The Lastest Advances In TVs Monster Make-Up

Today’s generation is watching a more sophisticated monster than someone thirty years ago got to see. Audiences appreciate the more realistic approach, and enjoy seeing the veins popping out on the neck of a fanged beast, because it all looks so real and authentic. The reason for this is the advancements made in monster makeup. It also comes down to good, old-fashioned skill, which Barney Burman provides.

Fans of the show “Grimm” (NBC) get to enjoy the newest in makeup artistry, applied by someone that not only has knowledge and skill in his chosen field, but has a long family history behind him.

Burman owns his own shop in North Hollywood, called Proteus Make-up. He had the opportunity to learn his trade from his grandfather, who designed masks and props for the movie “Wolfman”, and for the TV series, “Twilight Zone”. Burman’s father, Thomas R. Burman, was also in the business, winning Emmys for his work on “Body Snatchers”, “Carrie 2”, “Powder”, “Star Kid” and “The X Files”.

Now the third Burman to enter the make-up and effects field, Barney Burman has some big names to his credit, as well. He has worked on “Men in Black 2”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “Haunted Mansion” and “Planet of the Apes”, among others. He also worked on the 2009 movie “Star Trek”, which garnered him an Academy Award.

In an interview, Burman shared that the Star Trek film was a challenge. He said it was the biggest film he had done to date, and that work on the project required four hours of sleep a night for six months. He said it was an enormous amount of energy to get it done.

Burman also commented on his work with Grimm. He said it was a challenging schedule. He explained that he would usually take three weeks for a make up assignment, but with Grimm, he and his team have to create a monster from scratch in four days. He said another challenging aspect is distance, with the show in Portland, while he is in North Hollywood.

Burman stated that each episode of Grimm varies a lot, which is something he enjoys about the work. He added that his work on the show required creating, repeatedly, with each new episode.

He elaborated by sharing that often times, he has had to come up with a dead body in five days, or make a multiple complete “Bigfoot” characters, with four days to get the first one done. He said that he has had up to seven or eight people, in North Hollywood and as much as three to four people in Portland, all working on the same project, at the same time.

Currently, he is working on a bat creature, with rows of teeth and red eyes, for the latest episode of Grimm, “Happily Ever Aftermath”. The character’s name is “Murcielago”.

One thing is for sure. When Grimm fans tune in, they will see a realistically horrific beast, created by Burman in his studio, Proteus Make-up.