Makeup Artist: Karin Gumbinner

Posted by Justin Jackola


Just Once


Makeup Artist


Karin Gumbinner

A Makeup Artist is responsible for planning makeup designs for all leading and supporting cast. Their department includes all cosmetic makeup, body makeup and if special effects are involved, the key make-up artist will consult with a special effects makeup team to create all prosthetics and SFX makeup in a production.

Hi everyone and thanks for checking out this weeks Exposing The Crew short film!

Dramatically experiencing the life of a drug addict through an experimental film can be a unique journey. This short film not only guides you into the mind of the addict with its experimental editing style, but also into the physical pain of the addict through the use of Special Effect Makeup. This visual makeup art was produced by this weeks highlighted Makeup ArtistKarin Gumbinner.

“I knew that convincing makeup would be the aspect to make or break this film.”- Kaitlin Creadon (Director)

While watching ETC submissions it can be challenging to find what aspect of the project to highlight. The majority of times the job of the filmmakers is to make their work invisible, so that the audience is concentrated on the story, instead of the art. While watching Just Once I honestly could not tell if the injuries of the main character were real or not. I was like “Is some weird narrative documentary where the actress really is an addict?” At that point I knew I needed to highlight the Makeup Artist because of her amazing skill to produce realistic effects.

“Since we shot the sequence in a gradual progression, I started her with a more subtle look of redness around her eyes to indicate general sickness, which progressed into skin  irritation and bruises on her arms and then eventually into open sores. This layer-by-layer process was a lot of fun because each addition kept on having a big impact on the look.” – Karin Gumbinner

Another tribute to Karin Gumbinner’s makeup work is the fact that the camera did not shy away from extreme-close-up shots of her work, which intensified the grotesqueness of the addicts junkie marks. Again, shots that I had to go back to, pause, and debate their reality.

Thank you Karin Gumbinner for helping create such a unique short film for our viewers this week. You can see her other makeup work HERE.

We’d also like to thank Kaitlin Creadon, for submitting and her directorial contribution to this project.

Thank you for watching this week’s Exposing the Crew “EXPOSED” short film!

See You Next Tuesday,

Justin Jackola (Director at JJack Productions)