Friday, October 30, 2009

Dead Bodies and Prosthetic Sculptures

Learning to keep our make-up stations clean while completing accident assimilation for our “Dead Body” look was very difficult. Lots of blood and gore make-up products can make things messy but the students managed to keep some control. We used “Ben Nye Death Bases” to recreate our looks from the research material that was collected. It took the students 3-4 hours to complete their make-ups as they experimented with all the different products. Some of their favourites were the “Illustrator Palette” and “3rd Degree” silicones for creating wounds.

We would like to thank our models for their help and patience as it was a long and difficult day for them.

The students moved to the workshop for the next few days to complete their sculptures. They were in the final stages of adding detail and bringing their creations to life. Long hours were put in with fine 'tooling techniques' and use of 'rubber stamps' to help layer all the detail work into the plastercine. When complete all the sculptures were prepared for the next step of fibreglass moulding.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Pam Meager Visits from London

How exciting to have Pam Meager come in and spend time with us, explaining about On Set Protocols and Script Breakdown.

Pam has had an amazing career in the make-up industry and worked on so many important films and TV productions. She won a BAFTA Film Award for The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and was nominated for another BAFTA for Crime and Punishment.

The students were given a short course in applying bald-caps and introduced to some clever techniques for old age make-ups.

Pam was so impressed with our Master Classes Hand Book and all the reference material compiled in the course, that she wants to take it back to England and introduce it into there teaching system.

Pam has inspired us all with her quiet manner and wonderful stories of 40 years in the make-up and hair industry. Thank you kindly for spending time with us.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blood, Blood and more Blood …

This week was dedicated to playing around with various special effects make-up products. There was latex, grease palettes, powder palettes, sweat, dirt, 3rd Degree, gel effects, blood and more blood.

Also moving on to the final stages of the sculpture process. The students have come a long way and developed their skills in sculpting their prosthetic make-up. Soon they will be prepping their sculptures for the fibreglass moulding process.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fashion Week Comes Alive

High Fashion with Gary. He showed us clever and different ways to mix our foundation before it’s applied. He has his own make-up range which we used with excellent results.
Meeting our models for the Photo Shoot and prepping all our looks before hand. Having Tanya there to help us with our hair-styles brought some wonderful looks together.

Gavin our photographer arrived when we were on the final stages of our make-up and hair; there was a real buzz in the air as our creations came alive with costume and jewellery.

It was a tough schedule to complete “2 Make-up Looks” but Gavin guided the models and the make-up artists through the shooting process and everyone finished within the time allowed. The students realized how important all their preparation was and they handled the day like consummate professionals.