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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


Assessment – Hypertrophic Burn Scar Image 2/4


Assessment – Hypertrophic Burn Scar Image 3/4


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!


Gelatine Full Thickness Flame Burn

22 Nov

Today I have been working on the specifications given for our personal inspiration book. Next term I’m calling it sketchbook and throwing the teachers rules out the window.

ALSO in the wonderful world of FX, I have been working on my full thickness flame burn. Once I master this I will work my way back to slightly ashed skin. So here we go:

It’s make out of gelatine! I tried to layer this up to create a 3D piece, stringing gelatine between areas to create an impression of the body melting and pulling apart. I’m not sure if skin melts but it looks cool. I hate to say this as a veggie but I’d quite like to burn some skin and see what happens. It’s a hard life being a wannabe Vegan – yet being obsessed by psychopaths and blood.

I used yellow, dark yellow, red, maroon, and black greasepaints to create this piece. I decided to spend longer on my paint job than usual, using two brushes (OOOoOOoh!)  rather than one to paint in. I used a fine brush to colour in lower set details to create an impression of real depth. I forgot to powder and get jelly on it, but I’m happy with the overall shine – although the flash certainly captured a few edges I didn’t want to show.

Also, I must say I am very happy with the lower part of this piece, this is the first time I have been able to look at the edge as sinking in rather than out. with the black smoke edging appearing to be higher than the gelatin – got you! It’s not. The gelatine edge is actually much higher than the skin.


[EDIT: Note to self; same detail & larger sink areas?]

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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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 🙂