Cinema Makeup School Stuns at Comic Con 2013
Cinema Makeup School brought their A-game to this year’s Comic-con held in San Diego, California. The school presented several incredible demonstrations over the course of the three-day event. Wayne Anderson (CMS graduate and season 4 FaceOff finalist) awed convention goers with his elaborate creature “Draxian” equipped with 20 foot high mechanized unfurling wings. Walking through the convention, Draxian, worn and performed by Robert Anderson, towered over the crowd, causing quite a commotion. Just about every guest stopped to take a photo with the unique creature. CMS Director Lee Joyner and Karen Midge Ordonez’s “Death of the Family Joker” was brought to life with the help of model Alexander Ward, with hand-tied lace hair by Kaity Licina, and makeup assisted by Mia Tamlyn. The joker received much praise for his extraordinarily large inner/outer mouth denture, uncanny likeness to the New 52 Joker from the DC comic series, and many laughs for his disturbing comedic antics on the convention floor. Chloe Sens blew away the crowd with her undead flying monkey with working wings. Worn by Alexander Ward, he scared many a visitor, and was strangely captivating despite his dripping, open wounds. Melissa Jimenez’s makeup turned heads at the convention with her “Arachnia” demonstration. Assisted by Jamie Leodones and Kaity Licina, Melissa transformed Mo Meinhart into a six foot tall spider goddess. Arachnia’s costume, designed by the model herself, took home a blue ribbon from the Costume Designer’s Guild. Lastly, Rod Maxwell, stunned onlookers with his “Strawberry Flavor Monster” demonstration, modeled by Frank Hernadez. As the weekend came to a close, the CMS crew was exhausted but happy with the success of all their demonstrations!
CMS was honored to be part of SD Comic Con’s Masquerade, with CMS Director Lee Joyner and alumn Wayne Anderson as judges. They were extremely happy to offer the Best Makeup Award for a scholarship of $1,000 to Jake Weber for his Bat Wolf makeup creation, which combined full body creature suit with wings and full face prosthetic and ears. Congratulations Jake! We can’t wait to have you as a student here at CMS! You can view more about Jake at our blog here: http://cinema-makeup.blogspot.com/2013/10/comic-con-scholarship-winner-jake.html
This past August CMS students were given the opportunity to provide their makeup skills at a Zombie Run. The day before the run, CMS Chief Academic Counselor Mike Spatola gave a 2 hour demonstration on the various makeup techniques used to create a terrifying zombie.
Equipped with all the necessary makeup skills, around 35 students woke up bright and early to head down to Arcadia to prep zombie run participants with makeup applications for a day of exciting apocalyptic fun. Many of our students even caught the zombie bug themselves!
CMS Graduates continue to impress judges on FaceOffSeason 5
The fifth season of popular SyFy show FaceOff premiered this past August. This season, eight newcomers are competing against eight contestants from seasons past. A true battle of rookies vs. veterans! Four of CMS’ graduates- Adolfo Barreto,Miranda Jory, Laney Parkhurst, and Lymari Millot– have been showing off their makeup talents on the show every week. Miranda, representing CMS on the veteran’s team, has continued to make a strong showing week after week. She has already won three of the show’s challenges with her incredible creations. We are very proud of all four of our graduates for their phenomenal job on the show. Tune in Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. to watch the contestants battle it out!
CMS graduate Marlene Moura has been working steadily in Brazil since she graduated. Recently, she worked with top Brazilian model Raica Oliveira for the Bluebeach Verao 2014 swim shoot. Her work has been featured in Italian magazine spreads of famed photographer, Gaetano Mansi. Additionally, she has worked on several Brazilian movies and popular television shows, and with actors such as Fernanda Montenegro, José de Abreu and Stellan Skarsgård. She was also awarded 3 best makeup (Melhor Maquiagem) Cinema Brazil Grand Prizes for her work on O Palhaco (The Clown), Olga and Lisbela and the Prisoner.
Tracy Raffelson (Master, 2008) recently was given the opportunity to work at MTV’s Video Music Awards in Brooklyn, New York. She put her skills on display as the makeup artist to Justin Timberlake’s backup dancers. She applied a classic smoky eye and red lip to each dancer for their performance with the pop music legend.
April Metcalf (Master, 2007) served as Val Kilmer’s hair and makeup artist for his production Citizen Twain this past August. Our school’s Director Emeritus and governor of the Academy,Leonard Engelman (with Cher as his guest), Director Lee Joyner, and graduate Melissa Jimenez all attended the play and loved the production. At the end of the play, Val invited April on stage to remove his make-up appliances as part of the play as he began a Q&A session.
Graduates, Diana Maldonado, Elisa Silva, Hannah Marrow, and Nara, were on hand at the Miss Philippines USA competition this past August providing their makeup and hair skills to the contestants. Each contestant was prepped with a flawless stage-ready look!
CMS graduate Zena Shteysel was been nominated for an Emmy for “Outstanding Makeup for a Multi-camera Series or Special” for her fantastic work on Dancing with the Stars. She serves as the show’s Makeup Artist Department Head. This is her seventh Emmy nomination in this category, winning in both 2008 and 2012.