Hollywood’s professional makeup school

June 2012

Advanced Beauty Takes Off
Staring on May 14, Cinema Makeup School’s beauty program took a step forward. Advanced Beauty, a brand new class, held its first session. Over the course of the class, students learned the intricacies of everything from simple face charts to extreme avant garde looks. The class culminated in a runway fashion show, titled “It’s All in the Detail” at which magnifying-glass-toting models pranced through the CMS studio dressed in designer duds by dosa, inc. and the guitar stylings of Giovanni Loria filled the air. The event made for a memorable night, but just the first of many for this new advanced program.

A Time for (Face Painting) Heroes
On June 3, a team from Cinema Makeup School headed to Brentwood to lend their face painting and Photoshop talents to the fight against pediatric AIDS. CMS sponsored a booth at the annual “A Time for Heroes” Celebrity Picnic, a star-studded event sponsored by Disney and benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS foundation. The booth featured the digital makeup talents of CMS instructor Tim Turner and staff member Robert Lindsay, as well as the face painting abilities of CMS-ers Paul Garcia, Jordan Perez, Natalie Hernandez, and Brittany Reed. Giving back never looked so good!

2012 Ve Neill Legends of Makeup Scholarship
At the end of May, Cinema Makeup School and Fangoria magazine awarded the $10,000 Ve Neill Legends of Makeup Scholarship to Anna Cichon. Anna is a Polish citizen living in London who produced an impressive portfolio centered around her sculpting and hair punching work. Anna will be on hand at the official scholarship ceremony at the CMS booth at LA IMATS in Pasadena, June 23-24. She will be joined by three-time Oscar winner Ve Neill and Leonard Engelman, former CMS Director of Education and current Governor of the makeup branch of AMPAS.

Students Vie to Get Their MAC On
Cosmetics giant MAC held an exclusive recruiting session at Cinema Makeup School on April 17 as part of a major talent search to fill makeup jobs in California. Over 50 students showed up for the event, making for a fun (if nerve-racking) atmosphere. The recruiters left incredibly impressed by the across-the-board talent and dedication of CMS-trained artists.

Instructor Work
Mireille Bertrand –Cinema Makeup School Beauty and High Fashion instructor Mireille Bertrand has been hard at work when not teaching at the school. She has been working with skincare-centric makeup brand Koh Gen Do, giving presentations and demos to help spread work about the company’s new line of cosmetics that are easier on the skin.

Mike Spatola – Mike’s been busy running the shop at Makeup & Effects Laboratories and working on prosthetics and FX makeup for the upcoming third installment of the blockbuster Iron Man franchise for Marvel.

Tim Turner – Tim, who ran the CMS digital booth at “A Time For Heroes,” recently returned to his roots as a special effects artist to coordinate a “Zombie Apocalypse” photo series for Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. Tim is also the owner and artistic director of The Ghoulish Gallery (theghoulishgallery.com) which displays and sells traditional and illusion-based dark artwork. He’ll next be seen at the CMS booth at LA IMATS, conducting digital makeup and ZBrush demos.

Graduate Work
Curtis Foreman – Graduate of Master Makeup Program, May 2012
Curtis—who also wowed the crowd with his hair and makeup work for CMS’ runway show—got the chance to work on the hit music video for “Princess of China” by Rihanna and Coldplay. Of the experience, Curtis said, “It was a dream come true. The energy on the set was incredible and creatively intense, so many unbelievable artist working together with such grace. If it wasn’t for my awesome school, CMS, I would have never had this life change amazing experience.”

Jennifer Quinteros – Graduate of Master Makeup Program, February 2011
Jennifer worked on the hit music video for “Princess of China” by Rihanna and Coldplay along with fellow CMS graduate Curtis Foreman and describe the experience as intense but rewarding. “We got on set that morning, everything was green screen, the crew was running around like crazy, Chris Martin was on set, watching people set up, Rihanna was walking into the trailer, getting her makeup done by Kabuki…From the time myself and Curtis stepped into those makeup rooms, we worked, 17 hours straight, before we even considered taking a break. It was insane! And it was awesome. I don’t remember putting my makeup brush down, and I don’t remember Curtis putting his combs down.” 

Marisel Serrano – Graduate of High Fashion Program, April 2011
Marisel has been busy working continuously on film, tv and events. She recently worked with fitness celebrity Jennifer Nicole Lee, creator of the JNL Fusion fitness program, on a shoot for The Fitness Model Factory.

Wayne Anderson –  Graduate of Master Makeup Program, April 2012
Wayne, the winner of last year’s Dick Smith Legends of Makeup Scholarship, wasted no time after graduation. Diving into the industry headfirst, he landed a coveted job at Rick Lazzarini’s The Character Shop. The Shop is one of the top names in Hollywood for animatronics and creature effects, and has often been a destination for CMS field trips. In fact, it was following up after one of these field trips that got Wayne the job. Because of the high level work, Wayne can’t tell us exactly what projects he’s been working on, but he did say that he’s been sculpting, airbrushing, fabricating and doing machinist work and added that he’s very excited to be a performer in a seven-and-a-half to eight foot tall character suit for an upcoming commercial.

Paul Garcia – Graduate of Character Makeup, November 2011
In addition to working round the clock supporting classes at CMS, Paul has found time to take on some great freelance work. He was head of the makeup department on myouterspace.com, a web series, and key artist on both a music video for Super Black Market and a promo video for ADIDAS. He’ll also be very busy at IMATS, with live demos for both CMS and Ben Nye Cosmetics.

Josh McCarron – Graduate of Master Makeup Program, April 2012
Josh, a very recent graduate, has been doing music video work and sculpting up a storm. After taking classes with both of CMS’s sculpting masters—Don Lanning and Jim Kagel—Josh wasted little time getting his first feature film gig. He can’t tell us much about it, but it will get a theatrical release. Josh is also working around-the-clock in the CMS lab doing prosthetic work for two CMS IMATS demos, one with Wayne Anderson and the other with Nelly Recchia and Miranda Jory.

Alan Carnes – Graduate of Special FX Program, July 2010
Alan, a self-described “shop guy,” has been hard at work creating serious makeup effects for projects large and small. Alan has become a go-to artist for students from New York Film Academy, working on multiple SFX-heavy student projects. For his most recent finished NYFA film, The Sh*tmonster and the Amulets of E-prow, Alan and fellow CMS alums Christine Thompson and Julian Bonfiglio built and operated the titular excrement monster. Alan’s been doing more than just student work though, doing vacuforming on the blockbuster X-men: First Class. Alan’s next NYFA project, Forest of Blood (dir: Mike Bustillos), which will feature two full-body werewolf-inspired creatures, is currently trying to raise money through crowd-financing at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/100738. If you can, please try to support him!

Megan Faller – Graduate of Master Makeup Program, June 2012
Megan has been very busy since graduating from CMS, her work has graced several fashion and catalog shoots including one for the clothing line 10th Tribe. In addition, she has been assisting an established effects artist and assisted fellow CMS alumna Danielle Baum on a feature. Megan has also been helping eternitemedia.com with brand and website development and has a busy slate of work going forward, with upcoming gigs including assisting on a comedy pilot and working on a music video.

Lindsay Vogel – Graduate of Film/TV Program, June 2012 Lindsay hit the ground running, booking a job assisting for Jamie Greenberg on a photo shoot for a Nissan print ad. She will also be working on an upcoming New York Film Academy student film entitled “Losing Touch,” a parable in the style of magical realism about a cynical doctor hexed by a disgruntled patient.