I was looking through my posts and realised I hadn’t mentioned the film production “Anagnorisis” in a long time, so I thought I should mention why.
Basically, and sadly, production has been cancelled. Damian (the producer) was finding it hard to get everyone on set at the same time due to the casts other commitments and such. He posted about it here on his blog and His post explains it well, so here’s the link.
Its a shame really as it had a nice story line and Damian’s a really nice guy who loves what he does. He has a lot of passion for his projects. He mentions in his post that he perhaps let himself down by not telling everyone he knew that he was making a film and therefor nobody knew that he needed help. I think that’s a valid point and a good lesson for anyone who wants to start something on a tight budget…if you have friends then get them involved! Even if its just borrowing their living room for the afternoon to shoot a scene, or cooking a little pasta for craft services. You never know, they may have some incredible skill that you never knew about!
All in all, it was fun while it lasted and I did learn some “to do’s and not to do’s” while on set. Hopefully Damian will put it all back together again some time in the future and if he does it would be nice to be involved again, hint hint Damian
I can’t even remember if I mentioned this one yet,but there is a local amateur production of Beauty and the Beast happening in a few weeks and I offered my services to the organiser (Diana Kaarina), along with a MUA friend of mine (Leonora Abreu), to give a helping hand backstage to anyone who needs it.
I’ve created a “Stage Make-up: Basic Application Guide” and quick product list for those in the show who have never done their own make-up before, and I’m hoping to find somewhere that I can print off some colour images as inspiration for characters. Leonora and myself will also be spending Friday afternoon creating a few face charts with simple step-by-step instructions for the ensemble and the main characters.
I’m a stickler for good hygiene and so I’ve put together a bag of disposables (sponges, powder puffs, mascara wands, eye shadow applicators, etc.) for people to use, especially those who need to use products from my main kit. I know everything will be rather crazy backstage, but I still think good hygiene is important, especially when you have around 25 people running around and sharing products! Most of the things came from the new Dollar Store down the street on Broadway (they have a suprising range of things!) as it’s an amateur production with a small budget and I done mind spending a little on it as it’s great practice and experience for me.
I’ve been given the opportunity to be the Key Hair and Make-up artist for a charities advert to be shown at their red carpet events and such!
The advert features a young girl, so make-up is going to be very natural, with some shimmer for the like for a “dream-like” sequence. The producer has a fair idea about how she wants the hair and make-up to look, but we’re going to discuss it further the next time we meet up. I know I said in my last post that I didn’t think I was ready to be a Key, but there isn’t a hoard of actors to work on so I’ll be fine, and it’s such a great opportunity! I’ve been adding bits and pieces to my kit but I’m going to go on a major shopping spree this week for the items on my list that I haven’t bought yet. There’s a great shop that a few pro MUA’s have mentioned here in Vancouver called Holly North. I need to find out if I need to be registered with them to buy from them, but I’m going to try there for some things as they apparently have a decent range of products and brands aimed at people within the entertainment industries.
I was also contacted recently by a guy I messaged about helping out on their next low budget, independent movie. We’re meeting up this week (in a public place for safety reasons of course!). It’s all go right now. Long may it continue!
By the way, does anyone know of any good, professional reel/portfolio sites that may be of interest?