1 The Industry

Key Points

  • Differences between working on stage and on screen
  • Contributions from medicine
  • Workspace necessities
  • Workplace safety
  • Professionalism
  • Your portfolio
  • Your makeup kit


“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” The more things change, the more they remain the same. These words, attributed to French journalist and novelist Alphonse Karr, from the magazine Les Guêpes in 1849, could hardly be more accurate in describing the business of special makeup effects today. Despite enormous advances in CGI technology (take a look at the makeup effects in The Exorcism of Emily Rose, for example: extensive digital makeup effects, very little of it practical), the majority of makeup effects work in motion pictures ...

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