The Mill work experiences

So i have been fortunat enough to work with the makeup team behind the channel four program the mill . If you want to read about the back story of this program hear is a link :

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/the-mill

I was  so excited  for the work experience as period drama is what love to watch, and hopefully its where my careerer will lead me in the future. As I watched the first series last year on channel four i already knew what story behind the mill was , but i also did a bit more research just to be fully preprepared for the day . So on the day i had to be there for 6:30am as this is when the cast start in makeup ready to be on set for 7:30 so it was a really early start . As this was my first day ever on set of a tv production i helped sort paper work out for the characters continuity , make drinks for everyone , cleaned up the work stations and brushes ready to be used next time . helped carry equipment and general extra pair of hands around the makeup truck . I was just happy to be there and experience the team at work and see what happens . I was also fortunate enough to help out with dirtying down the background cast , whenever they needed touch ups on set . As it is based in a cotton mill certain scenes  also needed the cast to have cotton dust in there hair so i helped do this and remove it . So i was really happy that i was able to help out with the makeup . I learnt so much in just one day and by the end of it all i was on such a high ,so hear are some pointers that i learnt from this experience :

  • set etiquette
  • How to act around the cast
  • How to read a call sheet
  •  protocol and hierarchy of the makeup department and full crew
  • organisation skills
  •  time management
  •  team work
  • how to maintain continuity

There was so much to learn about been on set it was very overwhelming but i really enjoyed my time on the mill . For me it has confirmed that television make-up is where i want to my career to be . I also learnt i really need to learn how to drive soon as i need to be able to get to any location at any time , as i needed to be on set at 6;30am it was really hard to get there by public transport .Also by talking to the makeup artists on set i have learnt i really need to  take a course in hair dressing as jobs in this industry require you to have both hair and makeup skills . So i have alto to learn off of set too . Over all i think i did well for my first day on set and i have been asked back by the makeup department for a  few extra day to help out so i am so happy that i can go back and learn some more .

Thanks for reading

bex 🙂

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Student photography shoot

Hi everyone i though i would just update you all on a make-up work experience/job i did this week at Wakefield collage for the photographer Catherine Brown . Hear is a link to her professional Facebook page if you want to have a look at her work and style of photography :

https://www.facebook.com/CatherineLouisePhotography

So for this shoot I was creating a make-up look based around the 1950s and the vintage look and style . I really enjoyed this soot as it just felt fun and light hearted. So hear are some final images from the shoot :
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Thanks for reading
Bex 🙂

Fashion editorial shoot with savannah rose digital imagery

So over the past few months I have been working towards building a professional portfolio and to do this i have been trying to collaborate with newmourouse photographers on different projects . One of the photographers i have collaborated with is Georgian Preston the owner of savannah rose digital imagery and retouching. She is a really good photographer and retoucher so I was really happy to work with her she also has edited my final images really well so I a happy from the results from the shoot . She is really professional and easy to work with so if you want to look at her other work or contact her hear is a link to her professional Facebook page :

https://www.facebook.com/SavannahRoseDigital?fref=ts

I learnt alto from this shoot about lighting and composition of a studio set up I was truly enlightened. I leant how different back drops can effect lighting and how positioning a light that reflects off the back drop gives the photo some dimension . Everything i learnt from this shoot can be transferable into my own photography when I take pictures of my make-up looks and experiments . Hear are some pictures from behind the scenes of the shoot :
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On this work experience/job I was working on two photo shoots for the day one been a creative look and another an inspired 1960s make-up and hair .
So hear are the final images from the day :
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Thankyou for reading
bex 🙂

English rose Location Photo Shoot

HI everyone, i have recently signed myself up to a networking sight called model mehem where i can look for local and national makeup jobs like photo shoots and fashion shows. Websites like these are a great way to start networking with local models, photographers , stylists and clothes designers . Over the past month i have been talking to several photographers who have contacted me to collaborate on some photo shoots with them so it has been quite an exciting time for me . But due to my work load with university and the same with some of the photographers we have decided to collaborate in the new year when we all have more time . But i have been able to collaborate with one photographer , last few weeks for some shoots , lil autum is a local photographer that contacted me through this sight for a shoot based on an English rose . We emailed and discussed what she wanted me to do with the makeup , we met up on the day with the two models in Huddersfield in the .. park . we had to do the makeup outside that was a new experience for me but i didn’t find it difficult , i actually enjoyed been outside in the park it was quite inspiring . And after been cooped up at uni doing work for the past few weeks it was a breath of fresh air that needed to reboot me and my passion for my degree . We found a bench and a good spot with some good light so i could do the makeup , the only problem was having my kit on the floor and i had to keep it all my makeup in my case so it got messed up and sometimes difficult to find thing but it wasn’t anything that i could not solve and work around . Anyway i am hopefully getting a new makeup case in the new year that will be better for working on locations . We then packed up and walked around the park for some locations for her to shoot at, I can say it was one of the most beautiful and well-kept parks i have ever been in it had some stunning features like some Victorian style fountains and a beautiful Victorian green house where there was a coffee shop . I was really pleased with the outcome of the shoot and we got some great pictures, i am still waiting for the full edited photos So i will upload them as so as i get them back from the photographer
Thankyou for taking the time to read my blog
Bex 🙂

