|Creatures & Characters Seminar and Demonstration|
March 29, 1992, Studio 334, San Francisco
second in a series of seminars and workshops sponsored by GBACG, designed to
inspire and assist planning for the Faerie Tale Masquerade Ball
(June 13, 1992),
was held on March 29. Ed Kline and his assistant, Kishma Morales, film
effects artists and prop makers, began with a detailed description of
the process of making molded facial appliances from plaster casts, latex
and foam. They brought several completed creature "heads" as
well as examples of materials and techniques at each step in the
process, and revealed many tricks of the trade in regard to material
sources, preferred types of plaster and latex, and how to best achieve
the desired effects with make-up, feathers, etc. Although actually
making one of these appliances is a major under-taking, requiring lots
of materials and weeks of effort, Ed and Kishma's demonstration provided
much inspiration and many useful tips for doing smaller projects.
Next, Ben Camacho, well-known through numerous television commercials and science fiction fandom for his realistic furry animals, built on Ed and Kishma's presentation in his discussion of building foam and fur suits. Ben has mastered the warped art of using cheap and unusual materials and tools for his creations: electric carving knives are more useful for carving foam than for slicing up turkeys, and the leftover plastic framework from airplane or other model kits can be transformed into whiskers, using a candle flame. Ben covered which types of foams and furs to use (and not to use), appropriate glues, sources of teeth (including pot glue) and -- very important! -- how to construct tails.
Finally, Ginger and Mark Mascot, make-up artists for theatre groups and special effects projects, described how to change your features with make-up. Ginger listed her favorite brands of powder, foundation, eyelash glue, etc.; she emphasized that cheaper products may actually work better for long-lasting effects, as they will contain fewer moisturizing ingredients. Although there wasn't really enough time for them to create a full "fantasy" look, Mark and Ginger demonstrated some techniques on volunteers and answered questions. Among the more amazing bits of useful information was the fact that microwaved red gummy bears make great blood effects. (I knew there had to be something one could do with these things besides --- ugh! --- eat them.)
The seminar was very well-attended and participants got a full six hours of mind-boggling information.
Photo: copyright Ed Klein
Ed Kline as Eon and Kishma as Foxy Catnip at the Southern Renaissance Pleasure Faire.
Back to Past Events
Back to GBACG Home