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. .
He assisted Stuart for 7 years, contributing to SUPERMAN I & II and, as a Make-up Artist & Effects Consultant, also contributed to THE SHINING, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (007), SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER, FLASH GORDON, A BRIDGE TOO FAR, THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART I and CLASH OF THE TITANS.
In 1980 he and his wife Gloria wrote the screenplay INSEMINOID, aka HORROR PLANET, ￼for Jupiter Film Productions which was made into a feature film later that year. But they were so unhappy about the way the script was adapted that they requested their names be removed from the credits.
In 1981, having already contributed to more than 30 movies, Nick won an EMMY nomination for his transformation of Anthony Hopkins, into the HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME for Columbia T.V.
Over the years that followed he designed and in some cases directed the prosthetic, animatronics and creature effects for BRITANNIA HOSPITAL, KRULL, THE KEEP, LIFEFORCE and DURAN DURAN's award winning video WILDBOYS. On HIGHLANDER he not only conceived all the beheadings and designed the Kurgan's prosthetics, but also devised "the Quickening" by creating the storyboards for those sequences. His work was featured in several CINEMAX and HBO specials, led to articles in PUNCH, PLAYBOY, CINEFANTASTIQUE and numerous newspapers, won a place in THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS, made the front cover of AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER, FANGORIA, FANTASTIC FILMS and STARFIX.
Nick returned to Los Angeles in 1995, writing and directing two music videos for recording artist Toma. As a result, in 1996, he was awarded a Bronze medal at the 29th Annual WORLDFEST HOUSTON, the world's largest film and video festival with over 4300 entries from 38 countries.
With 54 movie projects to his credit, Nick turned his attention to his artwork and the preservation of movie history which lead to the creation of the Yoda Guy Movie Exhubit in 2011.
In 2012 Nick was invited to take part in the "Behind the scenes of the cantina" panel at Star Wars Celebration VI with Jon Berg and hosted by Lucasfilm “resident Star Wars expert” Pablo Hidalgo and creature conservationist Tom Spina. Interacting with convention fans in Orlando was the beginning of a new aspect of movie making for Nick and led to him being a guest celebrity at other events in Nuremberg, Dusseldorf and Burnley in 2014.
At Star Wars Celebration VII, Anaheim, California, 2015, Nick was honored a when Pablo Hidalgo and Tom Spina officially renamed one of the Mos Eisley Cantina characters "Damono Deomaley" as a tribute to Maley's work on the sequence and his help in compiling behind the scenes information for the Lucasfilm Archive.
As a result of Nick's eagerness to preserve the original technology that created Yoda, he began the Saving Yoda Project in 2015 and, in 2016, completed a fully functional animatronic Yoda puppet using the same principles as the 1978 original. As a result, in July that year, he was invited to exhibit the puppet at Star Wars Celebration Europe in London.
Today Nick continues his involvement in entertainment events with autograph appearances and discussion panels at Star Wars conventions, ComicCons and keeps the history of these epic movies alive at his The Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten.
Nick Maley's entertainment credits are very varied and span 5 decades. They include: Director & Designer of Make-up & Creature Effects, Make-up Supervisor, Make-up Artist, Screenwriter, Stage Designer and Director/Producer...
2017 CREATURE EFFECTS CONSULTANT : "Goblin 2" - Merkurfilm Baden-Baden
1996 DIRECTOR : PRODUCER : DESIGNER OF SPECIAL MAKE-UP AND CREATURE EFFECTS "Best of Both Worlds" (Music Video), - Living Values Corperation (WORLDFEST award)... with TOMA
1996 DIRECTOR/PRODUCER : MAKE_UP DESIGNER : "When you Call" (Music Video) - Living Values Corperation, LA USA. - Alien Artists - (WORLDFEST award)
