MY NEW NICHE
So recently, I’ve been pouring all my energy and focus into a future acting career, starting myself in Pittsburgh indie & student projects (stay tuned :D). But recently, I’ve also found myself in a related subject to film acting: movie make-up.
Being a graphic artist, it seemed just a translated version of what I’ve been taught & have practiced to do: color matching, 3D modeling, detail application, materials manipulation (the list could go on).
Though it’s something I’ve only dabbled in before, my experiments have so far been pretty successful, and hearing praises from cast and crew members of appreciative film students doesn’t hurt my ego either :D
I’m signed on to another film with a cinematographer I met while acting. The stakes are raised with materials graduation and higher expectations. I’m glad about having this new niche because, while I putting all my focus into film & regrettably neglecting illustration/design, I can use make-up as a continuation of my art portfolio and a valid, somewhat-related excuse when I may settle down as a graphic designer and have to answer the question from possible employers, “What HAVE you been doing in the design field for the past 5-10 years?”
SEEN ABOVE: Actor Brian Berry and student director Dillon Kane on the set of a 3rd year production, “P.O.V.”
BELOW: Detail shots of Berry in “interrogation beatdown” scene. [the star of the makeup, the improvised swollen eye, is made of medical tape and illusionary coloration. The rest, a bloody mess]
Still learning, experimenting and practicing the craft, but so far I think it’s a good start.