Special Make-up Effects for Stage & Screen and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

Due Date: Aug 16, 2014

FREE return shipping at the end of the semester.

Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with rentals.
Sell Us Your Item
For a $18.41 Gift Card
Trade in
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading Special Make-up Effects for Stage & Screen on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen: Making and Applying Prosthetics [Paperback]

by Todd Debreceni
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

In Stock.
Rented by RentU and Fulfilled by Amazon.
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $51.95  
Paperback --  
100 M&T
100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime
Looking for something good to read? Browse our picks for 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime, brought to you by the Amazon Book Editors.
There is a newer edition of this item:
Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen: Making and Applying Prosthetics Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen: Making and Applying Prosthetics 4.8 out of 5 stars (19)
In Stock.

Book Description

December 10, 2008 0240809963 978-0240809960 Pap/DVD

In the world of film and theatre, character transformation takes a lot of work, skill, and creativity. Dedicated solely to SFX, this book will show you tips and techniques from a seasoned SFX makeup artist with years of film, TV, and theatrical experience. Not only will this book take you through the many genres that need a special effects makeup artist, like horror, fantasy, and sci-fi, but it will also tell you about the tools you will need, how to maintain your toolkit, how to take care of the actor's skin, and how to airbrush properly when HD is involved.

The author shows you how to sculpt and mold your own makeup prosethetics, focusing on how human anatomy relates to sculpture to create the most realistic effects. Case studies feature some of today's top makeup artists including Neill Gorton, Christopher Tucker, Miles Teves, Jordu Schell, Mark Alfrey, Matthew Mungle, Christien Tinsely, Vittorio Sodano, and Mark Gabarino.

Put your new techniques into practice right away and see how some of the looks from the book were achieved with the step-by-step tutorials on the must-have DVD.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Have the next big idea for a movie? Submit a 2-15 min. concept video to Amazon Studios for a chance to have your movie made. Learn more.

Editorial Reviews


"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).

From the Back Cover

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.

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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Todd Debreceni has worked in film, television and theatre for over 30 years. Before starting his own small effects shop in Colorado, he worked for TBS in Atlanta, 20th Century-Fox Television in Los Angeles, Warner Bros., Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Television Animation. Among his credits are the movies 'Contact,' 'Batman and Robin,' 'My Favorite Martian' and 'Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.' Todd is the recipient of a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, and a Denver Post Ovation Award for Special Accomplishment in Makeup Effects, and has created makeup effects for many stage productions including 'Bat Boy, the Musical;' 'Into the Woods;' 'Hoping to See God;' 'The Wiz;' 'Sleuth;' 'Steel Magnolias;' 'Beauty and the Beast;' and 'Man of La Mancha.' His recently published textbook 'Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen' (Focal Press, 2008) is being hailed in the movie industry as the 'Bible' for special makeup effects artists. He regularly conducts regular seminars, workshops and classes in special makeup effects for film, television and theatre.

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5 stars
4.9 out of 5 stars
4 star
2 star
1 star
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK EVER! January 17, 2009
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...
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent treatise March 9, 2009
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.
Was this review helpful to you?
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Novice or Pro - you NEED this book! February 25, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Special Makeup Effcts for Stage and Screen: Making and Applying
This probably is a great book for someone with advanced knowledge of make-up techniques. I picked wrong. A bevy of supplies are needed to complete the projects is this book.
Published 12 months ago by Jana M Spellman
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Tool in your Arsenal
Todd is a master at what he does, and this book reflects it. If your looking for a how-to on makeup effects and sculpting, this book is your new bible.
Published 15 months ago by Salfang
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Modern Special Effects Makeup Book Out There
Bravo, Todd Debreceni!

My wife purchased this book for me for Christmas.

Having worked in special effects for movies in the past, I can say without a doubt... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Avidas
5.0 out of 5 stars Special make-up Effects !
Bought for our grandson who has developed an intrest in this art. He loved it especially since it comes with a dvd to help explain the techniques ! Fast shipping .
Published 15 months ago by B. Oswald
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is a really thorough book with a lot of insight to several special FX techniques. I got a chance to meet the author at USITT last year, and he is a wealth of knowledge. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic find
Very much like a textbook. Very easy read and very informative! I definitely buy the next book by this author.
Published 16 months ago by Sarah Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for budding artist.
Bought this for my brothers birthday because he has always wanted to do special effect makeup. It was a huge hit. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Michael Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book
I don't know much about Special Effect Make-up---hence, the book; but I don't think there is anything this book misses. Read more
Published 22 months ago by DragonLady
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent guide to makeup artistry
I ordered this for my teenage son who wants to go into this business. He has been loving it and making some very impressive faces on himself and his friends. Read more
Published on March 26, 2012 by S. Milmore
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
This book is amazing. The information is fantastic and should be the cornerstone of any makeup artist's reference collection. Definately worth the cost. GRAB THIS BOOK!
Published on December 29, 2011 by Russ Adams
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category