Last weekend, I had an amazing opportunity of working on the makeup team for Z*Con, an independent film about a zombie outbreak that happens at a sci-fi convention. This was my very first time working on a movie, and it was thanks to my friend Vince over at ActionVanceFX. I basically received a crash course in airbrush makeup (as it pertains to zombies) and special effects, the area of makeup in which I have the least expertise.
What I didn’t realize about making a movie, though, is that there’s a LOT of down time, especially for the makeup artists. We had tons of work in the morning, creating about 100 zombies in our makeup assembly line (a few on prosthetics, a few on airbrush, a few on trauma detail, and a few on blood detail), and then basically sat around for the rest of the day, making up latecomers or touching up people after lunch. During the second day of shooting, we took the boredom to a whole new level, and I ended up turning one of the blood detail guys, Sam, into a geisha drag queen zombie. He was a great sport about it, and they even used him as an extra in the movie!
In other news, I’ve been working on a new layout for shiny.nu. It’s going to be more “Beauty by Arwen” centric, with a less busy layout and more catered to what I want my branding to eventually be. Lots of good things are happening lately (including going back to school for TV and film makeup next month!), so I want to really hone my image while I still have the free time.