Special effects artist shares his tips for success
From working on the set of box office movies to showcasing his skills on an Invercargill stage, international hair, makeup and special effects artist Warren Dion Smith wants to inspire, energise and motivate stylists.
About 60 Southland hairdressers, makeup artists and members of the public attended the show at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club on Sunday night.
Southland Association of Register Hairdressers president Kyla Allan said it was inspiring for Southland’s hairdressers to see him at work.
‘‘This is huge. This is amazing. ‘‘He’s so giving and loving. We just absorb it.’’
On Sunday, four stylists from Invercargill and Winton worked alongside him, ‘‘picking his brain’’ and learning his techniques, to prepare for the show.
Allan hoped he would inspire up-and-coming hairdressers, makeup artists and even school students interested in the industry, to have a go and compete in live competitions.
‘‘Every creative person will be inspired by this. He’s so inspiring.’’
Smith, who is originally from a small country town near Hanmer Springs, travels the world representing Weta Workshop, which is based in Wellington.
He has worked on several films, including King Kong, The Hobbit trilogy, Spiderman 2 and Superman.
He now travels the world and creates styles live on stage, which he hoped would inspire, energise and motivate stylists at any level of learning.
At his Invercargill show, he used $40,000 of materials, including silicon and animal hair.
The region had a high level of hairdressing already, but he hoped his work would inspire people in the industry to try new things.
‘‘There’s so much talent with hair but no movie makeup. I want to show how far hairdressing has taken me.
‘‘It’s taken me all over the world for free.
‘‘To create an Orc [from the Hobbit movies], you don’t need to be stuck in a salon.’’
It was the first time he had visited Invercargill.
‘‘It’s wonderful to be appreciated here ... people are generally interested in it [special effects makeup].’’
Warren Dion Smith with Kerry Penisula-Spain fit model Caleb Spain with a Hobbit inspired look.
The team that helped with the show.