Make - up artist.

My role as an artist is to apply makeup and style hair appropriately for such productions as T.V, film, fashion, magazine shoots and other similar productions. It is similar to a normal artist however my medium is the human body, more importantly the face. My role is to insinuate the features of the face in order to make them stand out on film. It is also my role to add ‘fake’ scratches, blemishes etc to make a character look the part. In this film production my role is to apply make up to make the characters look the part.


What is required of the role for each stage of the film production process (pre-production, production, post-production)?

Pre production- In this stage finalising preparations for production go into effect. During this stage the script is broken down into individual scenes and it is the make up artist’s role to identify the visual effects they will need to apply for each appropriate scene. E.g. During scene 8 Hannah gets a black eye. It would the make up artist’s job to work out how they will make this look realistic and plan ahead. The make up artist will also practice an array of techniques on characters during this stage, and then apply the appropriate make up and hair styles before the commencement of the production

Production- The majority of their role will be taken out during the pre production stage of the production process; however
it is the make up artist’s role to ensure the characters appeal remains the way they are meant to be looking. They would
do this with frequents make up and hair ‘touch ups’ throughout the production, and also apply effects such as scars or battle
wounds as needed throughout the production.

Post production- This is the term given to all stages of production occurring after the end of shooting. During this stage the make up artist doesn’t have a very significant role.

What other roles collaborate with your role? How do they?

Costume/wardrobe design-
In order to do the participants hair affectively to bring their character to life the make up artist will need to know the costume in which the character will be wearing, in order to match colours and help to make the look more real. For example if you know you have to do make up on a character who is going to be a clown, you would assess their outfit to see if they are a scary clown or happy clown.happy_birthday.jpg
The make up artist would have to co-operate with the director during both the production and the pre production. In order to make the characters appear more realistic and the way in which the director wants them to look. Because at the end of the day the decision is with the director, so they would be in charge of telling the makeup artists what to do.

Script writer-
The make up artists and script writers collaborate with each other because the whole point of the production is to bring the script to life. And the script writer (being the creator of the script) is the one who came up with the concept of each character and they would have an image in their head of what the characters should look like.

What training is required to take this role?

  1. Getting a diploma
  2. Getting training and a license
  3. Getting experience and contacts
  4. Create a portfolio
  5. Find work

What courses are available?

  • Postgraduate courses
  • Research courses
  • TAFE course
  • Undergraduate courses.
  • Degree in art and design
  • Postgraduate course in fine art
  • Apprentice in art and design

What schools offer these courses in Melbourne and what level are these courses?

Some examples of schools which offer these courses in Melbourne would be:
  • Swinburne (which offers 3 postgraduate courses, 2 research courses, 1 TAFE course, 4 undergraduate courses.)
  • RMIT (which offers a degree in art and design, postgraduate course in fine art, apprentice in art and design)

What equipment is required for this role? You may want to include images.
-make up
-hair brush
- make up brushes
- Skin care
- Professional makes up kits
- Sponges
- Hair accessories

Are there any famous names associated with your role? Who? What have they worked on?

By researching famous names associated with being make up artists I have found that their aren’t really any famous make up artists that are well known to our generation, this would maybe be due to the lack of credibility make up artists get, due to their considerably small role in the production in comparison to other roles such as director, producer etc.

Are there any notable examples of this role in operation in specific films?
Some notable examples of this role in productions would be dependant on how good a character looks/ how suited they are to their role. Eg. In most horror films the zombies/ monsters do not look like that in everyday life, it is the job of the make-up artist to make them appear abnormal. Also in action movies or movies which involve injuries to the character, eg. A huge scar across their face or large bruising, this is the make up artist’s role to apply and make them look real. The more real a cut or scrape looks in a production means the better the job was done by the artist in order to make it appear more realistic. A perfect example of make up artistry would be the joker from the movie dark knight. In everyday life this actor does not have scars on his face, but the make up artists have created them and they look very realistic.
Zombie films- horror

Describe any changes or issues in this role due to developments in technology and the media industry.

Due to the growing technology these days it is a lot easier for a producer to bring a character to life. For example when creating a cartoon in the old days they would have had to do it majoritively by hand, by which I mean draw it and colour it, these days all cartoons are computer rendered to look more realistic. Also all special effects in movies and productions would be created using computer and media software. Some changes to this role due to developments would be the resources in which they have today, these days there are thousands of make up and hair products ranging in thousands of colours and styles, where as back in the day make up artists and hairstylists would have had limited resources in order to bring characters to life and make them appear more realistic. The growing use of technology could also be an issue to make up artists today, however it could also be a positive as it may work hand in hand with their work.