Most demonstrations at trade shows involving appliances are showing just the tail end of a much longer hidden process which perhaps isn't at all evident in the final piece. It's nice to hear about what happens in the lead up to such a thing.
As with many artists sealed tight with ...
We have all spotted things in shows which were never meant to be there. Scars swapping sides, hair up one minute and then down the next, blood which moves shot to shot or an errant edge which can't be hidden.
Those are the things which you notice, and maybe take great pleasure in spotting and shaming those unfortunate artists who were 'responsible'.
However, there are many things which you didn't spot which could h...
Closing moulds correctly is vital to get good casts out of them. There seems little point in making a good mould and then getting bad casts out of it.
In this episode we chat about things to consider when looking at ‘mould closure’. Essentially, a mould other than a flat or open mould will usually need to be attached or fitted to another component to produce a cast.
This could be another part of the mould if a ‘multi-piece’ mould ...
In flat moulds, there can be something similar even though a core isn’t involved, as it establishes where the appliance actually stops and the skin begins.
A cutting edge and overflow are critical in foam appliances, especially where a mould has foam latex added and a core is pushed into it. A gap between th...
Tim Baggaley played the one-armed zombie in Shaun of the Dead. He's a damn nice fella, an actor, talented graphic designer and a fabulous dancer.
In this episode, we chat about his experience on set and his recollections of being among the undead.
As we chatted, he reminded me of a few other things we had worked on together and we get into the nitty-gritty of whether or not we should see t...
We talked through the difficulties involved in getting ready to be attacked with records and cricket bats, shovels and the heat whilst caked in blood.
Also, as you'll hear, some very cool comic book related stuff which was an exciting discovery. You may recall in the bumper podcast epi...
It was a great pleasure to chat with John face to face (before lockdown, I hasten to add) back in December of 2019.
John is a well known FX artist who has since gone on to work at Tussauds and is a freelance artist.
I think you will get a real kick out of hearing his take, a perfect attitude to how to feel when creating. We chat about what it means to sculpt, that internal dialogue we all have when creating something new,
Air bubbles of one kind or another are inevitable if you deal with materials which start out life as a liquid and then later solidify such as plaster, latex, silicone and resin. Let’s take a look at what can happen, why, and what to do about it.
Blog post accompanying this post: https://battleswithbitsofrubber.com/58-airbubbles/
Clay issues, alcohol colours, and a nice message from sculpting master Amelia Rowcroft. Cheers to those been in touch, and leaving messages. You can get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail here.
I mentioned working at the BBC Visual FX department, and I was reminded that I have a book abo...
I thought it would be fun to chat with Stuart Conran and Dan Frye, two FX buddies who I have known and worked with for many years on many projects. I rewatched the movie to refresh my memory and listed the effects in chronological order.
Make sure to download the free booklet which accompanies this episode.
It's nervewracking to be judged, but your folio is maybe pages of your heart and soul now made visible for others to assess and rate.
The main way anyone gets work is simply by having a portfolio of good work and then show that to someone who pays for p...
There are often a number of questions about prosthetic makeup that get asked often. We put together the top 5 that keep cropping up and do a deep dive into our responses.
1. How do I match an appliance to a person's skin tone?
2. How do I ensure a good edge on an appliance?
3. How can I create good work without spending a fortune on materials?
4. How do I get work?
5. Will computers take over the work of makeup artists?
This episode looks at how people teach, learn, and maybe don't learn. We all need a motivation to learn, and many of us will require different styles of learning such as visual, auditory, practical hands-on tasks or live demonstration to get started.
One simple rule to remember is this: Sucking is learning. Making mistakes is when you learn. ...
My first job with him was making oversized Casio watches, which were fibreglassed out of silicone moulds to make G-Shock watch display units.
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One thing I have always noticed a...
"Richard is a senior lecturer and Programme Leader of the Special Effects for Film and TV degree at the University of Bolton. He’s been teaching at the university for several years and specialises in character work, in both the prosthetic make-up effects and model-making fields. "
In the epi...
Matthew and his company, WM Creations have been responsible for makeup effects on scores of shows and racked up a lot of awards and nominations in the process - for a deep dive into that, check out Matthews IMDb profile.
The actual real-life holding cell in the studio, now decked out with suitably spooky decorations and effects! So much fun.
Todd and I ...
Neil is originally from the UK but moved to Toronto in the early 2000s and has worked on a number of high profile shows over the years such as 300, The Strain, Suicide Squad, Hereditary, It, Shazam! and the What We Do In The Shadows series.
Earlier in 2019, Stu got to sit and chat with some fine folks at IMATS London and a chat with makeup designer Kate Benton kicks off the first of these finally edited up after a crazy industry year.
This is the sculpt I was detailing and then dropped. Doh!
As you may know, this podcast is a ...
Starting Education In Makeup Effects & Prosthetics
This episode is prompted by seeing a few questions on forums about how best to learn about makeup FX and prosthetics. Where to go and what to learn?
Depending on what you want to be able to do, let's also draw a distinction between a makeup artist who sometimes will apply a prosthetic v someone who specialises in creating and applying more complex pieces.
Some people want ...
Creating concepts for characters and creatures, masks, makeups and beautifully crafted designs, he also teaches his craft all over the world and has recently released the first of a series of downloadable books The Professional Creature Design Handbook.
In this podcast we chat about: