Three-time Academy Award winning makeup artist Ve Neill led a unique special effects makeup demonstration. Neill worked side-by-side with Cinema Makeup School graduates Miranda Jory and Miyo Nakamura to apply a silicone gel-filled appliance of their creation. The design was created by Ian Lome along with Jory and Nakamura, after being carefully selected by CMS directors from a wide range of entries for its creativity, technical difficulty and originality.
The Cinema Makeup School graduates were involved in every part of the process, including designing, sculpting, molding, applying and costume creation, with CMS director of admissions Lee Joyner coordinating the project. The Cinema Makeup School used this as an opportunity to showcase the talents of Neill, as well as its graduates. A Q&A session with Neill followed the demonstration.
Neill has won has won three best makeup Oscars for the films Beetlejuice (1988), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and Ed Wood (1994). She has been nominated for a total of eight Academy Awards.
The 150 attendees included members of the press and Local 706, faculty and industry professionals, and current students. This seminar marks the first public event in the new Cinema Makeup School facility.
After the presentation, guests enjoyed a reception that included live music, theater performers and refreshments.