Professional Crash Course: Character

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Lesson series
  • By: CMS Digital Studios & Cinema Makeup School
  • Required Skill Level: Any
  • Study time: 5 Days
  • Class Type: 20 Pre-Recorded Videos 
  • Materials Provided: Yes ($369 value)
Course overview
Our Professional Crash Course Character is a continuation in our Professional Crash Course series designed to enhance the skillset of working artists. In this course, the focus will be on “out-of-kit” techniques, which are techniques that utilize creative solutions with standard makeup kit components to create realistic makeup effects.

In this course you will learn:

- How to create realistic bruises, black eyes, and cuts 
- How to create burn scars, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns  
- How to create bullet holes and exit wounds 
- How to create realistic scars, scabs, and scrapes 
- How to age an actor using paint, powder, hair-greying techniques, and tooth stains 
- How to dramatically age an actor using a variety of stretch and stipple techniques 
- How to lay hair on an actor to create mutton chops, mustaches, goatees, and beards
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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 Digital students are taught professionalism, ethics, business, and history.
CMS Digital Studios, Inc.

About Professional Crash Course: Character

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.

These courses definitely will help me towards my career goals since everything I learned from them have been new skills and techniques I’ve never tried. As a young person knowing the business and the makeup side and with practice hopefully it will help me get a job one day. 
Ava - Past Boot Camp Student

What's included?

20 Video Lessons

Our training is 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 set up their business and start offering their services around the globe.

Real World Examples

Whether you want to boost your career within the company you are working or grow at your own business by applying the latest strategies we teach, this is the way.

In Business Since 1993

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

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 ($369 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 your materials to you in around 7 days after purchase. 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.

How is this Course Different Than the Other Courses?

Professional Crash Course: Character is the more advanced version of Special Effects Bootcamps 1 and 2. Tailored more for working professionals, you will learn how to lay hair on an actor/actress, how to create realistic bruises, black eyes, and cuts, how to create burn scars, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns, how to create bullet holes and exit wounds, how to create realistic scars, scabs, and scrapes and how to age an actor with stretch and stipple techniques. This course can still be taken without any prior experience to special effects makeup.

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
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 Professional Crash Course: Character, you can showcase your skills you learned for future opportunities.
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Professional Crash Course: Character

Our Professional Crash Course Character is a continuation in our Professional Crash Course series designed to enhance the skillset of working artists. In this course, the focus will be on “out-of-kit” techniques, which are techniques that utilize creative solutions with standard makeup kit components to create realistic makeup effects.

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