CineSecrets provides a uniquely revealing look
at Star Wars and 50 other movies from
the unique perspective of Star Wars veteran
Nick Maley. Nick was a senior
tech. in the ESB creature workshop when
Nick Dudman (creature
supervisor for the Prequel Trilogy) joined as a trainee. He was
closely involved in the creation of Yoda
and is an old friend of Nick
Gillard (Prequils stunt coordinator) and Paul Englen (responsible
for Darth Maul and other make-up) too.
If you're new to the site You have several options. By following the links in
the index to the left you will access a series if indexes that list
files by subject. Currently, amongst our files we
Tons of rare STAR WARS photos and inside information.
Before you copy my files PLEASE read this
The most accurate information ANYWHERE on how the original Yoda
inside story of the main unit shoot of The
Nick's memories of George Lucas, Dick
Smith, Nick Dudman (Creature
designer of the Star Wars prequels) numerous stars and many more.
scene photos of the STAR WARS
Creature Effects crew with
Chewie, Yoda, the Wampa and Bib
The people who were in those
STAR WARS creature suits.
pages of Nick's comments
about STAR WARS
Episode I. Where to find
the latest prequal info and Nick's insights into many of the
personalities currently involved in the new movie (due to be released
Found someone you have!
new Yoda for Episode I
and it's animatronic mechanism!
about what it's like to break into movies, the hard times and the
triumphs of making it through to work with the industry's biggest
names including many untold stories about movie and music superstars.
technical details of about effects were done and insights into how
movie companies really operate.
Tales from the birth of movie
animatronics and the crazy antics of pros letting off steam.
inside look at the effects in SUPERMAN you
didn't even notice were there and memories of Christopher Reeve and
other stars in the early days of
by step details of prosthetic make-ups and
techniques used in
Nick Maley is the guy behind the prosthetic, and
animatronic transformation techniques from
LIFEFORCE (have you looked at those transformation
sequences? .......done without the aid of CGI.... built and filmed in
just 8 weeks). He built the Molisar
suits and decaying corpses of THE
KEEP and another world of
creature effects for KRULL.
He worked directly with Director
Russell Mulcahy to design HIGHLANDER's
Quickening and Gathering
effects, oversaw the concepts into storyboards with
Beesley (including a Kurgan creature sequence that you never
saw) and created the decapitation
UNFORTUNATELY, with Nick so busy meeting
up to 2 million cruise passengers a year, we are too busy
to update these pages as we would like. Some files are well out of
date. But the bulk of our info, inside stories about the making of
over 50 movies, is still relevant. We apologize if a few pages
(such as the quiz) are no longer functioning. PLEASE BEAR
You might also want to browse the new web hub
YodaGuy.com with info on how
to meet Nick and easy access to his bio and filmography.
These pages are still being compiled. Over the coming months (and
years) Nick will tell the stories behind the making of the 53 movies
he contributed to. Watch as CinéSecrets grows to become a favorite place for movie
fans seeking the rare information that only come from a movie
insider's biographical archives...... a huge collection of memoirs,
insights and lots of stuff you just won't find anywhere else. The 230
pages that we have now is a fraction (probably 10%) of what we have
in store for movie & special effect make-up fans so bookmark this page now....
Star Wars artwork....
16x20 version of Nick's autobiographical painting
"Follow Your Star", is now sold
out. But there is an 8x10 available. The
autobiographical work is NOT A SCENE FROM STAR WARS. Nick
describes it as a "self portrait" A symbolic work about Nick's life,
his involvement with Yoda and the journey he made from making movies
to living in the Caribbean. A second print, Memories of Degobah is
even more popular, and features Nick with Stu Freeborn and Frank Oz
and differnt versions of Yoda created for ESB.
Galleries in Antigua and Planet Paradise in St Maarten are now
the only gallery autherized to sell these lithographs which are
undoubtedly THE RAREST OF ALL STAR WARS PRINTS. Email for information
on other RARE SW memorabillia.
