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The Movie: the TV & Cinema Academy's backstage July 25, 2014

Learn everything you need to know about the TV & Cinema Academy Movie. Meeting with Karine Rzepka, Educational Manager of the Academies.

Academy News The Movie
Academy News The Movie

Making-up for TV or Cinema is always a challenge: Make-up Artists must adapt to the script, the character and the actor.

The Movie: the TV & Cinema Academy's backstage

July 25, 2014

Learn everything you need to know about the TV & Cinema Academy Movie. Meeting with Karine Rzepka, Educational Manager of the Academies.

Making-up for TV or Cinema is always a challenge: Make-up Artists must adapt to the script, the character and the actor.

How did the TV & Cinema Academy "The Movie" project start?

The script was written with the Director, the TV & Cinema Academy Manager, Harold, teacher, and myself. This was a whole new thing for the Director as well as us Make-up Artists: usually, MUAs follow the Director’s directions. Here it was the other way around. We wanted to shed the light on all Cinema and TV make-up styles, from Beauty to prosthetics and show the shooting atmosphere. We gathered a wide panel of actors chosen according to the script.

Who were the Make-up Artists involved?

There were three of us: Dany Vasseur, TV Serie teacher, Harold Levy, Prosthetics teachers, and myself. When the Director asked for a second zombie, Yann Rebelo, Paris Academy student this year and present on set as hairdresser, naturally grabed his brushes and helped out!

How did the shooting go?

There was an amazing atmosphere on set. As I explained, in this movie, the emphasis is on the Make-up Artists’ work: it was extremely interesting for us to guide the Director and especially the Director of Photography to enlighten the make-ups.
We filmed in two of La Cité’s studios, with a technical team of pros and top-notch equipment.

Will the students have access to this equipment?

Absolutely. We made sure to provide them with as-close-as-possible to cinema backstage working conditions.
When choosing the Academy lights, we called out to Olivier Guarguir, Director of Photography on many French movies and TV series. He listened to the Make-up Artists’ needs and understood them very quickly: he checked of lights to match reality. It’s a real advantage offered by our Academy to teach our students to make-up with different lights. This enables them to change their make-up and adapt it to lights.
The students will have access to the latest technologies for technical equipment: 4K screens and camera. The latter, already used in the USA and Asia, is a real challenge for MUAs because its resolution is much higher and makes the actors’ skin more visible. For movies, the MUAs’ role is usually to work in transparency, to cover and hide flaws to minimize post-production. This new camera implies for MUAs to work differently and hand-in-hand with the Director of Photography.
The students will also have a 4K screen on which classes will be shown live to see the difference between real-life and screen. The teachers will also play movies to sharpen the students’ look on techniques.

What will be taught?

The adjunct teachers are all professional MUAs who will share their long experience with the students and, on top of technique, their insight on the profession. Indeed, making-up for TV or Cinema is always a challenge: Make-up Artists must adapt to the script, the character and the actor. This requires a lot of research and we’re always learning. Making-up in a studio with Air-Con is very different to outside in a dry or humid climate. Hence the importance to inquire about the shooting settings and adjust to changes that may arise. This is what makes this profession so enriching!
The attitude of a MUA is paramount: teachers will explain to students the missteps to avoid, how to position and stand vis-à-vis actors, Directors etc. Reading and working on a scenario, preparing for an appointment with the actor are among the all of the things our teachers will teach.

What role will the American Masters play?

They will come for a week to talk about their profession, realize demos and share their culture. In the US, MUAs work differently, they often have a bigger team than in Europe. They’re always eager to meet other Make-up Artists to discuss their expertise. They will explain our students the importance to know different cultures and to adapt to foreign productions.
Our goal is for the Masters to discover our students’ work, and, maybe, enroll them as assistants on co-productions. They will thus enrich the international Make-up Artist community.

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