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SFX – Tracks & Facial Deterioration for TV & Film

8 Feb

Today we looked at Track Marks created by drug injection – both old and new ones along with deterioration in the face due to long term drug abuse.

Dirty Down – First Attempt

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Track Marks – First Attempt

I’m not really happy with what I did today, however with our new sfx teacher I have been able to pinpoint areas of improvement.

1. More careful selection of foundation – the one I used was too pink and coloured my face too much and took away from the attempted contouring.

2. Contouring needs to be darker – for instance the image above was taken on a camera without a flash and some of the detail has not shown up.

3. Whilst acceptable to be using greasepaints as we’re learning, they really just have too much coverage and end up giving a real painted effect. Not what we want!

4. Improve line & colour of veins, use the powder brush that was used at the end to create a more realistic, 3D under the skin effect.

5. Just generally more experimentation of colour application and more research into heroin/crack cocaine users.

However one thing i did enjoy was diluting the the greasepaint to create a thinner less vibrant product and flicking it with the brush onto my face, I think this helped break up the flat colour used for foundation. Though it’s pretty hard to get the right direction on your own face – especially when having to close your eyes to stop alcohol flicking into them aha!

Adhering to my new action plan.. here is some industry comparison with one of my FAVOURITE films.

TRAINSPOTTING

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117951/

This film by director Danny Boyle (Book by Irvine Welsh) Tells the story of a group of friends, mainly from the point of view of main character Renton, a heroin addict attempting to recover.

This film is awesome. If you haven’t see it please do, I give it 10/10 for everything.

So, here are some images of heroin user makeup for TV & Film….

This is the only real sort of comparison I can find… one of the Characters Tommy doesn’t take Heroin but ends up taking it…. and deteriorates. You can see how is much skinnier in the face, his skin is sallow, spots and sores have developed and he is generally looking more unkept.

 

Did you spot the meaning in the film title?

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Special Effects Assessment – Semester 1

7 Dec

Today I did my special effects assessment for semester one. I decided to do a hypertrophic burn scar as I am interested in the way the skin heals and contorts, below is the research I did before carrying out my work.

Hypertrophic Scars

Hypertrophic scars are characterised by raised fibrous lesions that do not usually extend further than the wound, they are commonly found following thermal injuries in the deep dermis. Hypertrophic scars are commonly confused for Keloids. Keloids are different in that they are an overgrowth of the tissue and develop after the healing of the injury. All Keloid scars are hypertrophic but not all hypertrophic scars are keloids.

Hypertrophic scars are often deeper in colour than the surrounding skin, often pink or red in colour due to overproduction of red blood cells, many nerves an blood cells being trapped in the scar. Many believe these sorts of scars are unsightly and endeavour to have them removed. Hypertrophic scars are formed by an over production of collagen when the body is trying to heal the injury. Younger people or with those with darker skin tones are more susceptible to this kind of scarring, in order to reduce them it is common to use gel pressure garments and laser treatment however many scars can heal over time.

Simulation Hypertrophic Burn Scar: Research

In order to create a simulation scar I have looked at imagery of other scars to depict the textures and colours I will need for my piece. The image I would like to emulate is that of a 29 year old man who developed hypertrophic scarring from a sever burning at the age of 9. The burn had been treated with mesh grafts.

Simulation Scar: Chloe Allen

For my simulation I have chosen to look at hypertrophic burn scars, using Chloe Allen as my burn victim. Chloe received burns whilst working in a cooking workshop, she reached over a frying pan whilst flambéing steak and accidentally knocked the whisky into the pan, resulting in large flames burning her hands, arms and face. After 2 years Chloe has been left with hypertrophic scars on her arms and face.

Gelatine Hypertrophic Burn Scar: Step-by-Step

  1. Warm the Gelatin gently in a microwave (mid heat, checking every thirty seconds), allow cooling before use to avoid real burning of the actor.
  2. Using the fingers apply the Gelatin, working from the outside to the inside of the scar to avoid strong edges showing. Follow images of other hypertrophic burn scars to gain a good understanding of tissue pattern.
  3. Using greasepaint, colour as per hypertrophic scarring image. In the case of Chloe’s burns only reds and light reds need to be used, work from light to dark colouring.
  4. Powder burn with find translucent powder and buff it out so it cannot be seen, to give a matt finish.

