My friends at Anti-Villain Media contacted me about creating some makeup looks for a SciFi microseries called Anywhere But East. This series was for the launch of a new video editing website/app called VIBBIDI. I was ELATED that they'd asked me to work with them. We had worked together on a feature film earlier this year called Lucifer (a horror movie that is slated to be released towards the end of 2016).
Anywhere But East: Brevity is the origin story of this wonderful Science Fiction masterpiece Brent Trotter has been dreaming about for quite sometime. The story we portrayed in this microseries (which is 10 - 30 seconds episodes) is about a man named See who was kidnapped along with his wife and mother and put in an interment camp, escaped and was caught by a bounty hunter who was also being chased by a different bounty hunter while they were on a quest to find See's family.
I was asked to created some "alien" type of looks for the characters but keeping in mind the back stories of these people and where we are going to go from here was the key. Also, given the limited budget and the working/application environment we would be in dictated my approach to these looks.
We would be on location. We would have no power. We would have to park and hike miles to where we would be shooting. All elemental issues would need to be addressed.
I decided to go for more human like characteristics and tones. If this was an "Out-Of-This-World Space-Age High School Prom Comedy" my looks would have incorporated bright vivid colors and wacky prosthetic pieces, but this is raw. This is war. This is interment camps and desolate. I'm extremely happy with what we decided worked for this project and now that VIBBIDI has launched and our work is out there, I feel now is the chance to share with you my process in creating these looks.
This is our protagonist, who I was told has skin of his father but all the other features would be mine to create. I decided to give him large pointed ears as well as his mother to act as a visual that they are related. There was no speaking in our episodes and they're only 30 seconds long so the visual has to be everything. I kept him pale and took photos in different light to see how it may look once we were on location. Also, in addition to the ears, I placed white hair pieces to both See and his mother to help with this visual aid.
The mother's skin is different but the comparisons between See and herself should've read to the viewer as apparent. Unfortunately there is no final image of the Mother character because we didn't shoot her during the filming.
My favorite of all of the looks was this Bounty Hunter look. There's no way I wore this half as good as Ronnie Shalvis (aaaaaamazing Parkour/Stunt Man) but, again, I was just testing looks. I received a call a few days before the shoot informing me that Ronnie had a minor injury and had stitches on his eyebrow... Well, there's no way I was going to put medical grade adhesive on his fresh wound, so I turned those brow pieces into cheekbone enhancers. It worked out wonderfully if not better than before.
This is the look of SEE's girlfriend/wife's makeup. Luckily we decided not to go for that pointed nose, but I thought it might be something different to bring to the table. I paled her out but didn't want her skin to be as "flat" or pale as SEE's so I added some color to the mix and embellished the cheekbones with some 3Degree to give some texture and differentiation. Again, she wore it better...
The final makeup look for this series is that of the guard of the internment camp. He would be wearing a half face metal guard so the focus was more on the forehead and eyes. Originally I had his skin more blue, but since our actor/stuntman is Yoshi Sudarso, the Blue Power Ranger, we veered from an all blue look.
This was such an amazing experience and I feel so fortunate that the wonderful people at Anti-Villain Media reached out to me. I can't wait to do more!