Make-up In The Fashion Industry

Make-up is arguably one of the most important parts of the fashion industry, working with each new fashionable image is a master-piece of art by make-up artists, fashion designers and hair stylists, its important to generate a unique/creative makeup art photo shoot. Fashion makeup is all about styling vivid, catchy, soft mask that should be focused entirely for the image tone, make-up artist working in fashion industry want to create their own characteristics to be more visible in viewers.

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Makeup artists in the fashion industry use conventions and techniques drawn from theater and film to expand their individual styles. The result has been a change in the face of fashion, on catwalks, in magazine editorial content, and in advertising. Prosthetic and special-effects products are used to adorn the face and the body. Feathers and crystals are used to morph the body from its human form and recreate it in statuesque or animal proportions. Makeup artists create ghostly or ghoulish looks that reference the horror film genre, and film noir is a fertile source used to create the femme fatale often seen in the pages of monthly fashion magazines.

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The makeup artist today is not bound by traditional materials, styles, and conventions, but is able to call upon a wide range of techniques to create innovative effects. While new materials and techniques expand the range of possibilities available to the makeup specialist, the success of performed roles in theater, film, and fashion will continue to depend heavily on the skill and artistic vision of makeup artists.

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Global beauty market to reach $265 billion in 2017 
According to the latest market research from Lucintel, rising consumer incomes and changing lifestyles are driving the global beauty care products industry, which is forecasted to reach around $265 billion by 2017. This figure alone shows how important make-up is becoming, and how it is growing to be a very popular and diverse form of fashion.

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References:

http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Market-Trends/Global-beauty-market-to-reach-265-billion-in-2017-due-to-an-increase-in-GDPReferences:

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Aucoin, Kevin. Making Faces. New York: Little, Brown, 1999.

Delamar, Penny. The Complete Make-up Artist: Working in Film, Television, and Theater. 2nd edition. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2002.

Kehoe, Vincent. The Technique of the Professional Make-up Artist. New York: Focal Press, 1995.

 

 

 

 

 

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Is Make-up Considered Fashion?

This is probably a question that I should have explored a long time ago, before I began shooting my film. However, to me, the answer was so clear and obvious, that it almost wasn’t even a question and didn’t need answering!

There are a number of reasons that I feel make-up is a form of fashion:

  • There are trends that come and go throughout fashion and the whole world, for example, contouring, strobing, the cat eye, etc. These trends change and adapt across different cultures, seasons and time periods, exactly like clothes do.
  • Make-up is often a huge part within fashion films, catwalks, photoshoots, etc. And without make-up, some of these looks would not have half as much of an impact as they actually do.
  • Make-up is a way of expressing yourself, just like clothes are. Clothes, accessories and make-up combined together create someone’s personal sense of fashion.
  • Applying make-up involves having a ‘fashion sense’ to some extent. For example, what colours, designs and textures should be paired with what? Therefore, these are all fashion choices, which means make-up becomes part of their fashion.
  • There is a huge amount of overlap between everything fashion-related, and thus it all falls under the term ‘fashion’.

The definition of fashion is: a prevailing custom or style of dress, etiquette, socialising. 

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Looking at the definition, I think that this just reinforces my point that make-up is a type of fashion, because it is a ‘custom’ and ‘style of dress’ that people adapt. Therefore, I think yes, make-up definitely is considered fashion, and thus, my ‘fashion film’ can be classed as one, and covers a quite controversial and key part of fashion.

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Continuity (Helen)

What is continuity in film?

  • Continuity is part of the editing and post production process.
  • The purpose is to establish a logical coherence between shots.
  • By filming different scenes and camera angles, by adding sound and music, then making it flow naturally, you can persuade the audience that what they are watching is real.

Why is it important?

  • Without good continuity the film becomes unnatural to watch. This takes the audience out of the illusion that the film is a depiction of real life.
  • With bad continuity the film may not be useable at the editing stage. This is a waste of time and money. Reshooting is very expensive and may not be possible.
  • Or worse the continuity is not spotted and gets put into the film!

Who is responsible for continuity?

  • Usually there is an overall scrip supervisor who is in charge of logging any changes to the script, actions, costume etc. They work closely with all the different departments.

