Stills & Video: A Makeup Artist's Perspective with Cathi Singh


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In creative production there are many roles and skills that pull together to make the magic happen, and each of those team members have a perspective on how things shake out. One very unique role in creative production is the Hair and Makeup artist. Present on almost every production that requires human talent, the hair and makeup artist sees it all and is impacted directly by every other role. Joining Daniel for this episode is Cathi Singh, Southern California based hair and makeup artist, to talk about how shooting stills and video changes how she approaches her job, and the trends she’s seeing in the types of content being produced.

Key Takeaways

  • When considering how to tackle hair and make up for stills vs. video, there are considerations you need to make to ensure not only continuity between stills and video, but also how the nature of video changes what you can get away with.
  • In stills production you can get away with a lot more because of the locked perspective and the fact that nothing moves. You can place hair elements where you need them, and you can use make up to cover things in stills that don't work in video.
  • Art direction also should probably move toward more natural and product focused.
  • As a hair and make up artist, Cathi must remember that she isn't selling her hair styling skill, but selling the product featured.
  • How you approach the shoot for still and video has an impact as well, are you bouncing between stills and video or shooting stills on day 1 and video on day 2.
  • Somehow we ended up talking about task switching, as related to stills and video.
  • A challenge for campaign shoots in the future: reduce you deliverables per day by 10%, just to see how that impacts the team and quality of the work.
  • Many shoots that Cathi is working on are shooting multiple vintage formats on top of digital

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Produced by: Creative Force -
Edited by: Calvin Lanz Sound -
Hosted by: Daniel Jester -

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