TWENTY TAFE Queensland Gold Coast beauty students are using their creative skills to transform everyday faces into frightening characters for Movie World's Fright Nights.
Using special effect makeup techniques, the Diploma of Beauty Therapy students create various creepy looks from decomposing zombies and bloodsucking vampires to characters from horror films such as Dusk to Dawn, The Conjuring 2, Friday the 13th and Wyrmwood.
Beauty Therapy teacher, Gabrielle Marotte, said this is the fourth year TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has partnered with Movie World's Fright Night events to give students the opportunity to work alongside world-renowned makeup artists.
"This year the students are fortunate to be learning from Emmy Award winning special makeup effects artist, Sean Genders, who worked on blockbusters such as Star Wars, the Matrix films and Mad Max: Fury Road," said Marotte.
"There is a real buzz in the production room providing students with real world experience of what it would be like to work on a movie set while learning techniques from established industry professionals."
The students volunteer their Friday and Saturday evenings to concoct the disturbing looks, which can take up to 30 minutes per face.
Beauty student, Kayla Moss, said they use various special products, tools and applications that they typically would not get the opportunity to work with.
"We get to use latex and blood as well as a lot of black and white to make the characters stand out in the dark and look very realistic," said Moss.
"We can also add touches of our own creative flare which is a lot of fun."
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast General Manager, Jenny Dodd said it is an excellent project for the students to apply their talents in a real world environment.
"We are thrilled to be working with Movie World and Sean Genders to ensure our students expand their career horizons and further develop their skills," said Dodd.
"TAFE Queensland Gold Coast takes pride in providing real world experience to all of our students and has invested into the training delivery of our programs to include greater involvement with local industry."
"This ensures students get a well-rounded education so that they are ahead of the rest upon graduating."
The TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Diploma of Beauty Therapy is a 12-month course with an average attendance of 3 days per week.
For course details and 2017 enrolment information, please visit tafegoldcoast.edu.au