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Special Make-up Effects for Stage & Screen

Making and Applying Prosthetics

By Todd Debreceni

© 2009 – Focal Press

344 pages

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pub: 2012-08-21
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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.


"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, Emmy award nominated & BAFTA winning Special Effects Makeup Artist

Table of Contents

The Industry
Anatomy and Design
Surface Anatomy
Distinctions of Age, Sex and Race
Taking the Lifecast
Head and shoulders
Hands and arms
Making the Positive
Stone (Ultracal)
Sculpting the make-up (appliance/prosthetic)
Positive Preparation
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
Skin Care
Hair and Wigs
Lace-front Wigs
Facial Hair
Laid-on Facial Crêpe Hair
Removing the Make-up Appliance
Skin Care
Cleaning and Storing of the Appliance

About the Author

Todd Debreceni has worked in the entertainment industry for nearly 30 years, and before starting his own small effects shop in Colorado did work for TBS, 20th Century-Fox, Warner Bros. and Disney. He is a past recipient of a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and a Denver Post Ovation Award for Special Accomplishment in Makeup Effects. Today he is a working makeup effects artist, teacher and writer. He works internationally and regularly conducts workshops and classes in special makeup effects for film, television and theatre.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General