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Ryan Nicholson (1971 – October 8, 2019) was a Canadian special effects makeup artist and filmmaker.

Ryan Nicholson
Born1971 (1971)
Died (aged 47)
OccupationSpecial effects makeup artist, filmmaker
Spouse(s)Megan Nicholson
AwardsGemini Award: Best Achievement in Makeup in Andromeda


Nicholson was born in 1971 in Victoria, British Columbia.[1] He was a self-taught artist who ran special-effects shop Flesh & Fantasy for a number of years before he began directing and producing his own independent films through his production company Plotdigger Films.[2]

He was married to Megan Nicholson and had one son.[3]


Nicholson worked in the makeup department on many television shows including The X-Files, The Outer Limits, Stargate and Andromeda for which he was nominated for the Gemini Award three times for Best Achievement in Make-Up, with a win in 2002.


Nicholson contributed to Scary Movie and Final Destination films, in addition to Elf, Blade: Trinity and The Chronicles of Riddick.[4]

Nicholson also wrote, produced, and directed several films under the banner of his production company Plotdigger Films, including Torched, Gutterballs, Live Feed, Hanger, Nature[5] and others.[6]


Nicholson died from brain cancer at age 47 on October 8, 2019.[3]


Year Film Functioned as Notes
Director Writer Producer Actor Role
2004 Torched Yes Yes Yes Short
2004 Necrophagia: Nightmare Scenarios Yes Yes Psychotic Boyfriend
2006 Live Feed Yes Yes Yes
2008 Gutterballs Yes Yes Yes Yes BBK
2009 La Petite Mort Presenter
2009 Hanger Yes Yes Yes Yes The Bum
2010 Star Vehicle Yes Yes Yes
2011 Suffer Yes Short
2012 Famine Yes Yes Yes Yes The Nailer
2012 My Name Is 'A' by Anonymous Yes
2012 Blood Valley: Seed's Revenge Yes Man in Truck
2014 Collar Yes Yes Yes Yes Bum Fighter 1


  1. ^ Taylor, Richard. "Saying Goodbye To Special FX/Indie Filmmaker Ryan Nicholson (1971-2019)". PopHorror. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "FILM INDUSTRY PROFILE — RYAN NICHOLSON — 23 QUESTIONS" (PDF). Insight Magazine (Tourism Victoria) Issue 2, Summer 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 23, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Devlin, Mike (October 9, 2019). "Victoria-raised makeup-effects artist Ryan Nicholson dies at 47". Times Colonist. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
  4. ^ Ryan Nicholson on IMDb[better source needed]
  5. ^ “BARRICADE” director Timo Rose gets back to “NATURE” with Bigfoot series
  6. ^ GUTTERBALLS director mounts a STAR VEHICLE

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