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the role of the MAKE-UP & HAIR designer

If you chose to serve on the  MAKE-UP / HAIR DESIGN TEAM for this semester's Advanced Acting show, you are responsible for participating in design team meetings as well as growing as a designer during the rehearsal and performance process.


If serving on the Make-up Design Team, you are ALSO responsible for independently learning about the role of a make-up designer as outlined below. 


Please be sure you use your Process Journal (to reflect on your process/journey).



(needs & planning)

Task #1 (Reading Task): MAKE-UP NEEDS (Formative Grade):  Carefully read the script, and consider what is needed for Make-up/Hair in each scene and for each character (use ONLY what the script tells you at this point).  Use the Spreadsheet provided by Ms. Price (Google Classroom) to document the NEEDS for each character/scene..  Once your Make-up/Hair List is complete, turn it in to KP for a grade.

Sub-Task:  Discuss your Make-up/Hair list with your Design team.  As a team you will use everyone's list to compile one FINAL (Google sheets) Make-up/Hair list that you will "share" with each group member as you build and revise it.  Use the format provided by Ms. Price from your "Needs" assignment in Google Classroom.  Your team must consider/discuss which, if any, of the hair or make-up needs on the list will require quick changes or off-stage application.  This should be noted on your spreadsheet so that you can plan for it! (Don't forget to "share" your spreadsheet with KP, also.)  

Sub-Task: Highlight, in YELLOW, on your Google spreadsheet all the make-up/hair needs that are Special Needs/Effects  (These are the things you will want to order supplies for and/or start practicing on eachother right away - things such as old age make-up, or facial hair, or any other effects make-up, etc.)  Talk with KP directly about anything you think you will need to order, but be sure to do your research BEFORE talking to her about specific needs.  Leave plenty of time for ordering and delivery (several weeks at the very least).

Task #2 (Research Task): RESEARCH  (Formative Grade):  Conduct costume/make-up RESEARCH relevant to your show and your show's time period & style.  Document your research and findings in Google Classroom (Research assignment).  You will also need this research and findings when creating your Design Board.  DO NOT just collect images - please also save/document links (and descriptions) to where you found your research, as well.  Your research could include time period, styles, stylistic "looks", actual character looks, techniques for creating specific looks, all depends on the NEEDS of the show.

Task #3 (Planning Task): DEADLINE CALENDAR (Formative Grade):  As a team, create a Deadline Calendar for all of your make-up/hair designs, including deadlines for ordering supplies.  Assign team responsibilities and make-up artists for each character/need in the show, and determine when you will rehearse any quick changes in hair or make-up as well.  Consider each other's strengths when assigning tasks, and be sure to update your Make-up/Hair spreadsheet as needs grow or change throughout the process.

Task #4 (Doing Task): BEGIN DETERMINING SUPPLY NEEDS  (Formative Grade):  Go through all of our make-up and supplies and determine what will be needed (to order) beyond what we already have.  Organize the make-up for our show, and begin to determine what *might* be needed for each character.  Consider that when organizing/ordering.  Then communicate with Ms. Price precisely what needs to be ordered and from where.  Provide justification for each item needed (in case she has to prioritize due to funds).  Think about how a professional may communicate these needs to a producer, and try to do it similarly.  (i.e. random info on a sticky note would not be professional or helpful to a busy director, for example)


Inspiration (On-going assignment during the next phase:  REHEARSAL PROCESS)


For the next part of the Design Process, you will be creating a Design Board to visually display your research/inspiration. This will become the springboard for your own designs.  Read about this task below.

Task: DESIGN BOARD (Summative Grade - IB: Thinking Creatively):  AFTER your team has discussed and created your FINAL make-up/hair list, begin looking for INSPIRATION for the look and feel you'd like to achieve with your Make-up / Hair Design. (Note:  You MUST meet with the Director and Costume team prior to this step.) 

  • The goal of this task is to research and find information and inspiring images that will assist you in acquiring, designing, or creating realistic and visually interesting hair/make-up designs for our production. 

  • Each member of the team is responsible for researching and/or looking for inspiration for at least 3 characters (there can be overlap between team members, or you can divide and conquer)

  • Be sure your research is from credible sources, and also allow yourself to be inspired by the world around you. 

  • Creativity thrives in community, so be sure to collaborate with others and your team along the way.

  • As you research, be sure to "collect" your research/inspiration in a location (Google Classroom) that you can easily access when it's time to create your team's Design Board.

  • After research, discussions, and narrowing of ideas is complete, CREATE A (GROUP) HAIR/MAKE-UP DESIGN BOARD

  • Note:  You will be graded on your individual contributions to your group's Design Board



EXECUTION: (On-going assignment during the next phase:  REHEARSAL PROCESS)  

In order to design anything, a new designer must become comfortable with failure, and leave plenty of time for it during the process.  All creative work involves multiple attempts before arriving at the best outcome.  If you "get it right" the first time, you're probably not involved in creative work, and should re-consider what you've created.  Failure is natural, accepted, and expected in this course.  However, waiting until the last minute to fail is not, so please watch your calendar closely and plan ahead!  Theatre is ALWAYS on a timeline.

Designing and creating anything that's original requires planning.  How this planning "looks" is up to you, but you need to make sure that you make your designing/planning VISIBLE.  You will do this planning in Google Classroom / your Process Journal, and it may include sketches of your designs, photos of practice sessions on models (or the real character), and face charts.  This documentation process could also include a catalog of tutorial videos on how you learned to apply make-up (or how you learned a specific technique), interviews with experts, or documentation on mentoring you received in tool use or skill development in order to create your designs on live actors.  

Task: PROCESS OF DESIGN (Formative Grade):  YOUR Process of Design & Face Charts for each Character

  • Track your process of design in your Process Journal, including any relevant research, images, sketches, pictures of prototypes, or further learning you did to create your make-up/hair design.  You must make your design process visible for this grade.  (See paragraph above.)

  • Print blank FACE charts and be sure you have created make-up designs with application directions for every character in the show.  The completed face charts should be hung in the rehearsal space when complete.

  • If  needed, feel free to check out these face charts and use them as a resource.

Task:  COMPLETED (SHOW) HAIR/MAKE-UP (Summative Grade IB:  Developing Skills)  This Summative grade is based on your (and your group's) final product (execution of hair/make-up designs) as well as your effective use of time/resources to complete the make-up/hair "looks" on time and the skills you learned about and developed along the way in order to make a smart/creative designs for this semester's show.

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