Episode 4: We speak with Brian Sipe and Maria Sandoval about their Makeup & Hair work on the first season of The Mandalorian. We chat about what it’s like to be Star Wars fans and having the opportunity to create and design new characters within the Star Wars universe and what challenges they faced as a team. I have spoken.
KIT CORNER: Got Flesh Prosthetics
The Mandalorian, also known as Star Wars: The Mandalorian, is an American space Western web television series created by Jon Favreau and released on Disney+. It is the first live action series in the Star Wars franchise. Set five years after the events of Return of the Jedi and 25 years prior to the events of The Force Awakens, it follows the title character, a Mandalorian bounty hunter named Din Djarin, and his exploits beyond the reaches of the New Republic.
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Brian Sipe is an Emmy® award winning makeup artist working professionally in the industry since 1989 as a freelance artist and through his company, Gamut Studios. Several Hollywood makeup effects companies and production studios have taken advantage of his extensive knowledge and experience as a character effects designer and project manager.
Brian has had his professional makeup work featured in films and television projects like Jennifer Lawrence / Mystique in the last three X-Men films, Syriana, Ali, Friends, several Terminator films, Big Momma’s House 1 and 2, Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Black White to name a few.
He has also been the prosthetics makeup department head (as well as makeup artist) on several large-scale films like Guardians of the Galaxy – Volume 2, Avengers – Infinity War, Avengers – Endgame, X-Men – Dark Phoenix, Captain Marvel, and the Star Wars project The Mandalorian.
Brian’s groundbreaking makeup design for the FX Network’s reality television show Black White personally garnered him an Emmy Award in 2006. In 2013 he was also nominated for his work on How I Met Your Mother. Brian’s work on David Fincher‘s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, helped nab the BAFTA and Oscar for Best Makeup.
Brian is very proud of the work that he, representing Legacy Effects, and the entire team did for the Guardians of the Galaxy – Volume 2. A tremendous amount of work went into the film as his team took over from the first in the series, and it had the honor of making final 7 for the Oscar Bake Offs.
At the age of 6, Maria Sandoval fell in love with watching “Star Wars“, watching it 14 times in her local movie theater. That magical movie set her on a path to a career as a hairstylist/story teller.
At 13, Maria started cutting her mom’s hair, she also began cutting and coloring all of her friends hair. Maria enrolled in beauty school part-time during her senior year of high school, graduating with her high school diploma and her hairstylist license.
Never fully satisfied with being “just a hairdresser”, Maria also took courses in film making and make up for film and television at NYU. She made plans to move west and pursue a career as a makeup artist in the film and tv industry, but quickly realized the need for skilled and creative hairdressers would provide her a more lucrative path.
Since moving to Los Angeles and joining IATSE 706 she has been off and running, with credits including Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Medium, Devils Rejects, MadTV 2016, Star Trek: Picard and The Mandalorian.
Maria now resides in Burbank with her husband, daughter and rapidly increasing Star Wars memorabilia.
KIT CORNER – Got Flesh Prosthetics
For Kit Corner on Episode 4, we spoke with Makeup Artist Brian Sipe, Brian is the creator and company director of Got Flesh Prosthetics and he tells us all about his line of prosthetic transfers, they are a quick and easy alternative to realistic prosthetics. Brian’s durable prosthetic transfers are a breeze to apply, blend and color, perfect for HD use.
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