Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, Vampires, Werewolves: you’ll find them all on PENNY DREADFUL, along with amazing film makeup artistry. Over the next few weeks you’ll hear about how the makeup looks for all of the characters in PENNY DREADFUL on Showtime/BSkyB. designed and executed, and all about the day-to-day process for the makeup pros as they work on PENNY DREADFUL, their thoughts on what it takes to be a pro and the tools you need to get the job done on my new nerd-o-rama fangirl mega-makeup obsession is PENNY DREADFUL.
It’s hard to say what was more shocking for the US audience of PENNY DREADFUL, the bloodand guts or the full-frontal nudity. There is male and female nudity and plenty of sex. As gory as PENNY DREADFUL is, it is also filled with surprising, supernaturally fueled sex. I’m just waiting for the recently reborn undead to get it on. The show is full of amazing performances from Eva Green (just give all of the best actress awards to Eva now and tell the other gals to stay home from all of the awards shows), the tender and bad-ass Josh Hartnett and lots of choice character roles. All are beautifully rendered characters, male and female. Much of this beauty is the work of Enzo Mastrantonio and his team.
Closer than sisters with Eva green (Vanessa ives) and Olivia Llewellyn (Mina Harker)
Billy Piper (Brona Croft / Lily Frankenstein) and Josh Harnett (Ethan Chandler)
Some of classic horror literature’s most iconic characters, including Doctor Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and figures from Dracula, are stalking the darkest corners of Victorian London. Created and written by John Logan, « Penny Dreadful » weaves their stories together with those of original characters Sir Malcolm Murray, Ethan Chandler and Vanessa Ives as they confront their personal demons and real monsters in search of Mina Murray. Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green.
A new illustrated companion goes behind the scenes to unearth the show’s secrets and dissect every aspect of the production. Exclusive interview material with the show’s creator, executive producer Sam Mendes and supervising producer Chris King, as well as key crew and the main cast, accompany previously unseen images, from storyboards to stills and blueprints to sets, in this in-depth look at the making of the series.
“The one thing we knew very early on was we didn’t want computer generated monsters,” says Logan. “We simply were not going to do that, because there is something about them I find inherently false. I think audiences can tell if you’re watching an animation or if you’re watching an actor, and I believe in acting. We knew we needed to create a vampire – an actor in old-fashioned makeup to fit with the ethos of what the show is. So it would have texture, so it would be grainy just like everything else in the show, and so it would feel real.”
The production turned to special effects makeup maestro Nick Dudman for help. Dudman’s experience in producing makeup effects for film and television stretches back decades, although in recent years much of his time has been taken up with the Harry Potter film franchise. “Nick Dudman and his incredible group of artisans from all over the world created that vampire and every prosthetic effect and makeup effect we have,” continues Logan. “Nick’s very sensitive to text. He reads the script very closely, so he knows who the characters are. He lets them evolve in him before he will even suggest to me what he thinks they should look like, and there’s a process of refining and refining and refining. I had a particular idea for how the vampire moves, and what it feels like. Nick was able to embrace that, and then most importantly, he was able to make it.”
Concept art showing the slow decay of Fenton’s face during his time in Sir Malcolm’s basement
A variety of early designs for Sembene’s scarifications. After the first makeup trial, it was decided to drop the forehead application.
Sculpting the moulds for Frankenstein’s creature’s scars
Sarita Allison applying the final result.
The large prosthetic chest piece at the sculpt stage.
The vampires fingers at the sculpt stage
The finished chest prosthetic, complete with paint.
Makeup artist Sarita Allison puts the finishing touches to Robert Nairne’s vampire on set.
It wasn’t possible to actually shave Eva Green’s head as in the present she still has her long hair.
The makeup and hairdressing team devised several wigs, including one that could be shared for the scene and a skull cap with stubble and scars.
The Look Of Penny Dreadful – Make Up And Prosthetics
¤ The amazing make-up and prosthetics team on Penny Dreadful talk us though how they created the wonderful beings on the show.PENNY DREADFUL – or – how to make a dreadful mess into something beautiful.
Beauty walks – Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray demonstrates Enzo’s makeup expertise
¤ There is THING within us all