Speaker Bios

Allan Avendano

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Amazing Jiro

Amazing Jiro

Amazing JIRO is a Tokyo-based prosthetic make-up and face/body-paint artist. His company is Amazing Studio JUR and he runs Amazing School JUR. With more than 16 years of experience, he currently works as a special effects make-up artist and creative art director in film, TVCM and advertisement. Examples include Attack on Titan, Shin Godzilla, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter and NISSIN Cup Noodle 7 Samurai. His art book, Amazing JIRO-SPECIAL MAKEUP, was published in 2017.

Anna Marti Hovhannisyan

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Bill Corso

Bill Corso

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.

Bruce Spaulding Fuller

Bruce Spaulding Fuller has been a Hollywood makeup artist and monster maker for over 30 years. Some of his credits include: DICK TRACY, ARMY OF DARKNESS, UNDERWORLD 1,2 &3, RESIDENT EVIL: EXTINCTION, PREDATOR 2 and such Television shows as BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, THE ORVILLE, AMERICAN HORROR STORY and GOLIATH. He is proud to give back in the form of teaching not only an immersive series for The Stan Winston School of Character Arts, but also seminars in Amsterdam and Mexico. His earliest inspirations were the Lon Chaney Biopic “Man of a Thousand Faces” where he first learned the transformative power of makeup, and the 1931 version of “Frankenstein” wherein he learned that he too, like Dr. Frankenstein, could breathe life into the fantastic.

Catherin Paschen

Cat Paschen is a Make-Up Artist based in Los Angeles, California who does both beauty and special effects make-up. In 2012, she decided to move to Los Angeles to attend Make-Up Designory where she completed the Masters Make-Up Program. She went on to compete on Syfy’s Face Off Season 6 and Face Off All Stars Season 11. Cat has worked at Universal Studios Hollywood since 2014, as part of the make-up team for the Halloween Horror Nights and Grinchmas events. Cat is blessed to share her passion for make-up with her husband, Niko Gonzalez. Together they own a company called DYAD Make-Up & FX Studio where they make and sell generic and custom prosthetics (www.DYADPRO.com) and provide on set make-up services for film and television.  

Christina Kortum

Christina Kortum is a makeup artist and prop maker based out of Portland, OR as well as Los Angeles. Her work has appeared on television shows such as Portlandia, Leverage, Librarians, and Grimm as well as numerous independent features. She is also the owner of Ravenous Studios, a makeup effects company that supplies custom makeup and props for the film industry.

Claire Brooksbank

Claire Brooksbank is a multi-disciplinary makeup artist, working primarily in film and television in the Pacific Northwest over the last twelve years. She is best known for her body paint, prosthetic work, and airbrush skills, but has also overseen hair and makeup departments for many independent films and new media series. 
Her first introduction to makeup as an art form was through community theater as a child and teen, and her first introduction to prosthetic makeup work was through a new opera production just out of college. From there, she taught herself through books on the subject and trial and error, as well as learning on the job under a multitude of talented senior artists. 
Claire is currently a member of IATSE Local 488, and most recently was the on set key prosthetic makeup artist for the Crypt TV new media series The Birch. Other credits include SyFy’s Z Nation, the independent feature Prospect, and commercial work for global brands such as Nike and Google. 

Eddie Yang

Eddie Yang,  is an entertainment industry veteran with over 35 years’ experience designing and building specialty costumes, creatures, and props. Eddie started his career collaborating with Academy-Award winning artists Rick Baker, and Stan Winston respectively. Eddie started as a sculptor and special makeup-effects designer for Rick Baker on the films; GREMLINS 2, MEN IN BLACK, THE RING, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, Tim Burton’s PLANET OF THE APES, and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG. Moving from practical to digital effects, Eddie digitally designed specialty suits and characters for Stan Winston on the films; IRON MAN, AVATAR, WAR OF THE WORLDS, and INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL. Following his work with Stan, Eddie designed visual effects for; SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, FANTASTIC FOUR, and EIGHT BELOW. Starting his own studio in 2006 Eddie offered his digital design services for the specialty costumes featured in the films; THE MAN OF STEEL, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, TRON: LEGACY, and ROBOCOP. Eddie recently designed and fabricated the futuristic armor suits for Netflix’s ILLANG: THE WOLF BRIGADE which won Best Costume Design at the 55th Grand Bell Awards in Korea. One of the first artists to incorporate 3D Printing into costume and creature production, Eddie utilizes this state of art technique in all of his projects and continues to develop more imaginative and efficient ways of creating fantastic characters and costumes for his clients.

