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If this newsletter was published as a UK tabloid newspaper, this issue you
might be reading a front page headline like
SILICONE SUMMER SPECIAL SIZZLER
but, thankfully, I can skip the journalistic lingo and simply tell you that
there’s quite a lot about silicone rubber in this month’s edition of
And there’s also a fantastic FOAM LATEX MASTERCLASS seminar thrown in
for good measure...
Even if you’re not a prosthetic make-up artist - do keep reading as
there’s lots of information in this month’s HOT
NEWS that will be of direct relevance to you.
In fact, our main feature article this month is about a particularly gruesome
make-up effects problem solved by a wonderfully strange silicone rubber.
We’ve a brief report from our incredibly successful LIFECAST LAB
programme held last month, which showcased the remarkable SkinSil
BodyDouble™ silicone lifecast elastomer.
To finish off this issue of HOT
NEWS, our Website of the Month features a company
specialising in the creation of.... you guessed it... silicone rubber
So pour yourself a cup of coffee, pull up a comfy chair and read
LIFE IN THE LIFECAST LAB
Firstly, thanks to everyone who booked in to the LIFECAST
LAB last month to learn how to create facial lifecasts with the remarkable
new lifecast silicone elastomer, SkinSil BodyDouble™.
Both the delegates and I were delighted with the ease with which
incredibly highly detailed facial lifecasts could be created with SkinSil
It was wonderful to work on a one-to-one basis with each
delegate and I am extremely grateful for your subsequent emails and phone calls
with such positive feedback on the LIFECAST LAB programme.
Special thanks goes to Peter Turnock, Richard Watson and Sally
White at Bentley Chemicals Ltd., suppliers of SkinSil
BodyDouble™ for their tremendous support during the
As I anticipated, the last few dates did book out quickly and we
had to turn a number of prospective delegates away.
If you couldn’t come along to get ‘hands on’ with the product,
you can still get a free CD-ROM featuring SkinSil
BodyDouble™ on request by sending your name and postal address to
I’d like to thank our fantastic delegates, our lifecast models
and everyone at Bentley Chemicals Ltd. for making the programme such a
memorable and enjoyable event.
For more on SkinSil BodyDouble™ go to:
AUTUMN SEMINAR: FOAM LATEX MASTERCLASS
Saturday 25th / Sunday 26th September
Twickenham Film Studios (venue subject to change with due notice)
For almost 70 years foam latex has dominated prosthetic make-up
Many of you will know that I spent over a decade of my career
working with and developing exciting new formulations and processes for foam
latex and it’s a material I know "inside out".
Whilst formulating, mixing and casting prosthetics, masks and
props made from this amazing material, I never failed to marvel at the
extraordinary versatility of foam latex.
With a few "tweaks" to the basic formulation and mixing cycle
you can create ultra-light foam latex appliances, fleshy masks or animatronic
skins... even heavy, dense foam latex props called "softs". Axe heads, bricks,
guns... all cast using my special "softs" foam formula - allowing them to be
safely thrown at, or whacked over the heads of a variety of unfortunate
Q. What’s different about this Foam Latex
This autumn, I’m going to do something I’ve NEVER done
I’ve shown many people how to run foam latex over the years but
generally I’ve taken them through the process ‘by the book’ - producing a good
prosthetic grade of foam latex following the manufacturer’s basic
Normally, such foam latex tuition has been part of other
training programmes that we’ve provided.
But now, I’m looking for 9 people who want to join me in
the foam lab to gain the skills they need to master a much wider range of foam
latex techniques and formulations.
This programme won’t be suited to everyone.
Because of the huge amount of hands-on practice during the
programme, we haven’t got time to look at any other aspect of prosthetic lab
work (sculpting, moulding etc.)
This Masterclass would ideally suit someone who is already
working, or wants to start their career, in a prosthetic lab producing foam
latex appliances, masks and props.
I’ve spent hours going through my own confidential foam latex
log book - a veritable encyclopaedia and secret reference source for pretty much
any type of foam latex you can imagine - carefully selecting the best
formulations and techniques to pass on to you.
