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Shannon Mckean

Shannon Mckean

Sydney

Shannon is a highly regarded educator in the creative industries. Shannon has been a Makeup Artist for well over 20 years and has been teaching at AACM for many moons. She has worked in many different fields of makeup from Television, Film, and Theatre productions.

Her film credits include:

  • Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
  • Peter Jackson’s King Kong
  • Underworld 3 – Rise of the Lycans
  • 30 Days and Nights
  • Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Aquaman
  • Elvis
  • Amongst others

Her Professional Theatre Credits include:

  • Queensland Opera: Merry Widow, Don Giovanni, and Così Fan Tutte
  • Queensland Ballet: Romeo and Juliet, Dangerous Liaisons, Firebird, La Bayadere, and Nutcracker Ballet (2021/2022/2023 Seasons)

Shannon’s specialty is strong character makeups – ranging from Creature makeups, Prosthetics – S.P.F.X injuries and Zombies through to Ageing and Aliens. She is passionate about education. By using her knowledge of the many fields of makeup, the film industry, as well as the professional theatre industry, she helps support and encourage students in their own artistic expressions. She takes immense pleasure in inspiring students as they explore their own creative expression and creative journey.

Gina Nomachi

Gina Nomachi

Melbourne

I have been a face & Body painter for over 22 years now. I love the art of transformation, and coloring the body . I love to create creatures and beings that ignite inspiration to others. I love how makeup transcends beauty and goes to the imagination. I love to teach others my craft and help them to grow as artists. I also love a challenge and love learning new things and skill sets.

I started my career at Universal Studios Japan and then moved to Melbourne and secured a face painting business at Melbourne Zoo that is still operating after 16 years. I previously worked at Creature Technology Company as Silicone painter for the amnitronic dinosaurs that now operate at Universal Studios in China. From there I worked at A Blank Canvas as a scenic painter and in the Sculptural fabrication departments, doing large installs for S.A. Zoo & City Of Melbourne Christmas installations. Recently I’ve done some Daily makeup for the ABC’s Crazy Fun Park, and crafted silicone masks for Theatre and worked on Tones & I “Don’t Sleep “music video.

I’m best known for my specialized makeup applications and creating strong, dynamic characters. I’m also known as a body painter and airbrush specialist. I have strong knowledge of silicone painting and colouring and prosthetic applications. I’m a team player and have a wicked sense of humor!

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