Donald James Mowat was born and raised in Montreal, Canada to British parents and has gone on to be a highly accomplished motion picture make up artist/designer. He maintains an international reputation of stellar work with more than seventy five feature films and twenty five television projects over a career that spans nearly four decades. He has received numerous awards and nominations internationally, including a Primetime Emmy award, two Saturn Awards, Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in 2018 for his work with BAFTA Los Angeles youth filmmaker education and mentorship. He has also received a record ten Make-up Artists & Hairstylists Guild Awards nominations, winning twice for Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners in 2014 and Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals in 2017. A three-time British Academy Film Award (BAFTA) nominee and Academy Award (Oscar) nominee, his long list of credits as Makeup Department Head/Designer or Personal Makeup Artist include Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant, Moon Knight, First Man, Blade Runner 2049, Nocturnal Animals, Spectre, Skyfall, Nightcrawler, Prisoners, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Fighter, The Departed, Sicario, 8 Mile, Three Kings, Mimic, Fly Away Home, Margaret’s Museum, The Perfect Storm, The Yards and Denis Villeneuve’s Dune for which he was the Makeup Department Head/Hair and Makeup and prosthetics Designer. Donald is a member of IATSE New York, Toronto, Montreal and Los Angeles. He served three terms on the Board of Directors for the Actors’ Fund of Canada (AFC, 2008–2014), a charitable foundation supporting entertainment professionals through health and financial crisis. He was elected to the National Board of Directors for The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, representing the Art Department for two terms (2007–2011) during his tenure on the board, he was instrumental in the creation of an annual makeup category for the Gemini and Genie Awards (now the Canadian Screen Awards). He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (invited 1999) serving the maximum twelve year term limit on the Executive Makeup Branch Committee and is active in the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, both in LA and London. He is a dedicated guest speaker, making appearances at Pixar Studios, Middleburg Film Festival, Savannah Film Festival, Savannah College of Art and Design, Falmouth University, Bolton University, Glasgow City College, College of Makeup Art and Design, Toronto and continues to serve on student film award panels for AMPAS and BAFTA. In May 2022 Donald was appointed a member to the Order of Canada established by Queen Elizabeth II in 1967, an honor designated for extraordinary contributions to the nation. He is represented by Jason Garber at United Talent Agency. Full Bio »
Learn the craft and business of working as a film or television makeup artist with award-winning makeup Artist Donald Mowat, who has worked on hit films such as DUNE, BLADE RUNNER 2049, SPECTRE, SYFALL, MOON KNIGHT, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, FIRST MAN, and more!
Makeup artistry in film and television is one of the most important and influential departments on any set. Makeup is the integral creative process that consists of anything from basic corrections (powder to correct shine, recreating periods in time or creating different emotional and physical states) to major character transformations (aging, injuries, prosthetics). Makeup in film and television drives character development and story and profoundly influences fashion, art, retail and culture. Working as a Makeup Artist (MUA) is an exciting and fulfilling career that requires craft and skills, both technical and communicative, while working directly with directors, actors and key decision makers on set. However, how do you become a makeup artist and what are the tools you need to have a long and successful career?
In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you will learn everything you need to know to not only break into the industry as a makeup artist but also how you can succeed in the role to ensure you are always doing great work and building a lasting career.
Teaching you about the craft and business of working as a makeup artist is renowned makeup artist, makeup department head, and prosthetics designer Donald Mowat. A three-time British Academy Film Award (BAFTA) nominee and Academy Award (Oscar) nominee, Donald’s long list of credits as Makeup Department Head/Designer or Personal Makeup Artist include THE COVENANT, MOON KNIGHT, FIRST MAN, BLADE RUNNER 2049, NOCTURNAL ANIMALS, SPECTRE, SKYFALL, NIGHTCRAWLER, PRISONERS, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE FIGHTER, THE DEPARTED, SICARIO, 8 MILE, THREE KINGS, MIMIC, FLY WAY HOME, MARGARET'S MUSEUM, THE PERFECT STORM, THE YARDS and DUNE for which he was the Makeup Department Head/Hair and Makeup and prosthetics Designer.
On top of his three BAFTA and Oscar nominations, Donald has received numerous awards and nominations internationally, including a Primetime Emmy award, two Saturn Awards, Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers in 2018 for his work with BAFTA Los Angeles youth filmmaker education and mentorship. He has also received a record ten Make-Up Artists & Hairstylists Guild Awards nominations, winning twice for Denis Villeneuve’s PRISONERS in 2014 and Tom Ford’s NOCTURNAL ANIMALS in 2017.
In a jam packed 90 minutes, Donald will teach you how and where to start your career as a makeup artist, the essential skills and tools you need for correction makeup work in most film and television projects, how to approach makeup for a period piece, how to work with A-List actors and directors, and the steps you need to take to build a sustainable career in the industry. If you are a filmmaker or producer, Donald will teach you how best to work with your makeup team for maximum effect. You will learn the fundamentals and personal approach Donald has honed for nearly 4 decades as a makeup designer. Donald will illuminate the versatility needed to keep up with this rapidly changing industry and the different approaches he uses to help bring characters from script to screen.
You will walk away from this webinar with the skills and confidence you need to start or further develop your career as a makeup artist in film and television. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to receive expert guidance from one of the most accomplished makeup artists in the world!
"I’m thrilled to impart some first hand knowledge of my experience with you as a makeup artist designer and department head with rising stars of the discipline. I am always delighted to share my experience with passionate filmmakers who share my love for telling stories." - Donald Mowat
Donald James Mowat
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