What are some of the different areas of continuity?

  • Acting continuity – A trained actor will be aware of continuity. So for example if they pick up a glass in one hand and wave with the other then this action needs to repeated exactly for different takes and different camera angles. A good continuity person will be aware if the actor has digressed from key lines or actions in the script.
  • Props – They need to be aware of where everything goes exactly. So for example if they are filming a wide shot, then a close up in a fight scene. Props may need to be moved and then replaced. If a candle is burning how far down? Or a drink or a cigarette.
  • Costume/hair and make-up – Need to be aware of how a person looks at all times. For example, what if an actor goes for lunch and takes off a jacket or tie. Or eats off their lipstick. As a hair and make-up person you are responsible for checking.

As a hair and make-up artist what issues may effect continuity?

  • Shooting out of sequence – This might be because of an actors availability. It might be that you can’t get access to a certain location. It might be weather conditions. This means that it very common to shoot out of sequence and revisit a scene weeks or months later.
  • Crew availability – If a producer decides that a scene needs reshooting many months after a scene was originally shot the original crew may not be available. An accurate record of how the person looked is essential so the new crew will be able to recreate the look exactly.
  • Not having resources– Hair products, foundation colours, lipsticks etc. could have been used up, lost or discontinued.
  • Weather conditions – For example has the actor been in rain or water? The hair must be wet to the same extent. Hot, cold, windy etc. conditions may also effect hair and make-up.
  • Hiring hair pieces/wigs – Often on large productions hair pieces are hired from many different sources. The will need to be tracked down again and rehired. The styling of the hairpiece must also be exact.

How to prepare for continuity

  • Analyse and break down the script to determine issues that might affect hair/make-up continuity.
  • Prepare relevant hair/make-up continuity documentation to ensure basic continuity information is available for each scene. For example make-up charts, hair charts. Products list.
  • Make sure there will be enough equipment, hairspray/make-up etc. to complete multiple takes.

Maintaining hair/make-up continuity during productions

  • Check performers’ hair/make-up at the beginning end and during takes.
  • Ensure that appropriate continuity photographs and notes are taken throughout shoots and filed for reference purposes. Every scene number and day number must be recorded with the look.
  • Have materials for maintaining make-up and hair on hand at all times.
  • Recognise possible scripted and unscripted occurrences that might impact on performers’ hair/make-up and take appropriate action
  • Make required adjustments to make-up/hair quickly and accurately at appropriate times during productions.
  • Make sure all the relevant people are aware of and approved changes to the make-up hair and appearance.

Key skills as a hair and make-up artist

  • Working knowledge of action, camera angles position of the performer etc.
  • Technical skills, being able to use a camera and print off your images.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Working as a team
  • Not only be able to execute the make-up and hair to a high standard, but also to be able to document and recreate it.
  • Being organised and thinking ahead

Continuity questions

What did you do to prepare?

To prepare myself, I first of all created all of my looks on a face chart, involving all of the actual products and materials, for example the eyelashes and glitter. I then practiced these looks on myself, because it allows me to be quite rough, thorough, allows me to figure out the best way to do things and repeat things without annoying or seeming repetitive to anyone else. Finally, I then practiced my continuity look on someone else before the final thing.

I took a picture of all the products used and wrote a checklist to ensure I had all of the same products both times around.

Did you record how much you would need of everything? Did you have enough make-up/products or did you run out making it difficult to recreate the look?

I did not necessarily record how much I needed of everything because it is difficult to physically note how much foundation/powder you need. I made sure that  I had enough of all of the products to complete the looks both times around because I wanted the products to be exactly the same as to not affect anything, e.g. the skin colour or texture of the hair, etc.

Did you have accurate hair and make-up charts detailing how to create the looks? 

Yes, I think I did have very accurate hair and make-up charts, as well as step by step instructions for creating the look each time. Also, after my 1st continuity look, I noted down anything that I may have forgotten to remember; e.g. the baby hairs on the right side of the face, the flick being slightly higher on one side, etc.

If you or another person had to recreate the look weeks or months from now would this be possible?

Yes, I think this would be very possible due to my detailed instructions and face/hair charts.

Did you take enough images of your work? From every angle?

Yes, I think I did.

