Emmy Award-winning makeup artist, monster maker, mad scientist and now author, Steve Johnson is renowned for his contribution to the SFX industry throughout the years. His recent book, Rubberhead: Sex, Drugs, and Special FX was published in 2017 and chronicles his legendary career in film and TV. Johnson’s company, XFX, did make-up effects for more than 200 films, countless TV shows, commercials and music videos. His film credits include The Abyss, Ghostbusters, Bicentennial Man, Species and Spider-Man 2. Steve was kind enough to answer a few burning questions we had for him about the upcoming release of the second instalment of the Rubberhead Books.
If you haven’t already seen the robotic beauty that Birmingham based collective, Father Phantom Studios debuted at IMATs London, where have you been?!
Made up of the super talented Ben and Laura, who specialise in creating SFX makeup and collectables from their studio, in the trendy Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. We were lucky enough to be joined by them and Titanic FX to demo their newest creation. As we are always intrigued to find out more about design and the creation process behind the makeups, we dropped them a few questions. Read all about this stunning creation below!
As you probably know, the makeup application is only the final step in a very long process, from the design element, sculpting, moulding, prepaint, costume... etc. etc. It takes a long old time to create a character makeup. So we asked the overly talented Ruth Parry if she would be kind enough to tell us more about her Draenai Warrior.
We have been lucky enough to have Ruth demo for us a few times now and she never fails to impress with her intricate looks and comprehensive preparation. Enjoy a behind the scenes peek into Ruth's makeup below!
And don't forget to follow Ruth and Amber (who created the INSANE costume) on Instagram to stay updated with all their latest projects. @Ruthparrymua @theforgottenimp
As Valentine’s week comes to an end the question on everyone’s lips, how dirty can you get... to help you out we've broken down our top 5 favourite dirts.
1. Fleet Street Dirtworks Dirt -
This extensive range of dirts includes x6 realistic shades (Dark Brun, Soot, Sand, Rotten Stone, Sedona, Muddy Waters) with colours that match the Skin Illustrator Grunge Palette (available is 'On Set' size too!).
It may be a bit of a mundane task, but it is important to know how to clean your makeup brushes to keep them in pristine condition. Not only does this make it easier for you to get the results you expect from your favourite brushes, but it also keeps the brush hairs germ free, which will be much appreciated by your clients.
Make-up artist Debbie Zoller has helped create memorable looks on such award winning shows as Mad Men, Nip/Tuck, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Trek: Enterprise and has been nominated for no less than nine Emmys for her outstanding work.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Debbie who even popped into the Armoury to grab products whilst working on her newest film Nasty Women (personal to the hilarious Rebel Wilson).