What happens when you’re interested in medicine, anatomy and biology, but also have a passion for horror and science fiction films?
You create your own special effects company! Join us as we speak with Justin Raleigh, CEO of Fractured FX located in Monrovia, CA.
Mr. Justin Raleigh grew up in an unstable, low-income environment in Apple Valley, California where, in his own words he had very limited opportunities and exposure to different careers. Over the past 25 years, he has created his own path and pursued his artistic and scientific passions. He worked his way up working 16-18-hour days in the special effects industry, becoming a special effects makeup artist and learning every step of the way. Before founding Fractured FX, Mr. Raleigh supervised the specialty costumes for Tron: Legacy, The Last Airbender, and Watchmen. He has now been CEO of his own company for approximately 15 years and is passionate about exposing students to careers in the special effects industry.
Fractured FX is a multiple Emmy-nominated special effects company that creates prosthetic make-up to help make people look old or look like a famous character. In 2015, the team from Fractured FX won an Emmy for their work on American Horror Story and more recently, in 2020 they were nominated for outstanding prosthetic work on Westworld. Mr. Raleigh and Fractured FX is known for creating creatures and special costumes. For example, they created the gold suits for the 2018 film, Aquaman (pictured here). In addition, the company’s work on surgical simulations and medical anomalies featured on shows such as Cinemax’s The Knick, starring Clive Owen has now allowed them to expand their work beyond movies and television. Fractured FX has worked with the Simulator Program at Boston Children’s Hospital to create realistic anatomical brain and heart models to aid in surgical training for medical procedures on infants and toddlers.
To bridge hyper-realistic, synthetic anatomy and create medically accurate models that will engage surgeons through realistic living tissue, his team studied anatomy, performed surgeries on cadavers and studied anonymous patient data. Among other things, they created an endoscopic brain model which consists of a child-like bust, complete with hair growing out of it, but that can also be cut through the scalp, skull, release dura and gray matter, and is complete with pulsing tissue.
You can find the work of Fractured FX on TV shows such as Stranger Things, American Horror Story, Westworld, Swamp Thing, and movies such as 300: Rise of an Empire, The Conjuring/Conjuring 2, The Joker, and Aquaman.
Justin Raleigh, CEO Fractured FX
Thursday, October 29th, 2020 at 11 AM
Virtual Tour of the 12,000 sq ft studio: displays, sculpting, fabrication, seeming, 3D printing and design, painting, casting, and photography
Q&A – learn about his career trajectory and the special effects industry