A few years after making a pop video with Robbie Williams (previous post), I again worked for Altered States on a commercial for Grolsch beer. The brief was that a group of Aliens land on earth and abduct a local who happens to be drinking a bottle of Grolsch beer (!!!) obviously they get drunk on the beer and fly off.
The agency wanted the look of the aliens to be the classic ‘GREY ALIEN’ look which was great. The eyes would blink digitally but everything else would be prosthetics. This time we had slightly less time than the Robbie Williams make up and we had 5 aliens to do, to cut down on the sculpting time we used the same body sections on each character and i sculpted the lead head then we slightly changed the look of each head there afterwards.
Again all the pieces were cast in foam latex, there was something like 18 pieces for each character and because there was only one make up artist assigned to each alien, it was a time consuming application time, it took something like 8 hours to do each one in the end as they had to be painted from head to toe.
We shot the commercial in Spain which was great but unfortunately we never saw much of the country as we shot at night time in a forest then interiors were done in an old disused warehouse.
What was great about working on both of these projects (Robbie Williams pop video and Aliens commercial) was the turnaround time, 8 weeks after starting on these jobs we were seeing the finished results and especially the Robbie Williams video has since become a really well known promo.
The Grolsch commercial won a BTA award for best prosthetic make up in a commercial.
Till next time :)