1996 STAGE DESIGNER : "Carnival '96" (Antigua)"
1994 DIRECTOR & STAGE DESIGNER : "Darkside of the Catwalk" (TV) - Island Arts/Black 'n Black Productions.
1994 DIRECTOR : "Calvin S" (TV) - Island Arts/Black 'n Black Productions
1992 STAGE DESIGNER : "Miss World (Antigua) Pagent"
1990 DIRECTOR : "Visage" (TV) - ABS Television
1988 DIRECTOR : "Tourism Awareness" (TV) - ABS Television/Ministry of Information, Antigua
1986 DESIGNER OF SPECIAL MAKE-UP AND CREATURE EFFECTS : "HIGHLANDER" - 20th Century Fox / EMI Films / Highlander Productions Limited / Director Russell Mulcahy.....with Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Roxanne Hart, Beatie Edney
1984 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CONSULTANT : "WILDBOYS"/"Arena" (Music Video) - Duran Duran - GRAMMY award "Best Video 1984"
1985 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CONSULTANT : "Seitenstechen" - Lisa Films GmBh Munich / Director Dieter Pröttel .....with Mike Krüger
1985 DIRECTOR OF MAKE-UP EFFECTS UNIT : DESIGNER OF SPECIAL MAKE-UP AND CREATURE EFFECTS : MAKE-UP SUPERVISOR : "LIFEFORCE" - London Cannon films / Director Tobe Hooper ....with Steve Railsback, Patrick Stewart, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Mathilda May, Nicholas Ball..
1983 DIRECTOR OF MAKE-UP EFFECTS UNIT : DESIGNER OF SPECIAL MAKE-UP AND CREATURE EFFECTS : MAKE-UP SUPERVISOR : "Grizzly II - The Predator" - Predator Ltd..... with George Clooney, Charlie Sheen, Louise Fletcher, Laura Durn & John Rhys-Davies.
1984 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CONSULTANT : "Scream for Help" - Torremodo Films Ltd / Directed by Michael Winner.
1983 DESIGNER OF SPECIAL MAKE-UP AND CREATURE EFFECTS AND MAKE-UP SUPERVISOR : "The Keep" - Directed by Michael Mann....with Scott Glenn, Jürgen Prochnow, Gabriel Byrne, Ian McKellen.
1983 DESIGNER OF SPECIAL MAKE-UP AND CREATURE EFFECTS : "KRULL" - Paramount British Pictures / Directed by Peter Yates.....with Ken Marshall, Lysette Anthony, Liam Neeson, Robbie Coltrane Freddie Jones, Francesca Annis, Alun Armstrong, David Battley, Bernard Bresslaw.
1983 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CONSULTANT : "Screamtime" and "Dreamhouse" - Salon Productions / Directed by Stanley A. Long.
1982 DESIGNER OF SPECIAL MAKE-UP AND CREATURE EFFECTS : "Britannia Hospital" - EMI / Directed by Lindsay Anderson ....with Malcolm McDowell, Mark Hamill, Leonard Rossiter, Alan Bates, Robbie Coltrane, Graham Crowden, Jill Bennett, Marsha A. Hunt, Joan Plowright, Robin Askwith, Dandy Nichols, Richard Griffith, Arthur Lowe, T.P. McKenna.
1982 DESIGNER OF SPECIAL MAKE-UP AND CREATURE EFFECTS AND MAKE-UP SUPERVISOR * Emmy nomination * : "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" - Columbia Pictures Corporation / Rosemont Productions / Directed by Michael Tuchner .....with Anthony Hopkins , Derek Jacobi, David Suchet, Sir John Gielgud, Robert Powell, Lesley-Anne Down, Nigel Hawthorne, Kenny Baker ..... IMDb link
1982 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CONSULTANT : "Whoops Apocalypse" - London Weekend TV .....with John Cleese, Richard Griffiths, Barry Morse, & Alexei Sayle.
1981 CO-SCREENWRITER : DESIGNER OF SPECIAL MAKE-UP AND CREATURE EFFECTS : "Inseminoid" aka "Horror Planet" - Jupiter films / Directed by Norman Warren - * screenplay by Nick and Gloria Maley * .....with Judy Geeson, Victoria Tennant , Stephanie Beacham,
1980 DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS UNIT, MAKE-UP SUPERVISOR, DESIGNER OF SPECIAL MAKE-UP AND CREATURE EFFECTS : "Three on the Run" - Animatronics Ltd. with LeVar Burton.
1981 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CONSULTANT : "CLASH OF THE TITANS" - (MFX Designer Colin Arthur) - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Directed by Desmond Davis ......with Burgess Meredith, Sir Laurence Olivier, Ursula Andress, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith, Sian Phillips, Flora Robson, Harry Hamlin & Judi Bowker. Animation by Ray Harryhausen.