WE HEART LEEDS FASHION SHOW 2013

Hi everyone so this week myself and a few other students from the class were asked to take part in a fashion show in central Leeds. The ‘We Heart Leeds’ is a charity fashion show took place on the 8th of November to raise money for ’The Children’s Heart Surgery Fund’ which is a fantastic charity as it is an area that needs a lot of funding especial for the hospitals around Yorkshire . It was a fantastic event and had a really good turnout. As we were asked quit last minute we did not have time to attend a meeting before the fashion show to get a briefing for the makeup . Although we were still all organised as there was a head make-up artist there to explain and direct us on the theme for the show. So for the makeup ,we were all asked to do the same look as it suited all the different collections that was on show that night . We were asked to create a smoky eye with a hint of blue in the center of the lid. For the lips we used deep red shades to create a dramatic overall look. So to create this i used : The Body Shop tea tree primer ,MAC face and body to give a natural finish, Illamasqua translucent powdered to keep the models face free from shine especial under catwalk lights and to set the base . I used urban decay gravity lipstick (my favorite shade of red lipstick to use it such a lovely lipstick and very pigmented defiantly worth investing in ) I also used a black eye crayon for the eye base and them went over with a royal blue eye shadow and finished off with eyelashes . To contour the face i used mac matt bronzer . After we had completed all the models make-ups we stayed to view the show, which was great as some of the clothes were Gorgeous.
Here are some images from the show hope you enjoy them 🙂
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On the night of the show the makeup team was based upstairs in an empty hall which had very poor lighting so we had to make sure that we sat the models in the best possible lighting which was difficult! However I was really pleased with all the make-up looks I did on the day. I just wish we would have had some better light as it would have made sure a huge difference .Also as we were not sure what sort of makeup we were going to be asked to do i took my whole kit and my hair kit , which i am glad i did as we ended up doing the hair as well . Overall it was a really good night and we all loved the experience and the over all look we produced for the show .
thankyou for taking the time to read my blog
bex 🙂

URBAN ANGELS FASHION SHOW 2013

Over the past week i have been preparing and working on a local charity fashion show called urban angels . I am really excited as this will be the first fashion show i will work on and also they are raising money for some charities that i support and that are close to me like HOPE .
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I was asked to participate in this show just over a week ago , we met up a few days before the show to meet the rest of the makeup team and organise what makeup looks the producer wanted for each section of the show . As this is a local charity show i didn’t think it would be a big event . i was really wrong i was surprised at how big the event was . The event is held by a local church in Bradford ever year but the life church is not a normal church it is more like a concert hall when you are in there. Me and a friend of mine katy was asked to take a section based around high fashion and the colour green , we was over the moon as there was one of the more creative sections so we could do something different with the makeup . And some of the models in this section were stunning and trained models so they really carried the overall look with confidence. We also went to the rehearsal so we could see what kind of lighting the models are under and how strong the makeup would need to be. Here are some of the pictures from the rehearsal:
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. So when we collaborated with the producers of the show and the rest of the makeup team , we decided on a green Smokey eye to blend in with the theme and a red lip with green gems around the eyes , the makeup look was quite theatrical so it could be seen from a distance as the show was held in a very big venue . When we arrived on the day everything was set up and ready to go , me and katy finished our models makeup early so we also helped out other makeup artists with their sections . Hear is some final pictures from mine and katys green section and some of the looks on the catwalk :
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For this been my first fashion show i was really pleased with the makeup i did , and how organised we were . I can honestly say this was a great experience as the makeup team and models were really friendly and supportive and i was so pleased that i could be part of this fantastic event to raise money for some fantastic charities . This was also the first time I have worked on darker skin tones so I was really proud of myself for stepping up to the challenge as I wasn’t particularly confident in doing this before . I have already signed myself up to be part of it next year .

