CMS at Son of Monsterpalooza
CMS once again stuns crowds at this year’s Son of Monsterpalooza convention in Burbank, Ca. CMS’ elaborate demonstrations throughout the weekend did not disappoint. On Friday, graduate Luis Vega, assisted by Sharzad “Shay” Alizadeh, demonstrated a demoness creature makeup with full armor. Saturday brought Jamie Leodones to the booth’s stage where she applied makeup on Levi Estrada, transforming him into the alien ruler, “Overlord”. Jamie was the designer and main sculptor for this project, receiving sculpting assistance and design consulting from CMS graduate Josh McCarron. Saturday also reunited Shay and Luis, this time to turn model Ana Mile Paez into Shay’s design: an extraterrestrial temptress, “Shaytailien”.
Sunday welcomed CMS graduates and FaceOff alums, Miranda Jory and Laney Chantel, to the booth where they brought to life their original design, “The Royal”. Modeled by Megan Albertus, “The Royal” featured exaggerated puckered lips, a captivating costume, a prosthetic head piece and long three-fingered prosthetic hands. Many convention goers stopped to see the two all-stars in action. Miranda was exceptionally busy during the weekend, splitting time between the CMS demo and working with famed creature and concept designer Jordu Schell. On the other stage, graduate Tereza Huskova transformed model David Moore into the tribal alien “Yarouky.” Graduate Jennifer Lopez was also on hand to complete a full face prosthetic zombie transformation she designed as part of CMS’s Special Makeup Effects class.
All demonstrators got the chance to use Telesis adhesives and thinners and Skin Illustrator alcohol colors, including some of the just-released series of signature On Set Palettes generously provided courtesy of PPI Premiere Products, Inc. PPI also provided CMS with the use of its photo studio, where photographer Eric Anderson took gorgeous shots of the finished makeups.
Aside from the demonstrations, CMS’ booth was bustling with people all weekend. Rick Lazzarini, founder of FX lab, The Character Shop, and makeup icon Steve Johnson stopped by to chat and see the graduates’ amazing makeup creations. CMS Director of Admissions Lee Joyner was also in the booth throughout the weekend sculpting as passersby stopped to observe.
The weekend also featured CMS’s annual Monster Scholarship Showdown! More than twenty individuals applied to battle it out for the chance at $12,000 in scholarship money. Judges Kevin Brennan, Lee Joyner, and Kato DeStefano were faced with an extremely tough decision deciding between the fierce monster makeup designs. After much deliberation, Jason Adcock’s “Test Subject #13” was chosen as the grand prize winner, with runners-up honors going to Lauren Gonzalez and Lisa O’Neal. All three winners plan to use their scholarships to achieve their dreams of attending CMS in the near future!
CMS launch of “The NEXT Level of Cosplay” Scholarship Contest
In January, Cinema Makeup School will launch a new and unique competition, “The Next Level of Cosplay” Scholarship Contest. For the first time, makeup and cosplay artists will compete to create fully-realized characters with thousands in scholarship money at stake. Contestants are invited to submit a three-minute video of their makeup and costume design for a chance to win a full scholarship for the school’s “Master Makeup Program,” (valued at $15,875) and a 6-month paid internship. Judging panel will include academy award winner Joel Harlow, Cosplay personality Yaya Han, CMS’ Director Emeritus Leonard Engelman, Makeup Artist Magazine’s Editor-in-chief Michael Key, and our very own Directors, Lee Joyner and Michael Spatola. CMS is accepting applications until March 31st! For more information, you can visit www.cinemamakeup.com/cosplay and “like” the competition’s page on facebook at www.facebook.com/cosplayCMS.
In November, CMS hosted a special session of Zbrush class for former contestants of Face Off. Led by instructor Rob Maxwell (season 3), a group of Face Off veterans brushed up on their Zbrush skills. The group included Miranda Jory (seasons 2 & 5), Wayne Anderson (season 4 finalist), Tara Lang (season 2), Kris Kobzina (season 4 finalist), Katie Machaiek (season 4), Tommy Pietch (season 3), and Alana Schiro (seasons 3 & 5). It was very exciting to see the group reunite at CMS, especially as many were graduates of the school!