1981 MAKE-UP ARTIST : "THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD PART I". - Brooksfilms / Directed by Mel Brooks....... with Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Gregory Hines, Pamela Stephenson, Orson Welles, Spike Milligan & Fiona Richmond.
1980 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CREW : "THE SHINING" - (MFX Designer Tom Smith) - Warner Bros. / Hawk Film / Directed by Stanley Kubrick..... with Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall.
1980 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CONSULTANT : "FLASH GORDON" - EMI / Directed by Mike Hodges .....with Max von Sydow, Sam J. Jones , Topol, Timothy Dalton, Robbie Coltrane, Brian Blessed, Melody Anderson, Ornella Muti, Suzanne Danielle, Peter Wyngarde, Kenny Baker.
1978 MAKE-UP EFFECTS ARTIST : "SUPERMAN II" - International Film Production / Film Export A.G. / Warner Bros. / Directed by Richard Lester & Richard Donner / (MFX Designer Stuart Freeborn) ..... with Margot Kidder, Jack O'Halloran, Terence Stamp, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York, Jeff East, Marc McClure, and Sarah Douglas
1980 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CONSULTANT : "The Awakening" - Directed by Mike Newell.....with Charlton Heston, Susannah York & Stephanie Zimbalist
1980 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CONSULTANT "The Mouse and the Woman" - Alvicar/Facelift Films Ltd.
1980 MAKE-UP EFFECTS ARTIST "STAR WARS episode V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK" - Chapter II Productions / 20th Century Fox / Lucasfilm Ltd. / Directed by Irvin Kershner / (MFX Designer Stuart Freeborn) .....with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Frank Oz, Sir Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, David Prowse, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker, James Earl Jones & of course George Lucas.
1979 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CONSULTANT "The Boys are Back in Town" - Thin Lizy
1979 MAKE-UP SUPERVISOR : "The World is Full of Married Men" - Directed by Robert William Young .....with Anthony Franciosa, Carroll Baker, Anthony Steel, Gareth Hunt & Georgina Hale.
1979 MAKE-UP ARTIST : "Bloodline". - NF Geria III-Produktion München / Directed by Terence Young / (Supervisor Hasso Von Hugo) .....with Audrey Hepburn, James Mason, Omar Sharif, Ben Gazzara & Michelle Phillips.
1978 MAKE-UP EFFECTS ARTIST : "SUPERMAN" - International Film Production / Film Export A.G. / Warner Bros. / Directed by Richard Donner / (MFX Designer Stuart Freeborn) ..... with Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Ned Beatty, Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Trevor Howard, Margot Kidder, Jack O'Halloran, Terence Stamp, Phyllis Thaxter, Susannah York, Jeff East, Marc McClure, and Sarah Douglas
1978 MAKE-UP ARTIST : "The Four Feathers". - Rosemont Productions / Directed by Don Sharp / (Supervisor Colin Arther) .....with Beau Bridges, Jane Seymour, Richard Johnson, Robert Powell & Simon Ward.
1978 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CONSULTANT : "Absolution" - Directed by Anthony Page.....with Richard Burton, Dominic Guard & Billy Connolly.
1978 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CONSULTANT "The Thief of Baghdad" - Directed by Clive Donner..... with Roddy McDowall, Frank Finlay, Ian Holm, Terence Stamp, Kabir Bedi & Peter Ustinov.
1978 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CONSULTANT : "Parkerilla" - Graham Parker
1978 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CONSULTANT : "Disraeli" - (MFX Designer Colin Arthur) - Thames TV with Ian McShane, Rosemary Leach & Anton Rodgers
1978 MAKE-UP EFFECTS DESIGNER "One of the Boys" (Music Video) - Roger Daltry - Pete Townsend - The Who
1977 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CREW : "A BRIDGE TOO FAR" - United Artists / Directed by Sir Richard Attenborough / (MFX Designer Tom Smith)...... with Robert Redford, Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery, Ryan O'Neal, Gene Hackman, Edward Fox, Michael Caine, Anthony Hopkins, James Caan, Alun Armstrong, Maximilian Schell, Hardy Krüger, Liv Ullmann, Elliott Gould and Sir Laurence Olivier.
1977 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CREW : "Spectre" - Directed by Clive Donner / (MFX Designer Stuart Freeborn) .....with John Hurt, Robert Culp & Gig Young, Prducer by Gene Roddenberry.