Edward Duyos

A NYC based Make-up artist and educator with a degree in Fashion Design who has been trained in Make-up Artistry for special effects, theater, runway, film, & editorial. With 25+ years of experience working with top beauty brands such as MAKE UP FOR EVER, NARS, SHU UEMURA, & M.A.C. he has developed a keen eye for color composition, and artistic trends. Because of his fluency in English, Spanish, and Portuguese Eduard has been a lead facilitator and creator of educational content for Artistry Brands in the U.S., Mexico, Canada & Brazil. Eduard has also had the opportunity as a Global Artist, lead talent on videos, and key facilitator for recognized Global Artistry brands.

Gary Archer

Gary Archer originally from the UK, is a Los Angeles based makeup artist/dental technician who has specialized in the creation, design and fabrication of dental prosthetics and oral appliances for almost 400 films, television shows and theatrical productions. Some of his past and most recent works have been the iconic AUSTIN POWERS teeth, the legendary BLADE fangs, and several custom dental prosthetics for ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA Gary’s studio, G.A.Enterprises, offers custom dental prosthetic services all across the US, Canada and throughout Europe via our affiliate partners.

Gregory Arlt

Gregory Arlt is the Director of Makeup Artistry for MAC Cosmetics based out of Los Angeles. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has been doing makeup professionally for nearly 30 years. He started out with a major in art history and theatre, and then began his makeup career at the prestigious Los Angeles boutique Fred Segal in 1989. Gregory began working for MAC in 1993, starting out as a Technical Artist traveling throughout the L.A. region doing makeup appointments at MAC stores and counters. He then progressed to Trainer, Senior Trainer, Senior Artist, and is now the Director Of Makeup Artistry West Coast. Arlt works with some of the most famous faces in the world including Dita Von Teese, Gwen Stefani, Angelina Jolie, Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, Fran Drescher, Alicia Keys, Cher, Sienna Miller, Minnie Driver, Anne Heche, Kim Cattrall, Liza Minnelli, Susan Kelechi-Watson, and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe. Being one of the most in demand artists in Hollywood, he appears regularly as a beauty expert on TV shows such as "Access Hollywood," "Entertainment Tonight," "Extra," "CNN," "E! Entertainment Television," and "The Style Network." Gregory can be found backstage at the fashion collections in Milan, Paris, and New York, designing makeup looks for Oscar de la Renta, Alexander McQueen, Ungaro, Michael Kors, and Chloe to name a few. He works regularly with Gwen Stefani and was her personal makeup artist on “The Voice” for three seasons, enjoying coming up with different looks for her each week. Gregory also designed the makeup for the last three tours for Cher, creating looks for the iconic singer, her dancers, her backup singers, and the band. In 2015 he won the prestigious Hollywood Beauty Award for “Best Makeup Artist”. He also won an Ibiza Music Video Award for “Best Makeup” for Gwen Stefani’s “Misery” video. Arlt brings his wealth of knowledge and talent all over the globe, doing press, makeup master classes, editorial photo shoots, and television appearances in countries such as England, France, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Canada, Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan. "My approach to makeup is simple. I love allowing my clients to look- and feel- like the A+ version of themselves. Instead of piling makeup on the face, I bring out a woman’s beauty, respecting her features, bone structure, coloring, and most importantly, her personality.”

