Beauty makeup in film production is helpful for several reasons. Blemishes on the faces of actors can be distracting from the story, and feel like an intentional communication from the filmmaker to the audience. Also, when talent is as beautiful as possible, it allows viewers to focus more on the story of the film. Powder is often used to remove distracting shine.
- Makeup on set is a pretty big deal.…We didn't need much on The Assurance…because we wanted to be a dying, desolate world.…So we didn't want people having much life in their face…or looking modern in any way.…Just wanted a little layer of dirt on the extras…and Bitsy applied that during the same few seconds…as she also had to dress them.…But let's talk for a moment…about more standard movie makeup.…First of all actresses usually expect it.…If you're putting on this production,…they will expect you to pay someone…to make them look as beautiful as possible.…It's important to note though, makeup on a film set…is not always just about beauty and vanity,…it's about story.…
Nadie had a food allergy before shooting…that would create patches of dry skin…as seen in this shot here, right around her mouth.…It was so small and subtle.…I didn't think it would be noticeable on camera.…But even if it were going to be,…I'm not gonna give an 8-year-old girl a complex…about the way she looks.…So I just let it be.…But when I looked at the footage in post it stuck out to me.…
Find the rest of the courses in the series—on everything from script writing to directing—on Chad's author page.
- Understanding the role of different crew members
- Sending out call sheets
- Using a slate
- Keeping continuity with a script supervisor and production photographer
- Keeping the crew fed, happy, and safe
- Rescheduling shoots
- Dealing with wardrobe for a large cast
- Using special effects makeup
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Intermediate
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
"The Assurance"7m 43s
1. Common Crew Members
2. Film Production Basics
4. Keeping the Crew Happy
5. Our Big Resets
6. Working with Props
7. Preparing to Shoot
8. Special Effects Makeup
Final thoughts1m 33s
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