SDCC 2018 Recap

SDCC 2018 Recap

Cinema Makeup School Update: SDCC 2018 was a success!

It was a year for villains (and one anti-hero) this San Diego International Comic-Con. At Booth #4523, Cinema Makeup School’s makeup demonstrations drew significant crowds. But the attendees and press didn’t make our artists sweat, and our graduates were able to put on great performances. Notable standouts from the event were the constantly excellent Wen Zheng and newly graduated Issac Romo.

SDCC 2018 Recap – Rebecca Vandervort working in front of a crowd
Photo by Trevor Toma

SDCC Demo: Ortho’theos

Graduate Wen Zheng made several convention appearances for Cinema Makeup School in the past, but this is her 1st headlining SDCC. On Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, Zheng returned her original demon creature, “Ortho’theos”, to the convention floor. Derived from Greek – and meaning “right god”, “Ortho’theos” continues to be a CMS fan favorite gaining several thousand likes on every social media post. In the past year, Zheng continued to showcase her artistry through new media projects. She’s worked with the likes of influencer Tyler Oakley for his YouTube channel and award-winning actor Andy Serkis for the New York Times. Moreover, “Ortho’theos” is featured in season 2, episode 9 of the YouTube Red series Escape the Night.

SDCC 2018 Recap – Wen Zheng and Stephanie Kim working on Ortho'theos
Photo by Alive Alf Photography

SDCC Demo: Imperfect Cell

Zheng wasn’t the only inhuman creature to grace CMS’s booth. Recent graduate Tomas Isaac Romo held his own with his jaw-dropping rendition of “Imperfect Cell” from the Dragon Ball series. Issac Romo’s talent attracted anime fans in droves including Dragon Ball distributor, Funimation. The self-proclaimed “destination for extraordinary anime” was so impressed; they invited Romo’s creation to their booth for a well-staged photo-op. Romo won Cinema Makeup School’s 2017 Next Level of Cosplay scholarship with his unparalleled cosplay skills. We were so excited to see what he could produce at SDCC, and he did not disappoint.

SDCC 2018 Recap – Tomas Isaac Romo's Cell at Funimation booth

SDCC Demo: Jack Sparrow

In addition to the above, Cinema Makeup School is proud and humbled by the compelling work produced by all our graduates this year. Graduate Jose Davalos debuted his newest cosplay: undead Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Carribean: Curse of the Black Pearl. Davalos, aka Joo Skellington, adds this makeup application to his numerous, contest-winning Disney cosplays, which gained him his 300K+ social media following.

SDCC 2018 Recap – Jose Davalos interviewed by FOX 5 reporter
Photo by Trevor Toma

SDCC Demo: Two Jokers

After making waves at SDCC 2017 with his Omnigul makeup demonstration, graduate Spencer Scott returned to recreate Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai Joker figurine. Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai line recontextualizes iconic characters from Batman’s rogue gallery by dressing them up as Batman himself. The cowl was sculpted by CMS Director of Admissions Lee Joyner. Joyner also sculpted the prosthetic appliance for the Arkham Asylum Joker we debuted last year. That Joker reappeared this year as well, with makeup applied by Rebecca Vandervort.

SDCC 2018 Recap – Two Jokers
Photo by Trevor Toma

Special thanks to the unsung heroes – graduates who helped assist in the booth – Nicholas Alvarez, Stephanie Kim, Nestor Castañeda, and Magdalena Murrieta. Without them, the rest couldn’t have been possible. Additional thanks to the guests who stopped by our booth, including seven-time Academy Award-winner and close friend of the school Rick Baker. Lastly, thanks to the many media outlets covering Cinema Makeup School at SDCC and helping spread this great industry to the world.

SDCC 2018 Recap – Ve Neill with Rick Baker
Photo by Trevor Toma


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