A Q&A With Professional Makeup Artist Roy Wooley
You may know Roy Wooley from Syfy’s “Face Off.” You may know his work from movies like “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” and “Captain America: Civil War.” Wooley has always had a passion for creating one-of-a-kind, artistic and spooky looks. After moving from his small hometown in Alabama to the big city of Atlanta, Wooley was able to turn that passion into a successful career in special effects makeup and costuming. His work has been featured on the big screen, the small screen and at local Atlanta attractions – and now, he shares his favorite projects and tips with The Penguin.
The Penguin: How did you first get interested in special makeup effects?
Roy Wooley: I have always loved monsters and monster movies. It wasn’t until I saw “An American Werewolf in London” that I realized that I wanted to be an effects artist.
TP: Do you have a favorite project that you’ve gotten to work on?
RW: I have worked on a lot of cool projects over the years but this past summer I got to work on “Captain America Civil War.” I am a huge Captain America fan so that was a dream come true.
TP: What projects do you have in the works that you’re excited about?
RW: At the moment I am working on my yearly duties at Netherworld Haunted House in Atlanta. I am the head of the makeup department and also create some of the props and costumes.
TP: Special effects makeup seems to be a popular DIY trend around Halloween. What’s your #1 tip for amateur and beginner makeup artists?
RW: Safety first! The second is that if you really want to get good at anything you have to practice. It’s the same with makeup.
TP: What are you looking for when judging photos and videos in Penguin Brand™ Dry Ice’s Frightfully Cool Halloween contest?
RW: Creativity – show me something I haven’t seen before. Please, no zipperfaces!
TP: What are your interests beyond special effects makeup?
RW: I think all my interest all seem to come back to special makeup effects. Even when I’m relaxing, I’m usually in my shop making my own monsters. I see creature ideas when I’m walking through the woods in the different rock forms or the trees.
TP: How have you used dry ice in your work?
RW: I used to do a home haunt every year and dry ice was always a staple for creating a creepy atmosphere. Most recently, I have used it for doing a quick freeze for making a type of prosthetics call pros aide transfers, which is a prosthetic that applies like a temporary tattoo and is used as a screen for a ghostly projection.