Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gross Halloween Make Up Effects

Warning - even watching this being applied, it still looks gross and gory - if that's not your thing, don't watch!

Michael's friend Alex (well, mine too, but we met through Michael) is not only one of the founding members of DC's Molotov Theatre, as well as a founding member of Lean and Hungry Theatre (doing Shakespeare as radio-plays), he's also Molotov's special effects guru. One of the first time we went over to visit with him, he was excitedly brainstorming how to stage someone being disemboweled. (We later saw the effect done on stage and.... dude is GOOD at what he does)

Just in time for Halloween, the Washington Post asked him to demonstrate how to do gory make up effects, and Alex happily zombied up one of their reporters.  In case you want to try this at home, here are the instructions... they're pretty much ridiculously simple and unnervingly realistic looking.

First, How to Look Like Your Face is Getting Ripped Off:

Then, How to Make a Deep Bloody Gash:

One final note for those still reading - as I noted, Lean & Hungry Theatre have been getting some good airtime with WAMU (DC'sNPR station) and will be performing MacBeth live on radio from 6-7pm Halloween night.  If this is of interest to you, WAMU streams its live broadcast, so it will be listenable even for those of us out of area.   Their version of Twelfth Night is available through iTunes, and I found it very listenable even without visual cues.

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