About Us

We are Learn FX, a special effects makeup school designed and run by Tech Works Studios, a special effects company with over 20 years in the business. We specialize in creature effects, robots, animatronics, props, and makeup effects.
We are a real working studio that has worked on films, commercials, tv shows and many other projects.

No other school can boast our credits such as Underwater, Deepwater Horizon, Logan, Minority Report, Garfield, Men in Black 2, The Cat in the Hat, and so many more. Feel free to check out our credits on IMDB or our parent site Tech Work Studios. http://www.techworksstudios.com/credits

Because we actually work in the industry and work on real films, we know what it's like to hire people and what skills they need. We can train you to get in the industry like no one else. The high priced makeup schools promise so much, but have they ever worked in the industry? Do they know what it takes to be useful in a real working shop? Do they know what it takes to get hired?  How could they? They are not actually in the industry.

This is why we offer a short FX course and not a long drawn out program designed to keep you there for as long as possible so you can pay as much as possible. That's why we focus on skills needed to get a job, period. Short and sweet. We train our students with the skills they need to be useful in a studio the day after they leave us. We don't just tell you what you want to hear so we can waste time and take your money and give you empty promises.

We actually hire our students when needed and get them moving in the right direction to start their career. There's a lot to learn and you can't learn it all in a school. As a shop, we know this, so we think it's best to learn what is needed to get working and let the work experience open your eyes to the many areas and disciplines there are. Then you can choose your own path and learn on the job, which is more than any school can teach.

No one comes out of a school and is simply a makeup artist or a sculptor or a designer (top of the industry jobs) in our industry. Would a studio hire you to work on Tom Cruise because you went to a school? No. Would a shop hire you because you say that you're a makeup artist? No. You need to earn that title, and just attending any school, even ours, won't cut it. We need to trust you and you need years of being in the industry before that happens. You need to work with others on various projects and deadlines so we can see how you really are under pressure. It ain't easy, sorry, but that's the truth.

We love what we do, but if we let just anyone from any school come in and head up a project, we would have been gone long ago. We tried hiring people from just about every school and they just didn't have the skills for the everyday work or the ego to realize that they weren't ready for the industry. I can't blame them in some way, some spent more than a year at schools and tens of thousands of dollars to find out that they simply didn't have the skills to work in our shop. It's painful to watch, but typically I didn't mind watching them leave because the schools filled them with so much crap that they thought they knew better than me. So I wish them good luck and hope they learn how to be realistic. Some come back and thank me for the honesty and let me know that they had a hell of a time until they changed their attitude and started at the bottom. Others became waiters and that's the last I saw of them. Remember, we were in Los Angeles for 20 years so we've seen it all, attitudes, flakes, and assholes. The good ones learn some useful skills to get their foot in the door and use their drive to learn more become amazing artists in the industry.