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Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen: Making and Applying Prosthetics Pap/DVD Edition

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"I'm now insanely jealous of all the people who will learn from this book because this is the book I would have killed to have had when I was starting out....... IT'S NOT FAIR!!!” -Neill Gorton, BAFTA winner for Best Makeup and Hair Design Help (2005), nominee for Best Makeup and Hair Design The Catherine Tate Show (2007), Royal Television Society (UK) winner for Best Makeup Design Help (2005), and nominee for Best Makeup Design Doctor Who (2005, 2006)

"Among the most exhaustive and thorough tomes on the subject of special effects makeup there is, written with a likable and easy-to-understand style that is accessible to all ages.” -Jordu Schell, Creature and Character Designer

"The techniques and education in this book are inspiring. Creating believable character make-ups on human faces is a challenging, rewarding art form.”-Matthew W. Mungle, Oscar winner & BAFTA nominee for Best Makeup Dracula (1992), Oscar nominee for Best Makeup Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), and Oscar & BAFTA nominee for Best Makeup Schindler's List (1993)

"Crammed with cutting edge information on materials and techniques, formulas, suppliers, how-to's, and more, this is a book I wish I had when I first started!”- Christopher Tucker, BAFTA winner for Best Makeup Artist Quest for Fire [La Guerre du feu] (1981), BAFTA nominee for Best Special Visual Effects & Best Makeup Artist The Company of Wolves (1984), and Emmy nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Miniseries or Special War and Remembrance (1988).

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In the world of film and theatre, character transformation takes a lot of work, skill, and creativity. Dedicated solely to special effects makeup, this book gives you tips and techniques from a seasoned artist with years of film, TV, and theatrical experience.Special Effects Makeup for Stage and Screen begins with a full discussion of how human anatomy relates to sculpture and continues to show you how various effects are achieved, and takes you through the many genres that need an SFX makeup artist.

This heavily illustrated, four-color book will show you how to: " Decide what kind of tools you ll need " Care for your actors skin " Create lifecasts and apply prosthetics " Create and sculpt special effects with makeup " Advice on how to create your own portfolio " Maintaining your toolkit " And most importantly, how to develop a character for the stage or the screen The accompanying DVD contains step-by-step tutorials, a gallery of illustrations from industry experts, and additional exclusive resources.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; Pap/DVD edition (December 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240809963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240809960
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Todd Debreceni began his career in entertainment with PBS while a graduate student in television at the University of Tennessee. Before starting his own small effects shop in Denver, Todd worked for cable pioneer Ted Turner at TBS in Atlanta, 20th Century-Fox Television in Los Angeles, Warner Bros., Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Television Animation. Among his feature credits are 'Contact;' 'Batman and Robin;' 'My Favorite Martian;' 'Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves;' 'The Enemy God;' 'Cannon Fodder;' 'Decay' and 'Ink.' Todd sculpted and molded wounds used in the 2013 Tom Hanks film, 'Captain Phillips.' Television credits include episodes of 'JAG' and 'Doctor Who.' Todd is the recipient of a 1992 Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, a 2006 and 2009 Denver Post Ovation Award for special makeup effects and a 2010 Henry Award nomination for 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast.' He has created a variety of makeup effects for many stage productions, including 'Shrek the Musical;' 'Spamalot;' 'The Whipping Man;' 'Young Frankenstein;' 'Man of La Mancha;' 'Peter Pan;' 'Oliver!;' 'Dracula;' 'Bat Boy, the Musical;' 'Hoping to See God;' 'Into the Woods;' 'The Wiz;' 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe;' 'Urinetown, the Musical;' 'Elephant Man;' 'The Snow Queen;' 'Sleuth' and 'Sideshow.' Todd conducts regular seminars, workshops and classes in special makeup effects for film, television and theatre both in the U.S. and overseas, consults internationally, and has literally written the book on special makeup effects for Focal Press called Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen (2009). It is hailed worldwide in the entertainment industry as' the bible' for makeup effects artists. The much anticipated second edition was released in January, 2013.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan William Hunt on January 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ok I just recieved my copy of the new Special Makeup Effects For Stage and Screen and I haven't slept in 29 hours lol. This is by far the best book I have ever bought.

