Face2Face Makeup Awards Judges – Adam and Damian From Odd Studio

Odd Studio is a world-renowned company at the forefront of prosthetic make up, creature effects, animatronic characters, special effects, props and models. Both partners, Damian Martin and Adam Johansen have over 20 years of industry experience on a diverse range of projects, helping realize and give life to ideas and creative visions. Their dedication to the art, practical approach and extended family of talented crew continue to keep the company in high demand for in camera effects.

We are lucky enough to again have Damian and Adam as judges for the Film Fantasy category at the Face2Face Makeup Awards. The lucky winner is going to enjoy a days work experience  with the Odd Boys which you would agree… for any emerging SPFX artist will be invaluable.

Last week myself and photographer Amelia J Dowd went to their studio in St Peters and spent some time with Adam and Damian… it was hard to concentrate for all the creative eye candy, boxes of boils, scabs and amazing completed characters. Somehow we were able to concentrate long enough to take some shots and speak with the Odd boys…

Adam mid sculpt of a nose piece for a VW commercial to be shot the following weekend…

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS?

The past 12 months have been huge for us. We wrapped on Fury Rd, Mad Max which we ran the prosthetics on for nearly 2 years finishing pick ups in December. Damian headed up the dept in Namibia and Cape Town for 7 months. We’ve also just wrapped on Alex Proyas’s latest film, God’s Of Egypt which we also headed the prosthetics dept for. Lesley Vanderwalt was head of hair and make up on both of those films.

In addition to that, we worked on a locally produced Sci-Fi feature film called Terminus which we’re pretty excited about too. Throw in a couple of big music videos from 2 huge acts and a bunch of commercials and it explains why we’re a bit knackered.

Joking aside, we’re very grateful for all the recent projects we have landed and are grateful for our wonderful crew too.

Emily James who has been at Odd Stufio for 3 years.. working on a decapitated head made from silicone for a project with Vetus

THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR JUDGING FOR FILM FANTASY ADAM AND THE SECOND YEAR FOR DAMIAN… OVER THE YEARS I HAVE ENJOYED FOLLOWING YOUR WORK… I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE THE RESULTS OF THE PAST 12 MONTHS! DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS WE ALSO SAW THE PASSING OF MUA LEGEND DICK SMITH. IT WAS A SAD DAY FOR MYSELF AS HIS WORK WAS AN INSPIRATION FOR ME TO PUSH MY OWN BOUNDARIES IN MY WORK… I AM INTERESTED TO HEAR ABOUT HOW DICK SMITH INFLUENCED BOTH OF YOUR CAREERS?

Dick Smith’s contribution to make up effects is immeasurable and in my opinion (Adam) hard to articulate. He was the greatest make up artist of all time and famously giving with his techniques, which isn’t always the case.  He was a wonderful person and a real ‘no-nonsense’ artist too. His ageing make ups will forever be the bench mark for me. He has not only affected Damian and myself,  but anyone that has ever followed a career in Make up and prosthetics.

(Damian) I found Dick Smiths Do it yourself monster monster makeup handbook in a comic store when I was a young teenager and it really fanned the flames of my interest in makeup effects. I can only imagine how many people that book and the earlier kits inspired.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANY ASPIRING SPFX MAKEUP ARTIST IN THE INDUSTRY TODAY?

Just get ‘doing’! If you’re doing a course, do more than you need to. Sculpt, mould apply things in your own time, work out of your garage or bedroom if need be. Throw yourself into it 110% because any less isn’t good enough in this very tough industry of ours.

(D) There’s an incredible amount of inspiration and information out there and materials are readily available. If you’re not taking advantage of this and giving it a go I’m less inclined to believe that this is your passion.

WHAT WILL YOU BOTH BE LOOKING FOR IN THIS YEARS FILM FANTASY CATEGORY SPFX AND NON SPFX?

 I’ll (Adam) be looking for originality and creativity. Something that’s both bold and refined will get my vote.

(D) a strong idea that’s well executed is always good to see and I really like it when a character or design is fully thought through and resolved.

Thanks guys… can’t wait for Sunday!

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Face2Face Makeup Awards 2014

My inbox is filling up with inquiries on how to enter the 2014 Face2Face Makeup Awards. Understandably people are getting eager to get the ball rolling on their entries! Judging from last year places will be going very fast….

