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Alberta-born Krystyn Decker may be from Beaumont, a town on the southeast edge of Edmonton, but she wasn't going to stay in the small town long. She packed up her bags and headed to film school in the big city; New York City that is. Her thesis project, a short film called High Hopes which she wrote and directed, is set to screen at the New York Film Academy on Friday, January 30th, 2015.
I was lucky enough to be on set and have the chance to work with a fantastic crew while doing makeup for this hilarious film.
While filming on location at Chad's Smoke Shop in Sherwood Park, Alberta, I had the opportunity to work with some amazing people, both familiar faces and new. The thing about being on set, for me anyway, is that you are with these people sometimes for more then 14 hours a day for a couple of weeks and you build a bond with them. You are all there because of a shared passion for making movies. You grow close to the people on set and they are what I like to call my 'set family'.
"So, unless you're wearing a sexy tight dress
with a nice pair of (makes gesture towards boobs),
I ain't sellin' it to you." - Billy
This experience will hold a special place in my heart as it was the first film I was able to do a male-to-female drag makeup. I was pretty nervous actually. It's a look that can be hard to achieve. I got a cute pink wig, long lashes, some lip gloss and went to work on Michael Welsh to create Miss Sasha.
It's all about how you contour the face by shaping it into a more feminine look. It was difficult considering my subject was so manly looking, but I was successful. None of the crew were allowed to see until I was finished and I knew I did a good job by their reaction.
"Just in case your dainty little
hands drops the bong again!" - Dale
One of my favorite moments on set was when I needed to create a paintball splatter on Billy's (played by Peter Dickhout) crotch area. So being the makeup and effects artist I am, I can up with a solution that was sure to work.
I decided to suck up old green paint from a one gallon can through a straw and then blow has hard as I could through that straw so the paint would splatter over Billy's crotch. It would make an awesome paintball print. At least in my mind it did.
In reality, it wasn't such a good idea after all. Not only was it terrifying to suck paint up a straw in the dark not knowing if it would shoot into my mouth or not, but when I went to blow it out to get the perfect paintball print it just made a horrible odd fart-like noise and trickled out the end.
Doing a stoner comedy you can imagine there were more than a few laughs had both on screen and off. With any luck, I'll join up with these folks again. Maybe for High Hopes 2. What do you think Krystyn?
High Hopes Premier
New York Film Academy
Jan 30th, 2015