Harry Potter Make-Up Team Discusses the EpilogueDH Film
In a new article from Entertainment Weekly the make-up team for the Harry Potter films discusses all the hard work that went into aging the actors for the Epilogue in "Deathly Hallows: Part 2":
Old age makeup is tricky. “Ninety percent of the time, it attracts attention to itself,” Dudman points out. So the process of creating the scene was intense, with the team looking at the actors’ parents and their characters’ onscreen parents for clues about the aging process. Initially, the plan called for lavish makeup. “We made the girls more hip-y, more bust-y, with a little more tummy. We made prosthetics for the guys so we could take their hairlines back fractionally. And we made a whole series of prosthetic pieces: Eye-pieces, nose-pieces, cheek pieces, chin pieces, ear-pieces.”
Lisa Tomblin, the chief hair designer who worked on four previous Potters, notes that — when they originally shot the scene, “Dan Radcliffe had a gray wig. Rupert had a receding wig with little bits of gray in it. Emma had a short wig. But it didn’t really work. It’s very difficult to age somebody that’s 20. It’s not like you’re aging someone that’s 30 and has the start of wrinkles.”The rest of the article discusses how they were dissatisified with this initial attempt and what they did for the final version. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" has been nominated for a Best Makeup Oscar.
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