Our “Art of Illusion – Blood and SFX” course covers many invaluable skills and techniques to create character looks such as ageing, breaking down, disguise and bald caps. It also includes making and applying wounds with believable blood effects – an increasingly popular skill for every budding makeup artist, with pro bondo scars and wounds now commonly used throughout the industry. Note that real-life casualty research is an important element of this special effects makeup course, in order to create realistic wounds and scars.While special effects makeup and character makeup is often considered the fun part of makeup, the ability to change a person’s face for the purpose of character or age, is a core skill of a media makeup artist. This module will enable you to work with industry standard materials and techniques to produce accurate special effects such as injuries, right through to adding texture and dirt as required for the film “Pirates of the Caribbean”, where breaking down with illustrator palettes was a daily routine.
16th March 2020– 24th July 2020 – £8,500 (dates include three weeks of school holidays).
21th September 2020– 29th January 2021 – £8,500 (dates include three weeks of school holidays).
" SfX and character makeup is often considered the fun part of makeup, the ability to change a persons face for the purpose of character or age, is a core skill of a make up artist. This module will enable you to work with industry standard materials and techniques to produce accurate effects such as injuries through to adding texture and dirt as required for the film “Pirates of the Caribbean” where breaking down with illustrator palettes was a daily routine. "
During our SFX makeup course you will learn the art of character makeup and how to assess an artist’s features with the aim of altering their appearance. Find out about ageing and disguise using light and shade makeup and old-age stipple, and how to apply a bald cap and a variety of colouring techniques. You will discover how to incorporate a piece of facial hair into your own character look, together with the art of laying on to create new (or to extend) existing facial hair.
As part of special effects makeup course for beginners, you will be taught stubble technique. You will learn characterisation using dirt, sweat, tears, illness, skin disorders and other effects – it’s one of the first duties of a trainee makeup artist to achieve this look to a standard suitable for a crowd room. You will train in how to make cuts, grazes, wounds, bruises, believable blood effects, keloid and inverted scars and explore innovative techniques to create first, second and third-degree burns.
You will also learn the use of products such as sculpt gel, silicone guns, collodion, tear blowers and – a great standby – mortician’s wax. You will be taught how to fill and apply pre-made silicone moulds with products such as pro bondo and gelatine and, time permitting, you will sculpt and make a small wound for use in the makeup portfolio building week.
This special effects makeup artist course will provide you with an understanding of how someone’s appearance can be changed to achieve a variety of looks and you will receive a series of images for your professional portfolio.
Finally – don’t take our word for it! MAKUP graduate Jessica Southall won first place in both Makeup and Hair in the Fantasy – Star Wars – Category in the 2016 National Makeup Artists Competition. By adapting prosthetics that she made during training, Jessica created an amazing character (designing and making her own costume to create a complete look). The judges thought that the standard of her work and attention to detail was outstanding.
Be working on SFX makeup on-set in 16 weeks! Register today.