Thomas E. Surprenant has been a make-up artist for more than 30 years and has developed products and techniques to further the craft. He has been nominated for three Emmys and has won twice. Thomas Surprenant has also been part of two Academy Award-winning make-up crews and has received a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award. He has contributed to Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Donnie Darko, Halloween H2O the Syfy show Defiance , Star Trek Next Generation , Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyager , Star Trek Enterprise, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Lawrence Kelatow & Sanne Visscher
Lawrence Kelatow & Sanne Visscher, The Netherlands
Lawrence Kelatow has been a make-up effects artist for the past 25 years. He was head of make-up for the FX-filled movie "Kill Zombie!". He did the make-up effects for the critically acclaimed "Broken Circle Breakdown" and for the popular children's movie "Wiplala". Sanne Visscher is an award-winning make-up effects artist who has done anything from high fashion make-up for the magazine "PUPmag“ to prosthetic character make-ups for prime-time television. Together they operate HeadhunterFX, a full-service special make-up effects studio that can create anything from silicone prosthetics and masks to special props and medical simulation devices.
Pia Norberg, Germany
Already during her time as a hairdresser trainee at Gerhard Meir in Hamburg, Pia Norberg was fascinated by demanding and popular productions. She did an internship at the Salzburg Festival and worked at numerous fashion shows. She finished her training to be a make-up artist at the Hamburg State Opera. The presentation of the Echo music award, musicals like “Cats“ and “Boybands forever“, the Walt Disney musical “The Lion King“, the RuhrTriennale festival, shows on the Aida cruise ships and the Karl May festivals in Bad Segeberg are all part of her repertoire. She is responsible for the make-up for numerous commercials and photo productions, music videos and concerts. For many years, she has been a member of the judging panel for the German Championship for Make-up Artists in Training of the make-up artist design show.
Neill Gorton, Great Britain
Neill Gorton is a multi-award winning screen prosthetics designer. With a career spanning 30 years, he is one of the most internationally prolific names in the industry. He first worked in Hollywood aged 18 and has since worked with acclaimed directors such as Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Ron Howard and Joe Johnston and on famous faces like Demi Moore, Johnny Depp, Clive Owen, Anne Hathaway and Lady Gaga. Neill’s film credits include big budget studio movies such as Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, Children of Men, The Da Vinci Code and Gravity. His company has grown into Europe’s leading supplier of special make-up effects, animatronics and prosthetics and provider for teaching and courses.
Antonio Caballero Prada
Antonio Caballero Prada, Germany
Antonio Caballero Prada began his career at the Hannover State Opera, where he successfully completed his training as a make-up artist under the direction of Barney Nicolic in 2004. After stations at the Schauspiel Hannover and as a freelance make-up artist for film, television and fashion in Spain, he moved back to Germany and to the stage. At the Berliner Ensemble, he met directors such as Peter Stein, Leander Haußmann, Thomas Langhoff and Katharina Thalbach and learned about a variety of décor styles. Not least, his works for Robert Wilson have strongly influenced Antonio Caballero Prada as a make-up artist. Between 2008 and 2014, he worked for the incomparable productions of the "Three Penny Opera" and the "Shakespeare's Sonnets" at all well-known theatre festivals worldwide. In 2014, he went to the Friedrichstadtpalast and thus to the largest show stage in Europe. In direct exchange with designers such as Thierry Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier, the development of wigs and stage make-up for prototypes of the shows plays a decisive role. This can also be seen in the current production "The One".
Giulia Giorgi, Italy
Giulia Giorgi is a polyhedral artist who works in the Italian independent film industry. Her repertoire ranges from SFX make-up and body painting to extreme hair styling. After her first film as a breakdancer, she decided that if it was not possible to always be on stage, there had to be a perfect place for her backstage. She has always been active in the arts: Street dance, street art and Arabic calligraphy. Shortly after getting involved with make-up, she founded the film production Baburka Production and is responsible for the laboratory department “Factory”, which is dedicated to SFX, costumes and stage design. In addition to her own cinema successes, she was SFX designer for Ruggero Deodato’s episode in The Prophan Exhibit, Deadblood by Pietro Tamaro, Let me Out by Riccardo Greco, Ebola by Christian Marazziti and many more. In her theatre work, she was the make-up and wig designer for Cats the Musical, the steampunk version by Opéra Populaire.
