This is by my friend
Ellen who originally posted it on MySpace before the site went downhill
and everyone started deleting their profiles (including Ellen).
I decided to post up some
free special effects information to help friends of mine on here
who are wanting to build their own Halloween costumes on a budget. Now
indeed is the time to begin your costumes my friends!
began makeup and body paint experimentation on myself at about
13. I did not really get into horror and movie makeup effects until
about ten years ago. My ex-husband, and his friends Wretched Soul, and
Mitch shared their knowledge with me. Wretched Soul and Mitch do
amazing latex and special effects work. My body and latex collection I
show here I bought most of my main dummies from Mitch's company
BITY productions. I feel fortunate to have had the chance to learn from
these hardcore guys.
This is by no means a complete list. I
know there are a lot of great
special effects artists out there. Any write-ins on links or books for
this blog I always appreciate. I am always learning.
It is my hope in these troubled times,
that my online teaching
experiment here will be a gift that keeps on giving. Kudos to
Alexplorer whose email inspired me to begin this.
BOOKS I LIKE
great deals on used anatomy and special effects books. There
are many half price book stores across the nation who buy every day
used books from people, so selections of individual stores is always
One of my favorite special effects artists
is horror makeup man Tom
Savini. This guy has great videos, and books, plus offers schools for
the serious student who can afford them: www.savini.com.
My Favorite book of Savini's I have is Grande Illusions. I have found this
book has paid for itself many times over.
If you get Grande Illusions,
you can see these next books I recommend are straight from
Savini's recommended lists.
Dick Smith's Monster Makeup Handbook
is another great book I recommend. It is written for the beginner in
Richard Corson's Stage Makeup
is a another book I enjoyed as well. It is also great for the aspiring
college theater makeup artist,
For anatomy, Atlas Human Anatomy for
the Artist by Stephen Rogers Peck is a great book designed for
the sketching artist. It has pictures of actual anatomy models, and
anatomy break-down pictures.
I use Color
by Rohen/Yohkochi when I work on body parts. I like this anatomy book
because the authors actually took dissected cadavers pictures and put
in the book. The cadaver pictures are dissected and numbered for easy
review of body part names. Its not for the weak stomached! >;)
The other book I use a lot when I work
with latex parts and dummies is A
Manual On Clinical Surgery by S.
Das. This is a great used book I found when I worked at Half Price
Books. I like it because there are actual pictures of people with
various disfigurements and conditions. Its a great reference when
making monster makes or dummies for horror houses. This is another book
I don't think is suitable for young children or people who traumatize
As far as general human anatomy books, I
recommend simply buying a used
college anatomy and physiology book. Dental books with dentists in mind
is great for teeth. Pretty much all the information is the same. It is
important if you decide to commit to making body parts and casts, to
start learning all you can about the human body now. I also recommend
learning Latin here, as all medicine, and science anatomy is based of
the dead language of Latin.
If you are wanting to make fake latex
animals, once again, I recommend
getting a used college book on zoology. On animal casts, I don't
recommend using a live model, as most animals don't like things poured
on their body, and won't stay still.
As you assemble your library, you will
find that its good to get books
that show actual death scenes and corpses. I know this sounds gross,
but you will find the more you study the decomposition process, the
more realistic your work will become. Here are a few titles of some
books I found. These I recommend hide far from your children and
at Death by Barbara P
Scenes: A Homicide
Detective's Scrapbook text by Katherine Dunn, edited by Sean
Death in Mexican Popular
Culture by Harvey Bennett Stafford.
All of these books have actual graphic
scenes of corpses. I don't
recommend reading this book before eating.
There is a interesting read called The
Dead Walk by Andy Black that talks about zombie evolution in
media. It is a good book that has a great filmography at the end.
WEBSITES I USE
Reposted 2011 by the Ale[x]orcist.