Christine recently gave an interview for Reel Feedback, with host Kevin Dawson, who talks to people from the music, TV and movie industries about their art and working behind the scenes and / or on screen and on record. Kevin chats to them about their inspirations, their work and anything else that may come up in between. To listen to the full interview please click here
Christine Blundell’s interview for Reel FEEdBack with host Kevin Dawson, talking about her career as a Makeup Designer in the UK Film Industry
What a wonderful surprise for our Weekend Day Taster students, when Mena, who plays Aladdin in the new Guy Ritchie film with the same name, popped in with Christine. It was a fantastic day for all!
– Well done to our very own Christine for Paddington 2 for being nominated in the Outstanding British Film Category.
– Hugh Grant For best supporting Actor in Paddington 2.
– Our Very own Tutor Daniel Philips Nominated for Makeup And Hair for Victoria And Abdul.
– Tutor Lizzie Lawson, Hair Supervisor on Blade Runner Film nominated as best film.
– Tutor Tony Stasi, Barber, working on Nominated Films Victoria and Abdul and Darkest Hour.
– Graduates: Oonagh Bagley, Flora Moody, Darkest Hour. Holly Cady for Victoria And Abdul.
– Any many more graduates who worked on the films……
So filming in the desert isn’t so bad
We have been out here in Jordan for the last two weeks now filming “Aladdin” for Disney. As everyone knows Will Smith is our Genie and I have to say he is a pretty amazing person as well! He threw a “Welcome to Jordan” party for us all in the desert which will go down in filming history as one of the most generous nights: a feast was laid on, camels were brought in so we could go for a ride to watch the sunset and later on belly dancers and dancing, too – what’s not to love!! I have Lesa and Chloe with me whilst the rest of the team are packing down in Longcross after a mammoth couple of months of crowds which was run seamlessly as ever by Charmaine and as the years of having CB*MA go by, how proud am I to see so many of my graduates out as dailies on my films not to mention all the new graduates we had out as trainees!!
Goes without saying I can’t show any photos of filming so you will have to make do with me in a tent !!!! Xx
Makeup & Hair Designer
This is the 1st book to offer portrait biographies of 26 Leading Ladies working in Makeup effects for film and television. Featuring their influences, training, projects and careers, these biographies express how and why these Ladies have risen to success.
The book, written by Gary Christensen, a California based Makeup Artist and Patricia L. Terry, a Theatre Director, features 12 Oscar winners, 9 Emmy winners, and 5 Emerging Artists (the possible award-winners of tomorrow). To view Christine’s profile and read more about the book itself, click here
After beginning Paddington in the “darkest Jungle of Peru,” (Costa Rica), which was incredible by the way!! I sadly had to go one to the film “Kingsman 1” and so I could not continue.
The response to the film was amazing and well done to Graham Johnston for doing such a great job.
When the second opportunity came I could not refuse and could commit, so was very happy.
It was a great film to work on and having such a charming cast, almost as charming as the bear himself, helped the process…! I also had a lot of fun designing our master of disguise baddy (Hugh Grant) with Lindy hemming the costume designer who also won an Oscar for Topsy Turvy
With three full time trainees and many others coming in to assist, it looks like the new Aladdin film by Guy Ritchie is going to be very busy! We have not even mentioned the CBMA juniors and makeup artists that are rolling up their sleeve and getting ready for some great work!
All headed up by Christine Blundell, who is Hair and Makeup designer.
Will Smith has made his first post of him and the crew! As mentioned we have many of our girls working and assisting on Aladdin. We are lucky enough to have three fulltime makeup trainees, juniors and makeup artists working on Guy Ritchie’s latest project. Very soon we too should have a post about our girls’ experiences on set!
I really liked this blog, can you please let me know how Mena got to visit your Academy? Lucy, York
Our Academy Principal, Christine Blundell , who is an Oscar and BAFTA winning Makeup and Hair Designer, worked on Guy Richie’s latest film, “Aladdin” , where Mena Massoud, a young Egyptian – Canadian actor, played the main role of Aladdin. He came to visit the school with Christine, as part of her prepping him for the Film.
Sarah Brock, Gal Gadot’s personal Makeup artist, talks about Christine Blundell’s role as Wonder Woman’s Makeup Designer. Courtesy of Warpaint Magazine.
Bridal to Box Office
Last week she shared with us the step-by-step secrets of the Wonder Woman look she created for Gal Gadot. Now Sarah Brock lets Warpaint lift the lid on her experiences on set
WP: Congratulations on the beautiful looks that you created for Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman. You’re much better known for your Red Carpet looks – how did you transition into movies?
SB: It really was a fairytale story as to how I came to work on the Wonder Woman movie – after being in beauty and fashion for 18 years, the movie industry wasn’t something I had ever considered. Patty Jenkins, the director, was searching online for inspiration for the make-up look for Gal and she kept coming across an image from a bridal designer campaign that I did back in 2008. My name wasn’t on the image, so she asked the team in the USA to find out who did the make-up for the campaign – they found my website, Patty looked at my work and loved what I did (plus I was based in the UK where most of the filming took place, so it was perfect). I had an email one evening from Patty, I went to the Warner Bros Studios to meet her – we got on so well immediately and she offered me the job as the personal make-up artist to Gal on the movie and the rest is history.
Last Saturday CB*MA Academy opened its doors to welcome our prospective students, most of whom are keen to join us in September, for our next 4 Month Hair & Makeup course.
We were privileged to have our Prosthetics Tutor, Dan Frye, “Game Of Thrones” and “Harry Potter” prosthetics Makeup artist, creating a Monster look and answering visitors’ questions. We also had a number of our recent and not so recent graduates on hand, talking about their experiences of working on Christine’s latest film project, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, currently filming in Manchester. CB*MA students from our current course were also happy to answer any questions about their experiences of studying at the Academy, while demonstrating some of the casualty and prosthetics skills they mastered so far.
That was the week that was! Prosthetics is a different beast to the other modules that the students have been learning. A different mind-set is needed. Calm and Zen is the order. Precision and extreme detail. Have a look at some of our students’ creations, from practising live casts to clay modelling and creating final gelatine based prosthetic pieces.