Michael Westmore is one of the most renowned make-up artists; his characters from the Star Trek films are particularly legendary. The Mask, The Day After, The Star Chamber, Roxanne, the Rocky films and TV series such as Star Trek Enterprise and MacGyver are just a few other famous productions he has worked on as a make-up artist. He has received countless awards for his work, among them an Oscar and nine Emmy Awards.
The Westmore family, a dynasty of make-up artists, was even honoured with a star on the Walk of Fame. Michael's grandfather George founded the first make-up studio in Hollywood, and his father Monte worked on the classic film Gone with The Wind. His brothers, as well as those of his father, work in the industry, too. Michael Westmore works as a make-up artist, author and
Siân Richards enjoys high international recognition and is just as well known for her creativity as for her flawless work – regardless of whether it is plain beauty make-up, elaborate photo shoots, mould making and prosthetics or make-up for such movies as Happy New Year, Cloud Atlas and Movie 43.
Siân Richards was born in England and now lives in Los Angeles. Being the daughter of stage make-up artists Hu and Carmelina Richards she was already introduced to the movie industry at the tender age of two. Aged ten she already knew she would be a stage make-up artist. At just 12 years of age she enquired at the BBC about the prerequisites for admission to the make-up course. She studied art and photography and completed training for movie make-up, special effects, hair styling and wig making.
Skilful and artistic craftsmanship is their gift and art & design is their mission. Welding, wood working, operating machinery, handling tools and brushes have never been a problem for Birgit Mörtl from childhood. After completing her fashion and apparel engineering studies Birgit Mörtl specialised in stage costumes and obtained her Master’s Diploma.
Her client list for theatre costumes, promotion outfits, body painting, set design and movie as well as event and trade fair decoration reads like the “who’s who” of the event management and production scene. She is also known for her work for Life Ball, a top charity event held annually. She has a passion for body painting and special effects, in particular, in conjunction with fashion design. No wonder she loves to “metamorphose” people, to paint, experiment and to fascinate.
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.
Stan Edmonds, currently serves as Head of Make-up Design for Film and Television at Vancouver Film School
Paul Garcia is a professional make-up artist in Los Angeles working in print, fashion, film and music. His recent work includes beauty, fantasy and special effects in films including Crisis and Chupacabra. Paul Garcia has worked with celebs including Channing Tatum and Erykah Badu. He teaches at Cinema Make-up School in Hollywood, and has served as an educator-make-up artist for companies like Laura Mercier, MAC and Yves Saint Laurent.
Paul Garcia, his recent work includes beauty, fantasy and special effects in films including Crisis and Chupacabra
Daniel Parker hails from London but these days he lives in France. He is passionate about all aspects of make-up and hair but especially character work. So with his father being Charles Parker, the well known Hollywood make-up artist, Daniel was virtually born into the profession and showing a flair for the art at an early age his father encouraged him. Aged eight he received his first make-up kit, which was put to good use for school plays and practicing horror make-ups on friends. Later he started working in the movie business but on the production side, until one film coincidentally brought him back to the art of make-up, Return of the Jedi!
Today, we can no longer imagine Hollywood without him. With his work he left a mark on such movies as Troy, Apocalypto and Frankenstein, for which he received an Oscar and British Film Award nominations. His latest projects include The Raven, Cloud Atlas and Zero Dark 30.
At the tender age of six Gervasio Larrivey already started drawing. He completed his training as a set designer and stage make-up artist at the School of Fine Arts of the University La Plata and at the “Instituto Superior de Artes” of Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. As a theatrical make-up artist he featured in more than 50 theatre plays, opera stagings, ballet performances and vaudeville shows.
As a make-up designer and specialist for artistic and fantasy make-up he cooperates with Argentina’s leading photographers and his works have already been published in the leading high-gloss magazines. Gervasio Larrivey runs a make-up studio in Buenos Aires where he offers a wide variety of courses in addition to make-ups for special occasions. His knowledge and creativity are also in demand at seminars, trade fairs and lectures.
