Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Blacklist - Part II

Moving along... Here are more effects makeup from the BLACKLIST.

Episode 105: The Courier

This was a really fun episode for effects makeup. Our villian, "The Courier" feels no physical pain and sometimes transports objects by hiding them in his body.

We had to cover his body with scars, both old and new and create a prosthetic that we could hide an object in (a small camera SD card). Since our previous episode (The Stewmaker) featured a heavily scarred villain, we added a tattoo across the Couriers back to clearly mark that this was a brand new story.

Some scars were made from collodian and makeup on his face and prosaide transfers on his body and arms. A silicone encapsulated piece was fabricated for the open wound on the chest that the actor had to physically interact with.

Additionally, we created a torso prop for insert shots. This was made from a pre existing life cast (from Jeremys, Monster In My Closet shop), run in silicone and backed with two part expanding foam.  The scars and cuts were replicated and a few hairs punched where needed.

 Prop Torso using Smooth On Dragon Skin and Smooth on Flex Foam 6. 
Before the scars and hair punching.

Original tattoo design. Printed on waterside paper.
A few prosaide transfer scars along the back.

Prosaide transfer scars and the fresh wound is a silicone encapsulated piece.

Full body shot. 

Collodian scars at his left cheek. I also used a little prosaide and 3rd degree to tack his earlobe up. It was a small detail, but really added to the final look, especially when shot from the front. 

Episode 106: Gina Zanetakos

This episode was quite light on special effects makeup. (A welcome break from the last two episodes!) Still, there was plenty of exciting beauty makeup. Our stunning villain had a few disguises throughout the episode; as well as a series of passport photos where she had to look like different people, with no prosthetic makeup. 

Here are two examples of her looks. It always amazes me how much a wig a little lipstick can change a persons look. 

What makes working on the Blacklist so much fun is the variety of makeups we get to do everyday. Since there is no separate special effects department we get to do everything, from beautiful to bloody.

Episode 107: Fredrick Barnes

In this episode, the villain, Fredrick Barnes, is a scientist looking to find a cure for his son's rare disease. Hoping to find someone with a natural immunity, he begins releasing a weaponized, accelerated version of the disease in public spaces.

The disease affects the veins and arteries, causing them to explode. In a normal case it takes about ten years for it to be fatal. The physical signs are large thick veins, which we see on the arms and neck of his son. In the accelerated version, it kills in about two minutes. The bodies of the infected are found covered in veins.

For the effects we sculpted tons of veins, which was about four plate molds worth. The molds were made out of GI 1000 silicone. Before casting the prosaide bondo into the molds, each vein (the negative impression) was painted with blue and purple skin illustrator colors.

Ultimately we used only a few of the transfers and hand painted most of the veins.

Everyday we had our "veiny victims" we had lots of help from a bunch of very talented makeup artists, Jeremy Selenfriend (obviously), Adam Bailey, Vinny Schicchi, and Joe Farulla.

Concept drawing for the infected victims.

Vein sculptures. 

Fredrick's son. Thick prosaide transfer vein and lots of hand painted ones too.

Court room victim.

Court room victim hands. Any part that was visible had to be covered in veins!

We had another minor character with a pretty large facial burn scar. He is one of Reddington's contacts who deals with radio active material. His back story is that this scar was from some sort of accident many years ago while transporting dangerous goods.

Manuel Soto concept drawing.

Burn scar sculpt. The clay is monster clay sculpted on a plaster head (from Jeremy's collection) treated with alcote. The sculpt was floated off, transferred to an acrylic sheet and molded as a plate mold to make a prosaide transfer.

Another post to come.... Stay tuned!