The director of the video, Amy McClung of Blue Wave Video Production, had contacted me saying that she wanted a look on the guys inspired by Green Day's "American Idiot" makeup. Even with freelance makeup artistry there aren't a ton of opportunities that call for such an intense, all-out look especially on GUYS so I was, of course, totally stoked.
To read an article Amy wrote about the experience click here.
This is a behind-the-scenes photo I nabbed from Amy's article:
I know you can't really see it but I was wearing my faux fur scarf since it was FREEZING inside the warehouse where it was shot! This is TJ, the main actor of the video, being a good sport while I put some shadow on his lids. I always feel delightfully evil when putting makeup on guys! See what us ladies go through? See? Mwahahaha!
Here is the official video for "What Are We Fighting For?" by Building Rome:
Here are some snaps I shot of the guys.
TJ, the main actor. He had amazing blue eyes and looks quite young for his age (early 20's) so we had to give him a rougher, weary look. Some contouring, dark undereyes, and taupe shadow did the trick.
This is Tom, the bassist and backup vocalist. He is probably the funniest person I've ever worked with and does a fantastic over-prideful grandma impression a little TOO well. "My grandson invented the scuba!" We went lighter on his smoky eyes since he's already so fair and has amazing red hair!
Meet Brian, the drummer. Classy tie and Gucci shoes. Can't beat that! This is so weird to say, but his eye sockets worked really well with the shadow, so I added the pic where he's looking down to show it off.
And finally we have the lead vocalist and guitarist, Jon. You are a rock star Jon, through and through! For kicks I added his before shot for comparison. We wanted an especially grungy look for him so we went all out with the black guyliner and shadow as well as contouring. Did you also notice how much more neutral his lips are in the second shot? It's funny how these quite pretty guys all came in and when I finished their makeup I realized they all still had cherry red lips! I made them all sit back down and put concealer on their mouths to match the heroin-chic look. ;D
All the guys together. What a good looking group. ;)
I just love Brian's face in the back here. Haha!
And behind the scenes during shooting.
My shortness with the band.
The guys sporting an "Asian" pose to humor me. Awesome.
Just for fun, here's a little behind-the-scenes video I took on set. ^.^ Sorry that I look rough, it was a looooooong day!
Hope you guys enjoyed this peek into a particularly fun makeup job. ^.~
Tell me what you think in the comments! If you want to check out more about Building Rome, visit their official page at http://www.buildingromerock.com/ and youtube channel or follow them on Twitter. :)
I'm off to pack for my Memorial Day weekend trip to the lake. Hubby's family has a small cabin so I'm totally stoked to relax for the long weekend! The plans include watching Totoro on DVD, reading a good book in bikinis on the dock, riding the waverunner, and of course doing some sweet outlet shopping. :D :D :D
See you next week after my break!