Sunday, December 24, 2006

The Pursuit of History

This semester I worked on a Theatre Department production at Brown University. Apparently my reputation as Providence's "Zombie Guy" got around to the director, who approached me to design make-up for a cast of ten singing and dancing zombies. The show was called The Pursuit of History and was about Egyptologists in the '20s who discover a tomb, only to find it full of zombies. Sorry about the poor quality of the photos. They were taken by a cast member backstage, but hopefully the high resolution production photos will show up soon.

Due to the structure of the show, ten actors had to have zombie makeup in approximately ten minutes, so I had five wonderful assistants to aid in the process of applying the makeup.

The makeup is all Cinema Secrets cream-based makeup: "Dead Guy Grey" base layer / "Forensic Blue-Grey" shadow layer / "Black" eye pattern and lips / "Wolf Brown" stippled to simulate dirt.

The director wanted the zombies to look distinctly Egyptian, and to appear as though they had been entombed for three thousand years, hence my decisions to feature Egyptian eye makeup patterns and the stippled dirt effect.

The cast was very cooperative in the process of putting on the makeup, and it was a pleasure to work with everyone involved in the production.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The person in the middle on the first image looks crazy familiar.

Sounds like a totally fun project to have worked on :).