Make-Up Design – Rules
The student may choose any play on the announced list posted in September on the
Florida State Thespian website by the State Board of Directors.
Only one entrant may be involved in the design process and each design should be the student’s own work. No collaborations are allowed.
The student must choose THREE characters from the play and present a face chart and color photo (head shot) for each. Face charts must show instruction and design for the makeup as if it were to be applied by an actor. Full rendering is optional but instruction such as color, texture, lining & special effects placement, etc. are mandatory. A human face may be traced and/or used as a template for the face chart.
Photos should be 8 x 10 glossy or matte finish of the executed makeup design.
Face charts should correspond in size.
Each face chart and corresponding photo should be mounted together on a black display board that is 14” x 22” which provides the needed area to mount both pieces centered uniformly with a 2” border. Only one set (chart/photo) per display board is allowed and display boards can not be mounted to any other surface. (Black foam core is appropriate for display boards)
Each board should also have a title block mounted on the lower right hand corner labeled in the
following manner and size (5” x 2”):
Show Title and Author
Character Name. Act and Scene
Designer’s (student) Name and Troupe Number
Accompanying the design presentation should be a notebook containing the following:
The designer’s concept statement which should include script and research references to support
Typed instructions for each individual design that could be given to an actor along with the corresponding face chart for application purposes. (Note: These instructions should be free of technical jargon and simple to follow.)
Research imagery that supports the design choices should be included and may be used as a reference for the actor in the application process.
The designer must present a verbal justification of the designs. Note cards may be used.
Budgetary consideration will not effect adjudication.
The presentation cannot exceed five (5) minutes and the overall session cannot exceed ten (10) minutes, including setup and Q & A.
Things to consider:
Does the design visually reinforce the mood, style, character and theme of the play?
Are face charts clearly labeled so an actor could apply this makeup?
Is the design justified by the script and your research?