A friend of mine is an aspiring director and has a habit of asking me to take part in films that never end up happening. Once he saw the SFX Makeup I’d been doing on other clients he asked me to do some on his newest film idea. I thought maybe some cuts, bruises, standard film makeup, that sort of thing.
Client: Could you recreate this?
He sends me a photo of Pinhead from Hellraiser.
Client: So, like this but more grungey. Like with odd screws and nails instead of neat pins.
Me: I mean, that’s one of the most recognizable monster designs in the world, but… I can give it a go. What’s your budget?
Client: Oh, I can’t pay you. But it’d be a great portfolio piece!
Right, so you want me to not only rip off someone else’s makeup design but do a full head prosthetic makeup (which would probably cost around £300 in materials alone) completely out my own pocket?
Luckily, the film never happened.