Did you make sure you had the first images to hand when repeating the look for a second time?

Yes, I did.

Looking at your pictures what worked and what didn’t? Why?

Looking at the pictures next to each other I actually feel I did quite a good job! Taking into account the slight lighting and camera angle differences, I feel that the pictures look very similar. I am happy with the contouring, which is the main aspect of this look – I feel that I have managed to recreate the same colour and depth of contouring on the cheeks, forehead and nose.

I feel that the eyebrows are the same colour and pretty much the same shape; in the side images, the 2nd time looks slightly more rounded, but in the front-on images, they look almost identical.

I am happy with the eyeshadow – I think the colours, blending and shape of the eyeshadow is almost exactly the same. However, I think the eyeliner on the right eye was a tiny bit steeper when I did it the 2nd time. The mascara also looks pretty much exactly the same – both the top and bottom lashes are evenly coated and separated.

I think the hair looked extremely similar in person, but obviously as the model was walking around, inevitably it moves slightly, and thus looks a tiny bit different, but this would be easily fixable in film/TV, and you want it to be able to have movement so as to be realistic. Having said that, in the pictures, I feel that the left side is slightly flatter the 2nd time.

What would you do differently next time? and how could you improve/be better prepared?

I would not do much differently because I felt that I was well prepared and did everything that was required. The thing that let me down was my actual make-up skills, not my preparation. I think I could perhaps improve by practicing the look a few more times, either before both of the assessments (e.g. so the eyeliner is perfect every time), or in the middle of the 2 assessment, so that I am able to recreate the eyeliner differences perfectly.

What have you learnt from this experience?

I have learnt that continuity is an extremely difficult thing to do – every single thing has to be as precise and perfect as can be, especially as you are going to potentially have thousands of critics watching you, and if you mess it up, it may ruin the story/experience for some viewers.

I think a lot of make-up/hair artists are underrated and a lot of people do not realise the difficulty or amount or preparation and practice that goes into their work. Having said that, I believe that these 2 things are KEY to creating continuity, and if I would not have been as prepared as I was, I probably would’ve been less successful than I actually was.

Drag Queens

A drag queen is a person who dresses, and usually acts, like a woman often for the purpose of entertaining or performing. There are many kinds of drag artists and they vary greatly from professionals who have starred in movies to people who just try it once. Drag queens also vary by class and culture and can vary even within the same city. Although many drag queens are presumed to be gay men or transgendered people, there are drag artists of all genders and sexualities who do drag for various reasons.

Drag queens are sometimes called transvestites, although that term also has many other connotations than the term Drag queen usually connotes cross-dressing for the purposes of entertainment or performance without necessarily aiming to pass as female.

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An Interview With A Drag Queen

Tell us a bit about yourself!

My name is Briceson Douglas Ducharme, I am 31-years-old and live in Denver, CO. I grew up in a small farm town northeast of Denver called Eaton, CO. I currently work for MAC cosmetics, paint, read, write and sleep in my spare time. I also love to go to movies, I have been to 90% of movies made in the past year and a half.

For those of us who don’t know, what’s a drag queen?
A Drag queen is a gender-bending illusionist. This can either happen when a man has too much fierceness and dresses like a woman, or when a woman has too much swag and dresses like a man. In both cases the drag persona lipsyncs and performs to major artists, sometimes even mimicking the artist they are performing.

What are some of the biggest misconceptions about drag queens?
The biggest misconceptions of drag:
1. That all drag queens want to become a woman.
2. That we are all bottoms.
3. That we are all “femme” and can’t play sports or act like girls all the time.
4. That we are all bitches

How did you get your start in the business?
I ran for a pageant called Miss Gay Pride Youth when I was 17, I won that crown and am the first and only to go from being Miss Gay Pride Youth to Miss Gay Pride and win both as youth and adult. I have been doing drag ever since. I’ve learned to perfect my skills, learn choreography, make wigs, sew outfits and raise a crap ton of money for those who need it more then I do. My first time in drag though was on my golden birthday, when I turned 14 on the 14th. That day changed my life, and helped me be to where I am today. I remember watching To Wong Foo and wanting to be just as glamorous as all the “girls” in the movie. I feel now that I have come full circle and am that girl.