Want a conversion chart... its in the book.

Want to know whether its best to use alcohol activated makeup for a certain piece or stick with grease paint... its in the book.

Wonder which glue will hold down a certain material best... its in the book.

Need to know the definition for terms in the book... ITS IN THE BOOK! lol

Want a recipe to make your own hair paste to flatten down hair under a bald cap... its in the book!

Curious about age stipple... there's three different recipes!

Want to hand lay a beard but don't want to use spirit gum... details are given in the book AND there is an incredible step by step demonstration on the DVD that comes with the book!

Wonder what the human skull looks like as it progresses from infant to adult... there's illustrations in the book!

Need to know what should be in your kit... check the book people lol.

Want to know the diameter of the Earth... ok, well maybe not everything is in the book... but you could make an awesome prop of the Earth and glue it to someone's head using info in this book!

I have a collection of books and videos that equal somewhere around $700 and all the information from those make up about 1/3rd of what is in this book. Not only does this book give you techniques, but it tells WHY those techniques were chosen and why they work under the conditions given. I know VERY LITTLE about the many types of adhesives on the market, and I never would have known why my prosthetic would not come off after using Telesis 5...
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MakeupMaster on March 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Having been at this craft for nearly 50 years now, I find this treatise one of the best, most complete, progressively structured treatises that now grace my library of books, videos and DVD's. As an amateur makeup artist you won't be disappointed in this book - especially for the amount of information contained for the cost. As a professional craftsman, you might know most of what's contained in the book but STILL won't be disappointed at the quality of the efforts Todd has expended to create this. I love the way it PROGRESSES through from simple techniques to more and more advanced things - and leaves nothing out, nothing to question. Even knowing how to do this work, I have found many, many cool and interesting "other" approaches to doing some of what Todd describes in here. There are tips and techniques that are presented in such a way as to NOT be like many other works that expect that you should believe there is only one way to do anything....THEIR way. NOT so with this book. If anything, I am reminded of Dick Smith's Advanced Professional Makeup Techniques Course, in that Todd defines here and there that there are many ways to accomplish an effect these days and that his is one among those - but one which is well thought out, well presented and of the highest quality. The DVD is a plus but the book alone would have been well worth the price. Inspirational, educational, and top notch all the way. For $45 bucks it's an investement but a better investment than many things it would be easy to waste money on in the craft from other books, videos or DVD's. This reaches well beyond it's selling price. Buy the book. You won't regret it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. Brown on February 25, 2009
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I have been doing special makeup effects for many, many years and have probably read most of the books on the subject. My first "book" was Dick Smith's Monster Makeup Handbook. I read it until the pages were tattered and torn and the staples finally fell out.
When I decided to order this book, I expected to get another run-of-the-mill makeup handbook that might have a tidbit of information I could use. Boy, was I wrong! The information contained in this book would take the average makeup artist many YEARS to learn! This is the kind of information that most makeup artists only get if they're lucky enough to work in a top notch special effects shop - and that's pretty much impossible nowadays.
Todd offers easy to understand, step by step instructions along with pictures of the processes. Did I mention it comes with a DVD? That alone is worth the price of the book.
Other things I think you should know is that Todd explains what you SHOULDN'T do, and describes why some things you expect to work - won't. There are simple tips and tricks described that I didn't know - even after well over 25 years of being a special makeup effects artist. Incredible.
If you are a novice - this should be your #1 makeup bible. If you're a pro - this should be the "go-to" book in your library.
I can't promote this book enough. You just have to buy it. The information in it is worth double or triple the price.
Did I mention it comes with a DVD?
In closing, let me give you an idea of how well this book is put together: my 4-year old granddaughter will sit for hours looking at the pictures! She will even take it to bed and have me explain the makeup process. When I'm in my studio making prosthetics, she will ask me if did this or did that, to make sure I haven't missed something.
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