I wanted to write a little about double makeups and specifically the doubles for MAD EYE MOODY in HARRY POTTER. Firstly the main reason for doing double characters is quite simple, if you’re doing stunts or wide shots then there’s no need to use the main character. And for something like Mad Eye Moody he was in prosthetics for around 60 days in the Goblet of Fire so if the double make up could take over for a few wider shots then it all helped with not needing to bring in Brendan Gleeson as much.
In fact the first time you see Mad Eye in the Goblet of Fire, it’s actually the double as it was shot at night outside in the rain and it was over his shoulder.
The process of making the prosthetics for the Mad Eye double is pretty much the same as the main Mad Eye, we lifecast the performer and sculpt the make up as close as possible, sometimes this can be quite hard as the performers features may be a lot different to the lead performer. But as we always say, if you notice the stunt makeup on camera then the camera is too close to begin with.
I’ve added below the images of both Brendan Gleeson and his Sculpt and Tony Wests’ Sculpt as the double.
The great thing about the Harry Potter films is that you get the chance to make these characters and it also gives newer people in the industry a chance to apply a double make up with the fear of doing things wrong (and if they do something wrong, then the camera won’t pick it up!) A lot of assistants who have worked on double makeups have now gone onto doing hero characters in films…
In the Prisoner of Azkaban, Myself and Barrie Gower made up the great stunt lady Kelly Dent for the character of Aunt Marge, Kelly did a lot of the flying shots and stunt wire rigs in that sequence while Pam Ferris did all the close up shots of her face and body expanding. Because this make up was a lot more involved that the usual wide shots, Nick Dudman wanted 2 people who were a more experienced due to the nature of the scenes and the amount of prosthetic & costume changes needed.
Kelly was an amazing trooper throughout those scenes…In fact I’ve worked with Kelly on numerous projects before and after the Harry Potter films…and in the next blog I’ll talk about kelly’s double makeups for the film Stardust were she was doubling for Michelle Pfeiffer as the character of Lamia…
See you next time!