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CONvergence, Masquerade 2005

The masquerade entry that was the secret project I've been helping with for the past several weeks. It was worth it.

Gamanda, ethel and lio beat feet before I could get back for the picture. I'll try to get some pictures of them up if somebody can send me either copies or links.

Originally, I was going to try to do Wallace as a prosthetic. After fiddling around with it a bit, I came to the conclusion that it wasn't going to work because the proportions of Wallace's head were impossible to do well. I sent this image to Windy in way of an explanation.

She responded that she will have nightmares for weeks.

Some of the prosthetic bits in process.

Since I didn't know who was going to be the various zombies, rather than doing any lifecasting, I made generic pieces out of latex and cotton, and other various materials like plaster and epoxy. I painted them with some acrylics that I've really learned to like for painting latex.

These were designed to go on quickly and look decayed, since I knew that I had very little time to actually do the makeup. As it turns out, the tech rehearsal ran over time, and I had even less time to put the makeup on than originally planned-- I think it was three hours total for seven people, and they all had prosthetics. Some more than others... chebutykin ended up with something like 80% of her face covered, and lokey was only able to see out of one eye.

I think they liked it.

My workbench for making all the prosthetic bits. I am messy.

zombie hedgiewan

zombie lokey

zombie chebutykin

I was a bit nervous, because I found out that Crist Ballas was going to be one of the workmanship judges. Crist is an amazing makeup artist, and I am completely in awe of his work. These little things I made weren't exactly high quality, but they were cheap and quick, and in context, they were what they needed to be.

But I wouldn't get a chance to explain the context before the judging. They had to stand on their own. I had to try and balance doing good work with having no time to do it: seven people in 3 hours gave me less than 30 minutes each for full makeup; on a movie set, 3 hours for a single person would be rushing it.


Tech booth
Aside from doing the makeup, I was also doing the sound tech for masquerade. mle292 did the lights, while djnoise and Tony Karna hover.

tech booth again
theseamster handing off his music to me.

It was an insane day. I was constantly on from 8:30 in the morning until after Masquerade ended.

Some very thoughtful person got me food from Mobile Consuite. I didn't even know it existed, but it was much, much appreciated. I didn't actually get to eat until after Masquerade started, and I don't think I actually finished until after it ended.

When the zombies came out onstage, it was so very cool. I thought they looked damn good, even with all of the variations, and the choreography was brilliant (cough Windy cough) and funny. It worked, there was applause and screaming. I was crying, just a little.

And the awards got announced. Best makeup went to somebody else. I was bummed.

Then they threw out Best in Show. And we won.

Yeah, I know. But I was a part of it. And that was very, very cool.

Thanks windelina for letting me play.

The final hook was after Closing Ceremonies, when Crist asked Lexie to find the guy that did the makeup for the zombies. She "introduced" us, but when Crist saw it was me, it was like "hey, cool!". And he complimented me on the zombie makeup. He really liked it. And he got it in exactly the context it needed to be in.

I think I'll be spinning for a while.


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Jul. 5th, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
Hand made by <lj user="danae">!
Some very thoughtful person got me food from Mobile Consuite.

It was Tim and Erin's doing, specifically the request was for sandwiches or something substantial for the people who didn't have time to eat.

On such a non specific request, danae put everything together and brought over the sandwiches. Even though things were batshit busy - in the very final minutes of setup, Erin made sure to get the food back to where you could find it.

Even though I felt like I was flying blind, I *LOVED* doing that this year. More importantly, I really, really appreciate how patient everyone was with me and how positive everything was in general.

Jul. 5th, 2005 06:19 am (UTC)
Re: Hand made by <lj user="danae">!
You did an excellent job, particularly with that ungodly piece of software. Aside from the screaming paranoia of not getting everything done on time, I thought it turned out pretty damn cool.

Maybe they'll let us play next year.
(no subject) - mle292 - Jul. 5th, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jul. 5th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
Awesome job! Thanks for all of your hard work! It paid off, and it looked fantastic!
Jul. 5th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
Well, thanks fer lettin' me glue stuff to your face and all. I hope that you still have eyebrows and hair after pulling of the prosthetic.

Nobody used the Bond-Off as far as I could tell. And actually I think rubbing alcohol and cold cream would work better.

My hands still have black patches though. :)
Jul. 5th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
You're a freakin' genius! Well done!
Jul. 5th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
Danke. Of course, now I want more!
Jul. 5th, 2005 11:21 am (UTC)
And you couldn't win best makeup anyway when you win best in show, so really you DID win best makeup but they couldn't give it to you.

