began his career at the age of nineteen as an assistant to make-up
artist Nick Maley in 1982 on
The Keep, directed by Michael Mann
at Shepperton Film Studios.
then went to work for the
creature effects designer Lyle Conway
on Return to Oz (1983) as a sculptor;
followed by Lifeforce (1984)
make-up FX artist at Elstree Studios.
In 1985 Lyle Conway invited David to
join the make-up effects team on Little
Shop of Horrors (1985) as senior painter
technician of the
Audrey 2 plants.
This was the start of a career that has
spanned over twenty years as both a
prosthetic make-up and animatronic
on many films, TV series and
It was following his extensive involvement in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
(1994) as a make-up effects designer that David decided to form his
own company Carter White FX in 1995, with business partner Sacha Carter.
at Shepperton Studios, Carter White FX went on to work on many different
projects with David responsible for overseeing all prosthetic work,
from design concept to final on-set application. These include The
Hunchback (TNT), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Fox Searchlight Pictures),
Walking with Cavemen (BBC) and Tony Scott's Spy Game.
work on Robbie Williams in Rock DJ became a multi-award winner for
its prosthetic make-up in the Best Special Effects category.
2005 a move to a larger workshop within Shepperton Studios prompted
the launch of his new company Altered States FX.