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Advanced Lab Techniques


This set of four weeklong advanced lab modules offering practical, hands on instruction in techniques related specifically to work in a modern special effects lab such as full-head silicone lifecasting, clay pouring, epoxy moldmaking and more. All of these techniques are explored under the supervision and guidance of seasoned lab professionals on site at a rotating selection of Hollywood’s top makeup effects labs. Students who take all four modules will produce a finished, photorealistic silicone severed head at the end of the four weeks.


Module I – Full-head silicone lifecasting; rigid polyfoam-backed clay pour of the lifecast; sculpting and detailing; discussion and demonstration of bladder effects
Module II – Making a 2-piece fiberglass/syntactic mold of your fake head; discussion of fiberglass vs. syntactic vs. 1630 molds; laying up and making a core for your mold; direct mold Pros-Aide and silicone transfers
Module III – Casting your skin in silicone; discussion of vacuformed teeth, eyes nails; backing your silicone skin with soft polyfoam; seaming and patching the silicone skin; silicone painting
Module IV – Open lab at CMS: finishing your head; additional painting; hand punching hair; this week offers semi-directed lab time for students to complete their fake heads


ALT I 1 week
ALT II 1 week
ALT III 1 week
ALT IV 1 week

PREREQUISITE: Students attempting to take A.L.T. classes must have either completed both Prosthetic Makeup and Special Makeup Effects at CMS or submit to a portfolio review of past work.


  I II III IV Full class
Tuition $1,600 $1,600 $1,600 FREE with I-III $4,800
Lab Fee $500 $260 $300 FREE with I-III $1,060
Materials N/A
Total $2,100 $1,860 $1,900 FREE with I-III $5,860

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