I’m happy to announce that my first feature, Alistair1918 is finished. I went old school for the Sundance festival submission and made a DVD. Next we start work on the trailer.
While the rest of Los Angeles is out enjoying a sunny Saturday afternoon, the fearless filmmaker is riding up and down in an elevator trying to record the perfect ambient sound for his movie.
Picture lock (completion of the visual part of the editing) is so unromantic these days. In years gone by you’d have reels and reels of beautiful film. Today… a hard drive. Nevertheless, it’s still a reason to celebrate. One step closer to finishing Alistair1918.
I’m happy to report that principal photography is now complete on Alistair1918.
Now all we have to do is go back over a year’s worth of footage and cobble a movie together. Handing it off to our brave cinematographer/ editor Devin Schiro…
(L-R) Tom Cano, Annie McVey, Joshua Sowden, Gregory Hoffman, Me, and Karl Ramsey after the final shot.
You may have noticed I’m wearing a bandage round my left wrist on the screen shots from our first day of shooting ALISTAIR1918. We thought it would be fun to take that off a some point during the filming and show Alistair’s World War One shrapnel wound.
I’ve used prosthetics and latex in the past to change the appearance of my skin with colorful horror and fantasy characters, however with real human flesh it’s often difficult to match skin tone and HD cameras are famous for picking up every last detail. So, for this test I wanted to give collodion a try.
FOR THE TEST:
1. Draw the scar using a RED LIP LINER (the same liner you would use to make eyes look tired). Why red? The collodion is clear and the red shows through underneath.
2. Apply MEHRON RIGID COLLODION in thin layers, letting each layer dry before applying the next. The liquid hardens and pulls the skin together to form an indentation. For best results, use on a soft and pliable part of your skin e.g. cheek.
4. If you’re playing a soldier, apply a layer of MOVIE DIRT (a little goes a long way with this stuff so be careful, it gets everywhere).
The collodion peels off easily. Use makeup wipes to remove the dirt.
I’m happy with the test but I would add the extra step at 2.5 and apply a light concealer to the collodion to remove some of the shine.
I found the collodion very easy to use and think it would be great for anyone who is looking to create a quick movie / Halloween scar or wound.
TRY IT FOR YOURSELF:
If you’re interested in recreating this effect, click on the links above to purchase the supplies via Amazon and Cinema Secrets. Let me know how it goes on FACEBOOK, TWITTER or in the COMMENTS below this post.
Thanks for reading, Guy