The purpose of these last two weeks of the C.B.M.A. make-up course is to bring together all the processes, techniques and theory of the entire course to enable the student to leave the school as a rounded, confident and capable trainee make-up artist. The student must be ready and able to accept any brief, time constraint or variation given to them and still produce work that C.B.M.A. has grown to expect from their graduates.
To make this possible I will need to do several things that may differ from the way you have been learning so far. You, the students, will become my crew. You will be treated as fully functioning members of my make-up team and expect them to quickly and competently fulfil any brief I set. You must be aware that any failure on your part will reflect on me, the designer, and, as my name will be on the credit of any production- not theirs- I can only expect your absolute best work.
It is my hope that this will instil in you a sense of responsibility to the "bigger picture". At this stage of the course most students are preoccupied with their own performance, desires and expectations and I want to illustrate that they are , in fact, a very small part of the process but still must strive to produce their very best work within the constraints of a production.
All projects undertaken in 'Boot Camp' will be timed to reproduce the pressure of the time and financial limits on a production. This will also force a plan and prioritize. Until now, you have been learning in your own time - now your time is mine and you must have your own ‘make-up camera’ ready when I require it. You will conduct your own research.
Each day, I will present you with a scenario and you will be expected to produce visual and written reference of the period, ethnicity, age, social status and gender of the subject. I want to see hard copies of your work, not a laptop on every make-up station. In a real working situation there is generally barely room for make- up never mind the laptop. Also, switching on and finding individual images and information causes a hiatus in the make up process where the make-up artist can loose their concentration or 'flow' costing valuable time.
I must insist that you have all the products and tools needed for the project ready on your place before you begin work. This will make you plan ahead. I will not take kindly to you abandoning your artist to gallop around searching for materials you should have already sourced.
We will begin work, promptly, at 10.00am.
You must have your station set and ready to go at this time. Anyone arriving late will miss the brief and forfeit valuable make-up time. If any detail of the project is not clear, clarification should be sought before make-up begins. I ask this because in a real working situation, the designer will generally be too busy to repeat her/him self to a tardy trainee. Please be prepared.
I will also address the issues raised by high definition cameras. We should assume that all of our work will be seen in HD so you should aim to have an immaculate finish on all of your make-ups.
Believe it or not, these two weeks will be fun! It may not sound it at this point but as you begin to put all the pieces together and see just how much you have learned and what you can produce with that knowledge, you will look back on 'Boot Camp' fondly.