Chatting with Cindy, Make-up Artist, as the Hughes stop for gas

It’s the second to last day of shooting.  We left the Hughes family cottage a couple days ago.  Yesterday, we were at their suburban home, another beautiful property outside of Vancouver.  This one has a swimming pool!  Today, we’re at a gas station on the other side of the Fraser River.  As we shoot, a few locals drive up looking for gas, only to be shooed away the crew.  Instead of gas, they get a glimpse of Selma and the cast of Replicas.

I’m chatting with Cindy Barlow, Key Makeup Artist on Replicas. She’s been in this business for 15 years.  We sit down on a bench outside the gas station as the rest of the crew sets up for the next shot.  It’s important that Cindy stays close to the set at all times for final touch-ups on the cast just before each scene.

photo by Justin Tyler Close

Me: When did you know you wanted to be a Makeup Artist on films?

When I was a kid, I had three sisters, two older, one younger, and my two older ones were kind of mean to me.  So I’d take my mom’s eye shadows and make bruises, and they would get in trouble, cause I said that they hit me.  I just used the eye shadows, I didn’t know any better.  So yeah, I just wanted to do it for a long time.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

I love meeting the cast, and all the different personalities.  You know, you just adapt.  We also do special effects, which is fun.  I love to use food for special effects, cause I love the texture of it.  And that way there’s not too many chemicals.

What’s an example of a special effect you’ve done with food?

I did Blade the TV series.  We had one character that was being tested on by vampires.  And they would put garlic on him, he would be burned and things like that.  So I used oatmeal. I just went to craft services that morning and got oatmeal that wasn’t cooked up, dried oatmeal, and just mixed it together with other things like cereal, so it just looked scabby and peely, and it was great.

Do you ever have interesting stories from the makeup trailer?

All the time.  But the motto is, what goes on in the trailer stays in the trailer.  It’s like a bartender. I mean, you’re close to them so they tell you everything.  It’s just a personal thing so you just be quiet about it.  I’m sometimes amazed by what they tell you, but you just be very quiet about it.

Whats one of the biggest challenges in the makeup department?

It depends on the show.  Every show is different, and every show you learn something.  You can do it for 30 years and you still learn something.   If you’re shooting in the summertime, and it’s so hot out, trying to make them look like they’re not sweating, it’s very difficult.  Especially when you’re shooting on pavement, and they’re getting a kickback from the sun, they can turn red during the shot.  It’s just little things like that you have to watch out for.

How has Replicas gone?

You know what, it’s been a lot of fun.  Some of the crew I’ve never met before, but some of them, you know, we go way back. The cast are a lot of fun.  Josh is such a gentlemen.  Very nice guy.  Selma is a lot of fun, I love her personality, cause you never know what she’s gonna do or say, and you know, it’s just been really good.

How do you get involved in a film?

With Replicas, I know (Line Producer) Ian Smith, and I did a show with him last year with Lou Diamond Phillips.  Just before this show, I did a Disney movie, Suite Life on Deck, and I knew Ian had a little girl, so I told him to come down to meet the cast, and then he told me about Replicas.  But usually if you don’t know the Production Manager or the Producers then you send in your résumé, and you get an interview with the Director or the Producers.

How has the film industry in Vancouver been recently?

I found the last two years were a little different because of the Olympics.  It really slowed it down a lot.  But before that it was just like, show, show, one right after another.  It was great, you know, cause I’m a workaholic.  I like to take a week off after a show, and then that’s it, I go back to work because I get bored.  Yeah, it’s changing now, cause I hear January is supposed to be really busy, so I think they’re making up for things, but yeah, it’s been really different the last couple years.

Do you have any advice for a young aspiring makeup artist?

Even if you know you’re not gonna get the job, just keep putting your resume out so that they recognize your name, and go to a school.  You have to go to a school, but you’re gonna learn more on set.  And just try things at home. I used to write this little article for this newspaper in the States; every Halloween they would ask me what to do for kids, and I would say just go to your kitchen cupboard.  You can use flower and water for glue so you’re not using the special effects glues, and just pour that on your face.  You can make it into anything and it just comes off with water at night.  And just experiment with stuff.  Just use your imagination.  Cause we’ve done severed arms out of pool noodles.  And if it doesn’t work out, who cares.  Just try it again.