Gervasio Larrivey, as a theatrical make-up artist he featured in more than 50 theatre plays, opera stagings, ballet performances and vaudeville shows
Being passionate about special-effects make-up as a hobby Dennis Penkov laid the foundation stone for his career. He completed training as a theatre make-up artist at Berlin’s Theater des Westens and worked for several years at the Babelsberg film studios. 2003 saw him establish Skinart – Make up FX-Academy where he has since then passed on his longstanding professional experience in workshops at his own studio and at external coaching sessions at theatres and during film projects.
The famous movie and TV productions in which he was involved include Antikörper, Blood Rayne, Phantomschmerz, Mr. Nobody, Die wilden Hühner, In aller Freundschaft, Der Tunnel, G-Star, Pope Joan, Drei und Plötzlich Fett.
Dennis Penkov passes his longstanding professional experience in workshops at his own studio and at external coaching sessions at theatres and during film projects
Teaching is dear to Jos Brand's heart, and it is always a rich experience to watch him, listen to him, and learn from him. Having studied the make-up artist's craft at the Antwerp Royal Opera, he has worked in the film, television, theatre, fashion photography, design and advertising fields throughout the course of his career.
From the outset, his drive to question and refine things has been the impetus behind his work and the source of his extraordinary creativity. Jos Brands leads seminars in airbrushing, body painting and high-definition make-up around the globe.
After training as a theatrical make-up artist at the Cologne theatre Bernd Staatz worked as head make-up artist in Bonn, Nice and Hamburg. Since 1986 he has managed an atelier for masks and wigs for the theatre, movies and television. Since 2005 he has headed the team of make-up artists at the “Deutsche Oper am Rhein” in Düsseldorf.
For five years he was part of the team for experimental forensics in Bonn as a specialist for face/head reconstruction. Bernd Staatz also used his expertise to support the development of 3D-scanning systems for digital modelling for mould making.
Pia Norberg’s portfolio includes lions, hyenas and cats, to name but a few: since 2005 she has managed her own workshop where she develops animal heads and all types of wigs. She completed her training as a make-up artist at the Hamburg State Opera before theatre and show productions took her to Madrid, Amsterdam, New York and Salzburg.
Her creativity is in high demand for numerous photo, film and music productions – she even designed the wigs and make-up for the shows staged onboard AIDA cruise ships. Pia Norberg is also a sought-after guest speaker; for the “Hamburg School of Entertainment” she provides insights into make-up art every summer term.
Pia Norberg, has managed her own workshop where she develops animal heads and all types of wigs
Ilka Küting was born in Aachen where she later also completed training as a hairdresser and make-up artist at the city’s municipal theatre. She worked there as a make-up artist for another year and assisted on photo shoots, short films and TV commercials as a freelancer. In the meantime she has specialised in the hair sector serving a company in European field service.
Stuart Bray is a freelance special effects makeup artist working in the film and television industry since 1994. During that time he has worked on a number of features including Saving Private Ryan, The Mummy 1 & 2, Gladiator, Blade 2, Shaun of the Dead and Stardust and most recently on 47 Ronin.
He specialises in all the processes involved in making prosthetic appliances and make-up effects from design, sculpting, moulding, casting and application. Over the last several years he has also been a visiting tutor for a number of makeup schools as well as running his own special effects workshops.
After his training as hairdresser and make-up artist, Sven Hollenberg worked for the Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück, the Theatre of the Federal Capital of Bonn and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. During this time, he also worked for the Bregenz and Salzburg festivals as well as for diverse film and TV productions. Today, he is employed as a make-up artist at the Komische Oper in Berlin.
Tobias Barthel grew up in a theatre family, but he first made the decision for the training as a make-up artist following other professional positions. He gathered his professional experience in Leipzig, and today he has found his dream job as head make-up artist at the Komische Oper Berlin. It is an especially exciting challenge for him to creatively implement directors‘ ideas and costume designers‘ designs for the stage.
Wiebke Schlüter has worked as a freelance costume designer since 2007. Even during her studies, she realised, for example, projects in Hamburg for the Thalia Theatre and the Opera Stabile. Since 2009, she has been working closely together with Reinhard von der Thannen, amongst other things on the new production of Lohengrin for the Bayreuth Festival in 2010, directed by Hans Neuenfels. Now she is working on Hansel and Gretel, directed by Reinhard von der Thannen, for the Komische Oper in Berlin.