Whether you wanted to ignore this program and pretend it never
happened, you can’t. It is everywhere we look and it was made for you to feel
uneasy. In this blog I talk about the team involved in creating the characters
we see bring the story to life. I do discuss the story in parts related which
can risk in Spoilers, so perhaps come back to the blog once you have seen the program.
What really caught my eye throughout the 13 episodes was the breaking down visually
of the characters. As the days went on during the episodes the characters as
they became more vulnerable and fragile, appeared exactly that. The character
change and it’s visually effective split between the characters appearance when
Hannah (Katherine Langford) was alive vs after Hannah’s death. They show visual
signs of depression, Insomnia, anxiety and substance abuse.
It became one of the ways to differentiate between before and after Hannah’s
death. It was done so subtly so it wasn’t always clear unless you really paid
attention, but they all aided our subconscious to understand the mental state
of the character we were watching. Whether it was their wardrobe or hairstyle
they all became little pointers to unknowingly help us become more invested in
the character. It was done beautifully and so here I show you some examples of
the subtle changes created for those who didn’t notice. It’s important to
notice that Hannah’s journey that led her towards suicide wasn’t so obvious to
the eye, she never showed visual signs of being anxious, depressed or fragile.
There wasn’t a character breakdown in the stages of her depression to conflict
any assumptions that being depressed depicts you visually a certain way. Again
a subtle statement in educating visually -depression
MRS BAKER (Kate Walsh) : Before & After
Justin Foley (Brandon Flynn) : Before & After
Jessica Davies (Alisha Boe) : Before & After
These are just a few examples displaying the subtle changes
in a characters appearance, aiding the characters stories becoming more
believable. We don’t always realise this is happening before our eyes, but it
is crucial element to sell the story your mind is starting to invest in. It’s
beautiful and an Art to character building through Make-up, Hair and the
Costume Department. When you break it down this way you see what an Art it
truly is. You can also notice the colour filters adapted to the scenes stimulating our emotions as a viewer to invest emotionally with the character’s story.
TIMELINE THOSE CUTS- WE SAW IT THROUGHOUT.
There was a great deal of bruising and mild wounds
throughout the series, all of which we gradually saw change in colour and stages
of healing. Again these helped in most cases tell the timeline of the story.
Especially in regards to the characters Alex Sandall (Miles Heizer) and Lead
Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette). Alex Sandall’s extreme bruising of the face after
getting into a fight at school had many stages of discolouration through the
healing process. With the Constance back and forth in the telling of before and
after Hannah’s death, it subconsciously assisted your mind in following the
storyline of the present.
Alex Sandall (Miles Heizer) : Bruising & Wounds
Then the most noticeable one of all is Clay Jensen’s wound
on his head that just never heals. At times you will see a plaster over it, the
wound on show and then no wound at all. All dictating a timeline in Clay’s
life, especially being a lead character who’s retelling of his story causes the
viewers to keep jumping back and forth with the character. As the episodes go
forward you soon recognise the plaster dictating a timeline to the viewers, so
to therefore avoid getting lost among the back and forth of the story telling. But
oh my did you get sick of seeing that jumbo sized plaster…
Clay Jensen (Dylan Minnette) : Facial Wounds
Lastly I now draw your attention to the excellent Make-up, male Grooming and
Hairstyling on the show. The Hairstylist Sterfon Demings (Insta
@demingssterfon) did an amazing job keeping it youthful and playful throughout.
Helping the depiction of age, current trends and current representation of a
characters persona. My favourite one being Skye Miller (Sosie Bacon) rocking
those cute buns.
On the make-up front the make-up was kept young making the placement of it
uncomfortable, almost foreign to be placed on such youthful looking skin. It
was never a complete look , just simple tones and definition to bring out the
features of the actress. But still very much apparent that it was there. Favourite make-up Artists, Jeff Lewis (Sfx), Sarah Coy (Insta @coymakeup), Lisa Poe
(Insta @weesnawpoe) and Stephan Dupuis did an exceptional job, along with the
various other Make-up Artists and assistants that worked on some of the episodes.
Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) : Hannah’s Make-up
Subtle and almost virgin like in appearance. The look gravitated the opinion
of innocence and kindness in the first photo of Hannah with longer hair.
When with her short hair, she brought more attitude to her appearance, fierce
and determination. Her lips are plumper and her eyes bronzed, features bolder
and more prominent in character. The colour palette still similar so therefore
creating a subtle characterization happening right before our eyes.
Other work that just simply looked beautiful on screen is the make-up for
Jessica (Alisha Boe) and Sheri Holland (Ajiona Alexus).
Finally, Almost perhaps unconsidered when reviewing such a topic, here
are a few of what I thought were fantastic pieces of work regarding male grooming on screen.