Media make up students shine on set of upcoming feature film

STUDENTS studying on the level 3 and level 2 Media Make up course were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to complete their work experience on the set of the upcoming film, Rise of The Foot Soldier 5.



The set was based in Southend-on-Sea and students were challenged with creating 80’s inspired hair and makeup for both male and female background artists as well as doing full cover-up tattoos. The students gained four weeks of vital work experience in the field running from October into early November.

The Rise of the Foot Solider 5 is one of a series of films about the ‘Essex boys’ and stars well-known actors such as Vinnie Jones, Terry Stone, Roland Manookian and Craig Fairbrass. The film wrapped up on Saturday 14 November, and the final day saw 18 makeup artists completing looks for 100 background artists.

The students will be recognised for their hard work by having their names mentioned in the credits.

Mollie Gibb, Lecturer for the Media make up course, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for the students and the feedback was really good from the makeup designer, praising them on their adaptability to the speed and start times on set.

“The students absolutely loved the whole experience and has cemented in their minds, that this is the side of the industry they want to pursue.”

Elizabeth Hart, Head Make Up Artist on set, said: “Rise of the Foot Solider 5 was a challenge in many ways for my team and I. We had a huge cast, wigs, large amounts of special effects and of course COVID-19. Initially I had concerns bringing in students to look after the supporting artists but within the first few moments of meeting the students I was full of confidence in them.”

“I was very impressed with the students ability to create authentic 1980’s looks within the given time structure. Even talent that arrived with head tattoos came down to set with perfect cosmetic camouflage makeup applied. This experience will of given the students a great insight to working under pressure within a set time frame and I would not hesitate in using the students again on other jobs.”

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