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As part of our Behind-The-Scenes industry interaction programme - which enables young people from all backgrounds to have access to a creative professional - students from Lyndon School in Solihull, welcomed Special Effects Artist Veronica McAleer into their school.
Having worked on films like Shakespeare in Love, The Da Vinci Code, and the recent action film Assassin's Creed, Veronica has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to creating realistic special effects. See what top tips she gives to pupils in the video above.
Lyndon School teacher Mr. Spurr spoke to us after the visit, enthusing about the students' newly found interest in the world of special effects.
"The workshop was a really unique occasion to be a part of. It allowed our students to peak behind the curtain to see one of the many creative jobs that can be found in the film industry. A number of students have expressed an interest in pursuing a career in ‘practical crafts' in films, with make-up being a popular one."
Hearing Veronica's tales from inside Hollywood, coupled with the hands-on workshop, the students had a great introductory taste of life as a make-up artist.Lyndon School teacher, Mr. Spurr
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