Gregory Nicotero

Gregory Nicotero is an American special make-up effects creator, television producer, and director. His first major job in special effects makeup was on the George A. Romero film Day of the Dead (1985), under the tutelage of Romero and make-up effects veteran Tom Savini. In 1988, along with Robert Kurtzman and Howard Berger, he formed KNB EFX Group, a special make-up effects studio which has gone on to work on over 400 film and television projects. KNB has won numerous awards, including an Emmy Award in 2001 for their work on the 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries Frank Herbert’s Dune and an Academy Award in 2006 for achievement in makeup for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He is currently working as an executive producer, special make-up effects supervisor, and primary director on the AMC TV series The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead. Nicotero has directed 28 episodes of The Walking Dead and is the creator of the webseries The Walking Dead: Webisodes

Howard Berger

Howard Berger is co-founder of special makeup effects studio KNB EFX Group, Inc. He has worked as a makeup artist for over 38 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 through his career. 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 again he was nominated for an Oscar. He continues to work as a department head and educate the next generation of make-up artists.

James MacKinnon

As a Journeyman Makeup Artist, James MacKinnon has 31 years of film and television experience in all aspects of makeup, special effects, and design.    James has 5  Emmy’s for his work on StarTrek Discovery, Nip/Tuck," American Horror Story: “Freak Show”, “Hotel”, and “Roanoke”, he also boasts three Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Artisan Awards and numerous other Emmy and H&MU Guild Award nominations for outstanding makeup.   James’ years of working on the Star Trek franchise including “Deep Space 9", "Voyager", and "Star Trek First Contact” has led him to the coveted position of Department Head of Prosthetics and Makeup Effects for "Star Trek: Discovery” (Season 1 & 2) and Department Head of Prosthetics and Makeup Design on Patrick Stuart’s new “Picard”, airing on CBS All Access. Jan 23 2020    James has served as Department Head or Key Makeup Artist on over 115 projects in his career ranging from 4 films in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise, “Stigmata”, “GI Joe 2", "Priest", and “Halloween H2O”, to "Parks and Recreation", “Alias”, "CSI NY", "Providence", and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch" to name a few. He also transformed Ashton Kutcher into Steve Jobs, for the 2013 Biography, "Jobs".   James believes in always learning and growing, adding to his vast knowledge of makeup design and techniques, and honing his craft. He loves to teach up-and-coming makeup artists by sharing what he has experienced throughout his storied career.   - follow him on social media @jrmackinnon for updates.

John Stapleton

He is best known for his bold statement looks that deliver an abundance of theatricality, but Senior Artist John T. Stapleton is no stranger to understated elegance, either. From working with celebrity clients, backstage at fashion weeks and on photo shoots, Stapleton turns his hand to a wide range of looks, sometimes all within the space of a single day. It’s a challenge but well within the capabilities of this adopted Californian. Stapleton credits his upbringing in Brooklyn with giving him confidence in his convictions. “My mother always told me to keep my wits about me, which made me streetwise,” he explains. These days he has mellowed and enjoys a wide range of opportunities afforded by his career, whose origins were less than conventional. It was not so much a love of beauty as its polar opposite that first brought about Stapleton’s interest in makeup, as he recalls being obsessed with horror films and Fangoria magazine. “I had a cigar box with products I ordered from the magazine to make scar effects for the horror films I would make with my friends,” he explains. His introduction to the industry could not have been timelier. Shooting onto the scene as a model and working in Los Angeles, Stapleton had an early insight into the role makeup played backstage. He started wearing heavy kohl around his eyes, peaking his interest in makeup and prompting him to apply for a role with M·A·C when his modeling career drew to a close. The ghoulish theme wasn’t to end there, however. While working with veteran makeup artist Rick Baker on his Halloween collection, Stapleton’s work appeared as part of the The Monster’s Bride campaign in M·A·C stores internationally, launching the young artist onto the international stage. Throughout his career, Stapleton has drawn inspiration from films such as The Stepford Wives, After Hours and Female Trouble. He counts Kelly Osbourne, a fellow goth aficionado and daughter of Ozzy, among his favourite clients. Yet it’s a surprisingly straightforward beauty regimen that Stapleton’s prescribes. “Drink lots of water,” as he maintains that no amount of makeup can replace vitality. “While I love to create a beautiful mess, my main drive is to help people feel confident and to be creative,” he explains. It’s this attitude that has carried Stapleton through countless fashion weeks internationally, and won him acclaim early on in his career. It also explains why, of all the items in the M·A·C range, he finds himself returning to key staples such as Strobe Cream as he admits, “It makes me look shiny and young.” Lip Conditioner because “cracked lips aren’t cute,” and Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35 “for the sun protection.”

