Special Effects Boot Camp 1

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Lesson series
  • By: CMS Digital Studios & Cinema Makeup School
  • Skill Level Required: Any
  • Study time: 5 Days
  • Class Type: 21 Pre-Recorded Videos 
  • Materials Provided: Yes ($342 value)
Course overview
Our Special Effects Boot Camp 1 is all about the core foundations of special effects makeup. This course includes character development & monster makeup and is led by 42-year industry expert Michael Spatola. Spatola has worked on hundreds of movies & productions, but most notably Terminator 2, Predator 2, Iron Man 3 & more. He has also been Emmy nominated twice for the Outstanding Makeup Award.
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CMS Digital Studios, Inc. in association with Cinema Makeup School is dedicated to educating the next generation of makeup artists for the film, television, fashion, and entertainment industries. We aim to provide students with all of the skills needed to succeed as makeup artists and to give them a solid foundation for any job they seek. In addition to makeup techniques, CMS students are taught professionalism, ethics, business, and history.

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About Special Effects Boot Camp 1

Learn character development, monster makeup & take a virtual tour to a makeup & effects lab and a beauty lab.

Learn burns, cuts, scrapes, bruises, prosthetics and how to use these skills in the real world.

"This class was awesome. Having someone who has been doing this profession for so long and have been successful at it show us in the course all the skills and techniques was amazing and confidence building."
Meagan Scruggs  - Past Boot Camp Student

What's included?

21 Video Lessons

Our lessons are designed to provide the skills in a practical approach. Our students' success is our best asset in showing the quality of our training.

5 Days of Teaching

Strategies shared and knowledge earned allows our students to immediately put their skillsets to use and start offering their services around the globe.

Real World Examples

Whether you want to boost your career at the shop or studio you are working at or grow your own business by applying the latest techniques and lessons we teach, this is one of the best ways.

In Business Since 1993

With over 28+ in the industry, Cinema Makeup School is distinguished as being one of the most prominent learning academies.

Flexible Learning

Although this class is scheduled in 5 days, feel free to learn at your own pace with always accessible content,

Learn From Any Device

Enjoy flexibility and variety of your specific learning habits. Can be viewed from any device and at your own pace.

2-Time Emmy Nominated Instructor

This class is taught by one of our most prominent professors in the makeup industry, Michael Spatola. 

Frequently asked questions

How Do I Receive Materials?

Materials for this course are included ($342 value). For students outside the USA wanting to buy materials, please contact us before purchasing the course so we can make sure we can ship them to you. For USA residents, we will ship the materials to you in around 7 days. Alternatively, you can feel free to buy your own materials or just watch the classes. After purchase, we have a dedicated team to make sure to help you find all relevant materials to maximize your learning outcomes, regardless of if you bought materials from us or want to find your own.

How Long Do I Have Access to This Course?

You will have 12 months of access to this course after purchase. If you need more time, you can always ask for an extension and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What is the Difference Between FX Bootcamp 1 and FX Bootcamp 2?

You can take these courses individually or together and you can start with either. They are independent of each other. We just had to label them "1" and "2" as there was too much content to put into one course. FX Bootcamp 1 focuses on bruises, scabs, scrapes & prosthetics while FX Bootcamp 2 focuses on cuts, bullet holes, burns, prosthetics and sculping.

Are these Live Zoom Classes?

These are pre-recorded Zoom classes so you can watch them at any time and go at your own pace. You can watch these videos from any device to make it easier to do the work alongside the instructors as they are teaching.

Do You Have In-Person Classes?

We have in-person classes at our school in Los Angeles, California. For more information on in-person classes please visit www.cinemamakeup.com.
Meet the instructor

Michael Spatola

Michael Spatola is a make-up artist with over 35 years professional experience. Although he's flown under the radar for most of his career, he's actually been nominated by his peers twice for Outstanding Individual Achievement In Make-up EMMY Awards, and twice for Best Make-up Cable ACE Awards.

Mike's worked on all types of budgets and films from "Return of the Living Dead" to "Stargate" to "Terminator 2" to "Iron Man 3" and is probably best known for being the Make-up Effects Supervisor for a few seasons of HBO's "Tales From The Crypt." Before his "Hollywood" career, Mike cranked out monster make-ups, day in and day out at The Brigantine Castle- a 5 story haunted castle amusement in Brigantine, New Jersey. After 6 years of the haunted house business, it was time to move to Hollywood.

You'll find that Mike's a skilled instructor. He's a teacher with the ability to explain techniques and methods so they are extremely easy to understand. Currently, you can find Mike at Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles. There he serves as the Chief Academic Officer and lead instructor.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Official CMS Certification Included Upon Completion

  • Add Experience to Your Resume

    Knowing how to promote your skills is important to progress in your career! Our certification is:
    • Mailed to you within 30 days upon completion
    • Able to be added to your LinkedIn
    • A great certification to help with industry credibility
  • Showcase Your Newly Learned Skills

    With an official CMS Certification for Special Effects Boot Camp 1, you can showcase your skills you learned for future opportunities.
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Special Effects Boot Camp 1

Our Special Effects Boot Camp 1 is all about special effects makeup designed for teenagers, but valuable for any age and any skill level. Led by 42-year industry expert Michael Spatola. Spatola has worked on hundreds of movies & productions, but most notably Terminator 2, Predator 2, Iron Man 3 & more. He has also been Emmy nominated twice for the Outstanding Makeup Award.

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