Birmingham’s Great Businesses: MAKUP: The Academy for Film and Media Makeup.

by Dave Massey @brumhour

Visiting MAKUP: The Academy for Film and Media Makeup

Last month I visited EMMY AWARD WINNING! makeup and hair designer Veronica McAleer at MAKUP in Birmingham’s utterly cool Custard Factory.

Veronica has created three Film and Media MAKUP courses for 2015, which I’ve come to discover more about.

Makup course creator Veronica (Right) receives her Emmy Award for the film The Life And Death of Peter Sellers
MAKUP course creator Veronica (Right) receives her Emmy Award for the film The Life And Death of Peter Sellers

If I am visiting a business that’s new to me I’ll avoid researching them online, and I’ll usually just have a look at their social media to find a few things out. I like to discover as much as I can through my visit in person. This is probably ironic given how much time I spend on social media, but at heart I’m a face to face communicator.

Veronica McAleer is a part of the returnee Brummie set – a new breed of Brummie who essentially grew up in Birmingham, moved to the big lights elsewhere, and has now returned to Birmingham with masses of skills and knowledge to share with our great city.

Photo via Facebook.com/MakupAcademy
Photo via Facebook.com/MakupAcademy

As I arrived at MAKUP, a young man (Matt) is busy attaching prosthetic ageing make up to a face cast and I resist photographing his great work! He shows me photos of the person who he will add the ageing makeup prosthetic to. This is a really cool and exciting place!

The main training room is brightly lit with an orange signature wall, and banks of make up booths along two walls. You can see everything pretty much wherever you stand in the room. I chat to Veronica about BrumHour and it’s social reach online. It’s really important to share about what BrumHour stands for and how I can help Birmingham champion its own businesses through online networking.

Makeup and hair artis Veronica transformed student Velina Iankova for the Birmingham Mail's Alison Jones http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/shopping/watch-woman-change-sex-thanks-9017903
Makeup and hair artist Veronica McAleer transformed student Velina Iankova for the Birmingham Mail’s Alison Jones birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/shopping/watch-woman-change-sex-thanks-9017903

I wanted to know more about the courses offered, they are:

1. Intensive set-ready course:

This four-month course will lead makeup artists to being fully ready for work on a film set with their developed hair and makeup skills head! Featuring:

Wig work and facial hair.

The art of sculpting to make and apply silicone prosthetic pieces.

Creating hair and makeup for period dramas from 18th century to Victorian or 1960s.

It has a unique “SET READY” week which will help students learn the right etiquette on a film set or production.

Creating a portfolio of work is tremendously important do demonstrate for future projects.
Creating a portfolio of work is tremendously important do demonstrate for future projects.

2. Top Up Set Ready Course

The second course is a “top-up” three week course for those who have completed an existing Higher Education, FdA or BA course in Media Makeup.

Starting with the “Set Ready” week students learn skills for on-set behaviour and awareness, they then prepare and create their own portfolio.

Students might wish to top up their skills on period drama makeup and hair
Students might wish to top up their skills on period drama makeup and hair

3. Up Skill Set Ready Course

The third course is an “Up Skill” course tailored for those with specific skill set training needs from the main modules offered.

Getting Set Ready
Getting Set Ready

If you know someone who has been looking at courses like these in London or Manchester, get them to take a look at Birmingham, as the courses are competitively priced, with the main course starting September 1st 2015.

You can find out more at mmakup.com follow @makupacademy on twitter or like facebook.com/makupacademy. There are FAQ’s on the website should you have any questions mmakup.com/faq.html

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