Successful MAC Cosmetics Interview
CMS hosted a group of MAC recruiters for a “Meet and Greet” interview with some of our graduates. Thirty of our talented graduates had the opportunity to present their abilities and resumes. They made a fantastic showing with more than 75% chosen to have a second round interview. One recruiter willingly stated, “This is the best group of students we’ve seen here”! Congratulations to our graduates on an awesome job!
Blood and Guts Demo with Scott Ian
Nerdists’s web series “Blood and Guts with Scott Ian” visited CMS this past month to film an episode with Academy Award winner Joel Harlow. Joel turned host and Anthrax lead singer and guitarist, Scott Ian, into a new rendition of the “H.P. Lovecraft Fisherman” creature design he originally created for CMS’s 20th Anniversary Celebration in May. Joel did his application in front of an audience of current prosthetic and special makeup effects students and the show’s cameras. The finished product was met with huge applause! Equipped with prosthetic fins, an intricate prosthetic face application, and smoking pipe, Scott sat in a vintage wheelchair as students posed for pictures.
Here is a link to the finished episode: http://youtu.be/ki08bC2ZpuM
Exclusive FaceOff Season 7 Casting Held at CMS
It’s that time of year again! Even though Season 5 just ended, SyFy has announced the cast for the upcoming sixth season of Face Off. Graduates Chloe Sens, Graham Schofield, Margaret Caragan, and Corinne Foster will all appear as contestants on the upcoming season. Tune in to follow #TeamCMS starting in January.
At the same time, SyFy has begun its search for a new group of contestants for season 7 of their hit reality TV show, Face Off. CMS hosted a casting call where interested artists could audition for a spot on the show.
Leonard Engelman fellowship
The latest round of Leonard Engelman Fellows and Associates was announced in November. The group included Yilan Piao, Siân Revill, Alanna Suen, Jessica Perlman, Michelle Sosnowski, Felicia Goodfellow, Candace Sillman, Kristen Schwenneker, Kristine Kreska, and Brittany Wong.
7-time Academy Award winner Rick Baker, contacted CMS this month looking for interns to help him at his studio. CMS was happy to send over our graduates Wayne Anderson and Chloe Sens. Over lunch, Wayne and Chloe had a chance to show Rick a few pictures of their work. Rick relayed to the school that he was impressed with their skills!
Congratulations to our newest group of interns for the Protégé Lab Internship Program! Luis Vega, Nicole Diaz, Shay Zee, Terrance Kandler, and Mari Idaka were chosen to work at Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. studios on the sci-fi/horror feature film, Habinger Down. This surely will be another memorable Protégé internship experience. Stay tuned for more updates!
As previously mentioned, CMS graduates Chloe Sens, Graham Schofield, Margaret Caragan, and Corinne Foster will all competing for the coveted title of Face Off champion. Tune in and watch the premiere Tuesday, January 14th at 9/8c on SyFy Network!
This past October many of CMS’ graduates put their makeup talents to use at Universal Studios’ annual Halloween Horror Nights. Under the direction of Boneyard Effects Inc., the group created zombies, possessed clowns, and monsters that roamed the theme park scaring all who were in their path. The group included Kevin Tolson, Steven Covarrubias, Natalie Hernandez, Patricia Wang, Lisette Santana, Curtis Foreman, Niki Parrish, Norelle Soriano, Jacqueline Holden, Amanda King, and Sonia Cabrera.
Master graduate Renee Goodfellow life casted, sculpted, and molded a Klingon head piece for Star Trek star Suzie Plakson. See a picture of her finished work above!
Lufeng Qu, CMS’ first graduate from mainland China, has been steadily working in Hollywood since she graduated in 1994. Most recently she worked on the newest x-men film, “X-men: Days of Future Past”, as the key makeup artist. She turned Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence into mutant, Mystique.