Posted: Monday May 06, 2013
Make-Up Artist magazine
Updated Oct. 17, 2013
On May 5, Cinema Makeup School celebrated its 20th anniversary in Los Angeles. The school held an open house featuring a make-up demo by Oscar-winning make-up effects artist Joel Harlow, whose credits include Star Trek, Dark Shadows, The Rum Diary and the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Harlow did a silicone-prosthetics application on Ron Pipes; Harlow described it as “a character based on H.P. Lovecraft’s residents of this town called Innsmouth, which is a town in which the population has slowly been transforming into aquatic fish characters.”
Approximately 200 people attended the event. Guests were allowed to tour the facilities, speak with instructors and visit the school’s sculpture museum.
Cinema Makeup School’s Director Emeritus, Leonard Engelman, said he has seen several changes at the school over time but added that the curriculum still offered a structured, ground-up approach to make-up.
“I feel that learning make-up is a layering of learning,” Engelman said. “You learn A, and when you learn A, A fits into B, and when you learn B, B fits into C. Once you learn that, then you’re ready to go on into other areas of make-up and perfect and perfect and perfect.”
To encourage students to polish their skills, Engelman also created the Leonard Engelman Fellowship, an honors program in which top-scoring students receive personalized training with Engelman himself.
Looking ahead, Engelman believes the school will continue to grow. “When I first started here, they had a much smaller space,” he said. “Now even with this space that they moved into two years ago, they’re maxed out.”
>>Scroll down to see photos and video from the event.
Video by Simeon Muller
ABOVE: Joel Harlow and team prepares the model, Ron Pipes.
ABOVE: Guests watch Harlow and team's make-up demonstration.
ABOVE: Harlow and team having fun
ABOVE: Harlow working under a watchful eye
ABOVE: Harlow's work in progress
ABOVE: Cinema Makeup School guests watch Harlow work.
[Updated Aug. 7 to include memorial details.] Groundbreaking make-up artist Dick Smith—whose work on films including The Exorcist, Little Big Man, Taxi Driver and Amadeus earned him the nickname “the godfather of special make-up effects”—died of complications from a broken hip on July 30 in Los Angeles. He was 92. Click through for exclusive video of artists praising Smith.