Paul Merchant, Great Britain
Paul Merchant has worked in all disciplines of the make-up industry, from beauty to fashion, body painting to editorial and even theatrical. As a self-taught artist, he has developed his own style of working. “I love to play around with products and find different and interesting ways of using them, other than their intended purpose.” His work includes London Fashion Week, Britain & Irelands Next Top Model Live, X Factor, various editorial campaigns, tutorial videos and fashion shows. His work has been featured in magazines such as Face On, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Vogue. In 2016, he took the role as Kryolan’s Global Head of Make-up and therefore, he leads the creative side of all Kryolan campaigns. He headed the renown calendar campaigns for the past three years and will continue to inject his creative influence over all international campaigns.
Florence Carter, Great Britain
Florence Carter is a London based hair and make-up artist whose youth spent in theatres led to a fascination in the art of transformation. She has a lifelong love of classic films; from Hollywood glamour to horror by Hammer. She has worked across TV, film and theatre for 15 years in all aspects of make-up and hair. She has worked on projects as diverse as Absolutely Fabulous The Movie and Beowulf: Return to the Shieldlands (ITV) but Florence particularly enjoys the opportunity for creativity offered by special effects and prosthetics. She believes the role of the make-up artist is not only to create a look, but also to support the actors to work at their best, easing the crazy process that is making movie magic. In workshops she is keen to make silicone and 'out of the kit' effects accessible to all artists at all levels.
Jabe was born in Guadeloupe and spent his childhood there, untill 16. Then he left for Paris to follow art studies. From this time, he became fond of painting. His first exhibition took place in Colognes, he was only 18. When he came back in Paris, Jabe decided to focus in make up and started to work freelance. Its work was seen in the magazines like Vogue, L’Officiel Paris, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Trucco & Bellezza and Essential Homme, just to name a few. As a makeup artist, he contributed to the development of various advertising campaigns, catalogues and several fashion shows , for customers such as Gucci, Nina Ricci, Kenzo, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chloé, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jean Claude Jitrois an many others. 2011, Jabe has done the make up in 5 episodes of Americas Next Top Model-Cycle 16. 2013 , Jabe began a new carreer as Creative Director for several magazines, Cosmetics brands and he created an international avant- garde beauty magazine, called OOB Magazine. 2016 a new adventure began for Jabe. He started a TV show as a Beauty Expert for ELLE Girl TV. The launch was in January 2017.
Michael Loncin, Belgium
With his knowledge and skills, Michael Loncin is everywhere, where special effects are in demand. He handles tricky tasks for movies such as The Shadow Within as well as for performances at the Brussels Opera and at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. For a long time, he was responsible for the SFX area of the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. He works internationally as lecturer for renowned make-up schools, theatres and TV studios. In Brussels, he opened the first training centre for special effects in Belgium and trains students in this specialist area.
Inga Huldarsdottir, Iceland
After her education at the Hasso von Hugo Make-up Art School in Berlin, Inga Huldarsdottir began her work as a make-up artist at the Icelandic National Theatre in Reykjavik in 1994, where she accompanied numerous productions. The National Theatre shows a wide range of stage works from classical dramas to musicals, dance shows right up to children shows.
Jos Brands, Belgium
Jos Brands learned his profession at the Antwerp Royal Opera, and during his international career he has worked in film, TV, legitimate stage and fashion. As education is so dear to the heart of Jos, it’s always a particular thrill to watch him teach. Multi-talented Jos has been in charge of an International Make-up Team for more than ten years and conducts seminars around the world involving airbrushing, bodypainting and high-definition make-up. His development of a comprehensive pedagogical concept for the innovative techniques of high-definition make-up has literally changed the face of film and television make-up around the world.
Ina Chochol, Germany
Ina Chochol's path to special effects led her through anthropology and painting. She completed her training in the studio of Neill Gorton in Great Britain. During a detour into the field of bodypainting, she took part in the World Championship as a finalist. Finally, she specialised in the production of silicone prosthetics and body parts for use in various TV and film productions. Her long-standing work for television focuses on character design and the alienation of natural persons, such as for Team Wallraff, Stern TV, RTL Extra or Galileo, as well as the transformation into historical characters for documentaries like Sketch History or Pussy Terror TV. A matter close to her heart was the exhibition "At a second glance" of the “Herzwerk” initiative of the DRK/Jenny Jürgens Foundation against poverty amongst the elderly, for which she caused well-known faces to age.