Netflix in Shepperton Film Studios –  What Does it Mean for Aspiring Makeup Artists?

If you’re looking for a good reason to become a makeup artist, look no further. Netflix has announced that it is taking up a long-term lease in Shepperton Film Studios, the home of Brushstroke Makeup School. That lease is believed to be at least 10 years.

Film productions are already underway at Shepperton with the filming of The Old Guard, starting Charlize Theron.

While Netflix is still to announce the financial details of the 435,000 square feet production hub, here’s what Ted Sarandos, chief content officer for Netflix said:

“Shepperton has been synonymous with world class film for nearly a century and it’s an important production hub for the U.K. creative community today […] We’re incredibly proud to be part of that heritage. This investment will ensure that British creators and producers have first rate production facilities and a world stage for their work”.

Paul Gold, the chairman of the Pinewood Group, was equally enthused with the relationship. 

Netflix’s decision to base their production hub at Shepperton is a strong vote of support for the Pinewood Group and gives us great confidence as we expand our UK studios”, he said.

There have been 40 Netflix originals and co-productions created in Britain this year, including Sex Education in Wales, Outlaw King in Scotland and The Crown at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. In fact, this year alone it has  created work for more than 25,000 cast, crew and extras.

Why Brushstroke Chose To Be Based In Shepperton Studios

Brushstroke was founded by Cheraine Bell nearly 30 years ago, having identified a real need for professional training in the makeup and hair industry. At that time makeup schools based in film studios was a new thing. Cheraine changed that by installing the first UK makeup school within a film studio – bringing the reality of film, tv and productions closer to the training for it. 

Cheraine is no stranger to the glamour of film, TV and makeup. Her career progressed working with actors such as Michael Caine, John Cleese, Steve Martin and John Hurt on productions as varied as The Office and Les Miserables. She realised that professional direction for makeup and hair artists was needed and so she set up Brushstroke Makeup Academy to continue to offer the right kind of instruction and support to budding makeup artists of all ages.

While Cheraine agrees that you get training on the job, she also strongly asserts “that there is no substitute for having the basic skills”. According to Cheraine “This is a competitive industry that increasingly wants skilled and qualified people to be able to pick up a brush and get working straight away on set. And that’s what we achieve with our training at Brushstroke.”

The Benefits of Being Based in A Film Studio

Brushstroke Makeup and Hair School is located within the Shepperton Film Studios complex. It shares the large Orson Welles building with post production companies and other technical departments such as 3D cyber scanning. It also has premises in nearby Pinewood Studios.

All Brushstroke students benefit from our purpose-built facilities which are the largest in the UK and Europe, incorporating studios, workshops and storerooms. Students studying at Brushstroke benefit from:

  •  4 large make-up studios with multiple computer access
  •  Photographic studio with high definition (HD) camera, various backdrops and lighting options
  • Stock room complete with wigs, training heads and equipment
  • Main admin office and kitchen facilities

Our equipment and materials are constantly evolving in line with the needs of the industry and its continued advancement

The world of Brushstroke is spacious and airy, and offers a professional training environment supported by professional industry standard qualifications. It is balanced with the kind of buzz that being in the midst of the performing arts inspires.

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