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Costumes & Makeup

Below-the-Line Impact Report

Barney Burman, Mindy Hall & Joel Harlow
makeup

RECENT SCORES: Hollywood toasted this trio with Academy and Saturn awards for “Star Trek.” Burman, a third-generation monster maker whose grandfather worked on “The Wolf Man” and “House of Frankenstein,” created prosthetics for the long-running sci-fi franchise’s latest installment, with key assists from Harlow on the alien Romulans and Hall on straight makeup. “I feel like we have been standing on the shoulders of giants,” says Burman, who cut his teeth with Roger Corman. He rendered Tom Cruise unrecognizable in “Tropic Thunder” as the balding producer Les Grossman — a character to be reprised by Par in an upcoming pic.

COMING UP: Burman’s completed and upcoming projects include “Crazy Eyes,” with Lukas Haas, indie horror film “One by One: Death’s Door” and Kurt Kuenne’s “Shuffle.”

Janie Bryant
costume designer

RECENT SCORES: Bryant’s ’60s look for “Mad Men,” for which she won a 2009 CDG award, is credited with revitalizing the dress-for-success movement. She says the AMC drama has brought “a new awareness to the importance of costume designers and how costumes tell the story of the characters.” Earlier she nabbed an Emmy for “Deadwood.”

COMING UP: The fourth season of “Mad Men,” which kicks off Sunday, and a book, “The Fashion File,” to be published in November.

Sandy Powell
costume designer

RECENT SCORES: Powell’s career has included period films like “The Other Boleyn Girl” and “Shakespeare in Love.” She’s been nominated for an Oscar eight times and taken home the statue on three of those occasions. Her most recent win was for “The Young Victoria.”

COMING UP: After working with helmer Martin Scorsese on “The Departed,” “The Aviator,” “Gangs of New York” and “Shutter Island,” they’re collaborating again on “Hugo Cabret.” “Finding the right costume for a character really is an organic process,” says Powell. “You just know it when it’s working.”

Eddie Yang
makeup fx

RECENT SCORES: Yang — sculptor-designer protege of Oscar-winning makeup effects artist Rick Baker and disciple of vfx wizard Stan Winston — launched his eponymously named studio in 2007. His work includes character conception, costumes and production art on features, TV and vidgames. “We’re trying to become a one-stop shop because so much of the work now is going straight to digital,” says Yang. Credits include “Avatar,” “Iron Man,” “Terminator Salvation” and both “Men in Black” pics.

COMING UP: Plying his craft the upcoming “Tron: Legacy,” the next “Spider-Man” and Peter Berg’s “Battleship.” Working on character-driven vidgames with Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Wrestling Entertainment.

Profiles written by Iain Blair, David Cohen, Peter Debruge, Jack Egan, Marjorie Galas, Karen Idelson, Chris Morris and Bruce Shutan.

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