Local 706 - The Artisan

Spring 2023

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28 • THE ARTISAN SPRING 2023 THE FABELMANS FULFILLING A DREAM TO WORK WITH STEVEN SPIELBERG At the beginning of April 2021, Carla Raij emailed me: "I got your name from Lois Burwell. I'm coming to LA for a 50-day shoot with a great cast and great director." I called when I was driving to work and had to pull over when she said, "You know, this is for a Spielberg film." I was completely silent. So much so that she said, "Hello? Did I lose you?" I mean, c'mon! My absolute dream since I saw, what, everything that influenced me? All my favorites; Jaws, E.T., Close Encounters, Poltergeist, Raiders of the Lost Ark, to name a few. Endlessly a fan. Lois was entrusting me to take the helm for her; not only was I going to be working for Steven, but I respect Lois and wanted her to be glad she recommended me. Pre-production started and I began my research. I was given access to his home movies, films he made when he was young, and family photos. I ended up doing physical boards with different themes; one for his sisters, one for his parents and Steven. I also added in colors of make-up that his family wore in pictures; sometimes he was very specific and other times he would say "you decide." This was his childhood, his family, his memories and inspirations. The pressure to get it right was overwhelming. We had a preliminary meeting with Spielberg, Kristie Macosko-Krieger (Head of Amblin), Carla, Gloria Casny, Mark Bridges (brilliant costume designer), and Michelle Williams at Vincent Van Dyke's studio. Originally, Michelle was going to wear some subtle prosthetics and we did several versions and tests (one involved Gloria, Mark, and I flying B Y E R Y N K R U E G E R M E K A S H | D E PA R T M E N T H E A D M A K E - U P MAKE-UP Continued on page 30

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