Spe­cial ef­fects artist shares his tips for suc­cess

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BECCA MOORE

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.

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