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Making Faces, Playing God : Identity and the Art of Transformational Makeup

By: Morawetz, Thomas

0292752474 / 9780292752474
Paperback / softback
Stock expected by 30/10/2021
United States
178 x 251 mm, 1077 grams 246 pages, 121 color and 100 b&w photos
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Wearing a mask-putting on another face-embodies a fundamental human fantasy of inhabiting other bodies and experiencing other lives.

In this extensively illustrated book, Thomas Morawetz explores how the creation of transformational makeup for theatre, movies, and television fulfills this fantasy of self-transformation and satisfies the human desire to become "the other."Morawetz begins by discussing the cultural role of fantasies of transformation and what these fantasies reveal about questions of personal identity.

He next turns to professional makeup artists and describes their background, training, careers, and especially the techniques they use to create their art.

Then, with numerous before-during-and-after photos of transformational makeups from popular and little-known shows and movies, ads, and artist's demos and portfolios, he reveals the art and imagination that go into six kinds of mask-making-representing demons, depicting aliens, inventing disguises, transforming actors into different (older, heavier, disfigured) versions of themselves, and creating historical or mythological characters.


ANH Theatre: technical & background skills, APF Films, cinema, HP Philosophy, JFC Cultural studies, JM Psychology

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