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Harold Levy, Make-up Artist, prosthetics special effects April 1, 2014

After several years of beauty/photo makeup, Harold specializes in SFX, his passion, in 2008. Speaker at the Paris Academy, Harold joins the TV & Cinema Academy as teacher of the SFX module.

Harold Levy, Make-up Artist, prosthetics special effects

A profession that combines passion, curiosity and observation!

Harold Levy, Make-up Artist, prosthetics special effects

April 1, 2014

After several years of beauty/photo makeup, Harold specializes in SFX, his passion, in 2008. Speaker at the Paris Academy, Harold joins the TV & Cinema Academy as teacher of the SFX module.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR WORK? 

Above all, it’s all about passion! The movie culture that we’re all brought up in from a very early age has an inevitable influence on us. Our challenge is two-fold. First and foremost, we have to give life to new concepts and make our mark by escaping the usual clichés or ubiquitous cinematic influences; we also have to strive for ever more realism and less theatricality. The end product of our work has to be subtly different, playing with the harmony of form and color whilst always being hyperrealistic. However fantastical they are, our characters have to be credible!

WHAT ARE YOUR SOURCES OF INSPIRATION?

Anatomy is a fundamental basis. The characters we create might be monstrous, but their bodies have to be anatomically correct. Our work is above all an act of creation that depends on acute observation of the world around us. This constant observation is one of the keys that enables us to create highly credible characters. Every detail matters, and the spectator’s sharp eye misses nothing!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO FUTURE STUDENTS?

If you’re going to be a Make-up Artist in the movie industry then you have to be versatile – creative, of course, but also determined and tenacious. We combine all sorts of different techniques in our work. We’re sculptors, draftsmen, Make-up Artists, handymen… So it’s a profession which foundations are laid long before you start your professional training. I’d say that, as well as being observant, you also have to be curious, to be interested in the techniques used in, say, sculpture, drawing, morphopsychology or mechanics, which might seem unrelated but which will certainly help you to understand the use of materials and light. You need to have a similarly open mind to all the other professions you’ll be working with: Director of photography, head of wardrobe, production designer… They’re all fired with the same passion, share the same enthusiasm that makes you curious about everything and then enables you to bring some incredible movie projects to life.

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