HIS prosthetic creations have appeared in blockbusters such as Harry Potter, Game of Thrones and Star Wars among many others - and now Shaune Harrison has returned to Wirral to set up his studio and academy.

A childhood fascination with film special effects coupled with dedication and hard work earned Eastham-born Shaune praise as one of the world's leading technical make-up and prosthetics artist has set up in Wirral after more than 30 years working in the film industry.

Shaune's catalogue of work also includes Captain America and The Avengers.

He has set up a studio and academy at Woodside Business Park, a two-storey office space on the fringes of Wirral Waters to share his experiences with others thinking of career in the industry.

He describes The Shaune Harrison Academy as the pinnacle of his many accomplishments and his dedication and devotion to his trade are the driving force behind its continued success.

Shaune - a former student of Eastham Secondary School, now South Wirral High - told the Globe: "I have moved back to Wirral because I grew up here and wanted to return to my roots after spending 30 years based near MediaCityUK working in the film industry."

On the inspiration that set him on the road to his chosen career, he continued: "I've always been interested in fantasy and creatures from a young age, watching Ray Harryhausen movies including 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts.

"I then saw a clip of An American Werewolf in London, which Rick Baker won his first Academy Award for, when I was 13 on Film '81 with Barry Norman.

"From then I became obsessed with make-up and special effects, so spent around six years sat in my bedroom trying to recreate the classic monsters with clay, putty and make up."

His first job was on Clive Barker's American dark fantasy horror film Nightbreed back in 1990.

His advice to anyone thinking of a career in the industry is simple..

"If anyone wants to get into this, it's all about practising as much as possible, trying to be original with their creations because that's what stands out from the crowd.

"And if you need to copy, then copy from the best in the business, and enjoy it. 

"I've been working in this industry for 31 years and I still love coming into work and creating new characters, either for myself and film / TV projects or teaching students how to create special make up effects.

"I have been able to fully customise my new premises and the location of Woodside Business Park is ideal for me with excellent transport links so it’s really accessible from Liverpool city centre and the M53 motorway."

Liza Marco, asset manager at Peel L&P, said: "We're very pleased to welcome Shaune and his academy to Woodside Business Park.

"Shaune has had an incredible career and we are privileged to have such a distinguished tenant move in.

"Woodside Business Park suits businesses that are looking for a unique base which they can modify to suit their individual needs and requirements."