You’ll learn numerous foam formulations - most never revealed
before - and also basic and advanced foam latex techniques you can use to create
prosthetics, masks and props.
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Will I grasp all this knowledge in 2
You’ll certainly feel confident running batches of foam latex by
the time you leave the seminar programme. (In fact, you may even be a little
weary with foam latex by the time you stagger out of the foam lab on Sunday
In truth, the rest is simply understanding how to vary the foam
latex batches to give different properties to the foam.
You’ll learn that too, during your time with me in the foam
But it’s possible that you’ll have questions, need advice or
coaching through your first few foam latex jobs.
That’s why, as part of the additional bonus package for
each delegate (see later) you’ll get free and unlimited telephone
support from me for a full three months after the programme - to
help you iron out any teething problems you may have running your first batches
Do I need expensive equipment to mix
No, not necessarily. If you want to buy large mixers and ovens
then this can get expensive. However, you can easily pick up suitable equipment
to weigh, mix and cook smaller batches of foam latex very cheaply - we’ll tell
you where during the programme.
Is foam latex difficult to
In a word - no.
I know that you may have been led to believe that you need the
mind of a chemist and the skill of a fine artist to successfully mix a batch of
foam latex but (at the risk of upsetting my foam technician colleagues) this is
simply not true.
It may have been true in the ‘old days’ before highly
stable, predictable foam latex systems were widely available - but this myth has
stuck around a lot longer than the reality.
In fact, on jobs where I’ve been over-worked and under-staffed,
I’ve taught total novices how to mix foam latex ‘parrot fashion’ in less than 30
Even without attending this Masterclass, with a little hard
work, you could probably become a very competent foam technician in less than a
But the aim of this Masterclass is to get you there a little
quicker than that.
Whatever genre of movie inspires you, if you look back at some
of the amazing prosthetic work or special effects, you’ll recognise why foam
latex will always have a major role to play in the motion picture
It has a wonderful ability to capture and reproduce even the
most subtle of actor expressions and amazing lightweight feel and movement that
can so accurately duplicate the properties of real flesh.
Whatever your area of interest, whatever your current level of
expertise - you’ll come away from the Foam Latex Masterclass with knowledge and
skills you can use in your career.
Although we have a lot of topics to cover, we’ll also have great
fun working together mastering these techniques.
To see what other delegates have said about our previous
training programmes click
What if I find I’m not enjoying the
Then I’ll refund your seminar fee - every
Our no quibble 100% Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee
applies to this Masterclass programme.
In case you’re unfamiliar with this guarantee, here it is
100% SATISFACTION MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
John Woodbridge and the team at Woodbridge Productions Ltd. do
not believe that you should risk wasting your money on a training programme that
may fail to meet your specific needs and expectations.
Every two day Make-Up Masterclass we organise is taught to the
highest industry standards by recognised experts who are working make-up artists
with proven teaching experience.
However, if the training we provide is not what you expected or
if you simply feel that you don’t wish to continue with the programme, just let
us know by the end of tuition on your first day.
You’ll receive an immediate and courteous refund of the entire
seminar fee you paid.
That’s 100% of your seminar fee refunded immediately and
No questions asked. No hard feelings.
Please note if you decide to claim a refund at the end of your
first day of tuition with us, you will be unable to take the seminar notes,
bonuses and support material with you when you leave the programme.
This guarantee does not affect your statutory rights.
If you are unable to attend the Masterclass after making a
confirmed booking, your seminar fee can only be refunded if notice of your
non-attendance is received by Woodbridge Productions Ltd. not later than 72
hours prior to the seminar start date.
The Foam Latex Masterclass will begin by understanding the basic
foaming process and you’ll gain plenty of hands-on practice formulating, mixing
and casting foam latex into plaster moulds to create a variety of prosthetic
Once you’re confident running standard batches of foam latex,
we’ll move on to more advanced techniques.