Josef Rarach

Josef Rarach has more than 15 years of film and television experience in prosthetic and special effects, and as a creature performer. Rarach is co-owner of FX Creator, a full-service prosthetic and special make-up effects lab. His film credits include Solomon Kane, The Zookeeper’s Wife and Hard to be a God. The unique style of his work can be described as sfx make-up demonology or occult fx.

Julie Socash

Julie Socash is President of Local 706 and a working makeup artist who has been a member of the Local since 1991.  She also served the Union as Vice-President for six years and on the Executive board for nine years. She has worked in all facets of the make-up industry and enjoys doing both beauty and character work.  She received an Emmy for her work on The X-Files, two MUHAS awards for American Dreams, an international short Award and has been nominated multiple times for her work on DWTS, the Miniseries Revelations, Rent Live, Grease Live and Hairspray Live. Recent projects include working on Little Mermaid Live and Coco at the Hollywood Bowl.

Katrina Christine

Katrina has been in the industry for 19 years as a professional, celebrity make-up artist. The Makeup Queen of the Midwest works in the Madison and Chicagoland areas. She has extensive experience including films, tv shows, commercials, magazines and more! Her favorite area and expertise fall in the beauty category! She recently partnered her lash line with BeCause Cosmetics and now collaborates and develops new products alongside them.

Lisa Hansell

Lisa Hansell caught the FX makeup bug in 2005 at a Star Trek convention where she met her soon-to-be husband, Tim Vittetoe, who turned her into a Vulcan that year (#Nerd!). Her passion for the craft brought her to the Los Angeles area 8 years ago and into the indy film scene. She's largely self-taught and has been blessed with the ability to work with and learn from legends such as Kevin Haney, Brad Look, Gil Mosko and Thomas Surprenant to name a few. "Aliens are my jam." says Lisa. She is skilled at beauty makeup as well, but the variety inherent in FX work feeds her soul. She's been fortunate to transform the likes of Ed Begley Jr., Doug Jones, Cas Anvar, Beau Billingslea, and a host of other talented performers. Her go-to makeup story is getting to paint Lou Ferrigno green...again. Lisa will be making IMATS LA magic with Thomas Surprenant at the Kryolan booth this year. Please stop by, say hello, and try to stump her with Star Trek trivia.

Michael Burnett

Two-time Emmy-nominated make-up artist Michael Burnett has been doing make-up in the film and TV industry for more than 30 years. Prior to forming his own make-up effects company, MBP Inc., Burnett worked with Rick Baker, Greg Cannom and Michael Westmore. Some of Burnett’s credits include The Ben Stiller Show, Universal Soldier, The Forsaken, Star Trek: Enterprise, Passions and Mad TV.  Burnett is currently the make-up designer for the Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.
Nicki Ledermann

Nicki Ledermann

In Germany, Nicki graduated from the Pestalozzi Gymnasium, High School of the Performing Arts, with a Major in Latin and Fine Arts. After 2 years of studying at the University of Music in Munich, she relocated to New York to become a makeup artist. Starting out in print and fashion she quickly moved on to design makeup for independent movies, tv shows and major motion pictures. Nicki has designed films and tv shows for some of the most prestiges directors in the business, such as The Coen Borthers, Steven Soderberg and Martin Scorsese. Nicki is a 5 time Emmy nominee for the tv shows "Sex and the City", Steven Soderbergh's drama "The Knick" and Martin Scorsese's HBO series "VINYL". Nicki won an Emmy Award for her makeup design of "Boardwalk Empire", the pilot, directed by Martin Scorsese. "The Devil Wears Prada" earned Nicki a BAFTA nominee, she is also 4 time nominee and 1 time recipient of the Hollywood Guild Awards. Some of Nicki’s most recent makeup design work includes the film musical "The Greatest Showman" and the highly anticipated dramas of 2019 "The Irishman" by Martin Scorses and Todd Phillip's "Joker". Nicki was one of the first women to be honored with the "Designing Women Award" by "New York Women In Film and Televison" for her overall body of work. Nicki is a member of the "Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences" and the "Bristish Academy of Film and Television Arts" (BAFTA).

