Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen: Making and Applying Prosthetics

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In the world of film and theatre, character transformation takes a lot of work, skill, and creativity...Dedicated solely to SFX, this book will show you tips and techniques from an seasoned SFX makeup artist with years of film, TV, and theatrical experience. Not only will this book take you through the many genres that need a special effects makeup artist, like horror, fantasy, and sci-fi, but it will also tell you about the tools you will need, how to maintain your toolkit, how to take care of the actor's skin, how to airbrush properly when HD is involved, and all about the exclusive tricks of the trade from an experienced pro who knows all the latest tips and techniques. The author shows you how to sculpt and mold your own makeup prosethetics, focusing on how human anatomy relates to sculpture, thus creating the most realistic effects. Case studies feature some of the top makeup artists of today, such as Neill Gorton, Christopher Tucker, Miles Teves, Jordu Schell, Mark Alfrey, Matthew Mungle, Christien Tinsely, Vittorio Sodano, and Mark Gabarino. You will also learn about human anatomy as it relates to sculpture and will be able to profit from lessons from today's top make-up artists that are highlighted. Put your new techniques into practice right away with the step-by-step tutorials on the must-have DVD, which will show you exactly how some of the looks from the book were achieved.
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"I'm now insanely jealous of all the people who will learn from this book because this is the book I would have killed to have had when I was starting out....... IT'S NOT FAIR!!! -Neill Gorton, BAFTA winner for Best Makeup and Hair Design Help (2005), nominee for Best Makeup and Hair Design The Catherine Tate Show (2007), Royal Television Society (UK) winner for Best Makeup Design Help (2005), and nominee for Best Makeup Design Doctor Who (2005, 2006)

"Among the most exhaustive and thorough tomes on the subject of special effects makeup there is, written with a likable and easy-to-understand style that is accessible to all ages. -Jordu Schell, Creature and Character Designer

"The techniques and education in this book are inspiring. Creating believable character make-ups on human faces is a challenging, rewarding art form.-Matthew W. Mungle, Oscar winner & BAFTA nominee for Best Makeup Dracula (1992), Oscar nominee for Best Makeup Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), and Oscar & BAFTA nominee for Best Makeup Schindler's List (1993)

"Crammed with cutting edge information on materials and techniques, formulas, suppliers, how-to's, and more, this is a book I wish I had when I first started!- Christopher Tucker, BAFTA winner for Best Makeup Artist Quest for Fire [La Guerre du feu] (1981), BAFTA nominee for Best Special Visual Effects & Best Makeup Artist The Company of Wolves (1984), and Emmy nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Miniseries or Special War and Remembrance (1988).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240809960
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/2/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd Debreceni is a special makeup effects artist who has worked for Disney, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, and TBS, and is owner of BaPo F/X makeup effects. He is a recipient of a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, and has received two Ovation Awards for Special Accomplishment in Makeup Effects. His book has been hailed as the "bible" for special effects makeup artists. Todd has worked in film, television, and theatre around the world for more than 30 years, and his background in orthopedics and reconstructive plastic surgery have made his transition into prosthetic makeup creation a natural evolution. At BaPo F/X, Todd specializes in prosthetic makeup design, fabrication, and application, and he continues to teach college courses in cinematography, acting, and visual effects in Denver, CO.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Industry

Ch. 2 Anatomy and Design

Ch. 3 Making the Lifecast

Ch. 4 Sculpting the Makeup

Ch. 5 Breakdown of the Sculpture

Ch. 6 Casting the Appliances

Ch. 7 Applying the Makeup Appliance

Ch. 8 Hair and Wigs

Ch. 9 Other Makeup Effects

Appendices

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    This is a good book to understand the theory and business of Special Effects makeup, but it does not provide realistic methods for people at home to recreate what is taught in the book. If you're looking to actually do some of the effects, try the special effects book I recommended. It's cheaper, easier, and written for people that don't have access to giant studios and lots of money.

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