Blog format

Ah yes, the mystiry and allure of the blog post! 

Blogging is something that I have been meaning to get into for a while, but never seem to be able to do successfully. 
I’m not sure that blogging on this web platform is working for me, and it seems a bit “clunky” in general, so I may have to investigate other ways of blogging or shifting my whole website onto another platform.
It would be great if it worked well, but after only a few minutes of typing, I find myself already getting frustrated with typing on the format.com blog erm… format.

For some reason, every time I hit the “Delete” key, my cursor vanishes, and whatever I am typing, well, isn’t typing on the screen at all.
I have to actively move away from the keyboard, click on the mouse, click on where I was typing, and then start typing again.
Which doesn’t seem like the biggest deal out there (first world problems I suppose) but is a bit frustrating nevertheless.

My nifty little solution to that, was to type everything in my emails as a draft (that way i could access it wherever I was) and copy and paste it in, however that also doesn’t work, as while the text, spacing and format looks fine in the draft, as soon as I publish it, the spacing jumps all over the place and looks incoherent and terrible.  As can be seen in my “Tanglewood” blog.

But, because it looks fine when I pull it back into the draft or go to edit it, there seems to be no way for me to correct the errors. 

This may in fact spell the end of my format.com days, which is sad - but I may have to move my whole website over to a different web-hosting platform, as I prefer to keep all my blogs in one place and (not being very tech savvy) linking a blog in from another source, such as blogspot.com or tumblr (which I’ve never really gotten the hang of) may be beyond me. 

I have another website hosted on weebly.com - a collaborative page with a few other people - and after using their blog, I have to say that it feels a lot more intuitive and easier to use all around.  

There is a lot more freedom to play with text font, size, colour, inserting photos, and in general it seems at thought it follows a much smoother system than format seems to be working for me for the moment.  
It also shows me a “count” of how many views and interaction the web page is getting straight away, whereas I can’t seem to find the same info as easily on format.com. 
Is there anybody out there?  Is anybody reading this?  Has anybody experienced the same problems?!
Can anybody heeear meeee?

*tumble weeds drift across screen*

Will the Amanda find a solution to her blogging woes? 

Find out on the next instalment! 

To be continued….


Tanglewood

A year a go today I was lucky enough to be part of a fantastic crew in the middle of working on a brilliant short film called Tanglewood
The shoot was hard work, as most shoots are, but a lot of fun, and very rewarding.  One year on, and having just viewed the film for the first time, I am still incredibly proud to have been able to be a part of it.

Written and directed by the
incredibly talented, and all round wonder fella, Mr Jordan Prosser (keep
an eye on him kids, he’s going places!) with David Rusanow  Director of Photography (another one to watch out for), with some superb acting from our two main characters Anna Samson (Hunters) and Tim Ross (Wonderland) and some outstanding “creepers” artfully done by a team from Wicked of Oz.

The
film was shot part in a studio in Melbourne, and part on location in the
Oatways and the Dandenongs - both of which have their disadvantages and
their rewards. 

Filming in studio is
(most of the time) a lot more controlled - generally speaking you have a
lot more control over the environment, although you often have to build
the set from scratch, (luckily we had a stand out Art Dept for that!)
and having a lot of warm bodies, with lights, in a locked up room can get very hot very quickly.

Jordan and David, on set in the studio doing important directory things. Photo by Sarah  Walker

Working
on location, often means that you can work in a stunning location,
which simply can’t be faked or build in the same way, but you have to
bring in everything, (which if you are at the top of a very steep hill
can be a fun time!), and have a lot less control over your surrounding
environment.

Crew of Tanglewood, on location  in the Otways in Vic.  Photo by Sarah Walker

When I saw the first screening of Tanglewood, I
was blown away with it.  I knew it was going to be good, because Jordan
put together such an fantastic crew of talented people, passionate about
their jobs - but I was not expecting it to be as beautiful as it was.  
I can’t wait for people to see it!

I can’t talk about the film any more than that just yet, but I thought I’d talk a little about the makeup. 

Tanglewood
is set in a post apocalyptic world, where there is no easy access to
drinking water.  The only water that can be ingested is rainwater, which
is very precious.  Our two main protagonists are living in a camp in
the middle of a forest, and to highlight the fact that they don’t have
easy access to water, we wanted them to be quite dirty, with dirty on
their faces, under their nails, on the body, along with grimy dirty
clothing, and slightly oily hair.

