Hollywood’s professional makeup school

August 2006

Welcome to Cinema Makeup School’s E-Newsletter, which is created to keep you informed of what’s going on at Cinema Makeup School. It features news about our students, alumni and esteemed instructors.

We would like to thank all of our graduates for referring their friends, family and acquaintances. We really appreciate all of your kind words!

Cinema Makeup School would like to welcome two new instructors to its roster. Character instructor Leonard Engelman has worked with some of the most beautiful leading ladies and handsome leading men in the entertainment industry. His artistry ranges from the beauty of Cher in Moonstruck; both Cher and Michelle Pfieffer in Witches of Eastwick; Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle; Julianne Moore in Roommates; and Julie Andrews in Princess Diaries. He has also created wonderful make-up for the bruised and battered Val Kilmer in Heat; Chris O’Donnell in Batman & Robin; and Sylvester Stallone in Rambo and Rocky IV. His work spans from film to television productions, commercials, music videos, magazine covers, and editorials. Mr. Engelman has been nominated for Emmy Awards and received awards from the Local 706 Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Union.

Natalie MacGowan-Spencer, a union make-up artist herself and the most recent addition to our Beauty and High Fashion team, has an extensive background in advertising, editorials, and music videos. She has worked with such actors as George Clooney, Dennis Hopper, Samuel L. Jackson, Keanu Reeves, Kate Winslet, Naomi Watts, and Cameron Diaz. Natalie’s music video work ranges from Blondie, Celine Dion and Ben Harper to Beastie Boys, Dr. Dre, and Jay Z. We are very excited to have both of these artists contributing their substantial skills and in-depth knowledge of the industry to our students.

Mark Maitre has joined Cinema as part of our Prosthetics and Special Makeup FX Instructor Team. Mark has a varied and experienced career in special makeup effects, from sculpting to application, having worked with the greatest FX Labs in Hollywood such as Stan Winston Studios, Patrick Tatopolous Designs, K.N.B. FX and many others. Some of his projects include: Underworld: The Relic, Stargate, Halloween 5, Nightmare On Elm St: Dream Child, Spider-man 3, Jurassic Park 3, Alien Vs. Predator 2, Ray, The Cell, Spy Kids, War Of The Worlds, AI: Artificial Intelligence, Hellboy, The Time Machine, and The Green Mile.

CMS graduate Amy Strozzi is currently Make-up Department Head for the hit Fox television show So You Think You Can Dance, along with being host Cat Deeleys’ personal make-up artist. She is also make-up artist for the WB tv series Smallville for its publicity photos. Congratulations to Amy on her achieving Local 706 Makeup Artist and Hairstylists Union membership!

Graduate Michelle Bankson has been working personally with Lisa Loeb for her music videos and appearances, and congratulations to Michelle for achieving Local 706 Union status as well! You can view Michelle’s work with Lisa, with graduate Aubrey Jensen assisting, at Youtube, with the release of the new music video by Rin, “Anti Hero”, featuring Lisa Loeb.

Master Make-up Program graduate Corinne Dutra is now employed full time by Cheri Montesanto-Medcalf. Cheri is the Make-up Department Head for CSI: Miami, having received multiple Emmys for her amazing work on The X-Files. Corinne worked as an intern for Cheri on an episode earlier this year.

Beauty and Hairstyling Instructor, Michel Lejeune, will be leading the make-up and hairstyling department for the 2006 World Championships of Performing Arts. High Fashion graduate Amanda Banfield will join him. The WCOPA is the first and only international series of competitions to find the best aspiring performing artists.

Our congratulations go out to graduates Graham Schofield and Ricky Luevano, Graham has been hired to work as a lab technician at W.M. Creations, where he is working on Rocky Balboa. Ricky is a runner at Spectral Motion Inc., where he is working on Fantastic Four 2. Graham has recently wrapped production on Bad Blood Days, a zombie film with the help of graduates Iris Sutalo, Corinne Dutra and Liz Mendoza as well as the short film “Chalk” with Iris Sutalo.

Aubrey Jensen, graduate of the Master Program, has finished working as Key Make-up and Hair for the Al Pacino documentary/film entitled “Salomaybe”, with graduates Catlin Carroll and Gage Hubbard assisting. Aubrey has been keeping busy working as an assistant to Character instructor Alex Noble. They have wrapped production on two films, Lady Magdalene’s, written and directed by J. Neil Schulman, and American Fork, directed by Chris Bowman.

