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

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Transforming an actor into a character for film or theater takes a great deal of skill, prowess, and creativity, and in this new edition, author Todd Debreceni empowers you with just those qualities. From his years of film, TV, and theatrical experience, he shows you tips and techniques that will have you applying your own makeup effects like a pro in no time. Along with walking you through genre-specific considerations (horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and so on) Todd also teaches you about the gear you will need, how ...

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Overview

Transforming an actor into a character for film or theater takes a great deal of skill, prowess, and creativity, and in this new edition, author Todd Debreceni empowers you with just those qualities. From his years of film, TV, and theatrical experience, he shows you tips and techniques that will have you applying your own makeup effects like a pro in no time. Along with walking you through genre-specific considerations (horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and so on) Todd also teaches you about the gear you will need, how to maintain your kit, how to take care of the actor's skin, how to airbrush properly when HD is involved, and so much more.

Learn how to sculpt and mold your own makeup prosthetics, with a focus on how human anatomy relates to sculpture, to create the most realistic effects. Recipes scattered throughout the book show you exactly what you need and how to use it, helping you to create the best SFX makeup applications. Case studies feature some of the world's top makeup effects artists including Steve Wang, Thom Flouts, Ve Neill, Neill Gorton, Greg Nicotero, Kazuhiro Tsuji, Jordu Schell, Howard Berger, Matthew Mungle, Christien Tinsely, Vittorio Sodano, and Tami Lane. Put your new techniques into practice right away and see how some of the looks from the book were achieved with the step-by-step tutorials on the companion website, www.focalpress.com/cw/debreceni.

New to this edition:
* Animatronics
* Specialty contact lenses
* Collapsible core molds
* Contoured or conforming molds
* Making resin and silicone eyes
* Even MORE information about silicone

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Editorial Reviews

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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: 9780240816968
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/10/2013
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 165,734
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (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

Introduction
The Industry
Anatomy and Design
Bones
Muscles
Surface Anatomy
Proportion
Distinctions of Age, Sex and Race
Taking the Lifecast
Teeth
Face
Head and shoulders
Hands and arms
Making the Positive
Stone (Ultracal)
Hydrocal
Plaster
Resin
Sculpting the make-up (appliance/prosthetic)
Positive Preparation
Tools
Clay
Teeth
Face
Head and shoulders
Hands and arms
Breakdown of the sculpture
Making the Mold(s)
Silicone Molds
Fiberglas/Resin Molds
Stone Molds
Casting the appliances
Materials—Foam Latex, Urethane Foam, Gelatin and Silicone
Painting the Appliance
Applying the Make-up Appliance
Adhesives
Techniques
Skin Care
Hair and Wigs
Lace-front Wigs
Facial Hair
Laid-on Facial Crêpe Hair
Removing the Make-up Appliance
Removers
Techniques
Skin Care
Cleaning and Storing of the Appliance
Appendix
Glossary

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