The Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Brian Kingston attended a Graduation ceremony at Titanic Creative Management’s south Belfast studio to congratulate students on completion of the creative training company’s first Summer School in prosthetics and SFX makeup.
The ten 13-17 year old students all graduated from the week long summer school which saw EMMY nominated Hollywood Makeup Artist, Brian Kinney, and founder of Titanic Creative Management, Nuala Campbell, provide them with an intensive training course in prosthetic and SFX makeup.
Graduating from the summer school Katie Birch from east Belfast, said: “My mum told me about the Titanic Creative Management Summer School as I’m really creative and love experimenting with makeup. I’ve really enjoyed the course.”
Graduating from the summer school Rebecca Close from east Belfast, said: “I’ve practised at home before but to learn from Titanic Creative Management has been really enjoyable. I want to make a career in special effects makeup so the Summer School has been perfect for a beginner like me.”
Graduating from the summer school Laura Dowle from east Belfast, said: “I’ve really enjoyed the Titanic Creative Management Summer School as it’s been a great opportunity to learn from Brian Kinney.”
Nuala Campbell, Managing Director, Titanic Creative Management, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and of the students this week. We have been very lucky to be able to bring an artist of Brian Kinney’s level to Belfast for this course but the young people who gained a place on our first summer school have shown a real keenness for learning, hanging on Brian’s ever word and working really hard on their projects. They have shown natural flair for working with prosthetics and I’m proud of what each and every one of them have achieved. They are the future and I’m delighted that Titanic Creative Management can equip them to explore a career in our industry.”
The summer school aimed to arm students interested in developing a career in the creative industries with a foundation in prosthetics and SFX makeup. The course also provided career advice and an insight into an industry which is regarded as difficult to break into in Northern Ireland. Titanic Creative Management are hoping to change this by providing high-level training courses like this for emerging artists here.
The Titanic Creative Management Summer School was sponsored by Movie House Cinemas and wouldn’t have been able to go ahead without their vital support.
“I’ve always had a keen interest in movies and the make up and special effects are a huge part of a great movie. I feel it’s important to support the local growing ﬁlm industry in Northern Ireland and to develop the skills of future generations. Training with Brian Kinney is a real chance of a lifetime and a chance for people who aspire to a career in the Film and TV industry to learn from one of the best,” said Michael McAdam, Managing Director, Movie House Cinemas.
Titanic Creative Management is a social enterprise founded to provide opportunities for local emerging artists who want to work in makeup, hair and prop design.