Is That a Bullet Hole in your Chest, or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Posted: October 20, 2010 in Da Crew, The Making Of Iridium Consequence
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They never televise the Academy Awards for best makeup or best sound design. But these invisible people are essential to the making of a good movie.

Jill, Make Up Super Hero

The makeup artist on set has several important functions. They make people look pretty. This is important not only because actors are vain, but also because we have this ridiculous thing we do in film called an extreme close up, which is the equivalent of standing three inches away from someone with a magnifying glass. People were never meant to be seen in such a way, and no one looks good that way. The Makeup Artist’s magic hides all the uneven skin monsters so close ups don’t burn our eyes with their horror.

Makeup artists do continuity. When we shoot one scene over three days, the makeup artists is part of the team that makes it look like one day. When an actor is supposed to become gradually more tired over the course of a movie, and we don’t shoot anything in order, the makeup artists tracks it and makes it happen. When Rocky Balboa gets his face beaten to a pulp in the first Rocky, that was all the work of some really awesome makeup artists.

They do special effects. Like faces beaten to a pulp. Burns. Bruises. Zombies. Prosthetics. It is a wide variety of difficult tasks, and they deserve to get their awards in prime time.

Jill Ekkawi did the make up for us The Making of Iridium Consequence. We only got to use her a few days, so we packed some essential scenes into the time she was available. Specifically, we had an alien army that had to be made up. Jill came up with the designs and then implemented them identically several times, weeks apart. And because our aliens were all nine and ten years old, she also repaired smudges and marks that come from little girls accidentally rubbing their made up faces.

Jill is an incredibly creative make up professional. She’s worked on other films, and she’s done wedding make up, which requires a huge amount of courage.

Evil alien. Scary!

Lately, she’s done a number of photo shoots, and everything she does is terrific.

What impresses me the most about Jill is how make up is something she genuinely loves to do.  She loves to buy make up, she loves to talk about make up, and she loves to do make up. But what she really loves to do is special effects make up, which is a specialized  discipline that not every make up artist is proficient in. She loves to create realistic wounds and boils and other gross things. And she is very, very good at it.

Jill did this.

Halloween is coming up, which is like Christmas for Jill. She spends hours on her horrific creations, and I promise you, what she does to people takes Halloween to an all new level. When her kids come to your door, you don’t say, “How cute!” You say, “Oh, sweet lord, what happened to you?”

I am fortunate to have worked with Jill, and more fortunate to have her for a friend. Demand for her talents is growing all over Florida, but she likes to stay close to home and her kids. I will be able to get her for my next project. Probably. Did I mention we are friends? Outlaws love to be friends with super talented people.

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