Nick Maley

Creature Effects

Nick Maley "The Yoda Guy"- Creature Effects Artist on Star Wars A New Hope & The Empire Strikes Back 

Over the course of 54 movies Nick worked as a Make-up Artist, Prosthetics Designer, Director of Special Make-up and Creature Effects, Screenwriter, Storyboard Supervisor and video Director/Producer.

His big break came in 1976 when his continued association with veteran Special Make-up designer Stuart Freeborn led to his involvement in the making of STAR WARS and the famed Mos Eisley Cantina sequence. He contributed to Chewbacca, Greedo, Dr Evazan, Wuher the barman, Ponda Baba, Dannik Jerriko, The Fly Alien: Tzizvvt, Snaggletooths: Takeel & Zutton, the Crockers: Hrchek Kal Fas & Sai'torr Kal Fas, the Rat Alien: Snitch Garindan, Bat Alien: Kabe, Walrus creature: Mosep.

On STAR WARS Episode V ~ THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, once filming started and crucial team member, Graham Freeborn, was occupied with the stars on set, Nick was the senior tech in the Creature FX workshop. He was a key collaborator in the creation of three versions of Yoda for which he was dubbed "that Yoda Guy." He co-built the full size Wampa, designed and built the close-up Mynock puppet, assisted with the Tauntaun's animatronic head, moulded and foamed the prosthetics for the Ugnaughts and other creatures.

Nick and his colleagues featured in “The Galaxy that Britain Built” documentary just before Christmas last year on the BBC.

At Star Wars Gathering 2018 you will get the chance to see and hear some untold stories about the Mos Eisley Cantina and how Yoda was created using a fully functional puppet LIVE on stage for you to see.

Worked on

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)