– tony


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A fireside chat with Jeannine, Script Superwoman

Jeannine Dupuy, script supervisor on Replicas -- photo by Justin Tyler Close

It’s week two and things seem to be right on track.  ET Canada is
coming to check out the set and interview the cast today.  It’s a
little overcast, but that’s to be expected in December in the Pacific

“Pajama boy!” Jeannine Dupuy, Script Supervisor, exclaims, walking
through the living room while the crew sets up for a new scene. “I
just had to come by and give you a hug,” she tells Glenn MacRae,
Associate Producer.

Glenn MacRae, associate producer, often seen in pajamas -- photo by Justin Tyler Close

Just what, exactly, is a Script Supervisor?  I sat down with Jeannine
to find out.

“I’m in charge of maintaining the continuity of the script, making
sure that the actors say the correct dialogue, and keeping track of
any changes,” she explains.

Jeannine says she’s having a great time working on Replicas-“I love
working with Josh (Close).  He’s a very talented young man.  Fabulous
writer.  This is one of the best scripts I’ve read in a long time.  He
has a strong presence on camera.”  She worked with him before on The
Exorcism of Emily Rose, where she was working in the visual effects
department.  She’s also worked with Selma Blair previously on The Fog,
also in visual effects.

Jeannine has had an impressive career in film; she’s worked on over 40
films, all across Canada, in the US, Japan and India.  She’s worked on
films of all shapes and sizes–from 18 day shoots to 8 month shoots.
She´s gotten quite used to the 12 hour days–“I grew up in the
entertainment industry my whole life, so I don’t know any other life
other than what I’m doing.  I have nothing to compare it to.  For me
to work 12 hour days, or to be committed to a project long term or
short term, it’s the only life I know.”

I asked her if she prefers her current role to some of the other crew
positions she’s had.  “(As script supervisor,) I get to work with
actors, and I love that.  I do miss working in visual effects, and I’m
trying to get back into it.”

What are her favorites of the over 40 films on her resume?  She says
she has four: Smoking Aces (2009), Trapped Ashes (2006), directed by
five directors; Partition (2007), produced by Kim Roberts and Tina
Pehme (Replicas’ executive producers), and Paycheck (2003), directed
by John Woo and shot with as many as 19 cameras.  On Paycheck, Jeannine was Visual Effects Set Coordinator, keeping track of the camera data for the Visual effects department.  “With that many cameras, it must have been tough to keep track of everything!” I say.  “Yeah, it was a wonderful experience,” she replies, “and it helped prepare me for all the films I have done since.”

“As Script Supervisor, what is your pet peeve?” I ask her.

“Let’s wait till Jeremy (the director) walks out of the room,” she
jokes.  Just then, an Assistant Director calls her away to get ready
for the next shot-maybe that question is a road better left unexplored.


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Photos on set

Hey there… here are a few shots behind the scenes!

Jeremy, our fearless leader (director)

photo by Justin Tyler Close

A car pulls up to the driveway…

photo by Justin Tyler Close

Not sure what this is, but it’s a cool picture!

photo by Justin Tyler Close

Josh Close watching the monitor…

photo by Justin Tyler Close

Josh with a gun!

photo by Justin Tyler Close

Misty day on set…

photo by Justin Tyler Close

more to come soon!


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Aaaaaand we’re off!!!

Silence.  Broken by the occasional footstep or cough.  It´s early December.  Flu season.  It’s even more important to get your flu shot when just one cough can give away your location… the footsteps are getting closer…

“Rolling sound.”

Ah yes, that´s right, it´s the characters in the movie that are in danger, not me.  Sometimes I get confused by how real it seems watching Selma Blair, Josh Close, James D´Arcy and Rachel Miner on the monitor here on the set of Replicas just outside of Vancouver.


That´s when the Assistant Camera lets us know that the camera is rolling at just the right speed-24 frames per second.


8-year-old Brendan Hughes, played by Quinn Lord, sits in a bathtub. You can almost feel his heart pounding through the monitor in the other bedroom across the hall.  We´re 5 days into principal photography, and things are getting on track.  Keep checking back here for more updates on set at Replicas.

– Tony (Associate Prod.)

Replicas - Jeremy Power Regimals first feature length movie!

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