Like the film I did last fall, I'm going to break this into a few posts. This first one will focus on the makeup effects for the film.
First was this large torn face an neck, done as a two piece gelatin prosthetic. In the story, one character makes a wish that causes his girlfriend to undergo gruesome changes. I also had a prosthetic on top of this prosthetic that acted as the skin she tears off to reveal the muscles and bone underneath.
That's our wonderful beauty makeup artist, Jenny Hou doing touch ups.
There was also a tiny prosthetic I called a "starter," which started the tearing sequence. It was basically just a little flap of skin she could pull down.
Next was this cheek piece. Originally this was supposed to be the first time her skin peels off, and the larger one would last the rest of the film, but when we did the makeup test, it became clear that this piece would be much better in movement and comfort for multiple scenes and days of shooting. Though originally cast in a stone mold, I remolded it for the second weekend with silicone so the sometimes tissue thin gelatin appliances could be made more easily. It was a great experience getting to apply this piece four times, learning and improving my technique with each one.
I would apply and color the prosthetic, and then Jenny would apply beauty makeup on top of it all. The first photo is my underpainting, and the second is with makeup.
Okay, now the fun stuff. Not only does her face peel off, but blisters burst on her arms. I was having trouble figuring out exactly how to do the effect when Steve Johnson put out a video on a technique used at his studio using plastic.
Basically, the effect was achieved by hiding a plastic bladder under a pre-slit gelatin cover prosthetic. I stood behind the actress and just blew air into the tube.