High rise, low rise and multiple batch castings will be covered
- with special formulations for puppets, masks, props and stop motion
In fact, just about anything you can think of to do with foam
& 26th September 2004
VENUE: Twickenham Film
Studios, London (venue subject to change with due notice)
FEE: £495 (incl. VAT)
TWO+ PERSON DISCOUNTED FEE: £445 (incl. VAT) per person
PREVIOUS FOAM LATEX EXPERIENCE: None Required
TUITION LEVEL: Basic
progressing to Advanced / Film Standard Tuition
Make-Up Artists, Special Make-Up Effects Artists, Prosthetic Lab Technicians,
Mould Makers, Special Effects Technicians, Prop makers, 3-D Animators, Puppet
Makers, Creature Designers, Animatronic Technicians, College Tutors, New
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AND A MASTERCLASS BOOKING
All materials, moulds and protective equipment will be provided
for the duration of the Masterclass.
TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:
n an introduction to foam
n materials and equipment to produce foam
n health & safety and safer working
n the basic foaming procedure
n casting foam latex prosthetics with basic mould mould
n ultra-soft foam appliance formulations and
n foam formulations for masks, puppets and
n casting foam latex for animatronic skins /
n advanced mould filling techniques (open and closed
n ultra-low rise formulations for durable
n casting a seamless foam latex bald cap from a
silicone rubber mould (demo only)
n intrinsic and external colouring techniques
The majority of the course is devoted to giving those attending hands-on
experience of working with the techniques and materials shown.
As well as learning how to manufacture a wide variety of different foam latex
formulations, you’ll keep all the foam latex pieces you make during the workshop
- along with the comprehensive course notes.
But that’s not all!
You’ll also receive a remarkable Delegate Bonus Package to maximise
the benefit you’ll gain on the programme.
DELEGATE BONUS PACKAGE
BONUS # 1: Our New Prosthetics Video
Be one of the first to own our exciting, new,
soon-to-be-released Step By Step educational video.
BONUS # 2: 10% Discount On Your First Foam Latex Kit Purchased
From Screen Face
Start working with foam latex using this fantastic discount offer. The
special voucher is redeemable against any foam latex kit from Screen Face Ltd.
and is valid for three months from the seminar start date.
Value: Between £5.90 and £26.90
(Depending on foam latex kit purchased)
BONUS # 3: 3 Months Unlimited Phone Consulting
To ensure you get the very best from the information given on the Masterclass
programme (and to help you deal with any teething problems you may have on your
first few foam latex jobs), you’re entitled to unlimited telephone consulting
with John Woodbridge for a full three months after the seminar programme. John’s
standard consultation rate is £60 per hour and this huge bonus literally gives
you access to his incredible knowledge of foam latex techniques and procedures
BONUS # 4: John’s ‘Little Red Book’
It’s a collection of ugly, photocopied notes - some even hand written. But
trust me, if you work with prosthetics or make-up effects, you won’t ever want
to be without John’s ‘Little Red Book’.
Throughout the Masterclass weekend, delegates are encouraged to
take photographs of their work and there is plenty of time for questions and
At the end of this fantastic weekend, each course member is
presented with a Certificate of Attendance detailing the skills demonstrated
during the Foam Latex Masterclass.
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FEELING SHATTERED - A GRUESOME MAKE-UP PROBLEM
My friend, a make-up artist, sounded nervous at the other end of
They had a particularly gruesome and challenging make-up problem
that had the potential of giving their actor a big headache too.
Apart from suggesting an aspirin, they wondered if I had any
Picture the scene.
An accident victim sits in agony whilst shards of broken glass
are gently removed from their face with medical tweezers. There is everything
from large, jagged pieces to tiny slivers in the bloody mess - including some
pieces of glass very near to the eye.
Obviously, with the proximity of the glass to the eye and the
fact so much of it had to appear to be embedded in the face, my friend was
concerned that using a rigid plastic or glass-like material was just too
My solution... Rubber Glass™.
Rubber Glass™ is manufactured by Smooth-On Inc. and is available
from UK distributors Bentley Chemicals Ltd.
The remarkable water clear silicone rubber can be mixed and cast
onto any flat surface to create 'panes of glass'.
