The weeks leading up to Halloween 2014 have been utterly crazy over at the Shaune Harrison Academy.
I think the last time I actively got involved in Halloween was 20 years ago when I was working out in Toronto, Canada. I usually feel that it’s a ‘busman’s holiday’ for me. But this year it’s different.
Since this is our first Halloween with the Academy I wanted to embrace the festivities!…Oh boy did we!!!
It all started 3 weeks before Halloween when I made and applied my Zombie character for Grimmfest in Manchester. This is my 3rd time over at this awesome horror festival, I love going there and just talking about horror films with some great people, a few days after this event I was contacted by a Music Company called VEVO (check out their name on most music videos on Youtube) to see if I could supply them with a few zombie characters to give out vouchers for a music event happening over Halloween…
The following 2 weeks became absolutely crazy, (Sunday 26th October)I was asked by a good friend, Carl Whiteley to do some zombie demo’s over at the Manchester Zombie Walk, My academy supplied 2 zombie character and we were interviewed by the local press. (Tuesday 28th October) I did a Zombie prosthetic demonstration over at the Manchester Metropolitan University in front of a captured audience. The next day Wednesday I was asked to go over to the Liverpool Echo for a Halloween special and talk about my career and my Academy, (Thursday 30th October) I fulfilled a childhood dream by going onto a classic British children’s show, BLUE PETER (to get a blue peter badge is such an iconic thing to own) I did a zombie make up on Radzi, one of the presenters on the show then I did a live make up demonstration which was fun but scary!
The actual day of Halloween I came back to Media City in Manchester to do a radio interview on BBC Radio Manchester and whilst I was being interviewed I applied a Zombie bite on the DJ Andy Crane…Doing a make up on the radio was very odd but I suppose with the whole Social Media thing that happens nowadays, nothing is a surprise anymore…
Then on Saturday 1st November came the main event, The Academy had to bring in over 18 prosthetic artists who would be capable of applying multi piece Zombie make ups for the Vevo Halloween Event which was staged in Manchester in front of 5,000 people. We had to do 18 full on zombie make ups, numerous wounds and killings as well as making up some of the special guests that were at the event, we did make ups on the singer Labrinth and his band, we also did Ella Eyre’s band which we made them look like skeleton faces. In the end we did 32 make ups which was great fun but hard work.
All I can say is roll on Halloween 2015!
Til next time…:-)