Students Mingle With The Stars
T heatre Hair & Make-up students from Northbrook College have been mingling with the stars on the set of Walt Disney’s new film, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. The Foundation Degree students spent five days at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, styling 290 wigs for the new action film due out in 2010. The wigs were worn by film extras including the King’s guards and servants.
During the filming the students got a chance to meet the some of the stars, including leading character, Jake Gyllenhaal. This particularly pleased Clare Choate, 21, who said, “He was even more gorgeous in real life. The best looking person I have ever seen.”
The four students, who were chosen by their tutor, got a realistic insight into how demanding working in the film industry can be. Every morning, three out of the four students were due on set at 6am to begin styling the hundreds of wigs. Throughout the day Clare Choate, Holly Hince, Kathy Gordon and Ria Mcmahon were on standby on set to carry out any tweaking or re-styling. The filming was not finished until 8.30pm every day.
Their tutor, Rupert Simon, a visiting tutor to the College, has 25 years experience in wig and hair dressing and initially contacted the film company.
The film is based on the video game, which follows an adventurous prince who teams up with a rival princess to stop an angry ruler from unleashing a sandstorm that could destroy the world. Whilst the students were at the studios, the palace scenes were being shot.
Prince of Persia stylists:
(Left to right) Holly Hince, Clare Choate, Ria Mcmahon and Kathy Gordon