Monday, 9 May 2011

A final word.

Thats it I'm done, the work is all finished I shall be handing the work in, in about an hour, final reflection- I was pleased, super pleased with the way the whole thing turned out, I love it when a plan comes together, this obviously wasn't all my own doing I want to say a massive thank you to Danielle Pullin, James Warwick, Kimmi Haslam, Aemelia Edwards, Sami Weller, Vee Guillermoprieto, Ty Williams, Joe Packham, Milly Clarke, Tom Tricky, Adrianne Tilling, Jon Boxall and a special someone who really has been amazing and so so helpful I honestly wouldn't have been able to finish if you hadn't have step in thank you so much, to Furzey Gardens, the Chisel theatre and Milbrook boxing ring, oh and also to all the shops that I brought and returned costumes too! haha. 

So yeah I'd love to say that I wouldn't change a thing and to be honest the things I would change are so so little that they are almost un important, I think my key to the shoots going so well was the planning time I spent, also that I really spent time find good people to work with and worked with people I have worked with before and that I could trust to work well and that I got on with.

I think it also went smoothly as I had made a practice film before hand of some work that I did, we actually used some of this footage in my final film as it was part of my final project, it was just a test version to see if the idea would actually work, I was so pleased with the out come that I wanted to involve this work too.

right well I'm off to hand in!
final image of my work-


Butterfly designs

forgot to add this with the others silly me,
this is my design sheet for my butterfly design, I was so happy with this look as the eyes where the most important feature as I used the paper butterfly lashes which really finished the whole look.


Saturday, 7 May 2011

DVD design.

So the time came for me to send of my design for my dvd's at first I was think off having my logo and an the image of the lips on the front of the dvd, this was the image-

But then I was advised by my editor to keep it very clean and simple so here is the final design-

I then had to decide on the type of covers I was going have, I was thinking about having a cd case with my contact details on and some cover art of my work, but I then decided to also keep this simple like the cover and to add my details around the out side of the disc art and to use the clam shell cases that protect the dvd but also don't shatter like normal cased.


Final designs and images from boxing shoot.


Final designs for Showgirl and final images.

here is my mood board and design sheet for my show girl, also I have included my final images.


An Imaginary Portrait

I also created a makeup and hair look for my cousin's experimental film, unfortunately I couldnt find anyone to film behind the scenes as the shoot took place in London in the Sunbeam studios but I wanted to use the film in my final major as it was work experience that I had done during the project and I only wanted to and took on projects that would work in my film.
this was a stop motion film so it was a few hundred pictures taken on an SLR camera and then edited together into a film. here are just a few behind the scenes.

too see the whole film just head over to my website

Some behind the scenes pictures



So I started filming on the 28th of April, at this point I was still planning the body paint but as said it when out the window quite soon after filming started, we started at 7am and I was back home at about half 7 in the evening, so the days were quite long but really fun.
here are my designs for the leading girl and for one of the boys but all the boys where based around the same costumes and the makeup for each of the was the same, the whole cast consisted of 6 lads, 2 girls and one older man that was in drag! (this can be seen in the footage).



So the last few weeks have been epically busy, I have barely had time to sleep let alone update this blog, I have however been writing down comments and thought of stuff as I have been going so I am going to basically type up what I have. enjoy.

So much has happened over the last few weeks, my plans of creating a body paint went out of the window as I had some filming work experience come up, but the good thing was that I managed to film some behind the scenes action to use in my film, the plan right from the start of this project was too gain work experience in my chosen career path of film and use this within the project but at the time of proposal there was nothing on the horizon so I chose to plan photoshoots instead. But just when I was starting to put together the body paint I then got the option to be head and only makeup artist on a student film for a friend so of course  I put the body paint on the back burner and did 6 days on set instead.
I then email a contact that works in TV in the makeup department and she said that its best to really show the field that I want to go into, so the body the paint kinda when out of the window.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

My Idea

For my body painting I have decided to do 2 but this is only if I can fit them both in my first will be a recreation of this painting by Gustav Klimt, which I know has been done and used a lot in other ways but I really like this painting and thought it could be quite an effective body paint.

If I have time, this will be second one- I will not copy the picture but I would like to do something extremely similar as I really like it.

so there you have it my two design ideas for my body paint, I'd love the show you the working out in my head of how I got to these 2 picture, but my brain adds everything up so quickly that I forget to right it down, I will however attempt to explain later on as my thought process comes together.


Friday, 15 April 2011

Easter Break

Instead of enjoying much needed time off and home cooked food, I shall be found floating around Southampton on my lonesome, trying to put together my final shoot, THE BODY PAINT!
This is either going to be really amazing or a complete disaster! the most import things for me to remember when designing this are-

has it been done before (to death)
I'm a able to actually do it
is it effective enough
is it creative enough
time management! how long is it going to take

With all this in mind her are my ideas so far and reasons for or against doing them.

The Silver Body-
originally I was looking at Gold Finger as my main point of influence, but really like these images, but this type of look has been done to death! its pretty simple although it is effective, it maybe not be considered crazy creative! but the good would have been that it wouldn't have taken long to achieve, but finding the correct products to create the shine may have been trial and error.

Black Oil-
This look has pretty much the same reasoning behind the above, the only different would be the product as this bold glossy black colour may be harder to create without having to use something like real oil, and I don't think I am comfortable using such product on a model as I have to consider them as well as my work.

Hidden in a pattern-
I really loved this idea and love the concept of hiding a model in a painting, and although it show a high skill in art, I kind of think it has been done a lot, so this is being put on the list of maybes.

