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COSTUME AND MAKE-UP
PREP IN PRE-PRODUCTION
Going to the right stores: vintage shops, second-hand stores, department stores, etc. all determine what type of believable attire each character will wear on the set.
What type of characters are you dressing in this production? Women in a bingo club? Men of war in 1943? War in 1972? Children who live in an orphanage? Kids of royalty? Those on a planet 2000 years in the future? This list is endless. Be open to researching the true believable possibilities of a variety of looks for the socioeconomic background, the location, the time period, etc. Additionally, it’s always good to have your group of stores and locations where you already have discounted deals set up. With your professional friendly communication with these businesses, you may have a planet’s worth of costumes to choose from at a very reasonable cost! Have fun while you’re doing your research.
Determining the type of believable, convincing look of each character, you need the right makeup foundation, eye makeup, lipsticks, powders, makeup effects, etc.
Are you doing makeup for models in a competition in the movie? Are you making up a plain Jane who is to look as if she’s wearing no makeup? Are you making a young actor look older or making an older actor regain 10 years of their youth back? Is the actor one race or character in one scene and a completely different character in another scene? We’ve seen this, where one talented actor plays more than one role in the same movie and looks like completely different people. This can also be considered in makeup effects, but still, makeup. Once the cast is determined, you and your crew will meet with each cast member who has any special steps to be made up for. With this, you can have the appropriate prep before production. Some productions will have their own makeup, but, at times, it’s always good to have your own makeup kit with a varied set of makeup for natural looks, sophisticated looks, older age tones, younger shade tones, colored hair sprays, etc. As you know, make up can be varied from one person and character to the next.