Film icons brought to life

Mike Thompson as Edward Scissorhands gives his make up artist Sam Dance a snip.
Mike Thompson as Edward Scissorhands gives his make up artist Sam Dance a snip.

FANTASY film characters were brought to life when design students looked to Hollywood for inspiration in a make-up task.

Production arts students at Hartlepool College of FE drew on the movies including those of Gothic film director Tim Burton for the assessment.

The results were amazingly close to the real thing with the students’ versions of Burton’s Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride puppet.

Model student Mike Thompson looked a dead ringer for the blade-fingered man, played in the movie by Johnny Depp.

After being given his makeover, Mike even went down to the college salon and recreated a scene from the film for a laugh.

The creations were the work of students studying a BTEC Diploma in Production Arts.

Their task was to choose a film icon and imagine they were part of the professional design team.

They also had to come up with a costume to complement the make-up.

College photographer Gary Kester, who took these pictures, said: “They were just ordinary people when they went in.

“When I went back later there was Edward Scissorhands and all these bizarre characters from the movies.

“The girls did a really good job.”

Jodie Cooper volunteered to be transformed into the Corpse Bride from Burton’s stop-animation film.

The brilliant make-up was created by make up artist Lauren Rennie.

Other film characters included Mrs Lovvit from Sweeney Todd and a Pink Lady from the musical Grease.

Their work was carried out under the watchful eye of course tutor Tracey Jukes.

She said: “Considering they only started in September I’m really impressed that they have come so far in such a short space of time and they are showing great potential.”

The students also held photo shoots with their new-look models afterwards.