Special Make-up Effects 201: Character Make-up Artistry

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This course focuses on character development, with an emphasis on the fundamental elements of prosthetic application and special make-up effects. Students will learn the techniques of professional make-up artists and will gain familiarity with traditional make-up, as well as new materials and tools. Students will also learn a variety of special make-up effects skills, including the creation of simulated injuries and age make-ups and the application of effects like bald caps and facial hair. At the end of this course students will design and create a character, which will be captured in a photo shoot.

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STUDENTS WILL LEARN THE FOLLOWING IN EACH UNIT:

Aging Unit

  • Define highlight and shadow and be able to apply those concepts in a film and television situation.
  • Properly light and shade the basic shapes and define the terms associated with the process.
  • Highlight and shade the nasal-labial folds.
  • Highlight and shade the forehead and temples with cream make-up.
  • Apply general highlight and shading for the eyes.
  • Highlight and shadow the three possible types of cheekbones.
  • Highlight and shadow the jaw-line.
  • Apply highlight and shadow the neck.
  • Create wrinkles on the human face, and be able to identify the best locations for creating wrinkles.
  • Properly add age spots and vein work to enhance and complete the aging process.
  • Properly use stippling to enhance the aging application.
  • Apply hair white to create a graying effect for hair to enhance the aging application.
  • Create and complete an “old age” character make-up, bringing together all of the techniques learned in class so far in 30 minutes.

Hair Preparation and Application Unit

  • Properly prepare, straighten, and save crepe wool for use in the creation of beards and other facial hair.
  • Hackle hair for preparation of use
  • Color match and blend hair materials.
  • Properly apply hair to the Tuffie head and will be able to lay the hair at an angel using the bevel cut.
  • Apply a mustache and eyebrows with crepe wool.
  • Apply sideburns to a Tuffie head and a model.

Aging Stipple Unit

  • Apply an “Age Stipple” application.

Beard Unit

  • Lay a beard in the proper growth direction.
  • Hand-lay goatees and beards.
  • Ventilate a hair piece and apply a ventilated piece to a model.

Bald Cap Unit

  • Decide which type of bald cap is best suited for a given project and to communicate to production the strengths and weaknesses of each of the different types of caps available.
  • Apply a vinyl bald cap.

Prosthetic Unit

  • Apply a gelatin prosthetic appliance.
  • Apply a silicone prosthetic appliance.
  • Apply a Pros-aide Transfer prosthetic
  • appliance.
  • Make a reliable bald cap using Pliatex molding rubber.
  • Apply a foam latex prosthetic appliance
  • Apply a rubber bald cap.
  • Apply multiple prosthetic appliances to create an individual “character” appearance utilizing an airbrush.

Tattoo Unit

Create and apply realistic temporary tattoos.

Injury Unit

  • Create bruises with proper stippling technique.
  • Create two-dimensional scrapes and scratches with the use of a black stipple sponge or brush.
  • Apply indented scars and raised keloid scars.
  • Create cuts and lacerations using a silicone compound.
  • Create wax bullet holes, both entrance and exit wounds.
  • Apply foam latex and gelatin prosthetic appliances to create an injured appearance.
  • Create a first, second and third degree burns; as well as, put them together for a gruesome look.
  • Create ice and snow effects using Ultra Ice and Ice Powder.
  • Photo Assignment
  • Complete a character suitable for the portfolio.

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Please note this course is an advanced level course with prerquisites. Certificates are awarded to students who successfully complete an individual course. Individual courses taken on a stand-alone basis are not accredited by ACCSC. In addition, students taking stand-alone courses are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid and some other services that are offered to students and graduates of larger programs. Please contact us for more information.