EFFECTS TRADE SHOW
The first annual Make-Up
Artist Magazine's Make-Up Effects Products Trade Show was held August 3, 1997 at the
Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in North Hollywood, California. It was attended by artists and
special effects people from all over the world, and was the largest gathering of make-up
artists in history. Make-up enthusiasts from all points of the globe came to attend
seminars by Oscar and Emmy-award winning make-up artists.
Make-up memorabilia and props from many movies were
part of the unprecedented collection of works from Hollywood make-up history on display in
the Make-up Museum. Famous works from the top professionals in the field were on display,
including works from special make-up effects studios and tools, materials and photo
collections from yesteryear. The Make-Up Museum housed displays representing the top
special make-up effects studios in Hollywood.
The movie magic from Rick Baker, Greg Cannom, Matthew Mungle, Ed French, K.N.B. and Steve Johnson were among those featured.
Rick Baker had a life-size Eddie Murphy as Professor Klump of his Oscar-winning make-up
from The Nutty Professor. Also shown were life size models of the Terminator,
the bat creature from Bram Stoker's Dracula, and the Flukeman of X-Files fame. Movie make-up
from the early days of Hollywood included collections from The Westmore family, Michael
Blake and Sci-Fi/Horror collector Bob Burns.
In the Beverly Garland Theatre there were
Oscar and Emmy-award winning make-up artists speaking and demonstrating techniques from
their award-winning films. The Manufacturer's Theatre had educational demonstrations
sponsored by professional make-up manufacturers. Never before has such a great collection
of Hollywood movie make-up memorabilia and the artists who created it brought together in
one place. Some of the vendors there ranged from Max Factor, The Tooth Fairy, Kryolan, Joe
Blasco Cosmetics, Ben Nye and Custom Color Contacts. There were about 30 vendors in all,
too much to see at one time.
Demonstrations were done by some of the
vendors. Dinar's George R. Lampman did air brush techniques, Burman Industries had Rob
Burman showing appliance application and painting. Joe Blasco Cosmetics had John Baily do a
corrective beauty make-up, Ben Nye's Rick Geyer did a demo of fantasy make-up.
Only 150 seats were available to watch the
guest speakers, leaving many people stuck in the video room downstairs, which filled up
quickly as well. You had to be fast around there if you wanted a good
seat! Some of the speakers were Dick Smith,
Gordon Smith, Matthew Mungle, Marvin Westmore and Brigitte Bugayong.
Gordon Smith covered life casting, mold
fabrication and painting silicone appliances. He also did a silicone make-up
demonstration. Matthew Mungle spoke on his work with gelatin appliances on such movies as
Ghost of Mississippi and did a demonstration of this technique.
Dick Smith give a lecture and slide show on
his career and the landmark techniques that have revolutionized the make-up industry,
followed by questions and answers. It was a very exciting convention/trade show. We were
happy to be able to attend, we learned a lot and saw some remarkable work being done. A
special thanks to Lynn Key, the editor of Make-up Artist Magazine for including us in
their first trade show. We'll definitely be attending again next year.