Passing through the aisles of a low-lit props and costume room we see racks of dresses in every colour, disused set pieces, miscellanea. The muffled noises of an interval bell tong; show is starting nearby.
We arrive at an art deco poster advertising a popular magic act; a magician stands rather ceremoniously between two female assistants, both of whom pose, applauding him. A gloved hand rests against the poster for support, as a shaky sigh resonates. The hand returns to it’s work, leaving a bloody print down the magician’s face and body.
Sleight is a is a short film by written and directed by Tom Wilson and produced by Cyna Strachan.
Visually this film is spectacular. The team did a great job on designing the set, and the two lead actresses had a wonderful time playing out their murderous roles. I also had a great time changing the two actresses from beautiful ‘girls next-door‘, to murderous showgirls. Geraldine (who played Celeste) and Rachel (who played Blondie) looked stunning for different reasons.
I created two different looks for each of the girls – with a 1920s influence. This was done in consultation with Tom and team.
Geraldine had an English Rose showgirl look about her (strong aqua/green eyes and strong red lips) and a curly/ruffled bobbed hair (she was already bruised and battered at the beginning of filming). With Rachel, I used bronzie/golden colours and her hair was put into a messy bun and a loose finger wave was created on one side of her head.
I also had to create a bruised cheek, cut lip and cheek, and stab wound on Geraldine (Celeste). It was challenging as I was given a very tight timeframe to prepare the two actors (hair, make-up and special effects).
The girls looked stunning at the beginning – but by the end of it – they looked a mess (the pictures below show the end result)! Well, considering they tried to kill each other, and they were physically non-stop fighting all day, it’s not surprising 🙂
Below are some background shots taken during filming. My phone was not able to capture the ambience/mood created when the lights were off, but you can at least see how complex the set was.
Director/Writer: Tom Wilson
Producer: Cyna Strachan
Celeste: Geraldine Hakewill
Blondie: Rachel Perks
Hair, Make-Up + Special Effects: Veronica Colvin