For those people wondering…I am the Creative Director not the administrator… which means I design the themes, organise judges/prizes and present the 2 days onstage… I dont have anything to do with the copious amounts of administration work that is done by the awesome guys at the Expo offices. Right now… the themes are with the administrational team and are due for the release early June… the exact date I am yet unsure. There is a bit of back end work to be checked and double checked… then checked again. The website will be the first place to find out when entries open… and apologies if I dont get back to everyone who emails me about entry open dates.

I hope this clears things up for those who have contacted me!

I am the person who you contact about creative questions even the odd queries on rules and regulations… administration and logistics goes to Elli Julia… if you aren’t sure… shoot us both the same email.

Find all the details on this page:

click on this image to be linked to the Face2Face Makeup Awards page …

Before I left for the States… I spoke at Salon Melbourne about how to ‘Create That Cover’… this was aimed at artists considering entering the Face2Face Makeup Awards

For those who were there… I promised to publish the presentation on my blog as notes…

So here  are the slides and condensed version of the presentation for those who could not be there… my tips for creating a cover worthy makeup shoot! Hopefully will clear some nervousness up around entering the awards…

One of the most common questions is about ‘where the hell to start?!’… its not a competition to see how many skills you can fit into one look… you should tastefully decide on whats best for the face you are working on… the theme.. and an overall appealing image.

Dont be disspointed if you choose a photographer who works mainly in natural light and your studio shots come back not what you were expecting… same goes for your model… dont select a model with finer lips and be dissapointed if the black ombre lip doesn’t seem to work. Do your research and work to everyone’s strength.

This part seemed to resonate with the crowd… I was speaking about taking up leadership in your shoot. We get so used to being one of the team and being in a collaborative situation… and this is bliss when you are with a great team of creatives however… you need to take on the leadership of the shoot if you have a specific end result in mind for your entry… This image was a result of me doing that very thing… I put together for Nelson (Photographer) a mood board with my makeup ideas.. lighting ideas… mood etc and made sure that everyone understood what I was going for… I have seen makeup artists let other creatives take over on the day and the result is usually a secretly disappointed artist who didn’t realise their vision… of course this is not always the case! However… I felt this was an important point to make in this presentation. When creating for your entry… keep your end goal in mind… of course be flexible to creativity on the day if it calls for it… but don’t get walked over so other creatives can achieve their visions that may not be in line with what you want to create… this is your entry so its important you get what you want. You are the client in this case.

In other words… dont get your knickers in a knot about the significance of the shoot… relax… do everything the best you know how. Stress and significance can kill creativity.

These were the winning shots from last years Face2Face Makeup Awards… I invited Jess up on stage to talk about where she got her inspiration from amongst other things… one of the great things Jess mentioned was she really researched the current trends to ensure what she delivered was relevant to today’s market.

I can’t yet reveal the theme for any of the categories… however… you might want to jump onto pinterest and start collecting images of current makeup trends to wet the whistle.

Can’t wait to see what everyone submits!

B x

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How Do You Define Yourself?

Happy New Year! I trust everyone had a great silly season and are all either slowly getting back into work mode… or by the looks of it on Facebook for my 9-5 friends… violently ripped out of holiday bliss land and thrust into jobs they loved last December. Eep. Maybe some changes to be made there my friends in 2014.

Yesterday I decided to join the world and open my laptop for the first time this year. After a couple of hours I realised that this task was too much to be done solo so headed to a friends place to have a work day. I have a lot to be looking forward to this year and time to get my skates on.

My evil plan of a shared workday to inspire ‘getting back into the swing of things’ didn’t really work as I just got distracted. A lot. I later found out that this was the case for a lot of us… so am letting myself off with a warning.

After a couple of great  You tube distractions… my friend asked me if I had seen the TEDx talk by the worlds most ugliest women?

Um… excuse me?

I was assured this wasn’t what I thought it was going to be… (in my mind I imagined one of those horrific montages making an unfair example of someone who doesn’t look like everyone else)…We tracked down the video and for the next 10 minutes I was inspired and in awe of the amazing Lizzie Velasquez and how she viewed her life. I was inspired by her view of the world and was one of those people who come along and remind you to stop being a baby about small things and focus on the juicy fruit that’s a little further out there on the shaky branches. Not only inspiring but entertaining as well.

After watching this I felt like 2014 was ready to rock and roll… I just had to join it. Combine that with watching ‘About Time’ … and I have inspiration and motivation dripping off the walls.

I couldn’t NOT share this.

Hello 2014…

I am happy to finally meet you.

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