Painting recreation-
This is my work from second year, I adored the idea of finding a painting and creating  it, I chose (I think like most) to use body paint, for this it was grease paints I was creating a lot of shading and flesh tones, the whole body was covered in paint but made to look like skin. This idea is one that I think is really going to stand out as its not done to death and it show a skill and also is hiding the model in the painting, now its just a case of deciding what painting!


Wednesday, 13 April 2011


Yeah so I had a small/minor panic attack as I stupidly was talking to others about their FMP's and thought to myself that maybe I was doing enough work, although to me I have been working pretty much everyday on my project for the last couple of months, I realise that the first 6 weeks or so was mainly research and maybe up until the very end of Feb beginning of March I was mainly doing all the planning and organising of my shoots. but anyway I frightened myself, I spoke to my tutor about this a she didn't say yes or no but she just called me silly! so I hope that means that I have done enough, she did however advise me to do another shoot just to add to the film and to show a wider range of my skills, so I shall be re introducing my idea of body painting, but only I shall not be using my original idea of James Bond, I am now thinking of putting the model into a painting or picture, which I realise has been done a lot but it really does show skill, so this is what I shall be planning to do in the couple of days.

Feed Back

So had my tutors look at the first edition of my film, they didn't hate but I wouldn't say that they loved it either and to be fair I new that there was something missing as I didn't love love love it, like I did with the Tatty Devine, at first I thought maybe it was because it was my second film so it wasn't as exciting to watch as the first time, but then I knew something was missing when my friends said it was lovely and ok, which meant that my feelings were right and that I need to have a rethink. I knew that I wasn't happy with the music and after watching more YouTube reels I have decided to sod the royalty issue and use the song I want or that will work well and if I get a letter asking me to remove it then I will. My tutors also disliked the music, so it is defiantly going to be changed, now to just find my song!
Also the feed back was that I needed to streamline the video as it was too busy, I'm not quite sure what was meant by "streamline" but I'm going on the basis of simplifying and having less movement in my still images, and also removing clips that don't have a reference point and I was told to add more clips of me doing the makeup, which I really don't want to do as I hate seeing myself on camera but if that is what is needed then it has to be done, I think it does help to show my skills off and sell me as a product.

L x

First Edition.

So the first edition of the film is complete it took longer than we thought as I had a issue with the music, I was desperate to find a song that was royalty free so that I wouldn't have any issue but after trawling through hundreds of websites and songs I couldn't find one that I liked enough to use, final my editor Jonathan Boxall introduced me one of his friends who create basic beats, we found that would suit and that wasn't too loud or quick.

Jon did everything I ask him to do and the editing was perfect and he really put up with a lot, as I asked a lot from him, the good thing is that we're very good friends so he's used to it. the only thing he asked was that I keep him is skittles and fruit pastels.

working hard!


Here's another makeup reel that I really like, although there is no reference to to actually makeup artist as such apart from the contact details so in a way its a little impersonal but guess its professional.


After speaking with my teacher at the very beginning of this project, she told me that this film had to be around the 1 minute 30 second mark as anything too long will lose the views interest. With this in mind I decided to look through lots of youtube video's to see what the best time would really be. Most official film trailers are around 2 and a half to 3 minutes but I need to take into account that my film reel hasn't got to sell a whole film so it doesn't rally need to tell a narrative, it's mainly about selling ME as a product. 
I also decided to look at other makeup artist's reels to see what they did and how they presented their work. To be fair there weren't many that were great, most were for special effect makeup and body paint, most that I came across were american makeup artist and the video's are a little cheesy, I feel bad saying that but I have to be honest and look at them as competition.
This video stood out for me as it quite simply done but i think its effective, its just ashame that the quality is not great but I guess that YouTube for you.

And heres another-


Tuesday, 29 March 2011


Heres a sneak peak into my Boxing Shoot, unfortunately one of my male model called in ill on the morning of the shoot, but I decided to go ahead with the female fighters and just have a single male fighter as I had already had to reschedule the shoot to the Monday from the Friday due to us not being able to get a HD camera to film the shoot.  So here are the pic's from the boxing ring-


Saturday, 26 March 2011

The Butterfly Shoot.

Thursday the 24th of March- so I get up at 8, as I have to be ready to pick up my beautiful model from the train station at 9am, I'd be clever the night before an set everything up ready to go in the morning, so all my hair stuff was sorted and the makeup was at hand, I'd even moved the TV in my room round for her to watch whilst I work on the hair style.
9am I head down to the station to pick Milly (model) up, then we head back to my house to get one with the makeup and hair, whilst we watch a bit of Jezza K!  heres a peak at what Milly looks like

11am the rest of the gang turn up- James the amazing photographer, Tilly the wonderful stylist and Milly extemely talented film maker and house mate! lucky me!
We all packed up the car and make our way to a location called Fursey Gardens  which my teacher Sue Maidstone had mentioned to me, and I had then called that day, Ms Spencer of the gardens was so helpful and I was surprised at how easily they said yes, I was excepting to have to do some convincing but none was needed.
The journey only took like 25 minutes and it was really easy to find (thanks to sat nav!) once we got there I ran in and introduced myself and offered to pay a donation towards the gardens as it is a charity, which they weren't expecting, its was only £20 as I am running very low on the cash front, and yeah once that was all done they basically let us run free. We got so so lucky on the weather front, if anything it was a little too sunny as Milly the model couldn't open her eyes wide in certain locations, tee hee.

Here are my behind the scene pictures that I took over the course of the day and also a sneak peak into the final images, I was really proud of this shoot, but I think its mainly to do with having a great team of people to work with-