The products I used to create the dirt on the face body and hands, was a mix of Skin Illustrator by Primar Products with Ve Neills Pirate Palette, and Ben Nye Dirt.  I mixed these together, applied the Skin Illustrator (which is an alcohol activated ink) first and then layering some of the Ben Nye dirt over top.   I did this mostly using a stipple sponge, and a chip brush to crate a light wash with a “splatter”, which looks great for dirt makeup.

Both Anna and Tom have brilliant skin, and most importantly we
didn’t want them to look like they had makeup on, so I used Makeup
Forever Face and Body foundation, which is my favorite foundation at the
moment.  It is very light foundation, and the texture is more like a
gel than like a liquid or cream foundation.  It sits beautifully on
almost every skin type, and doesn’t sink into the pores like a lot of
foundation can.  Most importantly, it is a very light foundation,
although can be layered up well if you need a little more coverage, or
mixed in with other foundations.  Just a very light power to minimize
shin is all that you  need over top, and as it’s designed as a water
proof foundation (although I haven’t actually tested that myself yet) it
has fantastic longevity.

Both actors were suppose to be
slightly sleep deprived, from tough living and stress - “Sarah” more so,
so we wanted to create “bags” under the eyes.

To do this I used another great product from Premiere Products - their Skin Illustrator Glazing Gels.  On the website they are listed as
“Introducing GLAZING GELS - a collection of water based transparent colors which allow you to do
bruise and injury work directly onto the skin. Designed for extreme close-up work,
GLAZING GELS wear exceptionally well for the demands of High Definition Film and Television work. From subtle to over the top,
GLAZING GELS allow you to create realistic sunburn, freckles,
shadows and illnesses that look like they’re ‘in’ the skin, not ‘on’
the skin.”
and they really do just that. 


Anna Samson in Tanglewood - Photo by Sarah Walker

They look like they are intrinsically in the skin, coming from
underneath
, not something sitting on top of it like a cream would be
likely too.  Alcohol activated inks often have the same type of effect,
but I think the Glazing Gels are slightly easier to blend out than the inks, with a little less practice.  Being water based,
they are also a lot safer, and more comfortable for the talent to use
around the eye area, as the talent isn’t likely to cop the fumes
directly into their eye and they are very long wearing even though they
are water based, which means you don’t have to jump in for touch ups as
often.

I have been in love with them since I first got them,
and I’m so glad I gave them a try.  They are a really fantastic product,
and I think a must for a SFX kit.

Me putting the finishing touches on Anna’s makeup on Tanglewood - Photo by Sarah Walker


My First Blog - Hello world!

Well hi there!

This is my first blog post.  I thought it’s about time that I get onto the whole blog thing.  There may be a bit of teething issues to start off with, as I try to learn it, figure it out and learn how to write about …. um… me?  Makeup?  The meaning of life?  Well I can’t promise that I’ll write about the meaning of life, but I will write about makeup, and my life as a makeup artist.  Do you want me to write about something in ?  Let a sista know! 


In the mean time, I suspect that I will create blogs about my life working as a makeup artist, working on set, on shoot’s, with wonderful brides, products I love or hate, and tips and tricks.  I can’t promise that it’ll be regular, although I will do my best.  I can’t promise that there won’t be a tone of writing or grammatical mistakes, but I can promise to do my best!

So a little bit about me. 
I am a freelance makeup artist in Melbourne.  I’ve been working as a professional makeup artist for the past 6 years. 
I
love all aspects of makeup, from bridal and events, to photographic,
and film.  They are all very different areas to work in, and I love them
all for different reasons!

Being part of a Brides special
day, and making them feel beautiful is a really amazing experience, and
I feel very privileged to be let in to be a part of it - and there is
nothing quite like the buzz of working on set or on location with a
killer film crew, and creating a character.
Photographic work
is a chance to do beautiful or creative or something to push the
boundaries in a controlled environment.  You can do makeup’s on a
photoshoot that you simply can’t do in other situation, for example
gloss on the eye, which looks fantastic in photos, but in real life,
will sometimes only last as little as 30 seconds before it changes into a
read hot mess.

So I think over the coming weeks, I’ll do a
little individual post about each of these things to kick of my new
super amazing kick arse blog ;)

Oh… and this is me…





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