Amy Van Wormer
Amy Van Wormer has been working as a make-up artist for 14 years on such films as The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. She has also headed the make-up departments on films and television shows including Daydream Nation, The Tomorrow People and Red Widow. She is now working on Arrow and teaching at Vancouver Film School’s Make-up Design for Film and Television program.
Battle of the Brushes
The competition is open to students of a recognized make-up school and to those who have graduated 12 months prior to the competition date. Eight competitors will be selected for each competition. Cash and/or prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners for each competition. To qualify, you must fill out and send us the entry form, along with 8-10 photos of different looks you have done. Photos don't have to represent the make-up you plan to enter in the competition. All entries, photos and artwork become the non-returnable property of Key Publishing Group.
The character/prosthetic competition takes place on Saturday. Competitors will be given prosthetics on the day of competition, which they must incorporate into their designs. The time limit for the character competition is three hours. No outside prosthetics are allowed, only the ones supplied by IMATS. Our 2015 character/prosthetic theme is Age Make-up Challenge.
The beauty/fantasy competition takes place on Sunday, and the time limit is two hours. Our 2015 beauty/fantasy theme is Historical Beauty Trends.
Bill Corso has collaborated with industry legends including Rick Baker, Ve Neill and Steve Johnson. His film work includes John Carter, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Planet of the Apes and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (for which he won an Achievement in Makeup Oscar). Corso and Johnson earned two Emmys for their work in TV miniseries based on Stephen King’s The Stand and The Shining. Corso is a governor of the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He also recently founded the Digital Make-up Group, which aims to combine make-up and digital effects.
After graduating from make-up school in April 1998, Candice Stafford applied to the local IATSE film union and was granted membership in 2001. Since then she has worked on countless film and television productions both assisting and as head of department. Now, as the co-chair of the make-up department for IATSE Local 891, Stafford is focused on keeping members’ skills at world-class levels and ensuring standards are maintained.
Dutch Bihary enjoys applying his illustrative style to all face- and body-painting media. He teaches classes internationally and was a finalist in the first season of Skin Wars. He also enjoys 3-D black-light mural art and special make-up effects; he has several movies and music videos to his credit. Bihary’s unique painting style led him to coin a technique he calls Blobology. With his wife, Brecky, he owns and operates Contours FX.
Jen and Sylvia Soska
Writers, directors, actors, stunt players and identical twins, Jen and Sylvia Soska, have always loved twisted film. Their debut, Dead Hooker In A Trunk, was an instant cult classic and won the Soska sisters much praise. In 2008 the twins incorporated, Twisted Twins Productions. Their second feature, American Mary, won numerous awards. The Soska sisters are also known for the film See No Evil 2 and their first film outside of horror, the soon to be released, Vendetta.
Joel Harlow’s career in make-up began in 1986. In close to 30 years as a professional make-up artist, he has been responsible for cutting-edge make-up and prosthetics featured in several high-caliber projects for film and television. His work has been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, garnering him two Emmy Awards and an Oscar. His expansive credit list includes all four of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Alice in Wonderland, Star Trek, Dark Shadows, Green Lantern, The Rum Diary
and The Lone Ranger
, among many others. At IMATS Los Angeles 2013, he launched his custom line of professional silicone prosthetics through Frends Beauty Supply.
Jon Hennessey, an original member of the M.A.C Pro team, has considerable experience behind the scenes of runway shows spanning New York to Milan to Paris. His celebrity clients have included Alicia Keys, Anna Paquin, Lily Allen, Mark Ruffalo and Kellan Lutz, and his editorial work has graced the pages Elle, Vogue, Details and Glamour. Now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, he has launched the artist agency Nobasura. He shares his knowledge as an educator and product development consultant with cosmetics company Inglot.
Kevin James Bennett
Kevin James Bennett is known across the industry as one of the most product-driven, business-focused artists of a generation. Not only is he an Emmy Award winner and incredibly successful make-up artist, he is a leader and educator in all aspects of the industry, an inspirational voice and, without a doubt, one of the most intensive product experts.
Rich Knight is a 23-year special make-up effects industry veteran. His numerous credits include 100 Million BC, Beowulf, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Omen, Poseidon, NCIS, CSI, Alias, House, Power Rangers
and The X-Files
. In addition to teaching at Seattle’s Tint School of Makeup and Cosmetology, Knight has taught at EI School of Professional Makeup and Cinema Makeup School. He’s also a contributing writer for Make-Up Artist
magazine and a former IMATS Los Angeles Make-up Museum curator.
Siân Richards is a second-generation U.K. make-up artist. After art school, she studied make-up to fulfill her childhood ambition to be a make-up artist. Twenty-four years later, she has traveled the globe, doing make-up ranging from editorial to movies to special make-up effects. She won the 2013 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Makeup for her work on Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas
. Richards owns the London Brush Company and worked on HBO’s Bessie
as Queen Latifah’s personal.
Sonia Leal-Serafim is known for her strong work with both make-up and hair. She is renowned for creating diverse looks ranging from sexy glamour to ‘no make-up’ make-up and male grooming. Her high-end editorial work has graced the covers of GQ and People, as well as the faces of celebrities Ivanka Trump, Ellen Page, Ashley Green and Fergie. She also works as a brand ambassador for Giorgio Armani Cosmetics.
Thomas E. Surprenant
Thomas E. Surprenant has been a make-up artist for more than 30 years and has developed products and techniques to further the craft. He has been nominated for three Emmys and has won twice. Surprenant has also been part of two Academy Award-winning make-up crews and has received a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Award. He has contributed to Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
and the Syfy show Defiance,
and has designed brushes for the Bdellium Tools SFX line.
Tina Teoli has done make-up for more than two decades. She graduated from make-up school in 1993 and went on to head the make-up departments on many film and television productions, including Smallville, When Calls the Heart, Hope Island, Like Mike 2: Streetball, Radio Rebel, If I Had Wings and Jingle All the Way 2. She now heads the make-up department on the CW hit show The Flash.
With 15 years of experience as a make-up artist, Zabrina Matiru-Anderson’s career has spanned a variety of experiences in the world of make-up. Her career has ranged from being the make-up and hair designer for nearly a hundred commercials, personal make-up artist to Michael Bublé, and make-up artist for the legendary athletes of Team Jordan.
Among Matiru-Anderson's career highlights are designing make-up for The Muppets of Oz, Once Upon A Time and also being an Instructor at Vancouver Film School. Currently, Matiru-Anderson is Head of Department on the CW’s Supernatural.