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Weeknight Workshop: Makeup for Film

—Published on 3rd Feb, 2021.

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Makeup in film. Done well, it is one of the most important filmmaking elements that transports an audience into your story. It is an art done by passionate and creative artists who see the human face and body as a beautiful canvas, and who dedicate themselves wholly to the telling of the story.

FILMCO is excited to present a two-day, two-session workshop on makeup for film. Led by talented professional makeup artist and hair stylist Shannon Cockburn, this Weeknight Workshop is directed at makeup artists and directors wanting to learn more about the craft.

Shannon will take participants through the different types of makeup techniques for film which will include special effects makeup: skin prep & set, dirt work, blood and bruise work, alcohol palettes and creating fx appliances among other elements. This part of the workshop will include a live demonstration. Shannon will then cover the following topics, encouraging participants to ask questions as needed:

– COVID, PPE & universal safety procedures
– H/M & Wardrobe: how the departments work together
– Artist & talent rapport: knowing how important your role is to the talent
– On-set etiquette and understanding your role: hair & makeup designer, key makeup, makeup artist and assistant makeup artist
– Working in T&T: independent film, commercials (print & video), photoshoots & music videos
– The challenges of working in the tropics
– Breaking down a script, creating a look book & continuity
– Contracts & negotiating compensation
– Creating a portfolio
– and networking to gain industry experience


Dates: Wednesday February 24, Thursday February 25, 2021
Time/Duration: 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM AST/ 2 hours per session
Format: Online (Zoom)
Book Online Now: Tickets are $300 TTD and cover the cost of both sessions. Click HERE to register and purchase your ticket.

FILMCO members/students can receive a 20% discount on the ticket price. To receive a discount code, please email


Participants should have some experience as a makeup artist but beginners are also welcome.

About the Facilitator: Shannon Cockburn

Trained at The London School of Beauty and certified by The International Makeup Association, Shannon Cockburn has been working as a professional makeup artist and hair stylist since 2004, with a focus in film, television, fashion, stage, photography and bridal. Most recently she was hair & makeup designer for Shaun Escayg’s short film “IKARUS”, Teneille Newallo’s award-winning short “Mangroves”, Emilie Upczak’s feature film “Moving Parts”, Darisha Beresford’s award-winning feature film “The Cutlass” and key makeup artist for the international award-winning feature “Trafficked”.

“I love being a makeup artist. I think that there’s no more challenging canvas than one that moves, sweats and wrinkles. My job has also allowed me to work with other creative and talented people across many industries, and in some strange and wonderful locations.” – Shannon Cockburn

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