Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Exams & Prosthetic Application

Our second last week was possibly the most eventful so far. We were very busy Monday through Thursday with our practical exams, recreating famous film characters, cats, historical figures and more! I think we can all feel quite proud of ourselves for the work we put it. On Thursday we also had our written exam to see how much we absorbed from our lessons on script breakdown, continuity, SPFX and all the other subjects we've covered during the past 18 weeks. Fingers crossed we all did well!

Saturday was the day we'd been waiting for: the application of the facial prosthetics we've been designing, sculpting, casting and painting for months. We spent the whole day attaching the prosthetics to our models' faces, blending the edges and styling the overall look we wanted to create and the results were all FANTASTIC! It was an amazing to see our characters come to life. Then came the removal, which was almost as difficult as the application, depending on the amount of adhesive used. We owe a lot of thanks to the artists that donated their time to take us through the process and assist us throughout the day and the models that were so patient while we poked and prodded them.

Oh no, now we only have one week left! Whatever will we do?!

Rachel Greening - Student

Friday, June 3, 2011

Prep, Prep & More Prep!

With our exams just around the corner, and end of term approaching fast, we dedicated this week to preparing and practicing. We teased, tweaked, and coloured wigs for our CATS and FILM CHARACTER make-ups, tidied our moustaches, and trialed some of the ‘looks’ we will be tested on. We even had a fretful last minute cleaning of kits, having been threatened we would lose marks for an untidy kit!

We finished our lessons on SPFX with ‘dead body’ make-ups, sharpening our skills on bruising, cuts, slit throats, bullet wounds. The effect was awesomely gruesome!

Our actors for the PROSTHETIC APPLICATION day joined us for a hair and costume trial. We were all happy with our creations, and as our characters begin to come to life, we become anxiously excited for the Big Day!One of the most valuable parts of the week was our lesson on ‘timing’, in which we had to produce a high fashion make-up under a time limit. The class created fantastic works, from Punk Militaries, to modern Victorian inspired, to Drag Queens! Under a time limit, we were disciplined to keep focus and concentrate on our subject, preparing us for when we are on the job and under pressure.We are all nervous for our exams, but with good training behind us, we are sure to produce more remarkable make-ups.

Natalie Rose - Student