Seriously awesome costumes, I had no idea you were so good at that stuff. I was back in the green room and cheb was showing me all her stuff, the screen over the eyes was wicked cool. Congrats and wow, fantastic job!
Jul. 5th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks... it was a lot of fun.

I'm not so good at the actual costuming part. I can occasionally sew a straight line if I need to, and I can wrap people up in duct tape. I'm much better at things mechanical and illusory and technical. And photographic.

And there were a whole lot of people involved in the production. Gamanda actually hand-knitted the sweater that Shaun (the sheep) wore, Monte and Eve were doing sewing and construction, Dave and Frost made the jukebox, I did the sound mix, there were a bunch of folks backstage helping with costumes... it was really pretty damn big when I think about it.
Jul. 5th, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)
Congrats! It was awesome!
Jul. 5th, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It was much fun.
Jul. 5th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
You really have amazing talent. I got to see Gamanda's makeup before the Masquerade, and it was terrific, even if "quick and dirty" by your standards. Congrats on a splendid job!
Jul. 5th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
I really hate not having the time to do the stuff that I'd really like to do, but it's fun when it works. And I got to try some new stuff, so it's all good.

And thanks.
Jul. 5th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the amazing prosthetics!

By the way, I did save the latex bits that I could. I didn't think you'd want them back, but you never know. Plus, that eyeball should be reusable. So I've got 'em if you need 'em.
Jul. 5th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
I have a bag full of eyeballs. The prosthetics are yours if you want 'em, they are one-offs and pretty much disposable or reusable as necessary.

Did you manage to get any pictures of the full costume?
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Jul. 5th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
this was incredible. I have a deep abiding hatred for you! (g)
I thought the masquerade was an order of magnitude better than in previous years, of course this was said watching it from backstage!
Jul. 5th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC)
I didn't even see you backstage-- of course my attention was rather focused. :)

There will be other opportunities for us to work together. One is even in the works now... I need to talk to geohard about a collaboration that should be a hoot.
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Jul. 5th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
Go you guys! Best in show!

On a completely unrelated note, I think your working out is really starting to pay off. You look good! Unlike your handiwork, which looks downright disturbing. Which is generally how it's supposed to look....
Jul. 5th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
It's a lot less disturbing up close when you can see the paint and such. I really like how lokey's came out; after I put it on his face, the edge sort of lined up, and I ended up actually painting a line down the seam to represent a scar. In the end, it came out more like half of the skin on his face was torn off, complete with the dangly ear (which is a bit of an inside joke).

Both hedgiewan and chebutykin had teeth as well. I basically got a couple of sets of Billy Bob teeth and painted them more artfully. Hedge creeped me out a few times while I was doing her makeup they were that disturbing. And I do have my own set. If I ever do zombies again for a film (like that would ever happen), I'll use these teeth. They're cheap, they take paint well, and they look fantastic.

I know that vorrant has a couple of pictures of the makeup in progress. I was so busy I didn't get a chance to take any-- probably a good thing considering the rather sticky and gooey state of my hands.
Jul. 5th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
you did the make-up? I had no idea! I mean I knew you made stuff like that but wow! double Wow! Great job, I'm so impressed!

and thank you so much for being patient and helpful with finding the right spot for the girls music and working with Tom on the boys music. I'm sure you had other things to do at that time (like eating apparently) It was all my fiance's fault he was/and had agreed to work on the music on Thursday but got stressed out and pouty. so thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!! big hugs for you, the next time I see you. The volunteer party?
Jul. 5th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I do a lot of stuff; apparently I'm one of those "creative" types. :)

One of the reasons that I brought in my system to do the sound is to handle last-minute emergencies and cleanup. I've done it for a very long time, and I've gotten pretty familiar with the software. Heck, I used to cut magnetic tape with razor blades to accomplish the same thing, only this is a lot faster. :)

And you can hit me up for help anytime. If I can, I will.
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Jul. 5th, 2005 07:22 pm (UTC)
Jul. 5th, 2005 08:08 pm (UTC)

Hey, I have a nifty question for you: who handles your location scouting?
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Jul. 5th, 2005 08:27 pm (UTC)
It was a lot of fun, and I really didn't have any problems with only having one eye. Fantastic job, thanks for dolling us all up.
Jul. 6th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me glue stuff to your face. It was a lot of fun, despite the panic. :)
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