Friday, June 11, 2010

Movies: The ape masks

When I started "making movies" me and my friends were about 12 years old and - as most others of our age, completely thrilled by the TV shows and movies of our time, like Star Wars, Star Trek Classic, Planet of Apes etc.
So, when we layed hands on our first Super-8-Camera, our goal was clear: Create a big - and I mean BIG, like in REALLY BIG - Science Fiction movie. Well... ("well" should do it, right?).

To our surprise the first one (feature lenght, lots of special effects, epic space battle scenes etc.) was never finished;-) 
But we got a core team and so we made a smaller one - about five minutes in length and only four actors (which were also the crew behind the camera). This time we were inspired by Planet of Apes and we created the masks ourselves, experimenting with different types of model clay and techniques. 

In the end, we got a working system, which took about three to four hours in make up FX (try this with fellow pupils and tell them to get up at 04:00 a.m. so they would be ready to shoot at 08:00 a.m). 
Now, here is a "well": While the first movie was just a five minutes shorty, two years later the sequel (!) run for approx. 45 minutes.

While the first mask was crude, the second one consisted of several moving parts for lower jaw and eyebrows, so the actor (here this is me at the age of about 15) could create mimics.

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