Genre movies rarely get a look-in at the Oscars. Thought too frivolous for the prestigious award ceremony, big budget scifi flicks are usually snubbed. If they do manage to get nominated, films like The Force Awakens and Rogue One are usually shoved to the technical categories like sound editing and visual effects.

Such is the case of Star Trek: Beyond and Suicide Squad, two summer blockbusters that didn't quite win critics over. In 2017's #Oscars, these movies are head-to-head for the Hair & Makeup Award — but only one of them deserves to win.


Thursday, 02 March 2017 02:51

Star Trek Beyond


For any below-the-line craftsperson, being nominated for an Academy Award represents the culmination of a career’s worth of relentless, diligent, pinnacle-level work. In Joel Harlow’s case, he has been nominated thrice: for 2008’s Star Trek feature film reboot, for which he won the Oscar, for 2014’s The Lone Ranger, and this year for Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the newly launched series of films based on the 1966-69 TV series. “It’s pretty incredible,” said Harlow from the Atlanta location of the new Black Panther film, “having been a fan of Star Trek the original series—and subsequent series and films—that I would be involved to the extent that I am to the point of being nominated for an Academy Award.” 


Joel Harlow was first inspired by the makeup effects when he was a young boy watching the original King Kong. Captivated by the magic of animatronics, Harlow decided that was what he wanted to do, so he embarked on a career in stop-motion. John Carpenter’s The Thing also had an impact on him and inspired him to jump into makeup. In 2010 he won the Academy Award for Best Makeup on Star Trek, and this year Harlow received his second nomination for his work on Star Trek: Beyond. He’s gone from creating two alien tribes on the first Star Trek to 56 different alien races for the latest film. “There’s a little bit of Klingon in Krall.” Harlow says on creating the franchise’s latest villain.


Monday, 30 January 2017 14:56

Oscars 2017 – Nominees React

The Oscar nominations were announced early this morning. Check out statements from this year’s Oscar nominees. We’ll be updating this post throughout the day:

“On behalf of Myself, Richie Alonzo, and a supremely talented crew of artisans and technicians with whom I share this recognition, I would like to express my deepest heartfelt appreciation to the Academy for this incredible honor. Star Trek marked its fiftieth anniversary in 2016, and as an homage to all of those filmmakers that came before, we took the opportunity to create over fifty unique and individual alien races for Star Trek Beyond, a challenge that had never been attempted before and was only made possible through the steadfast support of Paramount, J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot, and Skydance, and the day to day collaborations with Justin Lin, Jeffery Chernov, Lindsey Weber, Simon Pegg, Doug Jung, Ron Ames and Helen Pollak.” Joel Harlow – Best Make Up and hairstyling – Star Trek Beyond 



Friday, 21 October 2016 13:12

Logan Official Trailer #1

Logan Trailer 1 (2017) Hugh Jackman Wolverine Movie HD [Official Trailer]

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Thursday, 13 October 2016 00:55

STAR TREK BEYOND | Jaylah Makeup Tutorial

"Star Trek Beyond," the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular Star Trek franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin (“The Fast and the Furious” franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew. In “Beyond," the Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.

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Learn how to apply a full head silicone prosthetic makeup with Academy Award-winning makeup effects master, Joel Harlow (STAR TREK BEYOND, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, THE MATRIX II & III).

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After the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond debuted Monday, we were among a select group of journalists invited to sit down and chat with director Justin Lin (the helmer of the third through sixth Fast and the Furious movies) about both the trailer and the upcoming third installment in the rebooted sci-fi franchise.