1998 Nick went back to UK to visit his old boss Stuart Freeborn... creature designer of the
classic trilogy. He recorded a lot of Stuart's memours for new Star
Wars pages here at CineSecrets.com. It gave Nick the opportunity
to directly compare the new Yoda with
the old and determine what we might expect of Yoda in Episode II. There are many photos that
very clearly show the the differences Nick predicted back in
September 97 were 100% accurate which gives creadence to his new
prediction that we WILL see a digital Yoda in Ep. II
Those files will be released a few months before the next Star
While you are waiting you might like to check out Nick's extensive
analysis of the
new Yoda puppet (concept, modelling and mechanism)
thich was released in 98 but still hold true today.
One of the casualties of last year's hurricanes in
Antigua, Nick's Caribbean home,
was Nick's eTales
venture. eTales Productions Ltd
is a company aimed at creating interactive drama for the
internet. The company is a partnership between Nick and Joe
Stafura - C.O.O. of USWeb's Pittsburgh based Electronic Images Division. Their first
production SEASONS IN THE SUN was
expected to start shooting this year. Unfortunately delays caused by
the hurricane have undermined our financing and the project is
temporarily shelved until financing can be re-organized.
We can't say at this time when we will be able to progress further
but, if you have a driving ambition to make entertainment, can
totally dedicate yourself to the job in hand and would like us to
know of your existance , enthusiasm and experience..... log in at the
eTales Contacts Register. Do NOT email Nick or
Joe or USWeb about this project. USWeb is NOT directly involved in the project
at this time (although they may be consulted on certain aspects of
post production and marketing at a later date. Nick & Joe are too busy to reply to
individuals right now. The best thing you can do is leave full
particulars on the register. IF YOU MUST email me.....
Nick plans to use many newcomers to the entertainment world on the
eTales production crew, (under
the guidence of seasoned professionals where necessary). They will be
trained on the job according to Nick's philosophy of encouraging the
development of young creative minds whilst devising new techniques
for the production and presention of entertainment. Check out the
The eagerly awaited making
of Yoda part III completed Nick's
files on the Yoda created for
THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. These files are undoubtedly the most
intricate and surprising documents ever published on the subject and
provide the kind of unique insight that caused the BBC to name CineSecrets
"Best of the Web - Special Effects". If you haven't read the
previous files you should start with
The background to the STAR WARS
creature design and continue with The
making of Yoda Parts I, II & III.
The Lost Kurgan
Never revealed information about a creature design that never made it
to the big screen.
While we were looking at the
Kurgan we also added a new
PhotoFeature of Kurgan images.
special effects make-up minded....
we offer Nick's revealing description of the prothetics used
for the Punk Kurgan
recently added files also for the special
effects make-up minded is an
insight into the evolution of movie
make-up and the part foam latex played in the evolution of
special effects make-up.
In addition we
recently extended our CrewProfiles to
include a page on MFX veteran Dick Smith, whose influence on a couple
of generations of special effect make-up artists, (incliding
Rick Baker &
Stan Winston), has been
In August last
year we are introducing a fun new way to
navigate the site. Hidden on most pages is a secret link
to the CineSecret Trivia Files
containing hundreds of quotes and questions derived from the CineSecret Archives. The link is a
pair of eyes that only blink occasionally like this ---->....<---
(if you don't see anything... wait for the eyes to blink!) Click on the eyes to get a question chosen
at random. You can test your knowledge and link to associated files
at the same time! Watch out for the hidden link as you browse our
pages. (If you don't want to search out the links you can take
the easy route.... via Trivia Files in
doesn't have the time to respond to all the email written to him by
students and fans asking for books and sites on movies and effects we
created the CineSecrets
Archives..... in January. It's a page of
Links that includes many sites and
resources about special effects and make-up. We are sure
it will aid enthusiasts in their quest for more information (and
diminish our email a lot). This page will be updated constantly as we
find new sites.
Island Art Online is 95% completed. Due to other
commitments he isn't
much as he would like.