film and TV experience. At a very early age, Jason knew he wanted to become a professional make-up artist. Though he has housed and sold his ceramic art work in several boutique art galleries and performed professionally on numerous stages throughout the Southeastern US as a musician, the desire to pursue make-up as a profession was never satisfied. After receiving a BFA in Studio Art, Jason began his film industry career in the independent film circuit while studying at Complections, Intl. Makeup Academy in Toronto, Canada. After residing for nearly 2 years in both Toronto and Vancouver, Jason returned to the U.S. and found his permanent home in NC. Some of his early credits include the award-winning indie feature “Hound Dog”, NBC Universal’s smash television hit “Surface” and Hallmark Hall of Fame’s “The Water is Wide”. Jason has furthered his career working with directors like Jack Bender, Lasse Hallstrom, Ti West, David Gordon Green, Steven Soderbergh, Brad Anderson and Scott Derrickson to name a few. His work has been featured on such projects as “The Hunger Games”, A&E/History Channel’s “Six”, Cinemax’s “Banshee-season 1”, CBS’s “Under the Dome- seasons 1-3”, Audience Network’s “Mr. Mercedes-seasons 1-2”, and most recently on the  feature films  “Scream 5”, “The Georgetown Project'' and “The Black Phone”.       

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JEFF GOODWIN

Jeff Goodwin is a multi-award nominated and winning Make-up and Makeup FX Artist with over 40 years of experience in the film industry.  He began his career in 1980 and has worked on more than 100 projects and counting. Some of Jeff’s early credits include David Lynch's cult classic “Blue Velvet”, Nicolas Roeg’s “Track 29”, the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, “Rambo III”, and Volker Schlondorff’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”, and the renown projects “Super Mario Bros.”, “Empire Records”, “The Last of the Mohicans”, ”A Walk to Remember”, and Ang Lee's “Ride with the Devil”. In 1995, Jeff founded Transformations Makeup FX Lab in Wilmington, NC with his cohort Rick Pour, where he not only created make-up and prosthetic works for numerous films, but also manufactured an array of FX make-up products under the Transformation brand. In 2003, Jeff relocated to Rome, Italy where he furthered his career on projects such as “War and Peace”, “Pinocchio” and “Empire” and received more prestigious awards for his make-up and cinematic achievements. In 2013 Jeff left Italy, returned to Wilmington, and teamed up with Rick Pour and Jason Willis. Since, notable credits include “Banshee”- season 1, “Under the Dome”-seasons 1-3, “Mr. Mercedes”-seasons 1-2, "The Sinner”-pilot, “Scream 5” and “The Black Phone”. Jeff’s makeup work is featured in Richard Corson’s publication “Stage Makeup Textbook” which is known as “the bible of stage makeup” and he is also the author of “Blue Velvet: Polaroids”, a visual book chronicling the making of the film. Though he has worked and taught make-up and make-up effects all around the world, Jeff calls Wilmington, NC home. 

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TONY ROSEN

Tony Rosen began his Special FX Make-up education as a student of the Tom Savini Special Make-up FX Program in Pittsburgh, PA, and through the Dick Smith Special Effects Training Course. From there, he gained notoriety working on such films as “The Conjuring” and “Annabelle” for which he is the creator of the Annabelle doll. From fabricating prosthetics, props, and set sculptures to creating special FX make-ups for numerous films over the past decade, Tony has furthered his broad spectrum of skills, knowledge and experience. More of his credits include “Under The Dome”, “Sleepy Hollow”, “Outcast”, “Swamp Thing”, “Halloween Kills”, “Scream 5” and “The Black Phone”.     

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MATT BARRETT

Matt Barrett is a staple of homemade effects in Wilmington, NC. Spending nearly a decade in the indie film world, Matt has learned to use out-of-the-box tricks and scrappy resourcefulness to stretch small budgets and produce high-quality results. Since joining the Skulls and making the jump to more recognizable projects, Matt’s credits include “The Black Phone”, and the upcoming “Florida Man”, “Appendage”, and “Obliterated”.      

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