Thursday, June 1, 2017

Practice Led Research Blog

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For my digital story project, I worked with a group of four other talented individuals. We created a digital short film about a group of assassins playing poker murdered by an unknown assailant. An issue that concerned me during the project was the fact that I had to create special effects makeup in a short amount of time. While we did not have that much time in order to film, so the editing could be focused on, I did not have enough materials to secure some objects to the skin of the actors. I had to make do with the basic materials I had brought with me which made it difficult. At the same time, continuity was another issue when filming. Taking off one piece of makeup and redoing it again for another shoot was fun but difficult.
Victoria Poland who was a makeup artist discusses ways to be creative with makeup without a budget. She states, “You can make a substance that looks like blood from golden syrup and food colouring (Thurlow & Thurlow 2008, p. 81). While it is easy to create blood, it was difficult to do without having any cornflour syrup, which is the main ingredient to make blood.
According to Davis & Hall, digital photos are points of references illustrated with photos and labelled with the kinds of cosmetics used for that specific photo. They describe each photo with how the combination has occurred and use the term “document continuity” (Davis & Hall 2008, p. 175).
In terms of continuity issues and in light of industry standards, I will be having photos taken so I am able to get before and after shots instead of trying to find a way to replicate a sloppy version for the second round. I agree with Davis & Hall in terms of their process by using a document continuity booklet. I will be using this in the future, as it will be a good reference point to keep track of.

List of links for our digital story project:

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List of References:

Thurlow, C & Thurlow, M. (2008). Making Short Films, Third Edition: The Complete Guide from Script to Screen. 3rd ed. [ebook] New York: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, p 81. Available at [ [Accessed 31 May. 2017].

Davis, G & Hall, M. (2008). The Makeup Artist Handbook: Techniques for Film, Television, Photograph, and Theatre. [ebook]. New York: Focal Press, p 175. Available at [ [Accessed 31 May 2017].

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