Dystopian Futures – February 2013

Aaron from Titus Andronicus.

Aaron from Titus Andronicus.

February started off with a theatre production of ‘Titus Andronicus’ (PurpleCoat Productions). I’ve never seen this play and I didn’t know anything about the storyline except it’s supposed to be Shakespeare’s most violent work. Well, our brief as make up artists certainly confirmed this. There were bleeding stumps where hands had been cut off, a mouth full of blood due to the tongue being cut out, facial deformities, rape, a crying clown and a team of Goths. Defo not a comedy then, eh Will?!

Dolly Parton wig styling

Dolly Parton wig styling

I had the privilege of working with an excellent prosthetics artist on this production, and I learned lots from her. Hopefully I’ll get to do some more prosthetics work in the not too distant future.

Also in February I began my wig training. You know me, if there’s an available course; I’m going to book myself on it. I’d quite happily continue studying/training forever I think. I’ve had a little experience with wigs in the past, but it’s important to have these skills as a working MUA and so any additional training is very welcome.

Towards the end of the month I had a couple of messages asking me to work on two different short films. The first,’ Exam Results Day’ (Gosh Productions) was set in the not-too-distant future and looked at what would happen if the State decided every aspect of your life according to your school exam results.

A still from Exam Results Day

A still from Exam Results Day

The second short, ‘Madira’ was filmed the next day in Media City. Once again, this was set in the future (2094) when the Earth has been scorched by the sun and humans have gone underground, living in domes in the ocean beds. The film was done on green screen and was produced on request for a couple of universities, including Salford and Huddersfield I believe. The idea is that no background will be put into this film, but the universities will give it to their animation students as a project, to see how each one interprets the script and the descriptions of the new domed world.It’s a shame for me that there will be hundreds of versions of ‘Madira’ made, but in all likelihood I will never see any of them. Still, it was a fun project to work on and an interesting concept for a film.

February’s film work contained a lot of dark themes, which I do enjoy working on, but as I also spent Feb reading the Hunger Games trilogy, I’m certainly ready for a bit of utopia in March.

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