Backstage Interview Transcript: Makeup and Hairstyling

CATEGORY: Makeup and Hairstyling
SPEECH BY: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier


Q.    I wanted to ask you how this experience has made you better at your craft. 

A.    (Frances Hannon) Winning the Oscar is the most amazing honor.  I hope it does make me better at my craft, but I haven't tried it since, so I'll have a go on Monday.


Q.    Working on the movie. 

A.    (Frances Hannon) Oh, working on the movie working has been amazing.  I've worked with Wes for over 17 years now, so to win this award I think really comes from Wes, because he is the one who wrote it on the page, and we just work with it.

A.    (Mark Coulier) Whenever you do a makeup from now on you do it as an Oscar winner.  So when everybody's eyes are on it, when you're in the makeup room, you can't ‑‑ you can't do a bad makeup, because then it's like, "Oh, my God.  It's look at that, he's done an Oscar.  He's won an Oscar and look at what he's doing."  So yeah, it really ups your game, I think.


Q.    When Milena won her award, she talked about Wes being a conductor of an orchestra.  Talk about how your section of the orchestra fits in with the way he works and was anything different about this score for this film than in previous incarnations of an orchestra? 

A.    (Frances Hannon) I was the beginning and the end of every line of the music with Wes, first thing in the morning at 5 a.m. and last thing at night when we do the fittings on the actors for the next day, because they all came in so late.  So my years of pleasure with Wes have been extraordinary.  He is a composer, a man in his right.


Q.    Does he continue to surprise you, Wes, working with him?  Is there moments where he says that he wants to achieve something and you go, "Oh, my God, I did not expect that?" 

A.    (Frances Hannon) Constantly.


Q.    Is that a good or a bad thing?

A.    (Frances Hannon) No, it's always good.  He always pushes to the limit, and he always wants to see something else.  No matter what you give, he always ‑‑ he may go back to the first choice, but he always wants to see a lot of choices before he settles on it.  But he ‑‑ it is all on the page with Wes, you know, and it's in his head.  The film is edited before you start it.  That's the truth. 




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