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Rachel Griffin -- Special Makeup Effects Artist

by @ChangingChanne1

Tell us about your work at Supernatural as a “special makeup effects artist.” What sorts of makeup did you do?

I started out on the Wendigo epsiode helping put the monster together. Over the years strangely enough the make ups I have done most of are slashed throats and burned out eyes. It’s such a crazy show you never knew what you might be doing from week to week...

What was your favourite episode/look to work on?

Well I am asked that a lot for all the shows I have worked on and have to say it’s a hard question. The shows make up fx were done by 3 different companies over the years and working for each one on different SPFX rigs has been one of my favorite thing about working on the show. A lot of crazy stuff not just blood and guts...

For those interested in getting into film makeup, what advice do you have?

Study hard learn to do everything you can related to  the field, I didn’t have the internet when I was getting into makeup. It’s a wealth of information and you can pretty much find anything you’re looking for. I started working on films by putting a poster up and the local film school offering to work for craft services.....Just get your foot in the door. Many of the Make-up FX shops offer internships....

Tell us about working with the cast.

The cast have always been the best part about working on the show. I would come and go over the seasons as I worked on many other series too but was always  welcomed back...

What was your most difficult and/or entertaining “look” to work on?

Even the simplest makeup can be difficult, just keeping continuity on the blood can drive you nuts. Clean up is always fun too, we try to use barrier creams so people don’t get all stained red. Every once and a while someone might end up going home a little red...

Approximately how long does it take to complete a “look”?

 Well that’s the crazy thing you never get the time you really need but bigger makeups can be anywhere from 1  to 3 hours. On the flip side, I have done makeups in 15 to 20 mins right on set to save the show time...

Do you have any behind-the-scenes stories I can share?

Most of my crazy Supernatural set stories involve the blood rigs we would use to blast all that blood all over. Sometimes it didn’t work on cue or worked a little too well and went a lot further then you planned. One time I got the crew pretty good, you plan it the best you can but sometimes it has a mind of its own...

Tell us about your current job, as a teacher for special effects makeup.

I have been making monsters and scary stuff for many decades and happily teach at one of the schools here in Vancouver. It’s a rush to see the students take the lessons and start to make their creations. It amazes me and sometimes they show me a thing or two... 

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