Alabama special effects experts offer tips

Alabama special effects experts offer tips


Halloween is less than a slow zombie stride away. If you’re looking to step up your costume game to something more than a store-bought superhero or droopy unicorn outfit, it’s not too late.

The Advertiser has enlisted a couple of Alabama native special effects and makeup artists to offer a few tips — Montgomery’s Jonathan Thornton of Southern Fried Monsters FX and Georgia resident Roy Wooley of Roy Wooley FX. Both work in TV and film, and grew up making their own costumes. You can see a lot of their works in action at Netherworld, a super scary haunted house attraction in Stone Mountain, Ga.

What to put on your face

Mask or makeup? What you choose kind of depends on the situation and commitment to the character.

When it comes to making masks, there are many fear factors. Along with the project’s theme and look, there’s the material and how it’ll actually work and move on top of a living, breathing human’s skin.

Jonathan Thornton works on the details of a clay model at his Montgomery studio.

If you want to step up your game and create appliances, or even your own mask, Thornton recommends using GM Foam Latex or Monster Makers Foam Latex. For silicone creations, he’d recommend PlatSil Gel-10.

He sculpts masks on top of an average-size head — a model one. Then he molds it with foam latex, latex or silicone, from where it gets painted, trimmed and all the finishing touches added.


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