Halloween is an excellent time to introduce students to careers in costume and makeup design. Students love to dress up for Halloween but many don't know that their love of costumes, makeup and masks could become a life-long love and a paying career. Rick Baker is a Hollywood makeup artist who made a career creating prosthetic makeup such as this Wolfman makeup (right) on actor Benicio Del Toro.
Wouldn't your students like to have Rick Baker's life working with people like director George Lucas (far left), actor Andy Serkis (second from left), and director Peter Jackson (far right)? (Baker is second from right) This work requires drawing and sculptural skills and a great deal of hard work because the field is so competitive and the people in it are incredibly skilled.
Think about the makeup effects in films like Harry Potter, Hellboy, The Grinch, X-men, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Alice in Wonderland where the effects are not done digitally but involve hours of makeup application on actors like Ray Fiennes, Ron Perlman, Jim Carrey, Benicio Del Toro, Rebecca Romijn, Brad Pitt, and Johnny Depp.
Click on the heading above to see a trailer for the movie Wolfman to put yourself in the Halloween spirit and look at the design involved in the cinematography, sets, lighting, costumes, and makeup.