Hi all my name is Steve Neill and I have worked in motion picture visual effects for over 30 years. In that time I have created monsters, aliens and other make up effects for films, TV and commercials. In addition I have made miniatures and CGI animations. In this blog, as time allows I will be posting pictures from my past work as well as my current work.  And visit my website for more fun: sneillfx
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30 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Chrys Rodrigue
    May 21, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Hi, Steve,
    Someone sent me this video, and it made me think of you: I remembered you love aviation models. This is one of those balsa radio-controlled affairs and, well, roll, pitch, and yaw have been taken to new heights and geometries!

  2. August 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Chris!
    I’m Nick Pearce, Your cousin should have hopefully mentioned me a short while ago. I’m going to be visiting San fernando for a about 3 months from the UK starting at the end of the month, I’ve just finished University practicing Model making and I was hoping I could visit you and pick your brain as it were while I’m out there.

    • August 4, 2010 at 7:57 pm

      Hi Nick would that be Susan? BTW I’m Steve Neill, maybe you meant somwone else?


      • August 10, 2010 at 1:44 am

        Cripes! sorry for getting your name mixed up there, I was talking to an class mate of mine when I began typing sorry for the goof up there, either way yes susan was the one who told me how to contact you, but yeah I was hoping to get the chance to meet you while I’m on holiday

  3. August 10, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    No problem Chris let me know when you’re in town.


  4. 7 Dave Hampton
    October 30, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    This is concerning the submarine George Washington
    I see that you provide a CD with your 1/144 kit. I am building the sub in a bigger scale. Does you CD or plans have much in the way of deck details. If so, would you be willing to sell one which might help me in doing the final details of mine.

    • October 31, 2010 at 12:04 am

      Hi Dave. There’s not much detail in the plans but then again the deck wasn’t that detailed. I’ll see what I can find as there were no plans on the CD. I might still have them some where. Lost from one of my many PCs but maybe backed up on CD.


  5. 9 Dave Hampton
    October 31, 2010 at 1:02 am

    Thanks I appreciate the reply.

  6. 10 ron shinkle
    October 21, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Got your name from Carlos Santos. I’m looking for someone to build my Accurate Model’s 1:20 scale F-1 engine kit. If you are not familiar with the kit I think you can still see it at their web site. Let me know if you are interested. Thanks

  7. 11 Kevin Cox
    January 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Steve,
    Its great to see you are not letting all the talent that you have go to waste. Awesome work as usual!!!

    • January 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm

      Kevin it’s so good to hear from you! Hope you’re still flying and building. Talk about talent!

      I’m still flying and building not posting that much on that.

      Stay in touch Kevin!


  8. 13 Preston Martin
    December 7, 2012 at 1:08 am

    Hey Steve, I am just getting started in 1/144 scale Ship modeling, with a focus on subs. Do you still offer your George Washington? Do you have any plans to create the Larger Ohio class, or know of anybody who makes one in this scale? Feel free to E-mail me P.Woog1@Gmail.com My name is Preston, and I work with a bunch of Ex-Submariners here at Boeing. I would love to Start a “Sub Club” here to serve the Puget Sound!

    • December 7, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Hi Preston I have no planes for any more scratch built subs. I have two big ones and one Gato that will hold me. I don’t make kits anymore too problematic. Some can build others blame you who can’t for making the kit wrong. 😉
      If you get a club going in this area let me know I’d love to run with someone. It’s been along time not many bubble heads out here!


  9. January 21, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Hi Steve, Matt Boardman suggested i contact you about having a model of Voyager made and painted. Only issue is that i am in the UK. Could you get in touch and let me know if you could do this and what it would cost?

  10. March 30, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Hi Steve Neill,

    First off, i really injoy your Youtube movies and updates. You are one of the few people that give very clear info on how the original models where like and how things are and where done in the studio’s. learned a lot from you. So i present you with this dilemma.
    Maybe you can help me with this question? Did Polar Lights disarm the 1/350 TOS Enterprise? For 2 weeks, I’m one of the few lucky owners in the Netherlands, of the 1/350 TOS Enterprise kits. I’m one of those modelers that wants to make the model as realistic as possible.( So yes, no gritt-lines, only penciled ones (maybe).)
    So i got my hands on a nice set of compact laserkits. Opened the box of the model, took out the saucer, but no 3 faser emitter resessies on the saucer. Went thru every enterprise technical manual, blue print set and technical wallposter. All have the emitter resesses on them. The only resource i don’t have access to is the studio-model, can’t find any clear picture to see if there on there. Or if they had edit it later, on all the AMT/ERTL/Revell kits and all the other diagrams and pictures. Or is it posible that Polar Lights just forget to put them on the saucer? I understood that you made several of the TOS enterprises and got first-hand acces to the persons or sources that know the answer to this question: did Polar Lights disarm the Enterprise? Would love to hear from you if i’m wrong in the question.

    Best regards en thanks,
    Henk Hei

  11. August 17, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Steve by chance are you related to special effects make up guru Ve Neill??