Christopher Del Castillo, a Senior Artist from the MAC Cosmetics PRO Team, paid a visit to CMS in May to give a lecture and demo on Fall Trends for 2006. Speaking of MAC, grads Summer Fuller and Tara Schmidt have both just been hired as MAC make-up artists here at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles.

Cinema Makeup School participated in the annual fundraiser, A Time For Heroes; Celebrity Carnival, for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. The Foundation creates a future of hope for children and families worldwide by eradicating pediatric AIDS, providing care and treatment to people with HIV/AIDS, and accelerating the discovery of new treatments for other serious and life-threatening pediatric illnesses. Graduates Ken Rizzo, Stephanie Gomez, Rigoberto Sosa, Julie Yi, Liz Mendoza, and Pixie Acia all represented CMS, applying gelatin pieces and character makeup.

Character instructor Ralis Kahn has just returned from Mexico City where he was working on the set of Resident Evil 3. Ralis and his band, Dead By Day, are also heading out on domestic tour.

International Makeup Artist Trade Show

Congratulations to Hiromi Takeda for being accepted into the Character Makeup Competition and Pixie Acia for being accepted into the Fantasy Makeup Competition at this year’s IMATS. The Character Competition was based on a Harry Potter theme while the Fantasy Competition was a Midsummer’s Night Dream theme. This is the biggest trade show for make-up artists, held annually in Pasadena, California, and sponsored by the Make-up Artist Magazine.

We would also like to thank our Instructors Mark Maitre, Mirelle Bertrand, and Nelly Recchia for their participation at IMATS on behalf of Cinema Makeup School. Mirelle’s class was entitled “Inventing the Avant-Garde for Fashion Editorials.” Mark held a lecture and demo on Multi-piece Silicone Gel Filled Prosthetic Appliances. Mark, along with Johnnie Saiko, is working on Alien vs. Predator 2 with Amalgamated Dynamics Inc.

Recent graduates Andy Chavez, Roberto Molina, Ken Rizzo, Corinne Dutra, Heather O’Boyle and Ricky Luevano, all worked as lab techs for sfx artist Steve Wang. Steve was hired to create a display sculpture (that was over 9 feet tall!) of Illidian, from the game “World of Warcraft” for the E3 videogame convention here in L.A. Graduate Casey Love was a team sculptor and graduate Diana Yoo created the hair mastery. Both Casey and Diana are employed by Spectral Motion Inc. as well as working with other top FX Labs. You can view the work and our students along with Steve at his MySpace page.

Sandra Hakim, a graduate of the Professional Makeup Course, worked on El Contente starring Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony as an assistant make-up artist. She worked with Spanish star Elsa Patke during New York Fashion Week, and, in August, she began on an as yet untitled film starring Antonio Banderas.

Graduate Kazuyuki Okada was recently interviewed by the Japanese magazine Anokuni de Korega Yaritai. The article focused on Japanese students who had gone to school abroad and have become successful in their careers. Kazu’s work is also featured in a new werewolf film “Neowolf”. Kazu himself was mentioned in an article at Fangoria’s website with pictures of his work: http://www.fangoria.com/news_article.php?id=2535

Sarah Tarling, a Master Makeup Program graduate, is currently working on her new film based on an H.P. Lovecraft tale in Maine. She is helming the directors, producers and fx artists positions.

The world’s most popular and longest-running horror magazine continues to present the greatest and most star-studded live horror events ever held. The Fangoria Weekend of Horrors took place over three days in June. CMS represented themselves strongly, along with instructor Ralis Kahn and his band Dead by Day, helping to spread the fx goodness to all the horror fans in Burbank from around the world!

Tom Devlin, Prosthetics and Special Effects instructor, has been keeping himself and graduates Liz Mendoza, Gage Hubbard, Kazuyuki Okada, busy with films including; Butcher House, Halloween Nights, Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield. Gage and Liz also worked together on the short film “The Wind Fisherman”. Liz is currently in production on “Erased”.

Graduate Keri Payne has been working as Key Make-up and Hair on an Independent Film, “Dead Scourge” as well as a music video for the band Net Zero.

Cinema Makeup School has moved its Beauty and High Fashion classes to a new, larger, open and airy suite on the second floor that also holds a new break lounge, student reference library and computers, a separate area for the wardrobe and photography studio, and the classroom for our upcoming Digital Makeup Design Course. We’ve also added new signage on the outside of the Wiltern Theater complex.