Speaker Bios

Andy Bergholtz

Andy Bergholtz is a 20-year veteran of the toy and collectible industry, designing and sculpting characters for Marvel Comics, Disney, Lucasfilm, Warner Bros. and many others. Bergholtz transitioned to special make-up effects in 2015 co-sculpting the Demogorgon for Netflix's Stranger Things and is currently an in-house sculptor at KNB EFX working on productions such as The Orville and The Walking Dead

Andy Schoenberg

Andy Schoenberg was born in Casper Wyoming and raised on the edge of the Great Plains of Montana where he taught himself the art of make-up with the desire to be make-up artist. He moved to Los Angeles 31 years ago and has enjoyed a successful career contributing to films such as Edward Scissorhands, Terminator 2, Ed Wood, Jurassic Park, Inglorious Basterds, The Walking Dead and The Orville!

Brandi Kjarsgard

Brandi Kjarsgard traveled from Pennsylvania to complete Cinema Makeup School's master diploma program through the Ve Neill Legends of Makeup Scholarship. It was this opportunity that allowed her to officially learn the art of make-up and to network within the industry. She is still chasing her dreams of getting into the local 706 union and working full-time as a make-up artist.

Christopher Nelson

Christopher Nelson is a self-taught make-up artist working professionally for over 28 years. Member of Local 706, the Television Academy and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he has earned two Emmy wins for American Horror Story, a Guild Award and, most recently, an Academy Award for his work on Suicide Squad. His credits include Kill Bill, Sin City, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, The Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool and the upcoming Bright and Halloween.

Colin Penman

Colin Penman is an Emmy-winning make-up artist with 29 years of experience in film and television. He began primarily focusing on prosthetic and special make-up effects, but soon broadened his skills to encompass all aspects of make-up artistry. Penman heads the make-up department on Star Trek: Discovery and the hit series American Gods.  Other notable credits include the Stephen King mini-series 11-22-63, Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain, Pacific Rim, Total Recall, The Kennedys, Defiance, Copper and Hairspray

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David Grasso

David Grasso began dabbling in make-up effects in his home town of Abington, Mass., and was very lucky to have a very supportive family that helped fuel his dream. He eventually moved to L.A. and found work in several effects shops until he landed a job at Stan Winston Studio. His credit list includes Terminator 2; Jurassic Park 1,2 and 3; Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Pacific Rim, Silent Hill, Suicide Squad, The Walking Dead and The Orville.

Derek Krout

Derek Krout the prosthetic manufacturing supervisor at KNB EFX Group Inc., a native of Tulsa, Okla., who developed an interest in the craft as a youth, watching horror films, has been with the company for 17 years. After attending Western State University, he was a member of the first class of the Tom Savini Special Make-up Effects Program. He has accumulated numerous movie and TV credits during his prolific career, highlighted by an Emmy nomination for his work with the long running series, The Walking Dead
DeShawn Hatcher

DeShawn Hatcher

DeShawn Hatcher is a make-up artist, educator, author and Guinness World Record holder as beauty director for the longest runway show. Hatcher’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, WWD, Vogue Mexico and Essence and on celebrities including Beyoncé, Tom Cruise and Vanessa Williams. Her book Assisting Rules! The Ultimate Guide to Assisting Makeup Artists and Hairstylists in Beauty, Fashion & Print helps explain the industry, which she also discusses in her blog and on Periscope.

Eve Pearl

Eve Pearl is a five-time Emmy winner, author and beauty authority. A leader in high definition beauty, Pearl and her work have appeared on The View, Today, Good Morning America, Live with Kelly & Michael, Saturday Night Live, the Academy Awards, American Ballet Theatre and more. As an innovator and trendsetter, she continues to develop EVE Pearl Beauty Brands. Her Reverse Contouring and signature methods are used worldwide to minimize time and maximize results.

Garrett Immel

Garrett Immel moved to L.A. in 1985 (at 17) with dreams of movies and creatures in his heart. Encouragement from make-up great William Tuttle gave him the confidence to look for work in make-up labs, which led to sculpting for Craig Reardon. By his senior year he was sculpting full-time at a theme park company. After college, his first movie as an on-set make-up artist was Army of Darkness, where he met his long-time employers, friends and therapists Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero. The fruitful 27-year relationships have led to his involvement on many wonderful projects, including seven great years on The Walking Dead and most recently working with Berger on The Orville.”.

