Character Design

The design phase could be the most critical aspect to the success of an effect or character. Often character design can take time and go through many reiterations before successfully landing on a finished concept that is approved by all parties involved. A successful design is not only creative and new but it also dictates a direction for the artists and fabrication artists during the build process. Having an approved design will also allow all parties to equally evaluate a finished product based on the image or model.

Is a design necessary?
Designs are not always necessary but they certainly can help work out potential ideas and issues that may arise later. For more elaborate characters, creatures and aliens it is important to finalize a direction prior to fabrication this way everyone knows what to expect in advance.
What options are there for design?
Photoshop is the most common and can sometimes be the quickest way to create a design. However, 3D design and printing can work in the favor of design and as an asset for the production and VFX team. Traditional sculpture is also a valuable tool for realizing an idea in three dimensions.
How do you quote for design?
Design is almost 100% labor costs and requires very little use of raw materials in most cases. Therefore design is almost exclusively charged by the estimated amount of hours required and does not usually have additional costs attached.

Life Casting

The life cast is probably one of the most critical phases of the process and is the foundation to prosthetic makeups, creature suits or likeness bodies. It is the base to which everything will be built from. It is critical that a life cast is captured correctly for the project to insure proper fitting prosthetics correct expressions for better translating the replica body and correct form for creating body suits.

What is a Life Cast needed for?
Life Casts are the foundation for building prosthetics, facial hair pieces, wigs and or producing likeness heads or bodies. The Life Cast allows the work to fit, function and look proper.
How long does it take to do a full head cast?
The actual time of a full head cast is approx. 25 minutes. The average time from when the actor arrives to take photos, prep, cast and clean up is approx. 2-3 hours.
What happens if the actor is claustrophobic?
We pride ourselves on being able to work with actors and creating work arounds that allow the actor to be comfortable and yet still get the information required. There are also alternatives nowadays. 3D Scanning is a good alternative to life casting if claustrophobia is an issue.
Facial hair including eyelashes and eyebrows. Is there reason for concern?
The materials we use for taking a Life Cast does not stick to facial hair including brows or lashes.
Is it true they use straws in the nose?
No, this is a falsehood and has not been practiced for several decades.

Silicone Prosthetics

What makes silicone appliances so good?
With todays technologies, silicone is the closest product to replicate human tissue. It also can be controlled to create different firmness variables and can be adjusted from water clear to opaque tones, creating a variety of inherent effects.
Why silicone over foam or other materials?
The project usually dictates the material out of necessity. However, foam latex although less heavy can be too opaque, relying more on painting techniques to give it the appearance of flesh.
Is silicone more expensive than other materials?
Although silicone is not the least expensive product on the market it does have some advantages. It can often be ran several times a day and this ultimately can create cost savings on labor to produce.
Is silicone safe for the actor?
The type of silicone used for prosthetics is a platinum based silicone, the same that is used in the medical profession for creating prosthesis. It is encapsulated with a plastic barrier that can be used for applying adhesive and adhering to the skin. This allows for less strain on the skin during the day, no latex allergies and also can be less abrasive in removal. All in all making it one of the favorites for safety.

Custom & Stock Tattoos

What is a Life Cast needed for?
Life Casts are the foundation for building prosthetics, facial hair pieces, wigs and or producing likeness heads or bodies. The Life Cast allows the work to fit, function and look proper.
How long does it take to do a full head cast?
The actual time of a full head cast is approx. 25 minutes. The average time from when the actor arrives to take photos, prep, cast and clean up is approx. 2-3 hours.
What happens if the actor is claustrophobic?
We pride ourselves on being able to work with actors and creating work arounds that allow the actor to be comfortable and yet still get the information required. There are also alternatives nowadays. 3D Scanning is a good alternative to life casting if claustrophobia is an issue.
Facial hair including eyelashes and eyebrows. Is there reason for concern?
The materials we use for taking a Life Cast does not stick to facial hair including brows or lashes.
Is it true they use straws in the nose?
No, this is a falsehood and has not been practiced for several decades.

