The International Make-Up Artist Trade Show (a.k.a. IMATS) is the make-up world’s largest gathering. Thousands of artists, vendors and professionals from fashion and film assemble to debut new products and provide education. The show is held six times a year, in Los Angeles, New York, London, Vancouver, Sydney and Toronto.
On November the 9th & 10th, IMATS invaded the Toronto Metro Convention Centre. Stuart Feedback Andrews, host of The Rue Morgue Podcast, was on hand with his trusty Canon Powershot to amass a ton of photographic evidence.
So for your voyeuristic delight, here’s some of the juiciest highlights of the weekend:
SAT, NOV. 9th
The Make-Up Artist Magazine booth:
Make-Up Artist Magazine is the industry’s premier publication and the entity behind IMATS.
Jordan Samuel was the make-up department head for the remakes of Total Recall, Carrie, Pacific Rim and the forthcoming Guillermo del Toro produced television series The Strain (currently in production here in Toronto at Pinewood Studios.)
The Complections College of Makeup Art & Design booth:
Complections is one of Canada’s most renowned make-up schools. Some of the student work on display at the booth:
Veteran monster mag journalist, Make-Up Artist magazine contributor and IMATS moderator Joe Nazzaro:
Some of the action on the floor:
Brilliant special effects make-up artist, sculptor and teacher Don Lanning (Hellboy) takes the stage for an impassioned and inspirational talk:
If you want to learn how to sculpt creatures, sign up for Mr. Lanning’s videos at the Stan Winston School of Character Arts:
Don Lanning with Canadian make-up artist, Trason Fernandez:
And the last shot of the day – Marilyn Monroe impersonator Miss Kitten Monroe:
SUN, NOV. 10th
Day Two kicked off with the Defiance panel.
Colin Penman and Joe Nazarro:
Winner of the Student Make-up Competition, Jeannine Sattherthwaite:
Make-up artist, Kat Von Pire:
On the floor:
IMATS came to a close with one of the high points of the weekend – Michael Key’s interview with David Martí & Montse Ribé from Spanish make-up effects shop (now transplanted to Toronto) DDT Efectos Especiales, the 2007 Academy Award winning team behind Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth:
The next edition of IMATS will be held in Los Angeles from Jan 17-19, 2014.
For more information, visit: http://www.imats.net/los/los_index.php