YMCA Bradford work experience

Hi all , so over the past 9 months i have done three work experience with the ymca in Bradford .My first work experience was back in October (2012) when i was asked to do some makeup/face painting for some children who were attending a Halloween party , so i took up the offer as i though it would be changing to work with children especialy when they are exited and just want to play , i really enjoyed the night as i got to do all sorts of face paint and makeups for the kids and they really enjoyed it i even got to do some special effects bullet wounds with them . I was definalty challenged as this work experience was more about developing my people skills and my ability to keep control as i was team leader for this work experience so i had to be organised and keep communication going within the team rather than my makeup skills .
I also helped out at a second Halloween event in the YMCA’s calender at there black hills party again doing face paint and makeup .This time there was a lot more children i would say around 300-500 children all wanting there face painted and with a team of just 3 we never stopped , but again i did enjoy it and i defiantly got to work with a lot of different people all wanting difernt things this chalanged and developed my people skills and my organisation skills as face painting a few hundred children i had to be in control and organised.
After my work experices in october i was asked back in april of this year (2013) to help run a class on tv/film speicla effects makeup . So i went along with my class mate and freind Ruth Holland

YMCA Bradford Work Experiences

Hi everyone , so over the past 9 months I have done three work experience with the ymca in Bradford .
My first work experience was back in October (2012) when i was asked to do some makeup/face painting for some children who were attending a Halloween party hosted by the YMCA at culture fusion in bradford . I took up the offer as i though it would chalange my people skills to work with children especially when they are exited and just want to play .I really enjoyed the night as i got to do all sorts of face paint and makeups for the kids and they really enjoyed it i even got to do some special effects bullet wounds with them . I was defiantly challenged as this work experience was more about developing my people skills and my ability to keep control as i was team leader for this work experience so i had to be organised and keep communication going within the .Unfortunately i was not able to capture any of it on camera sorry.
I also helped out at a second Halloween event in the YMCA’s calendar at their black hills party again doing face paint and makeup .This time there was a lot more children i would say around 300-500 children all wanting there face painted and with a team of just 3 we never stopped , but again i did enjoy it and i defiantly got to work with a lot of different people all wanting different things this challenged and developed my people skills and my organisation skills as face painting a few hundred children i had to be in control and organised. Sorry again i was so busy i was not able to capture any of it on camera .
After my work experiences in October i was asked back in April of this year (2013) to help run a class on tv/film special effects makeup for film school held during the Easter holidays they were running. So i went along with my class mate and friend Ruth Holland to conduct a tutorial and hands on class with the young people at the film school, I taught a class on how to make fake blood for tv/film using products they could find in their local shop and showed them how to create bullet wounds and use there fake blood they made for this effect . I also did a tutorial on how i created zombies like the ones i did for Yorkshire scare grounds last Halloween. I really enjoyed teaching the young people how to do these effects and they seemed to really get into it and enjoy the class . I am waiting on some pictures from this class , so i will post them as soon as they are sent to me .
By now i feel all these work experience have taught me to be confident in my work , take control of a situate when i need to and keep calm and professional throughout my work .
Thanks for reading
Bex

Halloween party makeup work experience

Hi everyone , so last Halloween (2012) i was asked as a favor by a friend to do some Halloween makeup for her .The clients were going to a party dressed as characters from the ‘Human Centipede’ film. I was hired to recreate the special effects of the stitched up wounds on their face and the slit throat from the film. Looking back I would of approached this makeup differently with different products to allow more face movement. As I used wax and liquid latex to create the wounds there wasn’t much allowance for facial movement and the latex started to lift in the after a while . i think in future I will have to experiment more with the movement of products once they are on the face like sculpt gels or gelatine. But at the time I had limited experience with using a variety of products and was limited to what i had in my kit at the time .I was however happy with the initial effect and the depth of the wounds i created it looked really striking when i first did them .
I also created another makeup that night for another client attending the party, and made her up as a zombie . I was happy with this makeup as I thing the flesh hanging off the face looked really good and effective .
here are some pictures from the makeup that night , enjoy:
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thanks for reading
bex

Yorkshire Scare Grounds 22/10/2012

So back in October last year (2012) i was offered my first bit of work experience at Yorkshire scare grounds , to makeup the actors for their Halloween experience into zombies .Of course i jumped at the opportunity and was very excited . We were given a brief that the experience was a sanctuary that had been infested with zombies that roamed the woods and buildings, and people would be walking round the experience trying to find sanctuary from the zombies.
As the actors would be seen up close in person the makeup had to be very life like. But at the same time i was working with the limited skills that i had at the time as i had only been on the course for a short time. Considering the short time i had been doing special effects i am very happy with the outcome and the actors were more than happy with their overall look. I was also great to experience an actual makeup environment working with different people who i didn’t know and out of the comfort zone of the makeup rooms at collage. I did however learn that i cope well under pressure and in hectic environment, i took control of my situation and kept very calm and focused on what i was doing and within my time slots for each actor. I enjoyed working within the makeup team and enjoyed it so much i went back the following week to do it all over again.
Here are some pictures of the final zombie looks and the team of makeup artists , enjoy:

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Thanks for looking
bex