Executive decision: create an awards show exclusively catered to fantasy and sci-fi movies
all the films that don’t ever receive an ounce of respect at awards shows because they aren’t taken seriously as a genre finally get the recognition they deserve
the Harry Potter movies are praised for their visionary production designs and a music score more iconic than most movie soundtracks released in the past two decades
Force Awakens and Rogue One aren’t swept under the rug because they’re only seen as nostalgic entertainment and instead are recognized for their incredible acting and special effects
Pacific Rim is awarded the highest honor for editing and production work and CGi design because holy shit did you even see that movie?
The makeup and styling team for the Star Trek movies finally get their moment to shine after spending years designing and building intricate prosthetics and makeup looks in order to bring a diverse galaxy to life
John Boyega and John Cho host the night and everyone has a great time and I don’t end the night fuming over movies robbed of the love they deserve
Star Trek: we have over 50 different alien designs that were created with makeup and prosthetics. Krall had different stages of his face makeup. The aliens took 2-7 hours each. We detailed each one and took hours on each one even if they were just in the background. Look at the dozens of our intricate designs.
This is just my opinion though and I fully see why people are upset about Star Trek losing to Suicide Squad but I thought id share my opinion on why it did win.
Reasoning: Suicide Squad was by NO means, at all, a great movie. Though they had one of the hardest tasks of all, taking iconic characters everyone knows and bringing them to life in a way that is modern is already a task in itself.
Joker and Harleys redesigns were the most iconic pop culture costumes of 2016, they were EVERYWHERE, their outfits were plastered wherever they could be including their wigs and makeup (there are literally hundreds of makeup tutorials for them on youtube). Everyone dressed up as them and there are thousands and thousands of people who have cosplayed them. Even more so, the designs were so popular they’re now in the comics/video games. I personally don’t like the designs but I can acknowledge how insanely popular they became and still are. Enchantress had a rather unique redesign as well.
Jokers makeup was literally one of the most talked about things last year when they first uploaded that first picture, whether you hated it or loved it it was still being talked about and the press around it was insane.
Killer Croc and Enchantresses minions had wonderful prosthetic work as well and the tattoo applications, while simple, are another thing to look at.
Star Trek had phenomenal prosthetic work for their aliens but it isn’t something the general public are gonna remember/see really after a few months. What you are gonna keep seeing for years to come is people cosplaying the designs from Suicide Squad. It earned its Oscar for being one the biggest Pop culture hits on makeup and hair design alone.
It surprises me that we haven’t talked about the most obvious thing: humans imagine things. Humans outright make shit up. (Like these posts?) Human stories often aren’t retellings of things that actually happened. Art often isn’t a depiction of true events. Humans - for want of a better word - humans sublimate. They transform their experiences into outlandish non-reality for each others’ amusement.
It takes forever for first contact to start because the aliens planning it keep getting confused by first radio, then television. Some of these depictions can’t be possible - but which ones? The first time War of the Worlds reaches the Kuiper belt, someone panics and has to double check that a more aggressive group hasn’t actually invaded.
After humans are finally integrated into galactic culture, some issues crop up.
“Did you clean the waste facility?” the Janitorial Supervisor asks.
“Well, I would have,” the human starts, then proceeds to tell an outrageous story about a cleaning bot with a knife strapped to its back which has the entire crew searching the ship for hours. The entire crew except for the humans.
The Captain finds the humans “searching” the self-poisoning cabinet in one of the crew quarters.
“Oh my god,” the First Officer says, on seeing the Captain’s dust-speckled upper ears. “Oh my god, I can’t believe you really fell for that. Stabby is a cryptid, Harold!”
The Captain’s name is not Harold, but that is another, even longer story.
The Captain exhales. “What is a cryptid?”
The assistant medical officer sits up straighter, his drink sloshing dangerously. The Captain has learned what “a gleam in his eye” means and how to detect it. They sit, resigned. There’s no escaping now.
An hour later, the Captain explains the concept of cryptids in considerably less detail to the embarrassed and confused Supervisor. Along with the concept of lying.
“But how do you know the difference?” the Supervisor asks, wringing their tentacles in mixed embarrassment and worry.
“Find another human,” the Captain advises. “Check for signs of mirth.”
This turns out to be prescient, because on their next planetary stop, two of the human field officers come running back into the base camp, out of breath and without the rest of their scouting team.
“Nasty buggers with teeth!” one gasps. Though the other officers appear skeptical, the Captain glances at the First Officer, who is already setting down her meal and grabbing her favorite flamethrower. The assistant medical officer yanks his kit straps over his shoulders, face grim.
“Arm yourselves,” the Captain tells the rest.
It takes about four hours, but they get everyone back more or less intact. The humans change the sign in the rec room on the ship to read: “Us: 6, Them: 0″. There is a ritual raising of liquor-filled glasses, even by the injured who are forbidden self-poisoning. The Captain begins temporary hibernation very relieved that humans are so willing to count other species as “us”.
When they ask the First Officer about it two cycles later, the First Officer looks confused, then knowing.
“My great grandmother remembers when you first showed up. They picked your people for first contact for a reason, didn’t they?”
“We look the most like you.”
“Yeah, well, that was a bad call. Gran says humans debated for months whether or not you were just other humans with good prosthetic makeup.”
The Captain blinks at this. “Most peoples are shocked and upset to learn the rest of the sentient universe does not share their appearance. Wait.” They pause. “Is that why we had so many applicants for the Janitorial position?”
The First Officer ignores that, as she usually does when the Captain doesn’t really want to know the answer.
“Do you know why cryptids exist? Why horror and violence and monsters exist in our stories?” she asks instead.
The Captain twitches both sets of ears ‘no’. “It seems unnecessary to frighten yourselves over things that don’t exist.”
