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Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen, 3rd Edition by Todd Debreceni

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2 Anatomy and Design

Key Points

  • Using the computer
  • Elements of the design
  • The human body
  • Surface anatomy
  • Symmetry and proportion
  • Distinctions of gender, age, and ancestry

Introduction

After writing the story (script), perhaps the next most important task is designing and creating the story’s physical characters. Of course, this will most likely only apply to a story that needs physical alteration of the actors who will be playing characters in the story. But this is where the fun begins (at least for me) and having a solid understanding of human anatomy will make your job that much simpler and that much more enjoyable. Human physiology—the way the body works—is also good knowledge to have, though it’s not as critical as knowing human ...

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