Ve Neill talking to students at Cinema Makeup School
Ve Neill talking to students at Cinema Makeup School

Cinema Makeup School hosted an open house Dec. 11 to show off its redesigned facilities and share a demo by Oscar-winning make-up artist Ve Neill, who applied a full-head piece in front of a live audience. More than 100 people turned out to watch Neill work and to tour the Los Angeles campus, which retained its original address but now boasts more square footage.

Neill has been closely associated with Cinema Makeup School; this year, the second- annual Legends of Makeup Scholarship–a $10,000 scholarship to attend the school—was named for Neill (last year it was named for Dick Smith). Neill will announce this year’s winner in Cinema’s booth at the 2012 International Make-Up Artist Trade Show in Los Angeles.

Cinema Makeup School Open House
Cinema Makeup School Open House

“We’re excited to be able to bring this partnership between Ve and Cinema Makeup School to the public in introducing the new space,” said Lee Joyner, the school’s director of admissions. “There’s not a lot of avenues for the public to be able to see this type of work in action by these types of masters, so we stepped in and filled that gap.”

Three of the school’s graduates—Miranda Jory, Ian Lome and Miyo Nakamura—created the full-head, mostly silicone piece that Neill applied, and she gave them full credit for their work.

Cinema Makeup School Open House
Miranda Jory, Miyo Nakamura and Christine Thompson with Neill

“I was actually assisting them,” she said. “They have put all the work in: they did the design, they did the sculpt, they fabricated. I just showed up and put it on.”

Joyner coordinated the project, for which five additional students (Julian Bonfiglio, Josh McCarron, Wayne Anderson, Yusuke Mori and Christine Thompson) did molding and casting. Jory and Nakamura assisted Neill in applying the piece on Thompson (right). According to Joyner, Neill’s interaction with students and grads benefited the school. “It’s such a great opportunity for them to be able to work with Ve one-on-one and hands-on and to be able to learn from such a master,” he said.