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  • Black Panther Makeup Designer and Effects Wizard Joel Harlow Fleshes Out the Biggest Movie in The World – Scars and All
    29
    MAR

    Black Panther Makeup Designer and Effects Wizard Joel Harlow Fleshes Out the Biggest Movie in The World – Scars and All

     When Oscar winner Joel Harlow received a call in early 2016 from executive producer Jeffrey Chernov, with whom he’d worked on Star Trek, the makeup designer was merely told to keep the end of his year open. “Jeffrey was going to be producing Black Panther,” Harlow recalled of the highly-anticipated Marvel Studios project. “Anything Jeffrey asked me to do, I’m all aboard. It was doubly exciting—I knew it would pose a lot of challenges.”

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  • ‘Black Panther’ Makeup Artist Says He’s Never Seen a Film ‘Move People’ Like This
    25
    MAR

    ‘Black Panther’ Makeup Artist Says He’s Never Seen a Film ‘Move People’ Like This

    Since it hit theaters six weeks ago, the only thing in the movie world that gets people as excited as “Black Panther” is kids re-enacting “Black Panther.”

    One of those kids has even gone viral. A boynamed Jordan wrapped himself in a purple bath towel to dress up as Wakanda’s wise mentor, Zuri, even going so far as to faithfully recreate the ceremonial face paint worn by Forest Whitaker as he declared that “the power of the Black Panther will be stripped away.”

    The man who designed that facepaint, makeup artist Joel Harlow, has worked on hit films such as “Logan,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Star Trek,” the latter of which earned him an Oscar. But seeing kids like Jordan recreate his work as they dress up as Zuri, Okoye, and Nakia has been one of the greatest rewards in his career.

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  • Interview: Black Panther Makeup Artist Joel Harlow
    25
    MAR

    Interview: Black Panther Makeup Artist Joel Harlow

    Oscar winner and Black Panther makeup artist Joel Harlow has a long list of credits to his name. He is the man behind the makeup on films and shows such as Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Star Trek and Star Trek: Beyond (for which he won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men, X-Men, and Logan. Most recently Harlow brought his talents to Black Panther where he was responsible for creating the tribal makeup, scars, and tattoos.

    We spoke to Harlow about the challenges of working on a film like Black Panther and the process of combining the traditional with the futuristic.

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  • 'Black Panther's Makeup Designer On The Challenges Of Bringing Wakandan Tribal Makeup To Life
    17
    MAR

    'Black Panther's Makeup Designer On The Challenges Of Bringing Wakandan Tribal Makeup To Life

    There are superhero movies, and then there's Black Panther: A true piece of cinematic genius that takes the viewer on a glorious, action-packed, and thought-provoking ride from start to finish. Don't even get me started on the records it smashed or underrepresented audiences it served. As of today's date, the Marvel superhero flick broke yet another box office record by topping $1.1 billion worldwide.

    That said, when I got the chance to interview Joel Harlow, the Academy Award-winning makeup designer and department head behind Black Panther, I was understandably excited to do so. He filled me in on how he and his team brought the incredible Wakandan ritual makeup, tribal masks, detailed body modification and tattoo art of the film to life. Wakanda forever

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  • What is a Cult Film? - Joel Harlow
    03
    MAR

    What is a Cult Film? - Joel Harlow

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  • 4 Mind-Blowing Secrets Behind the Makeup in Black Panther
    03
    MAR

    4 Mind-Blowing Secrets Behind the Makeup in Black Panther

    Since its debut, Black Panther has evolved from a movie to a cultural phenomenon with its epic tale of the technologically advanced society of Wakanda, an El Dorado-like land in Africa. As the first of its kind, the Hollywood pros behind the film had to combine centuries of African tradition and their own universe-bending creativity to bring this story alive. For director Ryan Coogler, makeup designer Joel Harlow, who worked on the sets of Star Trek Beyond, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Green Lantern and Alice Through the Looking Glass, was a clear choice.

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