“But nasty buggers with teeth do exist, even if we haven’t met them yet,” she says grimly. “And we were ready, weren’t we?”
It’s true. The humans on board have been terrifyingly adaptable, even in their violence.
The Captain feels their way carefully. “You think about things that don’t exist… sometimes even things that distress and terrify you… so that you can be ready when you face real things that distress and terrify you?”
“See, this is why you’re the Captain, Harold.” The First Officer slaps their shoulder hump cheerfully, careful to avoid the spines. “And better yet, we share the things we imagine with each other. It’s like a mental vaccine.”
“And it works?”
“Eh, sometimes. It’s not perfect. Sometimes we don’t mark our vaccines properly, or don’t realize we’re adding things we didn’t mean to. Some of them have a bad effect on some people, for various reasons. But we joined the galactic community in less than a generation. Has any other species ever done that?”
“Enjoy your sleep, Billy.”
And with that, ACen is over, and Billy returns to his grave.
Prosthetic is custom sculpted and slush cast in latex, and painted with Mehron fantasy FX paints and alcohol activated paints by I Love FX Makeup.
As someone who appreciates this category more than most I am so disappointed Suicide Squad won. Yes, they were able to reimagine well known comic book characters. But the time and effort that goes into building and creating creature/alien makeup/prosthetics is incredible. Out of all the “upsets” this one really hit me the most. It shouldn’t have even been nominated. As a self taught makeup artist I can and have done the makeup for several of the characters from suicide squad. The makeup for star trek beyond is another story. It takes years to reach the skill level and an incredibly creative mind to create such breathtaking creatures, and that’s why they should have won. Sadly extraordinary talent lost to the equivalent of what was my wannabe punk rock/ goth makeup goals of 8th grade.
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The application process of the prosthetic makeup took over 3 hours and had to be repeated each time it’s used because the pieces were very delicate and couldn’t be re-used. The prosthetics were made of foam latex, which is a very soft, spongy material, and the edges were tissue thin so that the make-up artists could lose them into the skin. They had to meticulously put it all in like an artist would paint an oil painting. Because skin is translucent and foam latex is opaque they had to trick the camera into thinking that it could actually see all the blood beneath the surface of the skin, and all the veins, freckles and so on.
When the makeup was removed at the end of the day, the whole piece was destroyed including every piece that they stuck on that was meticulously artworked and detailed with highlights and shadow.
today i learnt that raúl esparza and richard armitage did not meet prior to filming their scene together in hannibal, a scene where they both wore basically nothing, meeting eachother more or less naked, except for prosthetics and makeup and richard bit hamburger meet off raúl’s face
From publisher Titan Books, this fall will see the arrival of two new Kelvin Timeline publications, each chronicling a different aspect of the last three Star Trek films.
Star Trek Beyond: The Makeup Artistry of Joel Harlow takes on the enormous creature design and prosthetic makeup work that went into the most recent movie. This 256-page hardcover, written by author Joe Nazzaro, is due out October 3.
Star Trek Beyond – The Makeup Artistry of Joel Harlow presents the extraordinary work done by Harlow and his crew. Featuring fascinating pencil sketches, stunning concept art and beautiful photography, this visually arresting book gives fans a unique in-depth look into the remarkable work that went into this immensely popular movie.
Arriving November 7, The Art of Star Trek: The Kelvin Timeline beams down a behind-the-scenes look at all three Bad Robot big-screen adventures, from author Jeff Bond.
Covering the creation of Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek Beyond, this lavish art book contains never-before-seen concept art and designs, as well as interviews with the key creatives who helped bring these exciting movies to life on the big screen.
The years have been unkind to Wish Realm Captain Hook!
During Once Upon a Time‘s midseason premiere, Emma (Jennifer
Morrison) enlisted the help of Pinocchio (Eion Bailey) to build a new
wardrobe, thus providing a portal back to Storybrooke. However, with a
bounty available upon Emma’s safe return to the Wish Realm castle, a
familiar face was all too quick in attempting to “rescue” Emma so he
could claim the reward. Her supposed hero? Captain Hook (Colin
However, this wasn’t the Hook that Emma (or OUAT fans)
remember. Like most others in the Wish Realm, Hook actually aged, though
he definitely did not keep his figure — the pirate’s penchant for rum
didn’t serve him well.
“It was one of my favorite incarnations of the character,” O’Donoghue
tells EW. “It was great because the guys were like, ‘Look, you’re going
to be old, fat, and just a crazy version of yourself,’ and I was like,
It took roughly two and a half hours in the makeup chair to put
together this new version of Hook. “I hoped it would take longer to make
me look like that,” jokes O’Donoghue, who explains that the look was
created with just makeup, not prosthetics.
“It wasn’t until I got the makeup on and the hair and the costume
that I figured out who he was going to be,” O’Donoghue says. “I really
wanted him to sound like Hook, but different, older. It was just funny.
He was a big bumbling idiot. I wanted him to be a complete contrast to
who Hook is at the minute, but also he, in his mind, believes that he is
God’s gift to women and that he has this fantastic debonair air about
him when in actual fact, he’s just a mess.”
Seeing the creation come to life was a treat for Morrison. “It was so
fun,” the actress says. “He had such a good time doing it. We’ve been
calling it Old Hook. It’s a really fun exchange where we come across him
and, obviously, Emma is trying to stay serious, but it’s pretty funny
because she knows that the repercussions of this aren’t real, as long as
we get out of this realm. But maybe we should lay off on the alcohol a
Once Upon a Time airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Read our
postmortem with Morrison and executive producers Adam Horowitz and
Edward Kitsis on Emma surviving the prophecy here, and read our postmortem with Kitsis and Lana Parrilla about Robin’s return to Storybrooke here.