Masahiko Fukuta studied visual arts and graphic design at the Kuwasawa Design School in Tokyo. He continued the study of beauty art at the Kokusai Hair Dressing & Beauty Art Vocational College and at the Shu Uemura Beauty College in Tokyo. He then worked as trainer and instructor for renowned cosmetic companies for several years. He follows the trends and techniques of international brands for seminars and stage presentations. In order to make fantasy make-up more popular in Japan, he is committed to special effects, bodypainting and airbrushing in the area of masks. He accompanies international shows as a make-up artist, for example, at the London World Hairdressing Congress. He is also juror at international competitions. He designs masks for numerous theatre plays.
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Shaune Harrison, Great Britain
Shaune Harrison’s fascination with prosthetic special make-up effects began at the age of thirteen while watching An American Werewolf in London after which he knew he wanted to make monsters. Beginning his career on Clive Barker’s Nightbreed in 1988, he laid the foundation for a body of work spanning over two decades on some of the world’s highest grossing blockbusters. Today, Shaune is one of the most highly respected and sought after make-up effects artists in the British film industry and continues to create creatures and prosthetic makeup effects for film and television. A key contributor to some of movie history’s most memorable characters, he has worked on numerous characters for Star Wars, Stardust, The Mummy, The Fifth Element, The DaVinci Code, World War Z and Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Directly after finishing school, Guido Paefgen took his first steps in an amateur theatre and graduated then from the newly found Make-up Artist School Rhineland-Palatinate in Mainz. He finished the practical part of his training at the Kiel Opera. Following positions at the Mainz State Theatre, as a lecturer at the Make-up Artist School Rhineland-Palatinate and at the Koblenz Theatre, he started working in 2004 as the senior make-up artist at the Mainz State Theatre. In his leisure time, he focuses on the expressive possibilities of the theatre as an actor as well as a stage director. He was co-founder of a theatre group, founded a theatre youth club and also likes to stray to film and television. He passes on his expertise in workshops. This sometimes leads him to Tokyo, Dubai and Oman.
Make-up artist Carol Brown, graduated in fashion at Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London. After being asked to work as a make-up artist on several test shoots, she realised that she had found a focus for all of her passions and skills. Her work quickly gained international recognition and she regulary worked with famous stylists, resulting in Harpers and Elle covers, closely followed by British Vogue. At the height of the "supermodel" era, Carol's make-up was immortalised in George Michael's Freedom video, starring Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford. Carol honed her craft in an era before the convience of digital photography and photoshop so prides herself in her ability to flatter and enhance skin naturally. Carol's editorial clients include Vogue, Elle, Marie-Claire, Glamour, Tatler and much more.
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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.
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Liza Coggins, USA
Liza Coggins is a Los Angeles-based artist working in television, commercials and print. She is Ellie Kemper’s personal make-up artist for red carpet events and televised appearances, and served as Make-up Department Head for Fear the Walking Dead - Interstitials, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and The Late Late Guest Host Shows. She assisted body paint artist, Joanne Gair, for five seasons of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. Liza Coggins has a BA degree in Art and Design and has served as a guest educator at trade shows. Her tips work for all beauty make-ups, including television, film, print, red carpet and bridal.
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Cig Neutron , USA
Cig Neutron is sculptor, special effects make-up artist, concept designer, creature fabricator, and finalist on Season 7 of Syfy’s hit reality show Face Off. He has also returned to Face Off for The Allstar season 11 currently airing. Working in the film industry as a special fx artist, he has worked on such films as Tron: Legacy, Suckerpunch, Real Steel, and ABC's of Death. He has also made a name for himself in the lowbrow art scene. His work has been shown in galleries across the country, with private collectors around the world owning pieces. Teaming up with Rannie Rodil the creator of Fanvixens, they created Bizarro Au Go-Go, an outlet for all of their outlandish characters and off the wall products.
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Birgit Mörtl, Austria
Birgit Mörtl is an internationally outstanding and acknowledged artist and fashion designer. Her artistic focal point is on body painting, in particular special effects in combination with fashion design. Her passions also include painting, art, costumes, sculptures, airbrush, decoration, installation and photography. She has accumulated numerous international awards. She passes on her multifaceted knowledge in workshops at home and abroad. Since 1997, she has been enthusiastically committed to the world-famous top charity event, the Life Ball in Vienna, which takes place every year. Here, she is responsible for all of the body painting and partly for the costumes of the opening show. For this purpose, she manages a team from up to 100 artists.
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Jan Ptassek, Germany
Creating new worlds, forming creatures in tiny or giant dimensions, giving fantasy free reign – this is sculptor Jan Ptassek’s job. Following positions at the Bonn Opera and as a freelance sculptor in Düsseldorf, he was in charge of film projects in Munich, Berlin, Hamburg and lived in Los Angeles, before he started out on his own in his atelier in the media city of Cologne in 2004. He works for film producers, architects, advertising agencies, museums and universities. For movies, he creates caves, dragons, skeletons and much more.
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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.
Stan Edmonds, Canada
Stan Edmonds currently serves as Head of Make-up Design for Film and Television at Vancouver Film School. He has been a make-up artist for over 25 years with credits including I, Robot, The Butterfly Effect, Scary Movie (1 and 4) and Academy award winning film, Unforgiven. Stan Edmonds has worked with dozens of actors including Clint Eastwood, Sylvester Stallone, Drew Barrymore, Angelica Huston and Ashton Kutcher. His vast knowledge and innovative skills help prepare future artists for a career in the arts.
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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.
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Alexander Schier, Germany
Following his hairstylist training, Alexander Schier completed an apprenticeship as a theatrical make-up artist at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. Since 2000, he has worked here as an instructor and as the assistant senior make-up artist since 2005. For many years now, he has been entrusted with the realisation of wearable mask designs for a number of opera and ballet performances. Beside this, he is in charge of make-up for many cultural events such as the Düsseldorf Festival, works for many film productions and photo shoots and is active as a lecturer.
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Markus Ehmke, Germany
Markus Ehmke is currently working as a plastics engineer at an injection-moulding company. Since his schooldays, he has been passionately drawing and painting. At a later time, works in oil and acrylic paints on canvas were added. Since 2010, he has annually exhibited his paintings at AirbrushExpo in Leipzig. As a lecturer, he gives courses in airbrush on the topics of portraits and animal illustrations, for example at Kustomstore in Moers. At the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (German Opera on the Rhine) in Düsseldorf, he teaches spraying on masks and creating skin structures with a scalpel and eraser pencils.
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PD Dr. Benno Hartung, Germany
The things that make-up artists simulate as special effects are the things that this medical specialist for forensic medicine examines in real life: Burns, scalding, post mortem changed bodies, bullet and stab wounds and much more. After his study of medicine, Hartung worked in pathology, surgery and psychiatry in Germany and abroad. Today, Dr. Benno Hartung works at the forensic institute of the University of Düsseldorf and is responsible for autopsies, coroner's inquests, examination of victims of violence, preparation of forensic reports, training of students and research. With his work he provides important information for the reconstruction of accidents and crimes to police, prosecutors and courts.
Foto: PD Dr. Benno Hartung
Rouven Roske, Germany
Following his apprenticeship as a hair stylist, Rouven Roske trained to be a make-up artist at the State Theatre in Hanover. He loves the creativity in his profession; his passion is the construction of masks and the design of different prosthetics. Currently, Rouven Roske is working as a make-up artist at the German Opera on the Rhine (Deutsche Oper am Rhein) Düsseldorf/Duisburg. At the make-up artist design show, he will show simple make-up application possibilities for burn injuries.