Katy Perry Goes Undercover for her Birthday and Wreaks Havoc
Makeup Effects Magician Tony Gardner transforms Katy Perry into five of the World's Worst Party Entertainers for her latest music video, "Birthday," with amazing results.
Playing the “World’s Worst Birthday Entertainers,"
Filmed over the course of three days, the video succeeds thanks to the makeup effects artistry of Tony Gardner, whose other milestones include John Travolta's transformation into a buxom housewife for the film "Hairspray,"
Gardner credits Perry for the makeup's success: "Working with someone like Katy, who's as confident as she is creative, is extremely liberating,"
"It takes guts to walk out cold into the world as Goldie, a ninety year old showgirl with full body prosthetics, or as Yosef, the pudgy male MC character with chest hair and a mustache, and then perform in character in front of a room full of strangers and try to elicit a response. She makes it look easier than it is."
Gardner and his team of artists at Alterian (www.alterianinc.com) had less than two weeks to create the prosthetics required for the four makeup effects characters. "Having very little prep time seems to be the name of the game these days," says Gardner. But the challenge presented by those limitations is exactly what he finds most energizing.
Gardner is no stranger to performers and projects with high demands. He helped Daft Punk realize their robotic selves and then bringing those chromed characters to life, with functional LED read-outs and all. And Director Danny Boyle came to Gardner to realize sequences from the film “127 Hours” that involved James Franco having to sever his arm on camera in real time with complete medical accuracy.
“What others might cite as ‘problems’
“Time was definitely our major challenge with the ‘Birthday’
"The entire "Birthday" video was a great experience. I'd love to see Goldie make a come-back some day ...or go on tour with Katy," said Gardner, adding, "she was definitely a charmer."
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