Standard gelatin can be used in special effects makeup on movie and film productions to recreate the look of rashes and burns. The gelatin must be prepared first by mixing it with warm water. Once the gelatin mixture has cooled, it can be applied to the skin using a popsicle stick or a stippling sponge. When dried and painted, this texture can closely resemble a rash or a burn.
- To make patches of rashes on the actor's face,…we used a jar of Burn Scar and Wound Effect.…This is really just a jar of flesh-colored gelatin.…You can achieve exactly the same effect…with plain old, unflavored Knox gelatin from your pantry.…In both cases you would begin by mixing equal parts…gelatin and hot water.…This stuff cools and hardens pretty quickly,…so you need to work fairly fast.…Make sure you know where you want to apply it…before you start mixing it up.…Once it's the consistency you want,…dab a small amount to the inside of your wrist…to check the temperature.…
If it's cooled enough to avoid causing actual burns,…then you're ready to start applying.…I like to use a popsicle stick…or the flat handle of a plastic spoon or fork.…Using the tool of your choice,…spread the gelatin directly onto the actor's skin.…Again, you're going to have to move fairly quickly…to get it on before the gelatin sets.…I like to start with a thin layer…and then add on until I have…the degree of rash that I'm looking for.…
Find the rest of the courses in the series—on everything from script writing to directing—on Chad's author page.
- Understanding the role of different crew members
- Sending out call sheets
- Using a slate
- Keeping continuity with a script supervisor and production photographer
- Keeping the crew fed, happy, and safe
- Rescheduling shoots
- Dealing with wardrobe for a large cast
- Using special effects makeup
Skill Level Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 05 Directingwith Chad Perkins2h 27m Intermediate
Creating a Short Film: 03 Pre-Productionwith Chad Perkins2h 13m Intermediate
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Intermediate
"The Assurance"7m 43s
1. Common Crew Members
2. Film Production Basics
4. Keeping the Crew Happy
5. Our Big Resets
6. Working with Props
7. Preparing to Shoot
8. Special Effects Makeup
Final thoughts1m 33s
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