Gore Queen FX was started from a need for highly realistic and anatomically correct moulage (injury simulation special effects makeup for medical training purposes). When faced with medical training, many professionals in the industry decided that the current makeup techniques were just not enough and did not provide the level of realism and shocking imagery that real-life cases included. Turning to movie-quality makeup artists, the branch of moulage was taken to a level many didn't think possible.
Why use Moulage?
Research has shown time and time again that moulage and other immersive training aids create a realistic environment that allows trainees to desensitize to stressors that may interfere with effective patient treatment. Called "Stress Inoculation Training," this type of high-paced, high-fidelity training allows trainees to focus on point of care and move past stress responses associated with any visual response to traumatic injuries. As moulage is typically applied to live role players, it allows exposure to different types of patients such as those that are combative or disoriented. Moulage can also be applied to training mannequins, allowing trainees to practice medical procedures.
The artist behind Gore Queen FX is Lillie Falco, a special effects makeup artist based in the Albuquerque, NM area. She has been in the makeup industry for 17+ years, with 14+ years dedicated exclusively to injury simulation. Through Gore Queen FX and previous work experience, her former and current clients include all branches of the US Military, the Department of Defense (DoD), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and hospitals and colleges nationwide.
Ms. Falco attended Joe Blasco Makeup School in Orlando, FL with diplomas in both Special Effects Makeup as well as Advanced Prosthetics. These courses covered everything from beauty makeup to beginner animatronics. She also has a bachelor's degree in Biology from University of Central Florida, which includes a minor in Criminal Justice and a certificate in Crime Scene Investigation. While her degree is in general biology, emphasis was placed in Human Anatomy & Physiology, Forensic Osteology and Genetics.
Lillie also has an extensive teaching background, teaching introductory/intermediate/advanced moulage makeup classes around the country. She is also well versed in life casting, prop making, prosthetic sculpting/molding/fabrication, airbrush makeup, theater makeup, retail product development, project management, as well as a wide variety of other skills. As she says, "just tell me what you want and I'll make it for you."