Huge congrats to our very own Kazuhiro Tsuji and Jamie Kelman for making the Academy’s short list of films in the running for a best makeup nom.
If I can toot their horn a little, Kazu and Jamie were up against several massive challenges with our film. Realistically and seamlessly altering a human face, and especially a young person’s face, is a Herculean task. Without wrinkles or the forgivingly rough texture of older skin, there is essentially no place to hide. Joe was front and center the entire film, the makeup had to stand up to intense scrutiny, and not inhibit the performance. Add in the fact that Joe and Bruce look nothing alike, and our team had their work cut out for them.
Kazu approached the design of the makeup by first accepting that we would never make Joe look like Moonlighting-era Bruce, but instead would try to just alter a few key features to nudge their profiles a little closer. After designing and testing the pieces, Kazu handed over the day to day application to Jamie, and that was an art unto itself. Besides the three hour morning application, during the course of the day tiny beads of sweat would constantly bubble beneath the pieces, and Jamie would have to do surgical maintenance with a needle between every take. The attention to detail was pretty amazing to watch.
I couldn’t be prouder of their work, or feel luckier to have seen them work their magic. To sum up: WOOO HOOOO!!!!