How long does it take you to prepare to perform? What goes into your preparation?

Honestly, the time is a variance of what character, runway or avant-guard look I am going with. It can either be 45 minutes or a couple of hours depending on how detailed I need/ want to be.

Can you tell us about an average work day?
Are we talking drag or both? Hmm, usually I start work at the counter at 9 on a show day. I work until 6, doing everyone’s makeup and making them feel fabulous. Then I leave work, rush home shave like I’m cutting down the rainforest, pack my bag, (sometimes eat something), rush to the club, and paint (put my makeup on) like Michelangelo on crack. Then when it’s my turn, whether I am tired or not, I get on stage and TURN IT OUT!

You were a runner-up for RuPaul’s Drag Race – tell us about that!
I have auditioned for RPDR (RuPaul’s Drag Race) every year from the initial season, and yet am still not on it. It’s been a very good journey for me honestly, I have evolved in my persona, I gained more confidence, and I have performed with the best of the best in my home terf. Although I haven’t made the show yet, I am blessed to gain the knowledge experience and exposure that I have just from auditioning for that crazy amazing show. I really hope that one day I make it on the show so that I can voice my opinions, share my love for humanity, and slay the competition with my views and workings on drag.

How have your friends and family reacted to your career?
My mom and sister, and my in law’s (I just got married last June to the love of my life Aaron) are all hella supportive. I have an annual ball every year that I created to raise money for those with HIV/AIDS and my family has been there EVERY year for those shows as well as coming to major events that I have been apart of in the past. I am very lucky and blessed to be in the family I have.

What are the best parts of being a drag queen? The biggest challenges?
The most rewarding part of being a queen for me is being a voice in a community that isn’t always heard. I get to speak up for those who are less fortunate, raise money and awareness for those who might be too weak, and am able to give a fierce fresh face whenever I go out.
The biggest challenges in life are always those around you with a negative energy that try to steal your thunder, inner light or your spotlight. Drag is a very competitive sport, (yes, I said sport) because eventually you have to hang up your heels, just like a football player hangs his jersey. Queens aren’t always the nicest to one another, and even though we are all “sisters” you always have those who want to be on top, no matter what it takes. Those are the people I avoid at ALL costs.

What advice would you give to anyone who’s interested in doing drag?
MY advice is this, just because you can put on a wig, some heels and beat a mug (another way of saying putting on makeup) doesn’t make you a drag queen. A Queen is someone with heart, sophistication, humility, inner and outer beauty, and someone who can slay a song so full of emotion that time gets lost in the room for those few minutes that you are performing your soul out. You see, you can be pretty, and everyone hates you, you can be mediocre and everyone loves you, and you can be average and perfect yourself inside and out, and always be on top. No one wants to work with a stuck up boy in a dress who thinks that they are the ‘ish and doesn’t realize but they aren’t. And yes so you can walk, talk and chew gum in heels.. SO WHAT! Be kind to one another, and help your sister, your community and your world.

I found this video quite intriguing to hear about all these different opinions and experiences. It was interesting to understand why they started drag, how people felt about them doing drag, and just being able to listen to events in their general life.

After doing quite a lot of interesting research, I realised that there were many different reasons that people choose to be a Drag Queen – some because they like the power and control it allows them to have, some to get over a kind of repression they felt, some to express themselves, the reasons go on… But I have learnt that drag queens do not necessarily take any notice of advertising and the media. They use whatever products they want, and apply it however they want, and they are proud to do this; which I think is quite a brave and confident thing to be able to do.

Web references:http://www.dragqueendiaries.com/dragqueenhistory.htm

http://www.yesandyes.org/2013/09/true-story-im-drag-queen.html

 

RuPaul’s Drag Race (TV series)

“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which just wrapped its 6th season, earned the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming” at the 2014 Television Critics Association Awards last week. The win comes on the heels of RuPaul being nominated for “Best Reality Host” at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards earlier this year. “Drag Race” beat out major reality TV hits including “The Voice” and “The Amazing Race.”