Having ensured the rubber has totally set, it may be easily
broken or crumbled to appear indistinguishable from broken glass.
But the major advantage over any rigid material is that the
rubber has no hard or sharp edges that could scratch or injure the actor's
With a little skill and ingenuity, some prosthetic wax, blood
and, of course, some pieces of pre-made Rubber Glass™, this gruesome effect
could be easily created.
Crushed into very small pieces, Rubber Glass™ can even look like
shattered windshield glass or ice.
I first came across Rubber Glass™ when I heard that it was used
on a commercial to solve yet another awkward problem.
An actress had to luxuriate in a bath tub full of ice - a feat
neither comfortable nor practical - particularly under studio lights that would
quickly melt real ice.
Again, fake ice made from rigid materials would not be
particularly pleasant to wallow in - but Rubber Glass™ provided a soft
alternative, even allowing warm water to be used in the bath tub.
For more information on this remarkable material and other
products in the Smooth-On range visit:
For a PDF Technical Bulletin about Rubber Glass™ click:
or visit UK distributors:
THE FREELANCE FACTS OF LIFE
Last month’s main article about how to avoid many of the most
common CV (résumé) errors certainly seemed to hit the right spot, judging by the
response from HOT NEWS readers.
Many students and new graduates said that it was good to read about the
"business side" of make-up artistry and wanted more of the same in future
editions of this newsletter.
I’ll certainly do my best to oblige.
One of the most important ideas to grasp if you’re just starting out as a
freelance, is that having great make-up skills is only half the battle in
creating a successful career.
Unless you also have good knowledge of the way the industry operates, it’s
very easy to sabotage your own career before you really get going.
If you’re newly graduated, or simply want to make sure you’re on the right
track, I would strongly suggest you grab a copy of my audio cassette, HOW TO
START OUT AS A FILM & TV MAKE-UP ARTIST.
This 30 minute programme is crammed with useful, entry level information and
is just £2.99 (including P&P within the UK).
To get more information on successful freelancing,
listen to John’s incredible new 30 minute audio
HOW TO START OUT AS A FILM & TV MAKE-UP
For full information, visit:
WEBSITE OF THE MONTH: www.hybridfx.com
If you’ve recently glanced up at a billboard and seen some
particularly ancient brewers advertising a well known brand of bottled beer - or
saw actor Craig Charles having ultra-realistic scarring prosthetics applied to
his face for a fascinating TV documentary on public perceptions to disfigurement
- then you’ve already seen some of the remarkable silicone prosthetic work
created by Hybrid Enterprises.
Silicone supremos, Mike Bates and Mike Stringer are the brains
behind Hybrid Enterprises and their company is now widely recognised as one of
the leading exponents of this cutting-edge prosthetic technology.
As you would expect, www.hybridfx.com is crammed with photographs of their incredible work in film, TV and
From fantasy creatures and extraordinary characterisations to
prosthetic disguises and flesh-like props, the Hybrid website is definitely
‘required viewing’ by any make-up artist interested in prosthetic
Not only are Hybrid the creators of the phenomenal make-ups on
their website, they have also developed and formulated many of the unique
silicone rubber materials used in the manufacture of their
There is an incredible amount you can learn by taking the time
to study these astounding make-up designs.
Look at the sculpted detail, the invisible blending of the
appliances, the depth and richness of colouring, the flesh-like translucency,
the over all characterisation and design of each make-up...
Quite simply, the remarkably talented individuals at Hybrid
Enterprises will show you silicone prosthetic work at it’s best.
Go to www.hybridfx.com and
That’s all for this massive edition of our HOT NEWS bulletin.
Next month, I’ll tell you how to airbrush your actor so they become
(It’s true - just you wait!)
There’s also some revolutionary news if you’re a working freelance make-up
artist currently looking to update your skills.
Tune in to the August 04 edition of HOT
NEWS - coming to an inbox near you soon...
As always, if I can help in any way with your own make-up artistry, please
don’t hesitate to get in touch.
My best, as always,
Discover Make-Up Artistry at www.woodbridgeproductions.co.uk
E. & O.E.
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