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Special Effects Make-Up Paperback – October 9, 2003

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A severed hand reaches across the red cover of this paperback, and the images in Vinther's book get progressively more gruesome from there. A European special effects expert, Vinther clearly specializes in the fare of horror and science fiction films-his how-to book is devoted to explaining the tricks behind making life-like imitations of body parts, monsters and bloody wounds. For those readers who wonder how to portray a mangled face or a chopped-off finger, Vinther's is a work without peer-but they must be ready to stomach the book's more than 300 gory color images. The author certainly knows his business, running his private company SPFX, which handles these unique demands for film producers. Each sub-genre ("gouged eye," "blown-off limbs," etc.) requires a certain recipe of materials, which Vinther enthusiastically share. The latter third of the book branches off from generic wounds, and touches on the makeup required for classic monsters, including Dracula, Freddie Kruger and the Terminator. The illustrations are rather gruesome, but for the Halloween amateur or the Hollywood professional, this book is a veritable King James Bible of the macabre.
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...this book is a veritable King James Bible of the macabre.
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Aspiring monster and mayhem makers have a new guide to look forward to.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087830178X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878301782
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #657,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book primarily makes use of different types of modeling wax to create everything from small scars to bullet holes to disembowelments. I bought it for myself, but found it to be too advanced--I am more of a Halloween make-up sort of person. My co-owner, Cat, is an expert in theatrical makeup, and finds it an excellent guide, well worth poring over. So, if you're like me, keep looking; if you have a background in makeup and want to learn more about horror moulage, this is for you.
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this book does have alot of helpfully facts and tips and provides alot of trick for gore and horror movie effects wich is what im interested in. however the character make up jobs towards the back are really a joke. the one labeled freddy krueger seeing the make up job it really made me not want to read the book honestly. i thought wow if these makeup jobs reflect the work there going to teach you in this book then i dont want to learn from this book haha...but ill just try to ignore the sad excuse for the character make up in the back. over all this is a good book. this is my first fx book. ive always wanted to be a special fx makeup artist. im curently looking at schools to apply to in hollywood and i wanted to get a handfull of books to read and study so at least i know some things before i start in a school. this is a good starter book i can tell. but if your looking for character design dont go by this book!!
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From severed fingers to slashed throats and burns, Special Effects Makeup provides a complete guide to theatre and film make-up processes, covering a world of increasingly technical, sophisticated effects. These step-by-step coverages will prove essential to any working in theatre, surveying materials and their results.
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This book is absolutely amazing when it comes to its gore effects, prosthetics for the face and mouth, and essential but often forgotten special fx like corpsing a human body, making organ props, and creating odd yet simple effects like acne. He really knows how to work with a budget, and at the same time he doesn't cut any of the quality. I've been in the FX job for 3 years, and I have to say that THIS is a book you're gonna want if you are looking for producing your own slasher films and slabbing down the blood for Halloween and the Theatre. Get this book and Grande Illusions: A Learn-By-Example Guide to the Art and Technique of Special Make-Up Effects from the Films of Tom Savini and you can start killing people in no time!

BUT- it does have its faults, and boy are they obvious. (one of them is the fact that the products he uses have branded names instead of the traditional ones most of use might be used to, like Mastix and ProStick are actually Spirit Gum and Pros-Aide, respectively, but that can be forgiven because she gives a quick translation at the end of her book with EVERYTHING)

The author decides to end his book with a chapter on Character Makeup, and most of them look LAUGHABLE (and really impractical to create and use by his instructions). the rest leave you scratching your head wondering if he ever seen the movies of the characters hes "recreating." some of the worst ones include classic favorites like Frankenstein, Pinhead, Freddy Krueger, The Wolfman, and others just look horrendous altogether, like the Minotaur (which looks more like Hefer from Rocko's Modern Life).
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Great book for the novice entering into the world of Special Effects Makeup. Some easy, cheap gags that will get you started without breaking your bank. Good starter book.
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I am a film student who needed to learn the basics of special effects makeup very quickly. This particular book did a great job of laying out some fundamentals of the makeup world. The book is organized into different effects, which if you only take at face value is limited. However, if you go through and read each effect that is being taught you will quickly realize that the book isn't a specific how-to for each effect, but rather an organized method to teach the fundamentals. For example, even if you don't need "monster hands", the chapter on making them is really just a great introduction into how to use latex on a medium scale.

Overall, this is a great resource for the beginner who wants to being learning the fundamentals of special effects makeup. It will certainly get your gears spinning and allow you to start thinking of how you can apply the different techniques it provides.
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Information and photos are very preliminary.
Wast of money..
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Do you love makeup? Halloween? Monster movies and zombie walks? Ever wanted to do some of this stuff yourself but dont know how? Well this book is for you! This book is chock full of effects makeup that anyone can do with a little effort and at low cost. Ive used these techniques for haunted attractions as well as the short horror films I make. This book is a must have if you are interested in doing special fx makeup with your typical Halloween makeup supplies!
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