Hollywood’s professional makeup school

January 2008

CMS News:

CMS Director of Education and Academy Governor Leonard Engelman is inviting you to join us at the 80th Academy Awards, Oscar-Nominated Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Symposium to be held at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater (8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hill 90210) on February 23, 2008 at 2:30 p.m.

The doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for an opportunity to see displays of the three films that will be nominated for this years Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup. The program will involve the makeup artists and hairstylist nominated explaining the involvements of the makeup, 10 minute film clips showing, especially, and the makeup from the three films and an opportunity for questions and answers with the audience. Following the program will be food and beverages again with an opportunity to see the makeup artists and hairstylists at their displays.

Admission is free. Apply for your ticket at www.oscar.com. or in person at the Academy Box Office on the day. Suggestion: make your reservation early!

Last year’s Symposium was a great success and a great opportunity for CMS students and graduates to meet the nominated makeup artists and hairstylist for the films “Pan’s Labyrinth”, “Click”, and “Apocalypto”.

Cinema Makeup School is heading to IMATS in London at the end of January. We will be located at booth 509 showcasing our Digital FX course with Digital FX Instructor Tim Turner (Harry and the Henderson’s, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Addams Family, Army of Darkness, Sleepwalkers, CSI, Las Vegas).

Instructor Updates:

We would like to welcome to our staff:

Gil Mosko: Multi-Emmy Winner: Star Trek, Alias, Face/Off, Holes, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Joe Podnar has joined us here at CMS teaching our character class. Joe has worked on films such as: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Star Trek, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Venom.

CMS is now offering a one week workshop with instructor Jim Kagel. Students will be learning fundamental aspects of Special FX makeup sculpture design. They will present a finished sculpture/Maquette utilizing armature and sculpting techniques. Jim’s work has been seen on films such as Killer Klowns from Outer Space, The Thing, Friday the 13th, Child’s Play, 300 and more. Jim has designed some of the famous characters that we all know and love. We are excited to offer this as part of the Master makeup course here at CMS. Contact the school for more information about this course.

Jordu Schell is joining the staff as one of our Digital FX makeup instructors. Jordu has worked on films such as: Nemesis, Alien: Resurrection, Face/Off, Scary Movie 3, and The X-Files.

Airbrush instructor Nelly Recchia has just returned to LA form New York where she was working on the popular show “America’s Next Top Model”.

Graduates Work:

CMS students and graduates: Robin Carey, Courtney Soto, Martina Ostaendler, Ashley Patrick, Alison Cunningham, Hannah Lux Davis, Camilla Mortensen, Lindsey Rivera, Erin Sullivan, Elena Mullis, Cat Cordova, Courtney McWilliams, Lyubomira Taseva, Sahra Celik, Seung Young Lee, Chris LeCurc, Amy Park, Nicole Perry, Stella Koh and Stepfani Talavera worked with the contestants for the Miss California Pageant with the Miss Universe Organization- NBC and Donald Trump partnership.

Graduate Carla Mora is now working as High Fashion instructor Mireille Bertrand’s assistant.

Master Graduate Simpat Beshirian worked as a member of the skeleton crew for an upcoming movie on DVD called “The Stone House” and the shop Almost Human. He had the privilege to go on tour with Instructor Ralis Kahn’s band Dead by Day for 3 weeks as a makeup artist for the band, and also worked with Ralis on a big haunt out in Bakersfield called “The Chamber” (www.chamberhaunt.com ).

ADI (Amalgamated Dynamics Inc.), an Academy Award winning makeup effects studio, has hired on master graduates Morgan Muta in the lab, Ian Lome in the design department and Libby Pierson in the office.

Master graduate Kalyani Thiruchelvum is currently employed by Napoleon Perdis as their Northeast National Education Trainer. She has recently done advertorials for Clairol Hair Color that will be featured in the March issue of Essence magazine. Kalyani has also been published in Ebony magazine, New York Post Pulse Fashion editorials titled ” Tailor-made Work-outs”, “Girls Gone Wildlife”, ” Ten Commandments of Highs and Lows”, “Looks to go from Day to Night”, “Mind your Manor”, which was shot on location in the Berkshire Mountains, and “Damsels in Distress”. She is head makeup artist for the TV show called “Waiting for Style”, which is being produced by Nole Marin of America’s Next Top Model and is planned to be shown on MTV.

Graduate Renee Saia was featured on E! TV on “12 Sexiest Jobs of 2007”

Graduate Ferra Abbassi got the privilege to work with celebrity stylist and designer Kami Shade, whose celebrity clients have included Sharon Stone, the Pussycat Dolls, Lauren Conrad and Katie Lohmann.

Cinema Makeup School joined in with Long Beach City Chamber of Commerce for their University by the Sea festival celebrating art, film, and culture.

Hannah Lux Davis went as our videographer and Cody Opdegrave and Joseph Alexander were our photographers for Cypress Hill’s music video “Land of Shadows”. You can go to http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=26381030 to see these makeup artists in action. Jodi Sherbin, Willy Vanzuela, Midori Saito, Kaitlin Kincaid, Devon Siegel, Kristin Darby, Reyna Garcia, Nick Scarboro, Troy Wheeler, Cynthia Ochoa, Kristina Cardone, Renee Saia, Jacqueline Butcher, Rigo Sosa, Courtney Soto, and Kana Fujioka did zombie makeup.

Stepfani Talavera, Meagen Ford, Alexandra Cathers, Binh Au, Nino Demuriyan, and Amy Chiorino joined with Art of Elysium and helped complete costumes with face painting for children with cancer, who were spending Halloween in the hospital.

Cinema Makeup School was proud to be a participant in the Fresh Films Youth Fest 2007 at AFI Festival. Fresh Films is a program geared towards helping High School students prepare for a career in the film industry. CMS Instructor Steve Costanza and Graduate Liz Mendoza did a demonstration on Injury Simulation. As the demonstration was given, questions were answered as many of the students were interested in our programs! There was a lot of excitement as the demonstration came to a conclusion; students came up afterwards to get a better look!

The producer of Napoleon Dynamite Jeremy Coon was also a guest at this event. Along with Jon Gries and Efren Ramirez who starred in the film. Together they offered advice to the new filmmakers and presented them with awards and scholarships!