Glenn Hetrick

Glenn Hetrick’s first foothold in Hollywood was with Optic Nerve as a lab tech, fabricator and painter—later becoming the CEO and reinventing the business model, partnering with longtime friend and collaborator Neville Page, evolving the shop even further into the newly renamed Alchemy Studios. Early credits include Buffy, Angel and X-files. He has worked with Ve Neil on Pitch Black: Chronicles of Riddick and Bioshock. Today, he personally supervises every effect for his studio’s many projects including hundreds of forensically accurate make-ups and corpses for Crossing Jordan, Hugh Jackman’s body replicas for The Prestige, all of the make-up illusions and prosthetics that propelled Heroes and CSI:NY, and the surreal effects in Sony’s Legion—just to name a few.

Howard Berger

Howard Berger is co-founder of special make-up effects studio KNB EFX Group, Inc. He has worked as a make-up artist for over 35 years—starting as a teenager working for Stan Winston on Predator, Aliens and Pumpkin Head. He worked for his idol Rick Baker on Harry and the Hendersons. In 1988, he formed KNB with his best friend and business partner Gregory Nicotero. Berger has won an Academy Award, BAFTA, Emmy and Saturn Award. His favorite films he has worked on are Army of Darkness, From Dusk till Dawn, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Hitchcock, which he was nominated for an Oscar for best achievement in make-up. He continues to work as a department head and educate the next generation of make-up artists.

Jacenda Burkett

Jacenda Burkett has been a make-up artist for 25 years. She started her career with Lancôme cosmetics working on fashion shows, editorial and commercial work. She currently works in film and television as a department head or personal with celebrities such as Kirsten Dunst, Diane Lane, Jennifer Connolly, Daniel Craig, Al Pacino, Zac Efron and many more. She continues to grow with this ever-changing industry.

James MacKinnon

James MacKinnon has 29 years of film and television experience in all aspects of make-up, special effects and design. Along with three Emmys for his work on Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story: Freak Show and AHS: Hotel and three Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards, he also boasts four Emmy nominations. MacKinnon is the department head of prosthetics and make-up effects for the new Star Trek: Discovery. Past credits include Jobs, The Fate of the Furious, Furious 7, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, First Contact, Alias, Larry Crowne, CSI: NY and Stigmata.

John Landis

John Landis is an American film director, screenwriter, actor and producer. He is best known for the comedy films he directed, such as National Lampoon's Animal House (1978), The Blues Brothers (1980), An American Werewolf in London (1981), Trading Places (1983), Three Amigos! (1986), Coming to America (1988) and Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), and for directing Michael Jackson's music videos Thriller (1983) and Black or White (1991).

John Wheaton

With over 25 years’ experience and countless film and television credits, John Wheaton has developed a reputation as one of the top make-up effects designers in the industry. Early experience includes Emmy Award-winning work with Optic Nerve on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5 and The X-Files. Nowadays he works alongside Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger of KNB EFX Group to help dream up characters for shows like The Walking Dead and Seth McFarlane's The Orville.

John Wrightson

John Wrightson was born in Saugerties, NY on April 20, 1983. The eldest son of horror artist Bernie Wrightson, John developed a love for make-up, monsters and movie making at a young age and put his love to good use when he moved to California in 2002. Since then, he has worked as a sculptor, painter and application artist on projects like The Walking Dead, Star Trek: Beyond, The Orville, Logan, Gotham and Man of Steel.

