Our Story

Paul Katte

Nick Nicolaou

Make-up Effects Group (M.E.G.) is an internationally renowned and award winning Special Make-up Effects Studio, offering high quality Prosthetic Make-up, Animatronic Characters, Special Make-up Effects, Creature Effects, Costumes, Puppets and Model Making services for Film, TV, Theatre and Advertising.

Make-up Effects Group have provided Special Make-up Effects and Services for numerous Feature Films, TV, Theatre and Advertising productions, including: The Moogai, Sting, Mad Max Furiosa, Talk To Me, Transfusion, Interceptor, Wrymwood 2: Apocalypse, Three Thousand Years of Longing, Bump, Occupation Rainfall, Mortal Kombat, Titus Andronicus, Mr. Inbetween2, Peter Rabbit, Nekrotronic, Pimped, Underbelly Files: Chopper, Wake in Fright, Cleverman S1 & S2, Doctor Doctor S1 & S2 & S3, Ghost in the Shell, The Osiris Child: SFV1, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Men Tell No Tales, Mad Max: Fury Road, Childhood’s End, Enigma Man, House of Hancock, Backtrack, The Wolverine, I, Frankenstein, The Hobbit, Redd Inc., Needle, Cloudstreet, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Tempest, Larry the Lawnmower, Crush, The Warrior’s Way, Prince Caspian, Priscilla Live, Heyy Babyy, Black Water, 2:37, Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Gone, Silk, Candy, Charlotte’s Web, Feed, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Man Thing, Darkness Falls, Ned, The Great Raid, Matrix Revolutions, Matrix Reloaded, Double Vision, Cyber Wars, Cut, The Matrix, Two Hands, Paws, The Island of Dr Moreau, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Babe and Critters 2.

Co-founders, Paul Katte and Nick Nicolaou, have established themselves as a creative and reliable team since officially commencing operation in 1987. From the company’s inception, they have earned a reputation for creating high quality work. Their commitment to maintaining the highest standard of design, fabrication and cosmetic finishing has not only kept them in demand, but has seen them evolve as one of the leading studios in the world for creating quality work of this kind.

With their combined talents and experience, the M.E.G. team are well equipped to produce everything in-house, from initial concept illustrations and maquettes through to the finished creation. This approach to their work ensures stringent quality control and integrity for each of their creations. Their ability to produce cutting edge work is attributed to their innovative designs and utilisation of the latest developments in state of the art materials and technology. They can oversee projects from initial concepts and roughs, sculpting and fabrication, through to the filming of the effects or characters on set. Their knowledge of filmmaking and computer graphics allows for close collaboration between all departments and seamless integration with post-production requirements.


M.E.G.’s state of the art 1,200 sq metre facility is fully equipped to meet the FX needs of any production. It is slick and stylish, designed to inspire creativity around every corner and imbues a clean and professional aesthetic.

Their departments include animatronic machine shop, 5 station make-up room, art and design department, foam latex and silicone room, production and editing rooms, spray painting rooms, mould-making and sculpting facilities, as well as a large display room.

The studio is set up to accommodate all the aspects of their craft under one roof. They are very much in touch with what is happening in the world market of the film and make-up FX industries. Thier expertise can create anything from a prosthetic make-up to full animatronic creatures with lip sync capabilities, to miniatures and model-making and anything in between.

To meet the clients needs, M.E.G. take great pride in creating effects of a world class standard, with strict quality control and emphasis on every artistic stage.


Make-up Effects Group have won numerous Awards including: The Inaugural Australian Society of Make-up Artists award for the feature films, Ned (2004), Cut (2000), The Matrix (1999). They have also won the Australian Production Design Guild award (APDG) for best Prosthetic Makeup Design for the SYFY Channel’s mini-series Childhood’s End (2015), the ITHACA International Fantastic Film Festival Jury Award for Best Special Effects for the feature film Redd Inc. (2012), the Screamfest L.A award and British Horror Film Festival award for Best Horror Make-up for the feature film Needle (2010), and Best Visual Effects at the St. Kilda Film Festival for the short film Fuel (2004).

Make-up Effects Group have been featured in many national and international journals, publications and television shows including: Inside Film, Filmink, Le Cran Fantastique, Cinescape, Sci-fi and Fantasy International, Cinefex, Modeler’s Resource, Make-up Artist Magazine, Smoke and Mirrors Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, Encore Magazine, Campaign Brief, and the American “Cinema Secrets” television special.