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INTERVIEW: BRIAN SIPE

June 10th 2014 06:21

THE SFX FACTOR

With credits that include The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and both JJ Abrams Star Trek movies, it’s no wonder award-winning make-up effects artist Brian Sipe was a key player in bringing Mystique to the big screen for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

What made you want to become a special-effects make-up artist?
Growing up, I was one of those kids who always watched Godzilla, King Kong, Star Trek – all that stuff. And I had a fascination with magic. I think I got fascinated with the thought of the illusion and fooling somebody.

Tell us about your job on X-Men: Days of Future Past.
That was a great experience. The producers knew going in that they had Jennifer Lawrence, who had just come off Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook and was the frontrunner to win the Oscar. The last time she was Mystique [in 2011’s X-Men: First Class], I was told it took seven artists up to eight hours to do her make-up. And then it would take them two to three hours to clean her up at the end of the night. I mean, that’s 11 hours, not counting how much time they could shoot her during the day, so I think they figured, “We’ve got this hot actress and we need to tighten this up.”

How did you streamline the process?
By the time I got the call, the process of how we were going to move forward streamlining the make-up was already in motion. But then it came down to me to be like, “OK, we gotta make this faster and we gotta make it last all day so we have minimal touch-ups and we’re not holding up production.” I did countless tests with different make-up materials and we knocked it down to three artists, three-and-a-half hours on and 45 minutes to get her out at the end of the night.

What was Jennifer Lawrence like to work with?
Jennifer was great, a real trouper. We would go through three-and-a-half hours of make-up and she would still be smiling. We watched a lot of South Park and Family Guy… got us through the 4am call times. When we put Jen in make-up, a lot of the time we also put her stunt double, Renae Moneymaker, in make-up. She is also a sweetheart and was very patient with all that we did to her.

What’s your best piece of advice for any aspiring make-up effects artists?
Really make sure this is where your passion lies. If you find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life, but you have to have the drive and passion to know this is really what you want. I’ve had a pretty fortunate career and good opportunities.

Finally, what’s your all-time favourite movie make-up?
I like Rob Bottin’s Darkness from Ridley Scott’s Legend [1985]. There’s something pretty epic about that design. It’s really simple, but it’s just done so well.
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SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)

February 12th 2014 01:25
Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, George Raft
WHEN Some Like It Hot was released in 1959, the ukulele was riding a second wave of popularity in America, largely due to influential television personality Arthur Godfrey’s on-air championing of the four-string instrument.
The classic comedy stars Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as struggling musicians who have to get out of Chicago in a hurry after they witness what is obviously supposed to be the 1929 St Valentine’s Day Massacre.
Without a dime to their names and ruthless mobsters led by ‘Spats’ Colombo (Raft) on their trail, the hapless pair don wigs and nylons and manage to con their way into an all-girl band that’s headed for Miami. However, things get even more complicated when both men fall for the group’s soprano uke player, a vivacious blonde named Sugar Kane (Monroe).
Despite the production being plagued by Marilyn’s hostile and unpredictable behaviour (Curtis allegedly described his love scenes with the icon as “like kissing Hitler”), the movie was a huge hit and Monroe won a Golden Globe award for her performance. In 2000, the American Film Institute listed Some Like It Hot as the greatest American comedy film of all time.
Call us biased, but we reckon the uke played its part in the movie’s success. We can’t imagine the adorably kooky Sugar playing anything else.
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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

December 18th 2013 03:29


My six-word review of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire:

Great sequel. Action packed. Lawrence sparkles.
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JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO (1990)

October 21st 2013 02:16

DIRECTOR: JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY
STARS: TOM HANKS, MEG RYAN, LLOYD BRIDGES, ROBERT STACK

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FORMED in 1978, British synth-pop band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, or simply OMD, had some huge hits in the 1980s and influenced the likes of Radiohead and The Killers. The original line-up of Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys, Martin Cooper and Malcolm Holmes hadn’t played together since they supported Depeche Mode at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in 1988 when they reunited for an extensive tour of Europe in 2007. New to Blu-ray, OMD’s concert at London’s Hammersmith Apollo sees the band in top form. The first half of the show features a complete performance of the group’s seminal Architecture & Morality album, while the second part is devoted to a greatest hits set that includes fan favourites such as ‘Enola Gay’, ‘Locomotion’ and ‘If You Leave’. The musicianship is as good, if not better, than ever and because the event was filmed in HD, the Blu-ray transfer looks fantastic. There’s also some quality bonus material on offer, including interviews with the band.
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LILLYHAMMER: SEASON ONE

June 24th 2013 01:06

DIRECTOR: VARIOUS
STARS: STEVEN VAN ZANDT, TROND FAUSA, MARIAN SAASTAD OTTESEN, STEINAR SAGEN

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OBLIVION

April 21st 2013 04:33


DIRECTOR: Joseph Kosinski
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LOOPER

February 21st 2013 05:43

DIRECTOR: RIAN JOHNSON
CAST: JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT, BRUCE WILLIS, EMILY BLUNT, PIERCE GAGNON


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MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

December 27th 2012 23:22
Just a quick note to say Happy Holidays. Thanks for keeping The Legless Critic going! I'll be back in 2013.

But before I go, here's a one-sentence review of The Master, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams: Tedious study of cult fanaticism, well-acted but ultimately disappointing


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KILLER JOE

November 1st 2012 05:57

DIRECTOR: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN
STARS: MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY, EMILE HIRSCH, JUNO TEMPLE, THOMAS HADEN CHURCH, GINA GERSHON


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