This award recognises the creativity and professional excellence of an individual or team who work in Costume or Make up here in the North East and the Border. They will have delivered exceptional standards of work which deserve to be recognised.
Michael Birtley, The Dumping Ground, CBBC
The Make-Up Team, Wolfblood (CBBC)
Ros Little and Costume Team, Company Pictures (Inspector George Gently)
The Judges said:
It was a difficult category to judge as it meant having to compare the craft skills required of costume against those of make-up — very detailed discussion was had by the judges and the final decision was very close indeed. All the entries showed great craft skills, but in the end huge ambition that refused to be tamed by minimal budgets won the judges over — the award goes to Michael Birtley for The Dumping Ground. They were greatly impressed with the way Michael went to huge lengths to transform one of the Dumping Ground’s characters so the audience and even some of the crew wouldn’t spot it was the same person, and did so with little money or assistance.
The make-up team have been central to Wolfblood’s success — a young audience expects top notch production values and this team ensures they’re not disappointed. They achieve a huge amount on relatively small budgets. And the panel were very impressed with the thought and subtleties brought to the screen by the costume team on Inspector George Gently, where authenticity to the period is key and where the costumes have to be authentic yet not the actors.