Special effects makeup is the silent hero of the film industry. Many of the most popular films and television shows wouldn’t be nearly as good if there wasn’t an army of makeup artists working behind-the-scenes to make sure the actors looked their best before stepping in front of the camera.
These makeup artists are sometimes the first people to arrive on set and the last to leave. The work they do sets the tone for how the actor will approach their role once the camera is rolling. They’re vital to any production. In order for the film industry to keep growing, there needs to be quality training available for new generations of inspiring makeup artists.
Pali Adventures offers a Movie Makeup camp for kids who love the movies but don’t want to be in the spotlight.
Here are some special effects makeup tips they’ll learn during their summertime adventure.
There are at least thirty different types of makeup brushes. Finding the right brush for the job at hand isn’t always easy. These are some of the standard brushes your camper will learn about to help them accomplish their daily themed looks during camp.
The majority of special effects makeup includes creating various cuts, bruises, and wounds.
At makeup camp, kids will spend quite a bit of time learning how to make realistic injuries, as well as some more exaggerated wounds for projects like zombies and monsters.
The most common wounds used in films are:
Liquid latex is the cheapest, quickest way to create customized wounds of various sizes and textures. It is applied in thin layers to build a believable wound. Each layer needs to dry a little between applications. A hairdryer set on cool helps a lot. You’ll also need setting powder, otherwise, the latex won’t hold the makeup correctly.
Campers will spend quite a bit of time playing with latex to get effects like these just right.
Generally, theater makeup doesn’t require nearly as much detail work as film makeup. The audience doesn’t get up close and personal with theater actors during the performance. Meanwhile, in film, one of the most effective shots is the full-face closeup so the audience can read the emotion in their eyes.
Theater makeup is about exaggerating the natural features. It uses thick eyeliner as well as a heavy application of eyeshadows and blush. The lipstick has to be vibrant in order for the people sitting in the back to be able to tell the actor has a mouth at all.
The only time theater makeup needs to be detailed is when the audience is really close, like in an interactive theater.
This is just a small sample of the amazing things kids will learn during their stay at Pali Adventures.
Campers will use their newly learned skills to collaborate with the kids in Acting Camp and Film Camp to make a short film. These short films will be shown Friday night at the end of their session.
Don’t worry, camp isn’t all work. Kids will get to relax in the afternoons and participate in their selection of over seventy different electives.
If you have any questions about Movie Makeup Camp, feel free to contact us. We can’t wait to meet you and your camper!