Workshop 3/14/17. If you were absent from this workshop, please watch the video and make thoughtful comments.
This is a super cool workshop and I'm sad I missed this one!!
I loved that he shared one of the Character Study videos, I love to watch those and find it super interesting to see how actors get into hair, makeup, and costume.
His comment about the Wicked makeup not being super complicated was interesting to me, because I've always thought of Elphaba's makeup being some of the most difficult.
I like that he brought up time and place. It's important that characters look like they belong in the period in which the production takes place. Sometimes it's such a little detail, but it can make a huge difference on the overall impact of the show.
The analysis of Cabaret was intriguing. I wish I could have been there to contribute to that conversation. I think the Emcee's makeup is a great example of makeup telling the story. He started off very composed and put together, but as the show went on, his makeup and overall look got messier, which reflected the story.
I liked that he discussed the critical aspect of makeup. I don't think I've ever really delved into makeup in any of my reviews, so I liked that he provided some insight into that from a critical aspect.
I've never really analyzed make up in any of my reviews probably due to my bad eye sight. It isn't my forte so watching this workshop really opened my eyes to a to of the nuances that I have been missing. The discussions were really interesting and brought up ideas that explained directors decisions in shows to me more. I still hate the infantization of Sally Bowles for Cabaret. She is an older woman who has had it rough and is still optimistic. Optimism does NOT equal childishness. I felt that was an extreme cop out on building a character and a very shallow viewpoint created by a shallow person. Discussing more on how the make up showed childishness showed me it was a directors decision. I loved watching the videos of Elphaba, Erik, Tevyeh, and Nostradamus(?). It was a visual way of explaining make up to accompany all of the talk. Each video offered an unique standpoint on make up. From Victorian/Roarign Twenties mash ups to wearing no makeup at all it showed a wide range of possibilities to explore. I never actively realized how instrumental make up was in telling the story of the show. The slight changes and effects lead into great discussions on director decisions.
This workshop was very interesting and informative because I don't know much about makeup in general. I have never included makeup in my reviews for this reason, so I'm glad that I can add that element to my list of things to look for!
The character study videos were really interesting and I will definitely be looking more up I really enjoyed getting to learn visually what they were doing as they explained what was going on and why it made an impact on the look.
Hearing Elphaba's look explained was cool bc I think I associated makeup that covers a large surface area to be more complex, but the artist said that it was fairly simple. I liked how they explained that you can't just make her one shade of green, bc our faces aren't all one tone and the way light hits you affects that as well which makes sense. It feels a lot like painting to me bc using highlights and shadows is essentially just painting a picture of someone's face on a 3D platform and I hadn't really thought about that until now.
I really appreciated that he analyzed Cabaret, because I remember the makeup and looks of that show vividly and it was easy to imagine and remember the looks that he described. I enjoyed hearing the conversation over wether the emcee was modeled after the Joker or not because seeing the show I felt it was not a coincidence. I liked the comment someone made about how the Joker is made to look always happy on the outside but is pained on the inside and I felt that this was true for the emcee as well.
This workshop was very interesting, and it really opened up my eyes. Being in shows, I was aware of the effort that went into stage makeup, but I've never thought about analyzing it for any other show than of course, Phantom of the Opera. But this workshop really opened up my eyes and for the last show, I will try to pay more attention to it.
I really liked what he said about Elphaba's makeup and the importance of every little detail because there will always be someone looking for the one detail that was missed, and it could take them out of the moment. He also talked about a detail purposely being missed, which I think is an interesting concept, and one that I hadn't ever thought about before. Someone like Elphaba, who doesn't fit into normal standards, might do something out of the ordinary to stand out, or prove a point. That being said, in this situation, Elphaba didn't have a choice, but some other character from a different show does.
I also thought what he said about Sally's makeup was very interesting. He pointed out that there are many different lighting settings and moods in Cabaret, and her makeup needs to be able to play in every setting. I had never really thought about the changing of setting and the importance of the diversity of the makeup look, so that was very cool.
I really liked that he brought along videos for us to watch so we had examples to go off of, especially Cabaret because that was a show that we had seen. Makeup is a really important aspect to theater that I had known about, but never really given credit to. I hope that with this workshop I learn to appreciate it more and use it when analyzing shows and writing reviews in the future.
After watching this I feel like stage makeup has been underrepresented in my reviews! Often I lump makeup and hair in with costumes while watching a show, so it was interesting to hear him talk about how they work together, but also how they function separately.
It was great that he discussed how makeup works practically as well as being a storytelling device. They talked about what makeup says about a character and how it contributes to the story and the characterization, like the Phantom’s scars, but they also talked about how lighting, period, and other practical measures affect makeup choices. I thought it was especially interesting when he talked about how in Wicked they start with a “blank canvass” and add layers because it’s all one color.
I also loved the discussion about the makeup in Cabaret, as that was the show that I found the makeup to be most eye-catching and symbolic. The way the Emcee’s makeup reflected the boldness of the character, while also being somewhat dehumanizing, while also symbolically capturing Berlin falling into Nazi power was striking to me while I watched the show and I’m really glad it was discussed! The conversation about Sally’s makeup brought up a lot of points about her character that I hadn’t thought of before.
The question about how much we should discuss makeup in reviews if it’s sometimes hard to notice well-done makeup is something I’ve definitely wondered about, and his response about how the picture as a whole affects you was very helpful. The idea of makeup working to defy expectations is also something that I’m excited to look for in future shows!
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