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Halloween, Nightbreed, Hellraiser – Clive Barker

Halloween, Nightbreed, Hellraiser – Clive Barker

Halloween is here once again and although it is not really in the genre of film industry, it is within the realm of special effects makeup.

One of my most favourite writer and creators of horror is Clive Barker and his characters such as ‘Pinhead’ out of the Hellraiser films and ‘Shuna Sassi’  from ‘Nightbreed’.

There is not that much background information available online about these characters, especially Shuna Sassi and how they came into being.

I was introduced to these characters through fan club based people that wanted to play these characters for their Halloween parties, which lead me to do a lot of researching and finding out some obscure trivia/information about the costumes, makeup and Clive Barker himself.

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Special Effects Makeup – Wound Bruise Gash

Special Effects Makeup – Wound Bruise Gash

Need to do a scratch? A gash maybe? Traumatized flesh with bruises and oozing blood?

There are a few items you must have in your special effects make-up kit (my favourite brand is Kryolan) and those are:

Scratch blood – An expensive item but lasts for years, usually comes in a jar, this is an ultra sticky thick corn syrup blood that you can apply using a Popsicle stick or toothpick

Bruise wheel (a container that is sectioned up that has cream make-up colours used for bruising – blue, green, yellow, lake red, brown)

‘Lake red’, ‘white’ and ‘black’ make-up pencils

Collodion/Scarring Liquid 0.125 oz. – A liquid that shrinks the skin when it is painted on the skin in a thin line

Dermawax – Once known as morticians wax which is a skin coloured bees ...

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Old fashioned makeup Trivia/Tricks

Old fashioned makeup Trivia/Tricks

Remember the time when most movies were black and white?

Here’s some old fashioned makeup, trivia and tricks!

For example the 1960’s Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ starring Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh amongst other great actors of the time.

One of the most memorable scenes was the stabbing in the shower and to this day people use the sound effect to describe a vicious scary attack.

During the filming of that scene the ‘FX’ crew were using different types of ‘blood’ unsuccessfully before they found the right ‘flow’ effect as it was washing down the drain hole.

Finally they discovered that ‘Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup’ gave the perfect seeping, stickiness and blending with the water and because the film was ‘black and white’, hid that the blood was not red.

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Filming – Avoiding Mistakes

Filming – Avoiding Mistakes

Here is a link to some filming tips for avoiding 5 mistakes that I found on YouTube.

Link to some great filming tips for avoiding mistakes found on YouTube.

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Olden Day Filming – Trivia

Olden Day Filming – Trivia

For Those Who Enjoy Everything In The Film Industry

History, technical, special effects and behind the scenes.

Those of you that are from the ‘baby boomer and earlier’ eras probably already know today’s trivia. This is still an interesting comparison of the wonderful development of technologies that’s made the visual form of storytelling easier to create today.
Olden Day Filming – More Trivia

Before the digital age, after a day’s shoot, the runner had to get the days film stock to the developer and rush the developed film footage back to the director/DOP to view.

This was to check in case they needed to re-shoot or include anything else i.e...
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