CalHauntS Norcal Sept Meeting - Makeup FX with Ralis Kahn & Casting Urethane and foam
Callson Manor, Roseville
Ralis Kahn & Bryan Patterson
Ralis Kahn brought his extensive knowledge to a marathon 7 hour workshop that covered casting foams, resin, makeup FX, blood recipies, and too much else to cover.
Truly an awesome workshop.
Ralis has worked on many blockbuster films and done make-up for Marilyn Manson and NIN.
Movies such as Resident Evil: Extinction and Feast 2 will be found on his IMBD page listed below.
If you have not seen this guy in action I will have to tell you he is one of the most entertaining FX instuctors I have ever seen.
Also included was a behind the scenes tour of Callson Manor.
Thanks to Ray for transcribing his notes (below)
Quick and dirty silicone for making a mold:
Tubes of silicone from hardware store.
Thin with naptha to ease pouring.
Use a tint in the silicone so that you can see that you have fully
coated your project
Use Vaseline on mold seams.
Working with foams:
Mix thoroughly, but do not over mix or you will ruin the foam as the
bubbles start to form and the foam will not rise.
Especially for self skinning foams, rotate the mold and coat the inside
with a layer of foam. If you have to add more foam to fill the mold you
will not get a seam.
Working with resins:
Use urathane pigments
Spray your release into mold, then coat with metallic powder.
pour your resin the resin will absorb and set the powder to give your
piece a metallic look.
Use baby powder in your mold if you intend to paint it. The baby powder
will give the surface a place for the paint to stick.
Down and dirty method for making resin in a pinch.
Fiber Glass Resin + Bondo @ 50/50 ratio.
Use proper catalyst for each in the proper proportions for each component.
Use self skinning foam.
Tint to make the color you want(See blood).
have to work pretty quickly. Over-work the foam to cause the bubbles to
Then smear or dip the foam onto the piece you want to add
Work or stretch the foam to make it stretch out and stringy.
Never use plaster of paris to mold a person or body part.
exothermic and can cause burns. Use algninate or silicone.
Aquarium filter foam for stipple brushes instead of the expensive art
E-Bay for life-cast molds.
Tempera Paint non-toxic powder for tint
Add tints to part B of the foam.
Brown + yellow = flesh
Paste wax for stone (plaster) molds, and to keep foam from sticking to
mold support frames.
Use crazy glue to keep bristles on cheap brushes to keep bristles out of
Poster paint with Glycerin works great.
Water based, non-toxic,
Simple gash or open wound:
Line of darker red.
1/2" above and below add a another line of lighter red and blend away
from the dark red line.
This will make it look like the wound is swollen.
For extra depth add dark red or black along top half of red line.
Use blood paste for extra depth and texture.
Maple Syrup and food coloring!
Add Vanilla frosting for texture and to
Red + Green + Blue = Blood
You can also use some tempera paint for opacity.
Use dish soap (on model, not in blood) as a surfactant to make blood
flow better and not bead up.
KY Jelly with food coloring (Red, a little green, a little blue) and
some white powdered tempera paint for opacity.
I did not get the whole recipe for the concentrated red dye blood. All
I have is:
1 qt. Ice water.
15 gr Methyl Cellulose
2 gr Methyl Paraben