Abuja – Mr Gabriel Okorie, a Nollywood makeup artist, on Friday urged artists to apply professionalism and diligence in film makeup to ensure production of quality films in the country.
Okorie, popularly known as ‘Gabazzinni Concept,’ made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
He said that makeup in film production can either make or mar the film.
However, makeup is a substance that people put on any part of their body to change their look or appearances.
According to him, a film makeup artist is one whose job is to put makeup on the actors in film production for the purpose of changing their looks and appearance.
He explained that makeup in films production was different from the day to day beauty makeup because accuracy, skills and research were required.
According to him, makeup plays a vital role in determining the quality of film.
He, therefore, called on makeup artist across the industry to get training and be professional in carrying out their duties.
“ Good makeup in film can tell the story.
“Makeup artist in any film needs preparations, if possible, do research concerning the script.
“While applying makeup on actors during film making, you need to be very accurate and precise, ensuring that every actor is captured.
“Every artist needs to be mindful of the people on set and ensure that no character is left out in makeup to avoid confusing the targeted viewers.
“The makeup artist also needs to consider the role the character is playing in the movie and the weather as at the time of the shooting of the film.
“Most importantly, the makeup artist in any film has to bear in mind the age of the character and apply the makeup accordingly without sentiment on his or her biological age.
He expressed disappointment over the performance of some makeup artist in the industry.
Okorie, however, advised film producers and directors to always engage the services of professional makeup artists during production.
“It is appalling that we have some half baked practitioners that are not skilled, but at the same time filmmakers should always go for the best,” he said.
The artist also called on the Creative Designers Guild of Nigeria (CDGN) to embark on the screening and training of makeup artist in the industry.
NAN reports that Okorie has been in the Nollywood industry for over fifteen years and has won so many awards.
The awards include the Best Makeup Artist African Movie Academy Award (AMAA), the best makeup artist at the Pan African Movie Award, which was held in Accra Ghana, 2003, among others. (NAN)