Niko Gonzalez

Niko Gonzalez is a Special Effects Makeup Artist based in Los Angeles, California. Originally from Puerto Rico, Niko started his career doing makeup for local theater productions. In 2011 he decided to move to Los Angeles to further his education by attending Make-Up Designory. After graduating,  he was chosen to compete on season 6 of Syfy's Face Off where he made it to the semi finals. He was recently selected to compete on Face Off All Stars Season 11 and as a contestant on Game Face. He has worked at Universal Studios Hollywood since 2015, as part of the make-up team for the Halloween Horror Nights and Grinchmas events. Niko owns a company with his wife, Cat Paschen, called Dyad Make-Up and FX Studio where they make and sell custom and generic prosthetics (www.DYADPRO.com) and provide on set make-up services for film and television.

Patrice K. Madrigal

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Randy Sayer

Journeyman Hair Stylist Randy Sayer is currently the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild’s Business Representative – the first Hair Stylist ever elected to the position in I.A.T.S.E. Local 706’s 80-plus year history.  Randy rose through the ranks – theater, TV and film - over three decades. Credits include: CATS, Les Misérables and dozens of theater productions, three prime-time Emmy nominations (for his work on HBO’s Six Feet Under), dozens of daytime and prime-time television programs, and over a dozen feature films ranging from Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) to Planet of the Apes (2001) to The Creature of the Sunny Side Up Trailer Park (what? that never got released?).  Randy had professional relationships with Loni Anderson, Kathy Bates, Mos Def, Richard Dreyfuss, Brendan Fraser, Tori Spelling, and he was responsible for Ms. Barbara Walters’ hair on one of the busiest news days in the last century.

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.

Roque Cozzette

Roque Cozzette is a make-up artist, photographer, innovator and educator who thinks creatively and creates strategically. His talent comes from the orchestrated sensibilities of hands, head and heart. He’s a seasoned beauty-industry pro with a multifaceted career spanning three decades. He is experienced in photography, television, print, fashion, celebrity image and cosmetic product development. He has co-created with celebrities including Christina Milian and Melody Gardot, and his brand (Cozzette) offers cruelty-free cosmetics, make-up brushes and beauty photography.

Shanna Cistulli

Shanna Cistulli has been a professional make-up artist and educator for 17 years. She has done make-ups for TV, music videos, celebrities, editorial and fashion weeks. Some of her print credits include: Harper’s Bazaar Serbia and Thailand; Photo Vogue of Vogue Italia, Paper, Ellements, Kaltblut and Volition magazines. Cistulli’s style is abstract and expressionistic, showcasing movement, texture and fluidity. She is currently an educator with Make-up Designory in Los Angeles.

Shelby Michael Patton

Shelby Michael Patton is a professional make-up and effects artist based in Los Angeles. She specializes in the creation of custom prosthetic make-ups for film and television. Patton graduated from MUD's Master Program in November 2014 and won first place in the Battle of the Brushes character/prosthetic competition at IMATS L.A. 2015. Since then, her credits include Celebrity Undercover Boss, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Fear the Walking Dead, Aquaman and more. 

Siân Richards

Siân Richards is a single mother of two and an award-winning make-up artist. Richards has worked in every avenue that make-up demands, from editorial to special effects. She won The People’s Critics Choice Award for transforming 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 was the personal make-up artist to Chadwick Boseman on Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and others. She wrapped Avengers 4 (Untitled) this year. She also has a successful brand called Siân Richards London.

Sig Aberin

Sig Aberin @artbysig is a Contemporary Mixed Media Artist, Body Painter and Kostume Koture Designer. Based in Los Angeles, he works with local performance companies creating elaborate body art and one-of-a-kind costumes. His work has been published in GQ Magazine and The Wall Street Journal and featured at numerous events.

