Prop Builders Mask-Making Handbook

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Since prehistoric times, man has used masks to express himself in ritual, drama, and religion. Many traditional dramatic works, especially those of Asia and Europe, rely heavily on masks to characterize and express the persona of the actor. There has been little published material available, however, to guide technicians assigned the task of creating the masks for theatrical production.

Thurston James, veteran Properties Master of the UCLA Theater Department, has written The ...

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Overview

Since prehistoric times, man has used masks to express himself in ritual, drama, and religion. Many traditional dramatic works, especially those of Asia and Europe, rely heavily on masks to characterize and express the persona of the actor. There has been little published material available, however, to guide technicians assigned the task of creating the masks for theatrical production.

Thurston James, veteran Properties Master of the UCLA Theater Department, has written The Prop Builder's Mask-Making Handbook for prop builders, costume designers, and actors (professional and amateur) who intend to use a mask or masks to enhance a stage play or other presentation.

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YA-- Well illustrated and clearly written, this handbook offers invaluable information for those getting started in this venerated art form. James gives a brief contextual history of masks, and then organizes the informational sections by type. The last and longest section describes masks made in the tradition of the commedia dell`arte. Ample black-and-white photographs accompany step-by-step directions, written in a nontechnical and informal style. The appendix contains a list of sources for supplies.-- Sheri Maeda, Jefferson Sci-Tech, Alexandria, VA
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  • ISBN-13: 9781558701663
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Pages: 203
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.01 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2000

    From Start to Finish.....

    Originally I picked up this book at the local library, looking hopefully for something on casting and mould making, as I read deeper into the subject I found that there is a wealth of information explained simply and with loads of pictures to make it all the more understandable. Each step is easily explained, from start to finish, a wide varity of styles from simple faces to things more elaborate, but also leaves plenty of room for your own imagination to build upon. Even for the sculpture just trying his or hers hand this is a excellent resourse book to include into any artists library.

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