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RuPaul is one of the most famous drag queens in the world. RuPaul is the host, mentor and inspiration on TV show, and is the ultimate in drag queen competitions. Playing a dual role, RuPaul reigns supreme in all judging and eliminations, while RuPaul, the man, helps guide the contestants as they prepare for each challenge. Contestants include the nation’s most outrageous, cutting-edge, talented and stunningly gorgeous drag queens all fighting for the title (and tiara) as top drag queen of the land. Working with contestants are top models, designers and American idols all rolled up into one. Each week, through the trials and tribulations of glam, glitter and show-stopping performances, one drag queen is eliminated until reaching the next superstar drag queen of America.

Upon looking at some of the contestants, I think that some you can quite clearly tell, are obvious drag queens, but there are in fact some that I would give a second look at, and I would be uncertain as to whether they were male or female.

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Looking at their make-up you can clearly see how much some of the contestants push the make-up boundaries. I feel that their lips, eyes and contour truly do appear similar to the look that I created on my model! This actually demonstrates that, to some, this is their general way of life, and this is how they want to look. I think it might be interesting to find out why some men want to look this way, e.g. is it because of the media and advertising, or is it something purely personal? Therefore, I think my next step is to just research drag queens in general, to find out a bit more about them and why they have chosen to dress and present themselves how they do.

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Web references:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/21/rupauls-drag-race-television-critics_n_5607150.html

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1353056/

The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert

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The movie opens in Sydney, Australia, where Bernadette is well-known in gay circles. Bernadette’s partners in a flamboyant drag act are Tick, also known as Mitzi (Hugo Weaving), and Adam, aka Felicia (Guy Pearce). The act involves lip-synching to recordings while performing a vaguely choreographed stage show and wearing tacky gowns, a great many feather boas and a lot of eye shadow. Bernadette, who is clearly an intelligent person, is getting fairly tired of it all.

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Sydney is also getting tired of Bernadette, and so when an invitation comes for a gig in the backwater town of Alice Springs, the three friends jump at it. Mitzi’s former wife, now running a gambling casino, needs an act in a hurry. That sets up the introduction of Priscilla, which is the name of the recycled school bus which doubles as their dressing room and living quarters. And off they go into the outback, with Priscilla painted a bright lavender.

priscilla2The film settles into the rhythms of many road pictures, with lots of drive-by scenery, soul-searching talks during camp-outs on the road, and dicey encounters with the locals. There’s a drinking contest with a lesbian who thinks she’s more of a man than the queens. The lavender bus attracts some nasty anti-gay graffiti.

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Bernadette looks more and more weary of this life. At about the time when the possibilities of life on the road are exhausted, Priscilla arrives in Alice Springs, where Mitzi’s ex-wife seems fairly serene about the new life her former husband has chosen.

Mitzi’s son also seems cool about the gender-blender situation, and the trio’s lounge act goes over better in Alice than in the big city. Then there’s a subplot about an auto mechanic whose own wife is a stripper so loony she makes Bernadette look good, and not only by comparison.

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The reason that I chose to look at this film is because I find the make-up quite similar in the way that it is all very over the top and accentuated. Obviously it is not exactly the same, as in my make-up I have exaggerated every single bit of it to a high degree, whereas in this film, they have not done this as such. However, they have got the big, bright and bold eye shadow, the drawn on eyebrows (although not the same size or shape), and have overdrawn lips, etc. But at the end of the day, they have applied these products quite heavily to try and change their face and the way the look, just like I was doing on my model.

I actually find the make-up that I applied on my model to be quite drag-queeny, thus I think I will look further into them, to allow me to continue to spot similarities and cross references.

Web reference:http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-adventures-of-priscilla-queen-of-the-desert-1994

Feedback On My Fashion Film

Overall, the feedback was actually very good, and I was extremely happy with the comments that I was given. When the class was watching the film, I heard a few chuckles and laughs as it went through, and especially towards the end when the final make-up look was revealed – this was what I wanted.

Upon asking for feedback, everyone seemed slightly stunned and took a little while to gather and process what they had just seen – this is exactly the kind of reaction that I was aiming to get. However, when people began to voice their opinions they said that my message was well portrayed throughout the film, and that it was good. I enjoyed looking at my film in comparison to others; especially alongside quite a few dark and almost scary films – I really liked the contrast that our class had been able to create.

