Whether it's for television, film, or online entertainment, the full head mask is a makeup classic. Still in use today on background characters or on stunt doubles in action sequences, the "slip," or "dwell-molded" mask can also be used to create detailed, but non-working versions - 'doubles' - of more complex animatronic masks. Students at VFS create full head masks from scratch. The process involves head casting, sculpting, mould-making, hair-punching, painting, and detailing. The Franklin Studio campus at VFS is the most state-of-the-art educational facility in North America for the fabrication of makeup 'effects' - including head masks. The campus provides a safe, clean, well-ventilated studio for you to work. Every student is given a work station and close personal assistance. Truly, the only limit is your imagination. Everything from space ghouls to mummies to senior citizens - the full head mask is just one of many chances to learn how to imitate the look of real flesh, bone, and hair.
Flickr Images: Full Head Masks
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Full-Head Latex Masks
The masks shown in this video were designed and made by students in the one-year Makeup Design for Film & Television program at VFS. Each mask takes about 80 hours to create, from casting the model's head to presenting the finished product.
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