Hi everyone so i back in my second year and on the first day of specal effects we got stuch in with face casting exciting stuff . And to top it off we were shown how do face cast by Martin Hanson from Madam Tussauds (Our new part time special effects teacher). Martin Madam Tussauds is head of the moulding and casting department there. So in the safe hands of the professional we go stuck in .
Before we get started on this tutorial i think i should explain what exactly face casting is and why we do it , so Face Casting is the process of creating a three-dimensional copy of a living human face , through the use of molding and casting techniques. The Biggest Characteristics of a Special effects Makeup is prosthetic’s , Unlike a mask it adheres to the contours of the face of the wearer’. This mean any facial movement can be shown such as expressions. The interior of the prosthetic (The side that is attached to the wearer) Mirrors the contours of their face , whilst the exterior (The visible side ) is a sculpted character design. Face casting is used throughout film , tv and sometimes medial industry . So now i have explained what we are doing lets get started .
Mouldlife Life Form Face Coat Part A & B
Medium paint brush
Modrock (Plaster Bandage)
2 15cm Gauze
Two medium sided plastic bowls one half filled with water
2 Mixing spatula
Eye liner (any colour)
Mark around the face with an eyeliner as a guideline.
Cove up the model with a plastic sheets secure the back to keep your model clean .
Apply a thin layer of Vaseline to the models eyebrows and eyelashes this acts as a barrio and prevents them been removed off when we take off the face cast.
Mix together both A and B parts of Mouldlife Face Coat (Half and Half) measure about one heaped table spoon of each, for each face . Mix both together in a medium plastic bowl . It is best to have two separate spatulas for this as if you end up mixing some in each pot the Face Coat as this will set in the tub.
Once mixed immediately Roll mixture onto the face as it sets pretty quickly once mixed together , using a cheap medium paint brush start rolling them mixture onto the face within the guidelines make sure to push to product around the face and into the eye sockets to get a true shape of the models face. Remember to reassure your model it can be a strange . Apply a good layer all over the face.
Apply two 15cm gauze on top of the mould life , one over the eyes and one over the mouth to keep the shape and act as an adherence to the modrock . Ensure you model is ok you don’t want them to panic
Cut around 6-7 foot long strips of modrock . With a bowl half-filled warm water, fold the Modrock in half and dip into the water remove any excess water and apply to the face covering the gauze and all the set mould life (take care you are dealing with someone’s face and don’t cover the nostrils they need to breath). Once you have covered most of the face with Modrock apply a strip around the sides of the face and one down the nose giving the cast more support.
Allow the Modrock to set and turn hard . Again Ensure you model is ok you dont want them to panic, this process can sometimes panic people .
Using a blunt modelling tool, remove the face coat and Modrock by getting the tool between the face coat and the skin to help with removing the face cast get the model to pull different facial expressions this helps loosen the mould that is set onto her face.
And there you have it a life cast/ negative of someone face, look out for the next blog post where i will talk you through the next step
I really enjoyed just getting stuck into this lesson , although i was at first nervous about having it done to myself , i think it is better to have it done to yourself first then you know how it feels , and you can always then prepare you model on what is going to happen .
Thanks for reading