I've been asked to do makeup for a commercial for an upcoming civil war reenactment. At first I was told it was a theatrical gig, which would have been fine. But now I find out that it is a commercial being shot in HD.
My initial though was just to distress the talent (a bit of dirt and making the talent appear tired) I know there wasn't much makeup worn at that time.
Does anyone have any suggestions or tips for this era that will work well in HD? I have been researching but am still unsure of my plan. There will be musicians and dancers in period costume as well.
Oh why didn't I think to search 'portraits'?! LOL.
Thank you!! I know the looks will vary depending on social status and such... and this is a very last min project so I have to be able to pull off any look, but chances are they will all be soldiers and commoners.
I'd ensure I had my trusty mae-kup sunburn spray, my illustrator palettes (good for weatherbeaten tanning) and some kind of mud effect. Be aware of hands particularly, and possibly invest in a little research into teeth - you can use tooth paints, but I have also used illustrator palettes for that too (although hygiene is a right fiddle). Also think dirty down sprays for hair in case of obvious hair colouring/highlights.
Keep it all subtle and don't let the HD tag scare you - essentially if it withstands your eyes close up, you will be good (no matter how good the resolution, eyes will be doing to processing, despite the downright bizarre advertising in my local opticians). Do check what colour processing will be applied to the footage as you can afford to go a little heavier in sepia.