Sunday, September 26, 2010

IMATS Studio Visits

During the Sunday morning of IMATS, Paul gave special guest note speaker Gino Acevedo and his actor muse Jed Brophy (LOTR Trilogy) a tour of the MEG Master Class facility. Two highly regarded artists in their own right with years of experience and credits under their belts. They were blown away to say the least and it was great to have them come through the studio.

It was also wonderful to have Cheryl, Heather and Jennifer from Make-up Artist Magazine visit us and get the VIP tour, following a wonderful and successful Trade Show weekend. After our two amazing wins on the weekend, the Make-up Artist Magazine team wanted to see where our student’s learn and get a feel of the creative and inspiring space. They took heaps of photos as they clowned around like little girls in a giant toy shop! Nick, Paul and myself were very pleased to show them around the make-up room and the workshop facilities. They were very impressed with the facilities and how we were running our classes, and of course the level of the students work.

We would like to say thank you for taking the time to come and visit us.

Last but not by any means least, it was an honour and a total dream come true to have the great Tom Savini drop into our studio later in the week. He hung around with us for a couple of hours talking about make-up, films, the industry and “Vamp Pirates”. Tom is a great guy, the original Special Make-up Effects ‘Wizard’ long before it was common, and an inspiration to us both from an early age. It was so bizarre having him in the studio, remembering 30 odd years ago reading his fantastic books…. wow how the time goes! We had lots of laughs!!

IMATS Prosthetic Competition Winners

IMATS came back to Sydney last weekend for the 2nd year running. This time around they ran their Student Make-up Competition - Saturday was the Fantasy Character Make-up Competition and Sunday was the Prosthetic Make-up Competition. By submitting their portfolios to the IMATS committee, 8 students were chosen for each category from the hundreds of applicants.

Polly McKay and Alice Bauires, two graduates from our January Master Class made the prosthetic section.

Congratulations to both as, Polly was the 1st place winner and Alice came in 3rd place, 2nd was Chikako Kitadata from Japan who trained at Cinema Make-up School in Los Angles. We are very excited and proud of their achievements and the beautiful work they produced.

The competitions are not that simple as the ex students are only given a theme for the competition (Grimms Fairy Tales) but do not know what type/look of prosthetics they will be handed. It shows amazing initiative and creativity to be able to establish a direction and character on the spot.

A huge thank you to all our past graduates Polly, Alice, Gavin and Jacinta for the amazing work done at our booth. To our models Aaron and Lachlan and present students Crystal, Candy and Mariel, for all their hard work over this long weekend.

It was great to meet so many of our make-up contemporaries and let them see our student's wonderful portfolios and introduce them.

We look forward to working with the many new students that signed up on the weekend and guiding them on the amazing new career path they have chosen.

Check out the cool photos on the link below.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Body Art

1920’s & 1940’s Make-Ups

We traveled through time and entered the world of the roaring twenties! Louise talked us through a demonstration on how to apply the “smokey eye” look, the authentic way, not to be confused with the modern adaptations that usually include blues and greens. We also found that by covering the brow and penciling in a thinner, curved 20’s brow, combined with altering the lip shape and accentuating the “cupid’s bow”, we were able to completely transform the face shape and overall look of one another.

It was another ‘Victory’ as we entered the 1940’s and created a look that was “natural, with a little support”. It was a fantastic opportunity to put the skills learnt in Tanya’s hair class into action by recreating the Victory Hair Rolls.

Tanya showed us how to create the 1920’s Marcel Wave - a technique that requires A LOT of patience. We each had a go and tried our best but agreed that we need to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

We also had a very relaxed day, letting our creativity flow, working on our paper mache masks. I must say they look AMAZING!

Crystal Davies - Student

Friday, September 3, 2010

IMATS Sydney 2010

Make sure you get down to Darling Harbour on the 18th & 19th September for the International Make-up Artists Trade Show. We'll have our Master Class booth set up so drop in and say hi. We can answer any questions you have about the Make-up Effects Group Master Classes Course and you'll see some cool make-up demonstrations from ex students. It's a great event with plenty to see.

Looking forward to hearing Keynote Speaker - the one and only TOM SAVINI. One of the greats of our industry and a major contributing influence on both Paul and Myself finding our way into this amazing industry.

Congratulations to Alice Baueris & Polly McKay for their selection into the 2010 Student Make-up Competition - Prosthetics Category. Two very talented Make-up Artists who passed through our Master Classes at the beginning of the year. Two very creative and focused individuals who have a wonderful future ahead of them in the Make-up and Effects Industry. Good luck ladies and enjoy the journey.