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Blanche Macdonald
Blanche Macdonald Centre

Todd McIntosh

DIRECTOR, MAKEUP DEPARTMENT
Two time Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Makeup

Success in the Makeup Industry depends upon the right combination of three special qualities: Aptitude, Attitude and Adaptability. This is the career philosophy of Todd McIntosh, self-taught veteran Makeup Artist and Director of the Blanche Macdonald Makeup Department.

Todd was born in California and grew up in Victoria, BC. He started creating monster makeups at the age of 12, inspired by the TV series Dark Shadows. These makeups expanded to include costumes, props and acting and led to his discovery by the President of Victoria’s Langham Court Theatre. This gave Todd his first opportunity to work with actors, assisting cast members with their theatrical makeups. His first show, Kurt Weill’s A Threepenny Opera, would be followed by over 30 more.

While studying drama in High School, Todd continued to polish his makeup skills; he also began teaching makeup for the first time. By 17 he had replaced his early eye pencil and cardboard fang techniques with professional products and his first foamed latex masks. These new-found skillls in special makeup f/x were developed through reading and study, and by careful observation of TV and film. Industry stars such as Dick Smith (The Exorcist), Rick Baker (An American Werewolf In London) and Michael Westmore (Star Trek: The Next Generation) were Todd’s idols at an early age.

He moved to Vancouver in 1979 and was hired by the CBC where he began working on variety shows including The Raes and TV series such as The Beachcombers. It was at the CBC that he upgraded his skills in beauty and glamour makeups, thus opening doors that often remain closed to makeup artists who specialize in only one area.

In subsequent years, Todd’s list of credits became lengthy and impressive. His reputation and experience grew as he worked on all manner of projects in Vancouver’s rapidly expanding film industry. TV series such as Wiseguy and Neon Rider complimented film projects such as Look Who’s Talking I and II. As he continued to gain experience in all aspects of the makeup field, he found time to write the curriculum for Blanche Macdonald’s ever-expanding Makeup Division and taught at the school whenever his busy schedule allowed.

After years as a motivator in the Vancouver film scene, including establishing the Makeup Department of I.A.T.S.E. Local 891, Todd decided to try his hand at the centre of the film business - Hollywood - and moved to Los Angeles in 1990. To date, his outstanding credentials include Billy Crystal’s Mr. Saturday Night, City Slickers I and II, Robin Hood: Men In Tights, The Brady Bunch Movie and Brady Bunch II (both with Shelley Long and RuPaul). In 1993 he returned to Vancouver to work on Hideaway with Jeff Goldblum. He designed the makeup and headed the department for Mel Brooks’ Dracula: Dead and Loving It.

TV credits have included special makeups on the first season of Seaquest DSV, working on series such as Who’s The Boss?, Get A Life and many others. In 1995, he was part of the Emmy-nominated makeup team for the TV movie, Buffalo Girls. A very important addition to Todd’s TV credits is mega-hit series Buffy The Vampire Slayer which he headed for 6 years. He and his team received three Emmy nominations for their amazing work on what is now a cult favourite and won in 1999 for the Surprise/Innocence episode. On Saturday, August 29 1999 Todd made his first acceptance speech at the Technical Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. We are proud to announce that Todd recently received his 9th Emmy nomination (2009 Emmy nominations) for Outstanding Makeup for the critically acclaimed series, Pushing Daisies. On September 12th 2009, the Television Academy awarded Todd with his second Emmy Award, in the category of Outstanding Makeup for a Single Camera Series, Non Prosthetic.

True to form, Todd remains active as an educator through the Hollywood film local and in a variety of Los Angeles training facilities. As Director of the Blanche Macdonald Makeup Department, he oversees the various levels of the course on a consulting basis and is continuously involved in writing and upgrading the programs. When in Vancouver, Todd teaches specialty classes and monitors our curriculum. He believes that the art of makeup is very complex. A makeup artist must be a technician, a politician, an artist and a psychiatrist ...part chemist ...part administrator. It is really a career that requires skills from all areas of life.

“Your product is people. They are the canvas on which you paint,
they are the medium in which you work, and your finished work of art.”

- Todd McIntosh

 
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