BAMM has carefully designed and tailored its courses to equip gradates with the skills, discipline and high standards needed to succeed in this competitive industry. What is regarded as stand-out, is the opportunity for the best students to go on and work side-by-side with the multiple academy award winners Mark Coulier and Peter Swords King on the next movie set and catapult their career from their first hire. Our creative directors are passionate about nurturing new talent and passing on their wealth of skill and experience to the next generation of MUA stars. BAMM gives you the training and your hard work and dedication will do the rest.
BAMM graduates have worked for some of the biggest names in the makeup industry, gone behind-the-scenes of award-winning West End shows, and thrived backstage at some of the world’s most influential fashion shows. It brings no greater pleasure to the team at BAMM than to see former students thrive working on TV shows including Game of Thrones and BAFTA-nominated movie, Stan and Ollie, Enola Holmes 2, Venom, Spiderman: Far from Home, BAFTA and award winning drama series Casualty, Sex Eduaction and His Dark Materials.
More than 80% of graduates have successful careers in film and TV, while the rest have chosen fashion, theatre or to set up their own independent business. BAMM welcomes all ages and all levels of experience. Our one requirement is passion which will only be further fuelled by the unique learning experience at BAMM, which happens to be located in one of the most beautiful cities in the UK.
Peter Swords King Creative Director - TV & Film
Creative Director - TV & FilmKing Kong, Nanny McPhee, The Golden Compass, Pirates of the Caribbean, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Survivor, The Lovely Bones and Thunder Birds. Just some of the movies the brilliantly talented Peter Sword King has worked on to date. An Academy Award and BAFTA-winning makeup designer, Peter’s exceptional work on the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies has earned him more than 25 nominations to date, making him one of the most eminent makeup artists in the industry. As BAMM’s creative director, Peter is the senior tutor on our flagship course, the Peter Swords King Media Makeup Course. IMDB
Gozra Lozano Creative Director - Fashion & Editorial
Creative Director - Fashion & Editorial
An acclaimed celebrity makeup artist, Gozra’s work in fashion, advertising, television and the music industry spans almost two decades. Part of the original MAC senior makeup artist team, he has worked with many of the iconic fashion houses, from Vivien Westwood and Givenchy to Calvin Klein and Alexander McQueen, and has created images for the pages of some the world’s most glamorous magazines including Marie Claire and American Vogue. Creative director and co-founder of the exciting new online digital platform Face4makeup, Gozra’s published photographic work is also currently on show at avant-garde art gallery, La Fresh Gallery, in Madrid. Here at BAMM, Gozra is our creative Fashion Director overseeing all of the content for our Fashion Makeup Course, as well as the Peter Swords King Media Makeup Courses.
Melanie Weekley Founder & Principal
Founder & PrincipalFounder and Academy Principal, Melanie has over 18 years experience in the media industry and the contacts to show for it. In 2013, she launched BAMM, an exceptional training academy for aspiring media makeup artists, and the first of its kind in the South West. Key to her business model is a strong and diverse team of tutors, recognised makeup artists in their chosen field who want to pass on those skills and artistry to another generation. Alongside Peter Swords King, Melanie has built one of the most highly regarded media makeup academies in the world. Helping to deliver several courses across BAMM, Melanie works hard to ensure her students are as best equipped as possible for life beyond the classroom. “I am determined that each of my students goes on to fulfil and uphold their dream career in what is a very challenging industry. If a BAMM student completes their training here and leaves us confident, happy and ready for whatever path they wish to pursue, then we’ve done a good job.”
