I've done two FEAR FACTOR series with a team from Malsysia, and loved every minute of it. Shooying in Cape Town is always spectacular. We become so blase about our own country that when we start to see it through the eyes of foreigners, we really have to take a step back and see how lucky we are.
Setting up for stunts gives us all a chance to take in the view while the stunties and camera crew prep. With our magnificent Green Point Stadium as the backdrop, everything begins to feel pretty awesome.
A park at the bottom of the mountain is not an uncommon sight in the most beautiful Mother City. But it is pretty cool when you're shooting Fear Factor!
Movie stars and cheetahs: these two were incredibly chilled!
My friend, and crew member, getting all bad-ass on us when she climbed into a box with creepy crawlies!! I could barely watch. But we always have top medics standing by, and for Fear Factor they always have maximum safety, because even on basic sets, things can go very wrong, very quickly.
Shooting with Aaron Aziz is always a pleasure. What a gentleman!! I was very honoured to meet his wife and children as they visited the set. My main concern for Aaron was to keep his skin hydrated. I turned to Kiehl's for help with cleansing, and mostly handcream!! But soon one of my favourite products became a matte hydrating moisturiser from Vichy, which I used almost constantly.
When the trucks roll in, it gets a little cramped, but our unit guys keep the set sane.
Emergency services on set always make us pay more attention! You can read whatever you like into that sentence!! :)
I remember that wind was our biggest challenge and fear on this day. The stunt team have the priority of making the stunt as safe as possible. The elements are what they cannot control...and Cape Town has a reputation for sudden gusts of gale force wind. The day was long, simply because we were waiting for the safest opportunity. Sometimes there's a heck of a lot of waiting on set. But we are always ready to go in an instant.
To know what is required as a makeup artist, you must understand what the camera sees. Very few makeup assistants learn that in makeup school. Which is why experience is education. So many advances are made, and technology leaps ahead before we have even gotten used to it. So do you best to understand the technology and how it affects the the way your makeup is represented in camera.
Sometimes I work with directors who remember when I was young!! Our South African industry used to be so small that we knew everyone! Now the boom has meant that there are so many more folks to remember! But it is always so heartwarming to shoot with teams that I've worked with in the age of film.
I made pretty certain that I had really good shampoo on set, just in case anyone wanted to clean up after a messy day on set. I love it when my makeup truck has a basin and a chair, but there are times when you just have to rough it out under African skies. And sometimes the star presenter does hair!?!
One of my favourite parts of doing presenter makeup on location based shoots, is getting chaperoned!! I am collected from my home and transported to wherever I need to be, which makes a huge difference to being calm and unfrazzled by horrid Cape Town traffic. On most shoots, though, when I drive myself to set, I try to take a moment to zen myself into a state of calm so that it filters through to whoever sits in my chair. It is the way of the makeup artist!! Ommmm.