Joel is represented by: http://www.miltonagency.com/
In addition to being a makeup and effects artist, Joel Harlow is also a painter, jewelry designer, and fine art sculptor. He has won two EMMY Awards as well as having his work featured in art galleries, and numerous books and magazines.
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Academy Governor Leonard Engelman hosts a look at the makeup and hairstyling nominees from 2013 including a panel with the nominees for "Dallas Buyers Club" (Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews), "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" (Stephen Prouty), and "The Lone Ranger" (Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny). Held on March 1, 2014 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
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The best makeup and hairstyling category at the Oscars has a tradition of diverse choices—think of Norbit competing against La vie en Rose in 2007—but there's rarely been a more motley bunch than this year’s nominees. We’ve already spoken to Stephen Prouty, who transformed Johnny Knoxville into an elderly man, in plaint sight of normal people, to earn his nomination for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. And Robin Mathews, the makeup artist for Dallas Buyers Club,revealed how she overcame a microscopic budget to earn her spot in the category. Finally we have Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua Casny, the makeup and hair-department heads, respectively, for by far the biggest film in the category,The Lone Ranger. Did working on a film with a giant budget make their job any easier? Why don’t you ask the New Mexico wind that blows in five different directions, or the full-body prosthetics required to transform Depp into an aged Tonto? Harlow and Casny talk more below about the painstaking process of bringing the giant period action film to life.
“Out of every movie I’ve ever done, this movie has more makeup in it, and more different types of makeup in it, than everything else.” That’s quite a statement coming from Joel Harlow, who won an Oscar for 2009’s Star Trek who and has rendered one of the planet’s biggest stars, Johnny Depp, unrecognizable in everything from three Pirates of the Caribbean films to Alice in Wonderland. Depp went to Harlow to create Tonto’s painted-face look for The Lone Ranger; when they sent a photo of Depp in costume to other members of the crew, including hair-department head Gloria Pasqua Casny, nobody realized it was their star underneath the paint.
“We push the possibilities of makeup to the extreme,” Harlow says about working with Depp, whom he met on the firstPirates of the Caribbean film. “Creating characters with him, it’s a great experience, because it is truly that. It’s creating characters without consideration for, ‘How long is this going to take? How uncomfortable is this going to be to wear?’ It’s all about how it’s going to look.”
“He gave me no restrictions at all,” Casny says about the film’s star, who allowed her to braid his hair into cornrows in order to sew Tonto’s headpiece into place. “He puts his arms out, he’s just laying there, and Joel and 50 people are doing his makeup and I’m braiding his hair.” Tonto’s elaborate wig and hairpiece were put in place using a helmet stitched into his braids, which had to stay intact—and in the exact same condition—through action sequences that would sometimes span four different states. “[Director] Gore [Verbinski] would have killed me if this wig came off in the middle of the train scene,” Casny said. “Failure is not an option.”
There are 86 speaking parts in The Lone Ranger, and Casny estimates creating 200 hairpieces, most of them for extras playing Chinese railroad workers. Harlow, meanwhile, was transforming Depp into two very different versions of Tonto—one with the black-and-white makeup, and the other the old man seen in the film’s frame story. Like Prouty on Bad Grandpa, Harlow was using extensive prosthetics and some surprising tricks to convincingly add decades to Depp’s face. “For old-age Tonto, it’s a full upper-body-aging makeup that has rarely been attempted. It’s got hair punched into the arms, it’s got hair punched into the shoulders, in places on the face. I wanted to make the eyes look just as old as sympathetic. What I did is I double stacked contact lenses in his eyes, to make the lower lid sort of droop down, [creating] the illusion that his lower lid sagged, as did the rest of his face.”
Like their fellow nominees, Harlow and Casny have no idea how the voting members of the Academy (Harlow is among them) are supposed to choose between the three films; being part of the film with, by far, the biggest budget and the most public box office failure, they’re hopeful their work can stand on its own merits. “We have such a volume of work compared to the other two, but I don’t know if we’re going to [win],” Casny said. “I think that people go with which movie they liked better.”
For Harlow, the only previous winner nominated in the category, the perceived underdog status could make for a happier Oscar night in the end. “The first time I went, there was a lot of anxiety about, ‘Are we gong to win?’ It’s still some of that, but to even make it this far, we’re enormously grateful and incredibly proud. It will be nice for us to just have a great night, and watch the show from inside the theater instead of on television.”
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LOS ANGELES — In an awards season that seems to have a ceremony for every facet of filmmaking, the Make-up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards returned after a 10-year hiatus with an award for Johnny Depp.
The actor received the inaugural distinguished artisan award for his work in films like “Edward Scissorhands,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Alice in Wonderland.”
Depp’s honor was presented by his long-time collaborator and makeup artist Joel Harlow, who is nominated for an Academy Award this year for makeup in “The Lone Ranger.” Depp also starred in the film.
“This is a great honor, but glancing up at the screen, I realize what a ridiculous thing I’ve done,” joked Depp while accepting his trophy after clips of his work were shown at Paramount Studios theater Saturday evening.
“I mean seriously, why do they still give me jobs?” he added. “I’ve done a lot of things. … I should probably apologize for a few, but I won’t.”
Praising the work of the makeup artists who’ve helped him “find the root of each character,” the soft-spoken actor said he liked when his face was molded in “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”
“I found, oddly, that I liked being encased in all of that stuff,” he said. “I try something different each time as an actor with the amazing help of makeup artists who have made my whole career.”
Resembling the boozy party that is the Golden Globes rather than the formal Oscars, the makeup and hair stylists awards, which honors the best in the business from film to television, was a reunion for the behind-the-scenes artists. Squeals echoed throughout the auditorium as artists with multi-colored hair and thick cat-eye style makeup hugged and kissed.
“It’s our circle or little family’s time to celebrate,” said Harlow prior to the ceremony.
As an ode to visual effects, a woman painted white and dressed in the same color stood in the lobby balancing a large headpiece made of flowers as she was lit by green lights. Host Tom Arnold later joked she looked “edible, like a big white cake.”
There to present the award for best contemporary hair styling to the stylists for “Lee Daniels’ the Butler,” best supporting actress Oscar nominee June Squibb called the green lighting wild. Turns out she loves the color. She’s even asked Tadashi Shoji to make her a green dress for Oscar night. “I’ve seen a sketch and it’s wonderful!” she added.
Some of the evening’s other awards went to Oscar nominees “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” for best special makeup effects and “Dallas Buyers Club” for best period and/or character makeup, while best contemporary hair styling in a television series went to “The Voice.”
Makeup artist Dick Smith and hairstylist Gail Ryan received lifetime achievement awards.
The Oscar ceremony will take place March 2.