The only thing that Pascal suggested that I take a little look at was the effects at the end of the film (the non-addictive transitions). He pointed out that the rest of the film had quite a simplistic feel and look to it (as I wanted, in order for the viewers to concentrate purely on the make-up), and adding these slightly more fancy and complicated it effects was not really needed. He also stated that he wanted to just focus on that final make-up look, and thus these effects interrupted the full picture.

Upon reflection, I realise that what Pascal was saying made a lot of sense, because, before even putting this transition in, I was slightly hesitant as I think I knew this myself. I just really liked the look and effect, but it is not necessarily suitable for my film. I instead am going to probably change the transition to the Cross Dissolve, as this will keep my film transitions quite consistent and it will work well in time with the music.

Pascal, nor anyone else in the class, said that my film appeared repetitive, which was my main worry! Pascal actually said he liked how it kept flipping back to the individual make-up looks, and building up towards the big end look. This made me feel much better about my film, because I was glad everyone understood it and pictured it in the way that I wanted them to, and it just confirms that I have seen the footage waaay too much! and that, that is why I thought it may have been seen as repetitive. Also, no one looked as is they picked up on the music crop and change that I did, which must’ve meant that I was quite successful in blending/merging them together!

Overall, I was extremely happy with my feedback, and after applying some minor tweaks and changes, I think my fashion film will be complete!

Coincidental Hunger Games Link

Upon speaking to my model, she reiterated the fact that she had so much fun, and she actually has a blog herself, where she posted about the whole experience:http://yourtypicalgirl.com/2015/12/03/make-up/.

Whilst I was applying the make-up looks, there was one look that kept referring to as making her feel like Katniss from The Hunger Games. I just thought that this was quite funny, because at this point she did not actually know the soundtrack that I was using for my fashion film.

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The look that my model was referring to was the bottom eyeliner look. She felt that this made her look like Katniss Everdeen, when she had a massive make over in the opening ceremony and interview in The Hunger Games:Catching Fire.

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Katniss Everdeen

Katniss Everdeen is the main protagonist and the narrator of the Hunger Games trilogy. After her younger sister, Primrose, was reaped to participate in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss volunteered to take her place as the female tribute from District 12.

Resilient and headstrong, Katniss’s primary objective is to keep her loved ones safe. Though the quality of her life has improved after winning The Hunger Games, she finds it hard to adjust and she grows increasingly angry at the extravagance and corruption of the Capitol. Though she unwittingly becomes the face of the people’s uprising, she tries not to provoke the Capitol. However, it is hard for her to remain stoic as the authorities abuse their power in the Districts. As Katniss is thrust into the Games once more during the Quarter Quell, she reluctantly decides her best chance of survival is to make alliances with those she feels are trustworthy. These connections, plus her brains and fortitude, are what keep her alive. At the end of the novel, Katniss realizes that she has been a pawn in the rebels’ plan to bring down the Capitol and she is angry that she once again has little power over her own life.

I think the reason my model felt like her make-up was similar was because of the fact that Katniss had very dramatic eye make-up that also extended quite far past her eyes. You can also see that she has quite long false eyelashes on as well as tiny gems stuck below her bottom lashes, similar to how the eyeliner is stuck below my models lashes. This all looks quite heavy and dramatic, and the reason they have done this is to make a big impact, and draw attention to Katniss, just like I wanted to do to my model in my fashion film.

3rd Rough Cut Of Fashion Film

 

This is my final rough cut that I am going to show Pascal in order for me to gain feedback on what I need to changed and improve.

In this part of the film it shows the rest of the make-up looks in more depth, and then you finally get to see the final product at 0:46. However, it is very close and quite quickly blurs in and out, allowing you to see all of the make-up applied, but not really allowing you to see the look as a whole. I chose to put this part in here because of the music – it begins to turn very dramatic and the mood changes. At this point I kind of want the viewers to be like “OMG, what is that?”, and wanting a better, clearer look, which they will have to wait for… At 1:00 the music returns back to how it previously was, and then we pick up where we left off with the make-up looks (as we only got up to the highlighter before we saw the full face). Again, I kept to the Cross dissolve within the make-up looks to keep to the flow of the music, but used the more dramatic Film Dissolve when changing into the full face make-up.

