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#1 Joshua Dannais

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 03:01 PM

Any recommendations on how to make someone's skin appear to be very plastic? Like a barbie doll or something like that.

Thanks
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#2 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 05:46 PM

Sure, shoot on HD.....

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#3 Scott Fritzshall

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 05:52 PM

You'll have better luck doing this as a makeup effect rather than a visual effect. Check out the DVD extras for AI, they explain (briefly) how they did Jude Law's robot look with a complex blend of makeup.
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#4 Joshua Dannais

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 06:39 PM

That's what I was thinking, I didn't know this forum was just for digital and in camera effects... I was looking for a make-up suggestion or another substance that works well on film.


And thanks for the tip about AI... I'll order it on netflix and check it out.
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Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:39 PM

How about Tim Burton's Big Fish or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, those have some really interesting skin tones like a glossy look.
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#6 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 12:22 AM

First shave all hair (possibly use a skull cap) including eyebrows, mix up a color that is skin tone but thick and slightly off color (a little too baige or pink), apply it thickly so that the subject's skin losses all definition and is one uniform color, draw in or make perfectly simetrical eyebrows and apply them, apply a very even sheen or matte finish to give the skin surface an unnatural finish, over emphisis eye liner and also use eyeliner on men, lip color should look like an attempt to look natural that is slightly off, a pink that doesn't quite match the skintone OR lips that are the same color as the rest of the face so that they have no definition at all, contacts that are a little too vivid can help to sell the illusion that the person's face is not real. You could also use liquid latex, but that wuold be kinda expensive and a pain in the ass as well as uncomfortable for the actors, though you could add an overly squared chin made of putty to a man along with the make-up to make the face look more unnatural. Things like that. Just expariment. B)
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#7 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 07:50 AM

I think you're after this, aren't you?

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#8 Mike Panczenko

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 10:17 AM

Shiny-ing the actors up and then blasting them with hot, hard light can give the Barbie type reflections.

A lot of the Under Armour commercials do this very well.
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#9 Joshua Dannais

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 11:17 AM

I'm trying to get a super dull look.
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#10 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 12:05 PM

I'm trying to get a super dull look.


I don't think that would do it -- you need, first, is make-up to create an even skintone without variation, then some sort of faint shine to the whole face to look plasticy. Dullness is too subtle to read as being unusually different, since often actors are fairly dulled-down in general with make-up, so it's not a big difference in look.
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#11 Joshua Dannais

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 12:21 PM

I'll experiment with what you guys have recommended and see if I can come up with something good.

thanks everyone
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