How Special FX Makeup Courses Can Teleport You Into a Different World

By: Annelise Vintila

Face of young woman getting make-up for Halloween party. Halloween and body art concept.

As a child, I remember my little sister forcing me to watch scary movies because she didn’t want to be scared by herself, while my mom was also an aficionado. I distinctly remember watching Alien and an extra-terrestrial exploding from Kane’s core, and being absolutely terrified it would also happen to me. As I grew older, I began to value the importance of horror movies, but more importantly, the work and effort behind the scenes that goes into creating terror in the audience. As I grew older, I began analyzing the special effects makeup team that goes into movies such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and my all-time favourite film, Mrs. Doubtfire. Special effects makeup has the potential to transform a film from ordinary to unforgettable.

Special FX Makeup Courses Are Crucial

To become a certified special FX makeup artist, you must enrol in special FX makeup courses where you can specialize in areas such as cuts, bruises and burns, products and tools, old age makeup for theatre and camera and zombie/monster makeup amongst other subjects. No matter how small or large the transformation on a face can be, every detail must live up to perfection. If Alien hired a less than spectacular special FX makeup artist(s), the horror of the scene it would have never been tattooed on my brain. Schools for special effects makeup are crucial because they can sculpt an average student with a dream to an elite professional in the industry. Special effects makeup has blown up in the 20th and 21st Century due to the power of Hollywood movies and their constantly growing vision of making their characters as vile and believable as possible. The special effects makeup certificate in Hamilton gets those enrolled ready for a promising career in film, theatre and television, by ensuring one-on-one time with each individual student.

Fantastic Reptilian Girl. Creative Make up like Alien or Superhero Movie.
Special effects makeup helps bring imaginary characters to life!

Suspending Reality

Special effects makeup can suspend an audience’s view from reality and transport them to an out of world experience for two hours. Whether it’s transforming a character into 50 years older than their true selves, making them half-werewolf, half-human or engorging them in blood and bile to create a life-like zombie, special effects make-up creates lasting memories on and off screen. People go to the cinema to escape their own life and immerse themselves into another story for a few moments, and the best part of a scene happens when you hear the whole audience gasp when something shocking appears on screen. Most of the time, it is because a special effect makeup artist has dedicated their career in turning the normal into the unusual. For the record, I still cannot watch Alienwithout holding my younger sister’s hand.

Portrait of female zombie.
Working as a special effects makeup artist takes plenty of hard work and creativity

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