  12. 19 Benjamin Glenn
    January 17, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Steve – Happy New Year and thanks for keeping the camera rolling in your shop. I always learn something ever time I watch. All the best to you and yours – Benjamin Glenn

  13. 20 Daniel
    February 28, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Hi Steve I was woundering if you could help me with my voyager build I’m building for the brother I’m having an issue with the number of LEDs and there location for the navagation lights and also which type of led tape to use

  14. 21 Brad Hoplock
    July 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Hi there Steve, my name is Brad, I’m a new comer to your site. You do all the things I love about the movie industry. When I saw Star Wars in 77 I was 14. That movie changed my life. Like it did for everyone. I’ve been an
    artist for as long as I can remember. I’ve been in the TV commercial production industry for 25 years, but my job was discontinued just this past Feb. I’ve been looking for work ever since. I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
    If I was a lot closer to your shop, I’d be on your doorstep to help you with whatever I could do to give you a hand. I also do computer graphics! If there is anything I could do for you, I’d love to be a part of the things you do. I have yet to find a job, even something to tide me over till I find a full time position in the industry. I will put a link to some of the work I’ve done in the past. Its not Hollywood level work, but it made my clients very happy. I hope we can connect someday in an email or chat on Skype? Don’t worry, I’m not some crazy. I just really like what you do. Hearing you worked at Don Post, there is a good chance I have some of your handy work! Way back I bought the Star Wars Masks from Don Post! I still have them, Darth Vader, C3PO and Chewbacca.
    I used to make my own scratch built but not the way you do. I didn’t have the materials you have, so I had to make
    substitutes to achieve the kind of model you make. As an example, I made a very large Biker Scout on a speeder bike. The bike was constructed of corrugated cardboard and then covered with cork sheeting. Then I made a kind of putty to fill all the small holes that are in cork and then sanded it all down. I used a lot of wood, very thick art board, anything really I could get my hands on. Then the biker scout was carved out of a product called Lastifoame.
    My father brought it home from where he worked, in the aerospace industry. Its a great product to work with. I made all his body parts and then glued them together. Then I made all his body armor from foam plastic place mats, and his shoulder and knee pads from flour scoops with the handle cut off and shortened. I had no way of doing any kind of vacuum forming, I went to the hardware store and looked for what I needed in other objects.
    Well, after all that yapping. One day maybe 5 or 6 years ago, a group of producers came to our shop. They were doing some location scouting, and then visiting all the production companies in town. When they were brought to my office, which had all my hand made models. The head guy gave me a very nice compliment on my speeder bike model. It turns out he was the head guy that worked on the speeder bike sequence in Return of the Jedi, at ILM! That was the best compliment I’ve ever had! Well, I think this email is long enough! Here is my link on youtube.

    Best Regards,
    Brad Hoplock

  15. 22 Heiner Skroblin
    November 4, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Hi Steve, GREAT Stuff! Just found your blog!


  16. 24 Matt Fletcher
    January 12, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Steve – i’m a long-time fan of yours, and love your videos and posts. I’ve started on a 1/350 NX-01 and found your RPF thread detailing your amazing build. It would be of immense help to me if you could let me know the products you used for the aluminum finish. Looks like you used Testors “aluminum finish rub and buff” and then sealed it with something. I’d like to try and make mine look as beautiful as yours. Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated!

    Happy New Year!

    • January 12, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Thanks Matt. I am told by the designer that it is based on a WW2 flight aluminum color. I jus ted used aluminum not rub and buff. If I did it again I’d use Aclads. I also used Acreations decals they look closer to the CGI models textures.
      All the best,

  17. 26 Terrence Dale Mann
    May 13, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I am not a modeller or prop maker, but I am an avid science fiction fan. You made some great posts on the RPF message boards regarding your work on the cult film Laserblast. Your weapon and amulet design were not only the key items of the film, but were also a few of the best things about the film. Unfortunately for a fan like me there is nothing out there regarding the technical aspect of these fictional items. What did the gun fire? Plasma? Charged particles? Laserblasts (to coin the movie title)? What was it called? How many shots can it fire before reloading/recharging? What do the buttons and controls do? Did it have a purpose aside from just something to find and blow up stuff with?

    Then there is the mysterious amulet that appears to change the wearer on a genetic level. How does it work? Was the effect it had on Billy by design? What’s the connection with the original alien (if was very cool finding out you played that part)? I understand these props may have only gone as far in development as to only what was needed to move the plot forward, however you being the designer must have had some notions on the design and function if they weren’t directly instructed in the build. It would mean a lot to me and many other fans of the film that, like myself, have an interest in digging a bit deeper in the lore of the movie if such information can be revealed. Can you fill us in on any insights? Sorry if this is an inappropriate place for this topic. I didn’t know how else to contact you for this geeky stuff.

    • May 14, 2015 at 9:10 am

      Really the show was not that involved. As I recall was given some guidelines but very few. I kit bashed a lot from Star Trek prop parts I had, a 35 mm film can, 1 gallon container for the base. Sculpted the barrel and found a lot more parts for it at the surplus store. The amulet around his neck was sculpted and molded, cast in clear with blinking lights in it.
      Was just a low budget picture and the story never did really spell it out. I just did my job and built the props and did the make-up. Sorry I couldn’t lend more insight.

      all the best,


  18. 28 Donald W. Rodgers
    April 24, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Hi Steve, I am interested in getting Zefram Cochrane Statuette. i am willing to donate money for it. Please contact me at my email dwr2828@gmail.com

  19. 29 Teri
    January 2, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    The website doesn’t work

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