Grace Forman and Anna Burow were makeup artists for new Australian movie Wrath filmed in New South Wales recently.
Grace Forman and Anna Burow were makeup artists for new Australian movie Wrath filmed in New South Wales recently. Renee Pilcher

Makeup artists shine on movie set

A PHONE call might be the start of a long glamorous career for two Gympie girls who got their first taste of stardom recently.

Goldwell makeup artist for Queensland, Grace Forman said New South Wales’ Goldwell makeup artist Memo Gallard rang and asked if she would help out on the set of a new Australian feature film titled Wrath.

Due to other commitments he could not be on set for the full three weeks of filming.

After realising Mr Gallard was telling the truth Ms Forman grabbed fellow Innovations Hair and Beauty colleague Anna Burow and packed a bag, heading for the remote town of Drake in rural New South Wales.

On location the girls were thrown into a world of make-believe with sets and costumes, actors and scripts. They started their two week stint as makeup artists with 5am mornings working through until the sun went down to create blood and gore for the psychological thriller.

The girls, who both have qualifications in hair and makeup, created cuts and bruises for the actors, applied dirt and even made them cry with a tear blower.

“At the end of the day we were covered in dirt,” Ms Forman said.

It was difficult, Ms Burrow said, to have continuity with hair and makeup each day as the different scenes were filmed, but the experienced girls were able to pull off all the looks.

While on set Ms Forman learnt the techniques of creating a blood splattered look, basically by flicking a syrup and food dye mixture on the actors. And Ms Burow created a head wound with techniques learnt in makeup classes and tips Mr Gallard passed on. “It was bizarre the things you learnt,” she said.

The girls worked with actors including Stef Dawson, Corey Page, Michael Cullen (the guy in the measure up ads), who is reportedly very funny in real life, and Charlie Falkner before the cameras rolled and were on standby during filming to create sweat or reduce shine for close-ups.

They now have insider knowledge on how gun shot wounds are made to look so real; Ms Forman said it involves pyrotechnics.

The movie, which has already been picked up by an American buyer, features a family with a dark secret and a group of friends who make a wrong turn and stumble upon the secret.

“The director told us not many movies were being made in Australia so we were lucky to get the opportunity,” Ms Forman said.

“We have both learnt so much from being on set.”

It seems the girls now have stars in their eyes and hope to work on a film again in the future.

Gympie Times


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