Meet The Trainers

Alistair; Lecturer

Alistair’s interest in special effects make-up started in 2005 during a high school excursion all about film gore make-up. Since then, Alistair became a self-taught make-up artist working in the Perth LGBT community working as an entertainer and a make-up artist for multiple charity events, such as the renowned Club West. This led Alistair to studying his Diploma of Specialist Make-Up Services in 2012 and received Student of the Year through his hard work and dedication to the make-up industry.

Alistair has been working as a professional make-up artist for 5 years now, all over Western Australia. He has worked on multiple short films, stage productions and feature films, including working alongside professional make-up brands such as Kryolan. Alistair was recently a key make-up artist and prosthetics artist for the film, The Decadent and Depraved; a feature film shot in Rural Western Australia in late 2016.

After Alistair received his Cert IV in Training and Assessment, he has taught at multiple colleges in Perth and Busselton, developing and delivering make-up courses and workshops.

Alistair’s main passion is special effects and prosthetics. His passion has lead him to continue learning in this field, participating in multiple SFX workshops and maintaining high profile relationships with award winning artists.

Astrid; Lecturer

Astrid’s interest in media began in 2009, which lead to her completing a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University in Queensland. On her return to Western Australia she completed the Diploma of Specialist Makeup at an International level and is also certified in Training and Assessment. 

Astrid has been working as a makeup artist in the film industry for about three years, in Perth, WA. She has worked on countless films, music videos and commercials. Astrid was recently Head of Makeup Department for Top Knot Detective; a feature film shot in Perth. Here, she gained extensive knowledge in regards to leading a team.

Astrid has also worked at a popular make-up retailer for over two years, and keeps up to date with current trends, application methods and products.

Astrid’s particular area of interest lies within special effects and prosthetics.  To this end she continues to further her own education in this highly sought after skill in the film industry.

Mercyll; Lecturer

Mercyll has a passion for the skills involved in such a creative industry and sharing her knowledge in an endeavour to assist fellow creatives succeed in their chosen path. To further her career path, Mercyll completed a Diploma of Specialist Make-up Services in 2013 and was awarded the Student of the Year. Upon completion, she was immediately offered a position which combined her love of make-up and teaching.

Mercyll’s industry experience has allowed her to build ties with award winning photographers and directors of photography. Mercyll’s creative talent developed through a diverse career journey that includes various advertising campaigns, bridal and ball services for hair and make-up, editorial photoshoots, web series, short films and feature films. These also facilitate her to bring along hard-working students, allowing real world experiences. The most recent feature film Mercyll was brought on as the Head of Make-up Department, was for The Decadent and Depraved; which was filmed in various locations throughout rural Western Australia.

Working closely with numerous production companies, Screen Academy and fellow creatives with years of experience enables Mercyll to maintain relationships and skills in an ever-growing industry. She brings to her work a professionalism that can only be found in those who genuinely love every aspect of what they do.

Ali; Lecturer

Ali is an award-winning makeup artist who specialises in special effects, prosthetic work and prop building.

She has been working in the Australian film and television industry for the past 7 years, including TV commercials, short & feature length films, music clips, theatre productions and commercial advertising. In this time she has headed numerous makeup and FX departments, supplied prosthetics & props and has taught many up and coming artists through privately run workshops and makeup colleges throughout Australia.

Having worked Australia wide and through Canada, Ali brings us an eye for detail and an exciting way of learning the up to date techniques used in the film and television industry.