Stacey Toulson General Manager
With over 15 years experience in the beauty make up industry, Stacey’s passion is clear to see. Stacey worked as a company trainer for an established makeup company here in the South West, delivering expert tutorship to both aspiring and established makeup artists. She later went on to devise and write training materials for various post-graduate makeup courses, including a post-graduate make up course for the London College of Fashion. As well as liaising with prospective students, Stacey is also our General Manager and oversees the day to day running of BAMM and our busy BAMM Agency
Carol Robinson Wig Maker / Hair & Makeup artist - TV & Film
Wig Maker / Hair & Makeup artist - TV & FilmWith over 30 years of experience, starting with her early training at BBC Cardiff Television Centre, Carol learnt the art of wig making at renowned Bristol-based wig makers, Owen and King. Having gone on tour with Cher as her wig maker and wig dresser, Carol went on to work on Cher’s hit movie Burlesque. Carol’s career has also seen her create wigs for Geoffrey Rush’s character, Captain Barbossa, in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean and again for Cher in Mamma Mia 2. Having worked alongside accomplished actors such as Jack Nicolson, John Malkovitch and Michael Caine, Carol brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the BAMM Peter Swords King Media Makeup brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the BAMM Peter Swords King Media Makeup Courses. IMDB
Fiona Maynard TV & Film Hair & Makeup Artist
TV & Film Hair & Makeup ArtistWith over 25 years experience in the film and TV industry, Fiona’s career has taken her around the world which has made her a sought-after member of the film hair and makeup community. Fiona’s passion in vintage and historical styling is an integral part of The Peter Swords King Media Makeup Course. IMDB
Laurence Simmons Special Effects and Prosthetics Makeup Artist
Special Effects and Prosthetics Makeup ArtistWith almost 30 years of experience in SFX and Prosthetics Makeup, Laurence first started his career working on Kenneth Branagh’s Frankenstein where he met Mark Coulier (BAMM’s Creative Director for SFX and Prosthetics Makeup). With Laurence’s extensive list of credits such as Saving Private Ryan, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Beauty and the Beast and more recently Bat Girl, he is the perfect tutor to make up part of the team on the Mark Coulier Special Effects & Prosthetics Course. Coming from a sculpting background Laurence also specialises in larger medical props and effects and makes many of the babies, body parts for medical and crime dramas. IMDB
Darren Longthorne Prosthetics and Special FX Makeup
Prosthetics and Special FX MakeupSculptor, master mould maker, professional model maker and prosthetics designer, Darren has spent over 25 years in film and TV. His impressive career includes working alongside The English National Ballet at Covent Garden and with Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s backstage teams on West End hits such as Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. Darren has enjoyed immeasurable success in film and television, his long list of credits including Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, Coronation Street and BBC drama Bodies. His wealth of expertise makes him the ideal tutor for the popular BAMM SFX & Prosthetics Makeup Courses.
“I’m passionate about what I create…and I really feel my experience can be passed on to BAMM students.”
Gemma Nelson Barbering & Historical HairCutting for Men
Barbering & Historical HairCutting for MenHaving worked her way up from the age of fifteen as a junior in the local barbershop, Gemma spent 16 years perfecting her skill as an expert barber. Fascinated by hairstyles period hairstyles, she branched out into the world of TV and film, and currently works on prestigious BBC drama Call the Midwife. Gemma has also worked on the production of Lord Lucan and Silk and draws on her wealth of experience to now teach a new generation of students on the BAMM Barbering course.
Lisa Caldognetto Fashion & Editorial Makeup
Fashion & Editorial MakeupBorn and raised in London with Italian heritage, Lisa Caldognetto loved fashion from an early age and could often be found with her head buried in Vogue. After graduating, her talent for combining fashion and make up took her all over the world, working on the BAFTAS, WTAF, Fashion Awards, V Festival and London Fashion Week. Today, she brings her wealth of experience right into the BAMM classroom, where she helps deliver the BAMM Fashion Makeup Course.
Melissa Victoria Lee Fashion Hair Artist
Fashion Hair Artist
Melissa is a well established Make up and Hair artist and has worked in the TV, Film, Music and Fashion industry for over 25 years.
Melissa’s passion for make up and hair has given her a broad spectrum of roles, working with a loyal high profile cliental, ranging from royalty, actors/actresses & musical artists such as Pixie Lott, Tracey Emin and Basement Jaxx. Alongside this Mel is key makeup artist for various fashion productions and assists a number of shows during London fashion week and works internationally with various magazines and fashion houses.