1977 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CREW "STAR WARS episode IV - A NEW HOPE" - 20th Century Fox / Lucasfilm Ltd. / Directed by George Lucas / (MFX Designer Stuart Freeborn).... with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Sir Alec Guinness, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, David Prowse, James Earl Jones.
1977 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CREW : "SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER" - Columbia Pictures / Directed by Sam Wanamaker / (MFX Designer Colin Arther) .....with Patrick Wayne & Jane Seymour. Animation by Ray Harryhausen.
1977 MAKE-UP ARTIST : "Valentino". - Directed by Ken Russell / (Supervisor Peter Robb-King) .....with Rudolf Nureyev, Leslie Caron, Anton Diffring, Georgina Hale, Carol Kane, Felicity Kendal, Alfred Marks, Michelle Phillips .
1976 MAKE-UP SUPERVISOR : "Evil Heritage" aka "Satan's Slave" - Monumental Films / Directed by Norman Warren.....with Michael Gough, Barbara Kellerman, Martin Potter, Candace Glendenning & Gloria Walker (aka Gloria Maley)
1976 MAKE-UP ARTIST : "Shout at the Devil". - Directed by Peter R. Hunt / ( Make-up Supervisor Paul Engelen) .....with Lee Marvin, Roger Moore, Barbara Parkins, Maurice Denham & Ian Holm.
1976 MAKE-UP ARTIST : "The Incredible Sarah" . - Directed by Richard Fleischer / (Make-up Supervisor Wally Schneiderman) .....with Glenda Jackson & Daniel Massey.
1975 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CREW " "Legend of the Werewolf" - Tyburn Film Productions Limited / Directed by Freddie Francis / (MFX Designer Graham Freeborn) .....with Peter Cushing, Ron Moody & Hugh Griffith.
1975 MAKE-UP ARTIST "That Lucky Touch". - Gloria Film / Directed by Christopher Miles / (Supervisor Paul Engelen) .....with Roger Moore, Susannah York, Shelley Winters, Lee J. Cobb & Donald Sinden.
1974 MAKE-UP ARTIST : "THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN". - United Artists / Eon / Directed by Guy Hamilton / (Supervisor Paul Engelen) .....with Roger Moore, Christopher Lee & Britt Ekland..
1974 "Figaro" - Anvil Productions.
1974 MAKE-UP ARTIST : "Undercovers Hero" - Directed by Roy Boulting / (Supervisor Stuart Freeborn) .....with Peter Sellers, Jenny Hanley & Rula Lenska.
1973 MAKE-UP ARTIST : "The Nelson Affair". aka "A Bequest to the Nation" - Universal Pictures [aka MCA/Universal Pictures] / Directed by James Cellan Jones....with Glenda Jackson, Peter Finch & Anthony Quayle.
1973 MAKE-UP ARTIST : "The Glass Menagerie". - Norton Simon Inc. - Directed by Anthony Harvey .....with Katharine Hepburn & Sam Waterston.
1972 MAKE-UP EFFECTS CREW : "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" (MFX Designer Stuart Freeborn) .....with Dudley Moore, Peter Sellers, Michael Crawford, Spike Milligan, Hywel Bennett, Rodney Bewes, Fiona Fullerton, Roy Kinnear, Sir Ralph Richardson, Flora Robson & Dennis Waterman.
1972 MAKE-UP ARTIST : "Young Winston". - Columbia Pictures Corporation / Directed by Richard Attenborough (Supervisor Stuart Freeborn) .....with Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft, Simon Ward, Jack Hawkins, Ian Holm, Anthony Hopkins, Patrick Magee, Edward Woodward, John Mills.
1970 MAKE-UP ARTIST : "The Music Lovers". - United Artists / Russfilms / Directed by Ken Russell / (Supervisor George Frost) .....with Richard Chamberlain, Glenda Jackson
1970 MAKE-UP ARTIST : ""Julius Caesar". - Commonwealth United Entertainment / Directed by Stuart Burge / (Make-up Supervisor Cliff Sharp)....with Charlton Heston, Jason Robards, Sir John Gielgud, Richard Johnson , Robert Vaughn, Richard Chamberlain, Diana Rigg, Christopher Lee, Jill Bennett & Michael Gough.