Prosthetic Transfers

What is a Life Cast needed for?
Life Casts are the foundation for building prosthetics, facial hair pieces, wigs and or producing likeness heads or bodies. The Life Cast allows the work to fit, function and look proper.
How long does it take to do a full head cast?
The actual time of a full head cast is approx. 25 minutes. The average time from when the actor arrives to take photos, prep, cast and clean up is approx. 2-3 hours.
What happens if the actor is claustrophobic?
We pride ourselves on being able to work with actors and creating work arounds that allow the actor to be comfortable and yet still get the information required. There are also alternatives nowadays. 3D Scanning is a good alternative to life casting if claustrophobia is an issue.
Facial hair including eyelashes and eyebrows. Is there reason for concern?
The materials we use for taking a Life Cast does not stick to facial hair including brows or lashes.
Is it true they use straws in the nose?
No, this is a falsehood and has not been practiced for several decades.

Realistic Fake Bodies

What is a Life Cast needed for?
Life Casts are the foundation for building prosthetics, facial hair pieces, wigs and or producing likeness heads or bodies. The Life Cast allows the work to fit, function and look proper.
How long does it take to do a full head cast?
The actual time of a full head cast is approx. 25 minutes. The average time from when the actor arrives to take photos, prep, cast and clean up is approx. 2-3 hours.
What happens if the actor is claustrophobic?
We pride ourselves on being able to work with actors and creating work arounds that allow the actor to be comfortable and yet still get the information required. There are also alternatives nowadays. 3D Scanning is a good alternative to life casting if claustrophobia is an issue.
Facial hair including eyelashes and eyebrows. Is there reason for concern?
The materials we use for taking a Life Cast does not stick to facial hair including brows or lashes.
Is it true they use straws in the nose?
No, this is a falsehood and has not been practiced for several decades.

Facial Hair Custom & Rental

What is a Life Cast needed for?
Life Casts are the foundation for building prosthetics, facial hair pieces, wigs and or producing likeness heads or bodies. The Life Cast allows the work to fit, function and look proper.
How long does it take to do a full head cast?
The actual time of a full head cast is approx. 25 minutes. The average time from when the actor arrives to take photos, prep, cast and clean up is approx. 2-3 hours.
What happens if the actor is claustrophobic?
We pride ourselves on being able to work with actors and creating work arounds that allow the actor to be comfortable and yet still get the information required. There are also alternatives nowadays. 3D Scanning is a good alternative to life casting if claustrophobia is an issue.
Facial hair including eyelashes and eyebrows. Is there reason for concern?
The materials we use for taking a Life Cast does not stick to facial hair including brows or lashes.
Is it true they use straws in the nose?
No, this is a falsehood and has not been practiced for several decades.

3D Printing

What is a Life Cast needed for?
Life Casts are the foundation for building prosthetics, facial hair pieces, wigs and or producing likeness heads or bodies. The Life Cast allows the work to fit, function and look proper.
How long does it take to do a full head cast?
The actual time of a full head cast is approx. 25 minutes. The average time from when the actor arrives to take photos, prep, cast and clean up is approx. 2-3 hours.
What happens if the actor is claustrophobic?
We pride ourselves on being able to work with actors and creating work arounds that allow the actor to be comfortable and yet still get the information required. There are also alternatives nowadays. 3D Scanning is a good alternative to life casting if claustrophobia is an issue.
Facial hair including eyelashes and eyebrows. Is there reason for concern?
The materials we use for taking a Life Cast does not stick to facial hair including brows or lashes.
Is it true they use straws in the nose?
No, this is a falsehood and has not been practiced for several decades.

Puppets Rod or Animitronic

What is a Life Cast needed for?
Life Casts are the foundation for building prosthetics, facial hair pieces, wigs and or producing likeness heads or bodies. The Life Cast allows the work to fit, function and look proper.
How long does it take to do a full head cast?
The actual time of a full head cast is approx. 25 minutes. The average time from when the actor arrives to take photos, prep, cast and clean up is approx. 2-3 hours.
What happens if the actor is claustrophobic?
We pride ourselves on being able to work with actors and creating work arounds that allow the actor to be comfortable and yet still get the information required. There are also alternatives nowadays. 3D Scanning is a good alternative to life casting if claustrophobia is an issue.
Facial hair including eyelashes and eyebrows. Is there reason for concern?
The materials we use for taking a Life Cast does not stick to facial hair including brows or lashes.
Is it true they use straws in the nose?
No, this is a falsehood and has not been practiced for several decades.

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