Stories of the Poor
A woman uses a long stick to pick through garbage in a Nakuru dump site, west of Kenya’s capital city Nairobi, where 800,000 people are crammed into a slum of densely packed tin shacks. Poverty, illness and crime are rampant. The woman, part of the Minyore Women’s Group, searches for discarded plastics and fabrics that can be crafted into sellable items. Any money earned goes to her children’s education.
In the slum of Korogocho, grandmothers gather to learn karate. The skill will help them ward off sexual assaults from young men who believe the older women are HIV-free.READ MORE...
Makeup artist Natalie Hayes joins us to talk about her work in the film, TV and corporate arenas.
Communication is Critical
Key for Hayes on any project is communication. “I find that, too often, there is no (prior) communication about lighting.” It’s all about doing good work while being efficient. “It is much easier,” she says, “to make adjustments to the makeup on the front end versus reacting to it later when seeing the talent on camera (and then everyone is waiting on you).”
Hayes says, “Ideally I would be communicated with before applying makeup about what lighting conditions would be, and then I'd be given first glances at the talent through the monitor as soon as they are in the environment so that I could tweak anything necessary before filming began.”
Her reality is often different. “What I usually find is that I'm tied up still doing makeup apps on additional talents/extras when initial shooting begins on talent I’ve already done makeup on. By the time I'm on set and looking through the monitor, I may see some things that could've been tweaked. For example, the cheek color isn't showing up under this lighting, and so the talent looks a little pasty.” The magic word is continuity. “That can be a little frustrating because for continuity's sake, I can't change someone's look after shooting has started. Yet I know they could've looked even better had I gotten to view them and tweak if needed when they first stepped under the lighting.”READ MORE...