Mike Ross

From a young age, Mike Ross was captivated by the film industry. Ross relocated to L.A. 17 years ago and began his career in TV and film working on-set and in leading make-up effects studios such as AFX Studio, Optic Nerve, Film Illusions, Quantum Creations, Artistic Innovations and Legacy. He has contributed special make-up and creature effects on films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, CSI: NY, Heroes, Predators, Thor, Hitchcock, and most recently X-Men, The Walking Dead, The Orville and American Horror Story. Currently, Ross is supervising the mold shop department at the award-winning special effects make-up studio KNB EFX Group (KNB). He has been an employee at KNB for over a decade.
Paul Davis

Paul Davis

Paul Davis is an award-winning filmmaker and writer whose first film was the 2009 feature documentary Beware the Moon, on the making of An American Werewolf in London. He is also the author of Beware the Moon: The Story of An American Werewolf in London and Lost in The Shadows: The Story of The Lost Boys, which will be released Summer 2017.

Peter Macon

Peter Macon is an actor of stage and screen. His many credits span years between Law & Order, Shameless, Dexter, How to Get Away with Murder and most recently Seth McFarlane’s sci-fi hit The Orville, playing Lt. Commander Bortus the Moclan. Macon has won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 2002.

Richard Redlefsen

Richard Redlefsen is a Los Angeles-based make-up artist. He is versed in beauty and prosthetic make-up application. A member of Local 706, Local 209 and SAG, he has worked on feature films and television in the US and abroad. Film and television credit highlights include Batman v Superman, Twin Peaks, American Horror Story, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Star Trek (2009) and The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared.

Rick Baker

Rick Baker worked on some of the biggest blockbusters of the last 30 years: Star Wars, Harry and the Hendersons, Mighty Joe Young, Men in Black, The Nutty Professor, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Planet of the Apes, X-Men: The Last Stand and Click. In 1981, he received the very first Oscar for Achievement in Makeup for his work on An American Werewolf in London. Over the course of his career, Baker has won seven Oscars, seven Saturn awards, three BAFTA Awards and an Emmy, among many other honors.
Rod Maxwell

Rod Maxwell

Award-winning special make-up effects artist and director Rod Maxwell has melded digital and practical effects for more than two decades in projects including his film The Wishing Well. He created the Flesh Master Color System and Flesh Master game for iOS to help artists learn color matching. He also teaches Cinema Makeup School classes on out-of-kit make-up effects, advanced prosthetics, creature maquette and digital effects. Maxwell is a former Face Off competitor.

Sarah Jagger

Sarah Jagger is a fashion make-up artist obsessed with skin! Over the past 15 years, Jagger has created looks for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Elle, along with campaigns for designers such as Vivienne Westwood, working with photographers such as Juergen Teller. When Jagger is not behind the camera she can be found reporting for British TV, magazines and blogs on the latest skin and make-up trends, with a passion for high-tech formulations.

Sara Seidman Vance

Sara Seidman Vance is an Emmy-nominated make-up artist who started as a performer. She has been featured in several magazines, as well as "Mazel Tov! The Complete Book of Jewish Weddings" by Lea Bayer. Vance has been in the film and TV industries for over 30 years; she was make-up artist for Katie Holmes during the first three seasons of Dawson’s Creek. And she is considered one of the leading industry experts on make-up in the high definition arena. She teaches the nuances of light and make-up techniques and how to effectively adjust make-up for complex lighting situations. Vance is also known for her skill in corrective make-up application.

Siân Richards

Siân Richards is an award-winning make-up artist. Richards has worked in every avenue that make-up demands, from editorial to special effects. She won the Broadcast Film Critics Choice Award for the transformation she performed on Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas and was Emmy and 706 Guild Award nominated for her transformation of Queen Latifah into ’30s blues icon Bessie Smith. Richards just completed working on Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, just wrapped Avengers: Infinity War and will shoot Avengers 4 (Untitled) this fall. You can see more of her work on Chadwick Boseman on the Netflix original Message from the King. She also has a successful brand called London Brush Company
Tami Lane

Tami Lane

When Tami Lane was in college she took a tour of KNB EFX Group Inc. where she met Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero. This meeting changed her life. Two weeks after graduating, in May 1996, Lane moved to L.A. and started work at KNB. Thus, her career in make-up effects began. In 1999, Lane traveled to New Zealand to work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy where she reunited with Berger for the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe—both were awarded the Academy Award for Best Makeup in 2006. Lane was again nominated in 2012 for her work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and for an Emmy in 2016 for Sons of Anarchy. Lane currently resides in L.A. and continues to work around the world. 
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