At 1:15, I chopped and changed the music, because in the original track it continues to go on with the soft, flowy music; the type in which I have been using to show my one by one make-up looks to. However, I felt that it was now time to introduce the full face character properly and thus, I needed to adapt the music to fit this, and needed to skip to the dramatic, louder music.

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 13.40.22This image is a screenshot from Premiere – the green line represents the audio and the purple parts represent the visual. If you look closely, you can see that there is a tiny gap in the middle of the green with a yellow bar running across it. This shows where I cropped the original soundtrack, and then added the second part of the song (cropping it where I wanted it to begin), and applying the Constant Power transition (shown in bottom left box), to try and make them work together. By doing this, I have been able to shorten the soundtrack to 2 minutes, as required, and allow the music to fit into the sequence of clips I want. I found this part quite difficult, because at first, I was not sure where to cut and change the music, and I found it quite difficult to blend it all together. However, I just sat and really listened to the track over and over again, and tried to imagine how I wanted the film to go in my head, and then I was able to transfer my ideas into the film. I blended the tracks together as best I could, I do not think the change over is that noticeable, however, obviously, I am aware that it is there.

As the music changes, there is a series of 3 drums to represent the music beginning to vamp up, therefore this symbolises the fact that you are about to see the very dramatic and over the top character. At this point, I show the model spinning round to reveal herself, so her hair is slightly intercepting the face, and I add 3 echoes to make it even more dramatic and prominent. You then FINALLY get to see the full look in clear light, and I slow the clips down to fit the music, and to allow the audience to see everything. I try to show the model from all angles, and you can see there is a lot more movement to add to the excitement, and to almost be comical about how she looks! I really wanted to waver over that fine line between serious and comical, and I think I definitely did successfully.

The music then becomes extremely short and choppy, so I do the same with the different clips – I give the viewers a quick reminder and overlook of all of the individual make-up looks, before the finale. Suddenly, you hear the beat really drop and you hear lots of voices singing the track – I play on this dramatic transition by using the extreme hair flick. I then go on to use the Non-addictive Dissolve between the clips just to add that final bit of drama and excitement, and I actually really love the effect that this created!

To finish the film, I choose the last scene to be the model looking directly at the viewer; it quickly zooms in and out of focus, and then fades to black, just in time with the music as it fades out.

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The final film in Premiere

I am extremely happy with the later part of my film (from about 1:16 onwards) – I think that this all works very successfully and effectively, and I could not have pictured in any better. I think my film is quite a slow burner, and it builds tension as to what this big character is at the end, however, where I have been working on it for quite some time, and have seen the clips a hundred times over, I am curious as to whether it is slightly too repetitive. Therefore, I am looking forward to hearing Pascal’s feedback, because he is a brand new set of eyes, that will be able to tell me whether it is or not. But as a whole, I am actually rather impressed with myself that I have been able to shoot and create something like this, and I have actually quite enjoyed the process.

2nd Rough Cut Of My Fashion Film

In this part of the film, I go on to show the rest of the looks (at a quick glance), i.e. the the blusher/bronzer and contouring. Then at 0:23 you actually capture the first glimpse of the model with all of the make-up on her face at the same time – you hear the music begin to change slightly and get a bit more exciting and atmospheric. I have blurred it out to keep the viewers guessing what it is and to try and figure out what is going on, but you can clearly see that it is something rather interesting and over the top on screen, and I have added a Film Dissolve transition to emphasise this part of the film.

Then the music begins to change slightly at 0:25, the clicks are not as prominent and the music is a bit softer and flows together more; therefore, I have changed the footage accordingly. The clips of each make-up look last longer, and pan across the face to give the viewers a more in-depth look at the make-up looks. I also decided to fade and overlap the clips by using the Cross Dissolve to keep to that soft flowy vibe.

So that is the first 43 seconds of my film done, so far I am happy with the way that it is turning out and I hope to continue to keep building up a bit of tension for the main event – the full make-up look. I think one of the key things within my film is the music – all of the clips have to be in time to the music to make it as effective as possible. As the film becomes more exciting and dramatic, I will also begin to add a few more different effects and transitions, and one of the next things I will need to figure out will be how I am going to adapt the music, to make it fit my film, and fit the 2 minute time limit.