Hey my fellow movie lovers! ever wonder how all those scary movies are actually done to look real, the cuts, injuries, blood splash and a whole lot more? Well there are techniques used in achieving all those special effect that makes you wonder if they were actually real or fake..
In actual sense, it really looks real and scary, especially when you watch a movie at night all alone and suddenly there was a storm and the power cuts out immediately the thunder strikes.. Geezzzz that scary chill you get all over you and it seems your skin has left your skeleton..lol…
Anyways fret not because the truth is that it’s all make-over. A type of special effect make-over that portrays the image that the director wants you to see in his film. There are techniques in which you can achieve a special effect make-over for every of your scenes. This is just a tip of how you can do it all by yourself without the help of a make-up artist.
SPECIAL EFFECT MAKE-OVER
This is an area of make up that covers injuries, diseases, scares, three dimensional works and some character effects. It can be especially challenging for the makeup artist and can involve extensive research.
Research must be carried out thoroughly. Sources may include medical publications and forensic pathology books and subject- knowledgeable people, so you need to be able to switch off and have a strong stomach. Injuries may need to be created fresh and then recreated at various stages of the healing process. Remember about continuity.
is a fabulous product, which is softened and moulded onto the skin with a modelling tool, leaving very fine transparent edges that do not require coloring. It can be used for a large variety of wounds and other effects such as pimples.it is removed from scrapping it off with the modelling tool. Any stickiness left can be removed with cleansing cream or alcohol. Do not use too close to the eyes, as application and removal would be uncomfortable for the performer.
is a product made from horse’s hooves. You can buy vegetarian gelatin as well as the standard variety at supermarkets. It is then mixed with boiling and glycerin. If you are limited for time it can be purchased ready made in a block and heated in a microwave or a bowl full of boiling water.it is useful in the creation of burns and 3D- appliances such as eye bags and split lips, as it is removed very easily with warm water.
has a variety of usage such as ageing and as a false skin. It can be painted on and left to dry, or use a hairdryer to accelerate the drying. It is useful in the production of burns and skin diseases if combined with food ingredients. It is removed from the skin by peeling it off. Avoid hairy areas, as it would be very painful to remove.
is available in a tube such as tuplast, which is like semi liquid glue and make excellent blisters, pimples, chicken pox and other raised scars. Liquid scar material in a bottle, such as collodian, is painted on and leaves indented scars by contracting and drawing in the skin. It is removed by gently peeling it from the skin.
such as porridge oats, rice crispy, cornflakes and other cereals, treacle, food coloring, coffee granules and tea can be used in combination with adhesive and any of the above to create effects where texture is needed. For example, to create eczema, you could apply a red tint to the area first, then some latex with some porridge oats on top, then, a final layer of latex to seal. Add more color if necessary for the effect you require.
for bruising and other effects are usually achieved by means of crème or oil-based make-up, as it is the most realistic. There are also gel bruise shades available, which have a transparent effect and palettes such as skin illustrator, which require alcohol to activate them, and are extremely waterproof and durable.
depending on the brand it is also available in liquid for fresh wounds, gel and more solid forms, like wound fillers, to simulate older and dried-out blood effects and scabs. Be aware that some bloods can stain skin and clothing.
OTHER USEFUL ITEMS
Glycerine for shine or to mix gelatin for flexibility.
Petroleum and KY jelly for blisters and oozing or shinny effects.
Tear stick menthol sticks to help produce tears.
Spray bottles for water and glycerine mix to simulate perspiration,
Eye/ear dropper for placing tears and blood.
Sealer – hardens wax products and seals edges
Spirit gum/mastix adhesives and appropriate remover.
Hair Pins – for adding color by dotting and dropping.
Black cotton – for simulating stitches.
Modelling tools – for sculpting wounds, creating scratches and texture.
Stipple sSponges – fo texturizing and creating grazes.
Tooth Enamel – for creating missing, chipped and rotten teeth and bleeding gums, available in black, nicotine, white, ivory, red and gold.
Barrier cream – helps to protect the skin. Find one that is not greasy.
With all these materials and more, I believe you now understand that this effects you see in your scary movies aren’t really true but the works of creative and professional make up artist. Just incase you pick up a movie and you see all those scary faces, killings, cuts and the likes remember that they are only special effect created with your everyday work materials and food ingredients. So there’s no need to be scared about them but rather relax and watch your movie with a bucket popcorn and a bottle of coke.