Silvina Knight

Silvina Knight began her make up career in the film and television industry over 25 years ago. Proficient in both beauty and special make up effects, her love of film propelled her to work on anything and everything she could. Hard work, attention to detail and professionalism have garnered her 11 Emmy Award nominations, including 2 Emmy Award wins for her work on American Horror Story: Hotel and American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Her film and television credits include 7 seasons of American Horror Story, Major Crimes, Captain Marvel, Iron Man 2, Reno 911! and Return of the Living Dead 3.

 Sir John

A consummate visionary, Sir John uses the power of cosmetics to exalt women to their highest impact. He has worked with some of the most sought-after fashion and beauty industry professionals—from Mario Testino to Steven Meisel to Naomi Campbell. Since 2010 Sir John has worked with Beyoncé on everything from album art to music videos, concert tours, Super Bowls and a history-making September Vogue cover in 2018. His passion for authenticity in beauty and fashion has led Sir John to work as an ambassador and consulting celebrity make-up artist for L’Oréal Paris, as well as in partnerships with brands including Glossier, M.A.C., Yves Saint Laurent and Estée Lauder. His work has appeared on the covers of Make-Up Artist magazine, Glamour, Elle, Vanity Fair, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire. Sir John is also the co-executive producer and celebrity mentor on Lifetime’s American Beauty Star.

Steve LaPorte

With over 40 years as a Makeup Artist in the motion picture industry Steve LaPorte has worked on everything from Low Budget to Mega Budget Productions. With over fifty feature films to his credit including “The Color Purple”, “Golden Child”,“Lost Boys”, “Beetlejuice” , ”Terminator 2 & 3” , ABC’s “Lost” ,Netflix's “Longmire” & “ Code Black” for CBS. LaPorte credits basic out of kit techniques as a solid foundation for his work. Awards include, an Oscar & Saturn Award for “Beetlejuice” Primetime Emmy for “X-Files” & Makeup Guild Award for “Breaking Bad”. As a Motion Picture Academy Member, Steve has also served on the Makeup Awards committee which oversees the Academy Award for Makeup. Proficiency in Beauty, Prosthetics, Aging & Character, including facial hair work is a must in today’s competitive field. In addition, knowledge of products, raw materials & rigging is an added bonus when you have to make “magic” on the set. Code Black provided a unique experience of producing emergency trauma injuries on a daily basis while being guided & advised from medical professionals  on staff. Now actively-retired, Steve states, “Many talented Artists & mentors have contributed to my skill set & it is my duty to pass those lessons on to those who wish to carry the torch to the next level.” Beyond the actual makeup skills, Steve also credits the mental “Toolbox” of phycological & acquired life skills to contribute equally to ones success in their career.
Thomas E. Surprenant

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, the Syfy show Defiance and has designed brushes for the Bdellium Tools SFX line.

Toby Bridle

Toby Bridle is a self-taught prosthetic make-up artist and has been in the industry for the last five years. He has had the benefit of knowing numerous industry professionals who have helped and mentored him along the way. Bridle enjoys and performs all aspects of the art from design, life casting, sculpting, fabrication and application. He works predominantly with encapsulated silicone appliances. 

Vincent Van Dyke

Vincent Van Dyke has been a professional working in the makeup effects field for over 12 years. Primarily working as a sculptor and painter he eventually found his way to one of Hollywood's leading makeup effects companies, The Burman Studio, where he ultimately became a creative director and project supervisor. He was given the core foundation needed to have his own company by the owner’s Bari and Tom Burman. Learning the fundamentals of building teams, and orchestrating these teams to get the best work possible under extremely tight deadlines on TV shows like Nip Tuck and Grey’s Anatomy. For both of these shows, he was nominated for 4 primetime Emmy awards. 

Vlad Taupesh

Vlad Taupesh has more than 30 Years of Film and Television experience in all aspects of prosthetic, special effects and design in Europe and USA. Taupesh is co-owner of FX Creator, full service prosthetic and special make-up effects lab.His film credite include Solomon Kane, The Zookiper's wife, Hard to be God, Burial of the Rats and Haunted (Netflex). The unique style of his work can be describe as sfx make-up demonology ore occult FX. He is the founder and co-owner of the "FX Makeup School"