The X Files: Shapes – Werewolf Transformation

Screen shot from The X Files: Shapes episode

Screen shot from The X Files: Shapes episode

This series of images is from The X Files: Shapes episode directed by David Nutter. Here I am transformed into a werewolf by special effects makeup wizard Toby Lindala.  The whole process took about 3-4 hours. I gained much respect for actors who wear makeup like this on a daily basis, let alone the makeup artists like Toby who create it.

X Files: Shapes - Ty Miller werewolf transformation. Toby Lindala FX makeup

The first prosthetic pieces are glued on

X Files: Shapes - Ty Miller werewolf transformation. Toby Lindala FX makeup

The edges are paper-thin and blend seamlessly to the skin

The X Files: Shapes - Ty Miller werewolf transformation. Toby Lindala FX makeup

Peace, wolf brah.

The X Files: Shapes - Ty Miller werewolf transformation. Toby Lindala FX makeup

Blending to my skin tone

The X Files: Shapes - Ty Miller werewolf transformation. Toby Lindala FX makeup

This is about 1.5 hours in

X Files: Shapes - Ty Miller werewolf transformation. Toby Lindala FX makeup

This look is kind of funny with the hair clips still in. Prep for shoulder wounds, shave chest hair.

X Files: Shapes - Ty Miller werewolf transformation. Toby Lindala FX makeup

Notice the color palette Toby keeps on the back of his left hand

X Files: Shapes - Ty Miller werewolf transformation. Toby Lindala FX makeup

Practice now

X Files: Shapes - Ty Miller werewolf transformation. Toby Lindala FX makeup

Practice harder

You might notice the teeth in the above photos are different than the teeth in the photos below. It was decided to change them after seeing how they looked on camera. I think the worry was that the fangs below would be more visible since they were more positioned towards the front teeth.

X Files: Shapes - Ty Miller werewolf transformation. Toby Lindala FX makeup

Contacts and finishing skin color/blood. Sccccaaaarrry!

The contact lenses in the eyes were the hardest part to get used to. To make it look effective, I really had to open up my eyes wide and expose the lenses, and that proved difficult – because I had big foreign objects in my eyes! It made for an interesting look though, with the watery shine coming off the eyes.

These teeth were also REALLY sharp, so I had to be careful not to puncture my cheeks or tongue. I suppose I could have done some real damage if I went on a crazy werewolf tear, ripping flesh from people left and right. Those teeth were dangerous!

X Files: Shapes - Ty Miller werewolf transformation. Toby Lindala FX makeup

Ty as the werewolf and SFX makeup master Toby Lindala

The transformation scene was pretty fun to do. It was just this small bathroom in a soundstage that was lit very intricately, creating all kinds of cool shadows and effects. David Nutter, the director, is a master at creating stuff like this. He encourages people to try new things and really fosters a creative environment. He empowers people on his sets to be creative, and it really makes it fun to be a part of his team.

David and Gillian were great. I wish I had the chance to be in more scenes with them. Very nice people, both of them.  I’ve run into David a couple times since then, and he always remembers my name, which surprises me given the number of guest stars that have made their way on The X Files. He’s just one of those guys that remembers everything and everybody!  Very nice guy. Seems very bright. They both made me feel very welcome on the show.

Yes, absolutely love sci fi. It’s quite a bit like Halloween, the feeling of being someone completely different and anonymous, but the artistry is taken up a few notches. I think the guy in Pan’s Labyrinth (Doug Jones) must have a blast with all the different characters he gets to play. The makeup sessions must be brutal for him!

8 Responses

  1. Mavi Bausa says:

    AWESOME! Now I’ll have to watch it again to look into the tiny details!
    Where was it? LA or Vancouver?

  2. Jenn says:

    I remember that episode and it was very good. I would love to see you in something in the future! You are a great actor!!!

  3. Rhoda says:

    Didn’t see this, but the make-up is fabulous…

  4. Chris says:

    Hey Ty,

    Where is the ranch that belonged to you and your father on the episode located in real life? I believe it was called ‘Two Medicine Ranch’ on the show. Thanks!

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