One of the most renowned Makeup Artists in the motion picture business, VE NEILL has set many standards of excellence in the makeup field. Over the course of her career Neill has won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Saturn Awards, a BAFTA Award, Local 706 Best Character Makeup Award and the first Artist to be awarded Hollywood Foreign Press “Makeup Artist of the Year” Awards well as the first Makeup Artist to be honored as Makeup Artist of the Year by MAC Cosmetics. That is a total of 21 international nominations and wins for her creative and innovative makeups. From her early career as a rock 'n roll stylist, Neill began to develop her skills as a designer and makeup artist. Specializing in concept, design and execution, Neill entered the film industry and discovered a talent for extreme fantasy makeup. From her early career as a rock'n roll stylist, Neill began to develop her skills as a designer and makeup artist. Specializing in concept, design and execution, Neill entered the film industry and discovered a talent for extreme fantasy makeup.
Neill created space travelers for the first "Star Trek" film and for the hit comedy "Galaxy Quest", rock ' n roll vampires for Joel Schumacher's "The Lost Boys" and visions of the Afterlife for Tim Burton's wacky comedy "Beetlejuice." She turned Johnny Depp into scissors wielding anti-hero for “Edward Scissorhands” , Robin Williams into a Scottish nanny for "Mrs. Doubtfire," Martin Landau into horror king Bela Lugosi for "Ed Wood" and brought to life an onslaught of villains, beauties and super-heroes for Warner Brothers' early "Batman" series. She gave Patricia Arquette the "Stigmata", transformed Christine Baranski into the "Grinch's" sexy girlfriend, aged Johnny Depp 60 years for the film “Blow” and turned Jude Law into the perfect Love-Robot for Steven Spielberg's “A.I.”.
Neill continues her illustrious career with an assortment of new characters ranging from possessed beings in “Constantine” and a slew of dirty, drunken, barnacle encrusted camp Pirates for the “Pirates if the Caribbean” series. In 2007 she turned Johnny Depp into the infamous Butcher Barber of Fleet Street for the film musical “Sweeney Todd” and transformed Mike Myers into the “The Love Guru”. Next was the “The Soloist” starring Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, and Catherine Keener. JimCarrey and Ewan McGregor on the film “I Love You Phillips Morris.” In 2009 there was “Priest” starring Paul Bettany, Maggie Qu, Carl Urban, Cam Gigandet, Stephen Moyer and Lilly Collins.
In 2010 she headed up the Special Makeup FX Dept. for the film “Thor”. In the fall of 2010 she swung in to action as the Dept. Head for “The Amazing Spiderman”and has recently had the huge hit, “The Hunger Games” starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland. She just finished filming “The Host”, Stephanie Myers new book.
Throughout her career Neill has worked with many of Hollywood's brightest stars. Jack Nicholson, Keira Knightly, Julia Roberts, Danny DeVito, Sarah Jessica Parker, Johnny Depp, Uma Thurman, Orlando Bloom, Sigourney Weaver, Jude Law, Ethan Hawke, Catherine Keener, Jim Carey, Andy Garcia, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Harrelson, Saoirse Ronan, Diane Kruger and William Hurt have all called upon Neill for her expertise with Beauty, the Bizarre and lots of Wild Characters. This is a small part of the all-star list of clientele who enjoy the touch of Neill's magical brush.
She has now added the title, “Judge” to her resume for the new hit reality TV Show “Face Off” on the Syfy channel. The show highlights Special Makeup FX and is now shooting Season 3.