Assessment – Hypertrophic Burn Scar Image 1/4

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Assessment – Hypertrophic Burn Scar Image 2/4

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Assessment – Hypertrophic Burn Scar Image 3/4

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Assessment – Hypertrophic Burn Scar Image 4/4

I am very happy with my assessment, I feel the main area for development would be the colouring (though I think these images look more orange than the colour actually was) – this is to orange-red, the colour should be more purple-red. It should also be slightly more distinct in it’s mottled look to add depth. Another think I need to keep check on is ‘sharp’ edges – globules of gelatine apart from the scar which need to be smooth. However, I think my form is great and the edges are very smooth, I tried really hard!

COD & Bruises.

15 Nov

So… it’s not all bad having a boyfriend and bro in law obsessed with COD.

COD addicts.

Realising I have my FX kit and I have a tonne to practice, I check out what I actually brought with me. The best answer to this question: Bruise gels and a bruise wheel. (I’m missing latex/gelatine so that rules pretty much everything else out.)

My bruises to date have been really flat – I have also realise due to paranoia about blending my every day makeup out, I now have a slight obsession with blending everything out. Whilst this can be great, it’s not always the effect I want or need. So today’s practice is centered around textures and creating 3D imagery with 2D products.

So here is my greasepaint bruise:

Greasepaint Bruise

And here is my bruise gel bruise:

Close up Bruise Gel Bruise

Bruise Gel Bruise

The best new technique I found with both materials, was to use the yellows first to create a bruise area to work on – I think this added to the depth of my bruises and most bruises I have seen that are broken in colours seem to have a hint of yellow in them, even if only very slight.

My greasepaint work has improved since last time – however as I did not focus on what had made the impact, I do not feel that my work reflects a realistic bruise.

And, as Jeff said in the first bruise lesson… people turn to bruise gel. I now love the stuff after creating this piece. I was looking to create a bruise that had perhaps been made by a hollow pole, with more pressure towards the lower side – and I think I achieved this, I am really proud of this one! I actually messed it up several times but managed to salvage it each time, adding layer upon layer and then taking away from som parts to create a swollen area. I also found a new technique using my brush & fingers to create broken blood vessels. I love it! I learnt I don’t need to be afraid to use quite solid lines!

I think I did better in this practice because again, I have been looking at pictures. I’m developing a pattern here!
Next loan : Medial books.

Sneaky Experience

14 Oct

On Saturday 13th, I worked with the lovely guys from Sneaky Experience along with my great photographer Lara Armhagan.

The night was held at Left Bank in Hyde Park, a beautiful (if slightly cold) church with fantastic acoustics, serving perfectly for the bands that would play that evening. Whilst Nosferatu played on the projector accompanied by a 3 piece band including an amazing cellist,  I made up guests into a range of vampires, zombies and even a few cheeky glittery spiders.

Freshly Dead Zombie Girl

The night followed on with a screening of From Dusk Till Dawn by Tarantino another film which I have yet to see! Sadly I had my back to the screen for the majority of the night – next time I may have to bargain for a spot with a good view of the stage! The customers continued steadily throughout the performances including a burlesque act from penny which the crowd loved.

Me working at Sneaky Eperience!

Shortly after Penny`s act I unfortunately had to leave for work at Beaverworks, but I had so much fun at the event and it was great to meet such passionate people. I can not wait for the next one! Find more about Sneaky Experience by finding them on Facebook, their next event is on the second of February, my birthday weekend!

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Bruises

12 Oct

So far in the course I’ve been pretty obsessed with the SFX side off stuff, we’ve started off with blood and bruises. in our first lesson on 05/10/2012 we looked at bruises using a greasepaint bruise wheel. Originally I had thought I much preferred working with my fingers, but when it came to using a brush I found it gave me more control over what I was trying to achieve and it was great for creating a veiny look. I think overall to get the best effect, a combination of the two would be best as in some areas of the brushed bruise I feel the colouring is too intense for what i wanted and not blended out enough.

Three bruises created using greasepaint

In todays lesson we looked at using bruise gels. Having practised with these at home, I’ve got to say I really didn’t like them. I didn’t believe them at all, not even when my tutor put them on his own arm. After a bit of direction I warmed to them slightly, on building them up they do appear more realistic but I’m yet to be convinced. It was a bit of a pain how one gel would sometimes wipe away the other – but I suppose with practice I would be able to stop doing so unintentionally!

Bruise Gels

Four bruises created using bruise gels

Today we also made bloods, but I shall be posting more about that at a later date! Please feel free to comment/criticize 🙂