Differentiating between Prosthetics and Special Effects would be a good idea when choosing a secondary course to Makeup Art & Airbrush.
Prosthetics is a process of life casting, sculpting, and mould making to develop an appliance from these procedures for facial or body application. Props are also manufactured by this venue. Out of Kit Special Effects is a broad-spectrum series of makeup applications, which may be executed literally in minutes or hours, depending on the nature of the effect.
A simple bruise (in any stage) or an advanced aging may be the agenda of the script that day. A wax nose tip elf or a decaying zombie may be their counterpart. Regardless of the effect, the FX artist must also know the “why” behind the creation. Why do the effects look the way they do? How does a drug addict in their late twenties prematurely age? What does a cadaver look like in stage two decomposition in a humid environment? The artist must research and be medically correct before adding, if at all, the Hollywood drama of slight exaggeration.
This Special FX Effects Makeup course is an industry classic. Although character makeup’s and casualty effects are timeless, the products and technologies are ever changing, which keeps the most seasoned artists engaged and continually learning. Script analysis, budgeting, understanding production procedures, and meeting time lines are also part of the holistic training that the school is insistent in delivering because teaching out of context compartmentalizes education.
With this advanced training, students are able to take on more complex scripts in television and film. These skills may also be applied in the field of theatre.