WELCOME to my online portfolio, my world of film make-up & hair.
"THE FALLING" - A Feature Film
Producers Cairo Cannon and Nick Roeg.
Written and Directed by Carol Morley
We recently completed principal photography for "The Falling". It was such a pleasure. Written and Directed by the openly enthusiastic and irrepressible Carol Morley. Carol expresses a unique voice with this unusual film which is sensitively observed in the most mind-boggling detail. We have been shooting some HUGE close ups including right on the back of a bright red wig I did for Maxine Peake. Shot on HD with antique lenses, and some huge close-ups, it was essential that our work be very thin and realistic. It's been such a pleasure to work with such appreciative producers and director, such a wonderful cast and crew - it was all round a beautiful experience.
"DOWNTON ABBEY" - Christmas Day Special
In the Summer of 2013 I had the pleasure of working for Magi Vaughan on the "Downton Abbey" Christmas Special to be shown on Christmas Day. It was a fabulous experience and everyone looked wonderful, truly breathtaking. It was an amazing team, so elegant, hard-working and talented. Magi showed me how she likes to airbrush on the foundations which was a real eye-opener and a treat.
"THE THIRTEENTH TALE" FOR THE PRODUCER OF "HARRY POTTER" - to be aired this Christmas
Executive Producers David Hayman & Norma Hayman
Directed by James Kent "The White Queen" and Produced by Rosie Allison
In May/June/July this year I was contracted to design the hair and
make-up for this Single Drama to be screened at Christmas. Based on the
novel by the same name, it this mystery story posed particular challenges regarding hair colour and texture. The red-headed family required wigs, double wigs, colouring both permanent and semi-permanent, moussed daily temporary colour - all sorts to bring to the screen a range of red heads that would be believed as a family. Along with numerous make-up effects this was a busy production with much to accomplish on a tight budget.
HAMPTON COURT PALACE INSTALLATION
In the week of 23 April 2013 I and a couple of colleages did wigs and make-up for an installation in the Restoration style at Hampton Court Palace. It will be on permanent display from early May. It's interesting how one's career can go full circle. The note I received from the Costume Designer was "to make it like 'The Draughtsman's Contract', which, was the first film I was contracted to all those years ago in 1981. It was also Peter Greenaway's first film.
WHICH OFFER WILL COME IN NEXT I WONDER .....
Meanwhile, I am pottering to my heart's content in Oxfordshire fulfilling orders for The Make-Up Brush Company reading scripts for a couple of projects which might be in the offing.
For my work availability please call JAYNE or HOLLY at GEMS on +44 (0) 29 2071 0770
Nominated for an RTS Craft and Design Award 2012 for "The Fades".
"The Fades" also won the BAFTA for Best New Series.
From Zombies to Margaret Thatcher, forensically designed wounds to stylized period work I've delivered cinematic versions of all aspects of make-up. While this web site is a work in progress as there is so much to upload, I hope you'll agree there is already plenty of highly cinematic work to interest you here. If any page is not quite complete, my apologies, feel free to send me feedback. I'm still in a building site.
Ever since my first days working in the Film Industry I have wanted to do interesting work. I have been blessed to have done just that, working on a great variety of design concepts and budgets. This portfolio presents my favorite work showcasing Period, Stylised, Gritty, Contemporary, Casualty, Prosthetics, Effects, Ageing, Wigs and Facial Hair (including the first false fully wrapped Sikh beard seen on British TV. As a result of working in Africa a lot in the 1980's I invented a unique, new way of doing wounds on black skin.
I've worked in Kenya (3) - once under canvass, Ghana (2), Israel (2), Hungary (2), Yugoslavia (2), Turkey, Greece, Dominica, Jamaica, Nassau and the South of France. I speak good, useful French. My goal is always to create thin, cinematic, high-quality work that helps Directors and actors tell their story. I'm interested in the detail of character arcs and characterisation. The trick is knowing which artistic decisions deliver cinematic quality and which do not, where money needs to be spent and where it can be saved.
As time is valuable, to Quick Start your visit here are some tips on how things are laid out.
On the left are listed some films on which I have been the Chief Make-up Artist, Make-up and Hair Designer, or in the case of more recent credits, where I have been on the team of another Designer.
Most recent work is at the top going back in time as you go down the list.
Each production has a GALLERY of photos. Click to enlarge and click again to close and move on.
I took most of the photos with permission from Production for use in my portfolio. Copyright rests firstly with the production and secondly with me, all rights are reserved.
I am in the process of writing the brief for each production to explain the work required for each project. If the Make-up and Hair department do their job well, you shouldn't 'see' their work because it should just support the story - it should be invisible, not distracting. The actors should wear the hair and make-up, not the other way around. Consequently the work can go unappreciated. So just in case you miss the "not so obvious", it will be revealed in the brief.
On "Casanova" some of the make-up and hair was designed to 'show off' or make an impression. "Casanova" was definitely a case of going for it and breaking out of the normal faithful of period drama. In fact the producers told me they wanted to hire me BECAUSE I would break the rules.
Trailers exist for most productions exist on YouTube. For copyright reasons I have only supplied the link which you will need to copy and paste at YouTube yourself. Uploading the trailer to this site would be illegal. Perhaps when I am able to obtain written permission from producers to include video clips they could be included for your convenience. Until then it's copy and paste I'm afraid. Please return to this site to view other galleries.
I HOPE you enjoy your visit and that you
will get in touch for a meeting regarding your current or future
productions. After 30 years of doing my work I still love it and care
about the finished product. However, I am also aware that we shoot schedules as well as works of art.