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Costume Change…

In our original film opening, Emelia and I made a silly mistake when filming. We had Rosie wearing a dress because we wanted to target the stereotypes; however, our first shot includes Rosie waking up and so it did not make sense for Rosie to be waking up already fully dressed! Because of this, we decided to change what Rosie would be wearing in the film opening. Because the film opening is based in the morning, we thought that it would make most sense for Rosie to wake up in her pyjamas.We also wanted to keep it childish and innocent as this makes the ending to the opening even more shocking. At first, we wanted Rosie to wear pink, fluffy pyjamas in attempt to stick to certain stereotypes. However, we didn’t want our film to seem too cliché and so let Rosie pick her favourite pyjamas as this would make her feel more comfortable which we hoped would come across in her acting! The pyjamas that Rosie chose was in fact a onesie. Although this was not what we had initially expected, we were happy with her choice as the onesie actually made her look younger. It is also very common for young children to wear onesies as pyjamas and so we supported her idea. The onesie is blue with snowflakes all over it. This links directly to our colour scheme and the aimed warmth of the film opening! When coming over to film, Rosie had forgotten her Wellington Boots. Luckily, I have some pink/red ones that actually fit her. The pink boots allow us to include the stereotypes that we were previously going to include with the pyjamas. I am happy with how her outfit fits together…

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In our original film, Rosie’s hair stayed in the two pigtails throughout; this helped the continuity of the opening as her hair remained in one position and so we decided to do this again. Rosie also remembered to bring the two purple ribbons and so I tied these in two bows in her hair. The ribbon highlights her innocence which allows the ending to seem even more shocking! We are happy with the costume and hair for Rosie’s character as it adds naïvety and innocence which clashes with the ending; therefore making the audience feel on edge and uncomfortable.

Makeup and Hair Practice…

To make sure that I am ready for filming, I have decided to briefly practice the hair and makeup on myself. I am no pro in makeup or hair and hardly ever do much with my hair and makeup on a daily basis; therefore, don’t expect a miracle! For makeup, I decided to go for a natural look. However, from watching makeup tutorials for research, I found out that in order to make someone seem older you must define their features. For example, use contouring and highlighting to define cheekbones and the arch of the nose. This step is critical as our actress is not age appropriate and so we will need to focus on this aspect of mise en scene. Although the Mum is meant to have been sleeping, I feel as though the enhanced features such as cheekbones and eyelashes will establish the role of the character better. I asked many of my friends and family about what hairstyle they would expect on a Mum at nighttime. From this, the majority said a low and messy bun with pieces of hair falling out. On the real day, Sally will be able to help me with hair and makeup as she is much more skilled when it comes t this field! Here is footage of my practice…

Due to the lighting in my bedroom, when watching the video you can hardly notice any changes! However, when looking at myself after in natural light I looked a whole lot more defined and I must admit, slightly older than I had before! I used highlight and contour powder in order to define the nose and cheekbones. I then applied white eye liner in the lower waterline in order to make my eye shape larger and then added mascara after curling my eyelashes. The emphasis on the eyelashes adds femininity to my face which I hope will allow my character in the film to seem much more role appropriate. For the real thing, I would mess up the hair more in order to fit the events that take place! Also, for the real thing I would add a pale white powder to the face in order to make the skin seem icy cold and dead…

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I would also use colour correcting concealers in the shades of blue, purple, orange and yellow in order to add tone to the face. If placed in the correct places, adding these colours to the face could help with creating a believable dead body!

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On the day of filming, my friend will help me with hair and makeup in order to make it seem much more believable! Although you can not tell from the video provided, due to lighting, I am happy with how my practice went as I managed to make myself seem slightly older and more defined!

Research Into Makeup

Due to the fact that our actress for the mother character is not age specific, Emelia and I decided that we needed to focus heavily on the makeup and physical appearance of the character. In order to make it believable that the mother was in fact a mother and in fact deceased, I needed to research into techniques of makeup in this field. Emelia and I plan to keep the makeup of the mother fairly natural as she would have been relaxing or sleeping at the time of the kidnapping. However, we feel as though she should be wearing some makeup in order to make her seem older and also in order to emphasise stereotypes such as long eye lashes making a girl more girly. On the other hand, Emelia and I thought it be best to add a grey/white pale tone to the mother character to show that she has been killed and has been lying in a freezing cold field for a substantial matter of time. In order to master this makeup, I will research into tutorial videos and then try it out on myself! The first video I watched displayed clearly how to use makeup in order to make you seem older…

Although the video aims for the girl to look 21, some points made in the video explain how makeup can make you look a lot older than you are. The next video I watched showed how to create a corpse using makeup. The end result is so believable!

Sally has agreed to let me do her makeup and hair on the day of filming. After quite a bit of thought and asking many friends which hairstyle they think would best represent a mother figure and make Sally look older, I have decided to create a low, casual, messy bun. The hairstyle that I envisage will look something similar to the hair in this tutorial…

I shall keep these tutorials in mind when doing Sally’s makeup and hair on the day of filming.