Advanced Makeup Effects Course

Sharp FX are one of the top creature and makeup FX studios in Australia and are one of the few companies currently working in the industry to offer in-house FX courses.
They have been running makeup FX courses for over 10 years, and are constantly updating and improving the courses depending on trends in the industry.
Offering a creative, fun, friendly and inspirational environment in which students are encouraged to ask questions and take in as much information as they can.
As there are often Sharp FX projects running simultaneously with the course students are able to view works in progress and (if projects allow) may be offered work experience.
All courses are held in our fully operational workshop in Springvale, Melbourne, Australia and will be opening soon in Adelaide South Australia.

In the Advanced Prosthetic Makeup Effects Course students learn the skills needed to start a career in the exciting industry of special makeup effects.
Including both silicone and foam prosthetics, this course is designed to give students the knowledge and understanding they need to create prosthetic makeup effects guided by an industry professional.
Covering all aspects of creating a multi-piece prosthetic, this is the most comprehensive prosthetic makeup effects course Australia wide.

Course Outline

• Prosthetic character design
• Selecting the best model
• 2D to 3D
• Understanding products – plasters, latex, silicone, urethanes, resins
• Making & applying a bald cap
• Full head cast
• Preparing life cast for sculpting
• Sculpting a prosthetic makeup
• Bulking up sculpture
• Smoothing sculpture
• Making & using texture stamps
• Sculpting skin texture & detailing
• Creating a multi-piece prosthetic
• Separating a multi-piece prosthetic
• Snap moulds in plaster & alginate
• Positive mould creation
• Mould keys, walling up, under cuts
• Creating a blend edge
• Prosthetic flashing & cutting edge
• Negative moulds & multi-piece moulds
• De-moulding & cleaning
• Mould prep
• Running foam latex
• Foam latex injecting
• Removing seams
• Pre-painting & airbrushing
• Silicone vs Foam: Benefits & limitations
• Moulding silicone prosthetics
• Running silicone prosthetics
• Pre-painting silicone prosthetics
• Silicone prosthetic application
• Hair punching vs. hair laying vs. hair knotting
• Multi-piece foam latex prosthetic application
• Photographing your prosthetic character
• Importance of a photographic portfolio


How long does the course go for?
The course is held on Sundays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm for a period of 20 non-consecutive weeks.

Where is the course held?
At the Sharp FX workshop located at Unit 1/2 Regal Drive Springvale, Melbourne, Australia.
Close to public transport, only a short walk from Springvale train station.

Adelaide workshop opening July 2019.

Who teaches the course?
The course is taught by Russell Sharp, a working professional with over 20 years’ experience in the film, television and theme park industries.
Russell’s credits include: Prey, The Dark Lurking, Ghost Rider, House Of Wax, Anacondas, Troy, The Matrix 2 & 3, Babe 2, Queen of the Damned and The Hobbit Trilogy.

Are there any prerequisites or age limits for the course?
You do not need to have any previous special makeup effects experience.
Due to the level of maturity required to perform many workshop tasks, we prefer students to be over 18 years old.

How many students are in a class?
We take no more than 12 students for the Advanced Makeup Effects course.

What do you get at the end of the course?
Graduate students will receive a certificate of completion from Sharp FX and all photos of their work on a CD.

Is the course accredited?
This is a private course, which doesn’t offer an accredited qualification, you will receive a certificate of completion from Sharp FX Pty Ltd.
The course is not restricted by accreditation. In an industry which bases employment heavily on portfolio, this course is all hands on with no theory or written exams.
Taught by someone who is currently working in the industry who offers the most up to date knowledge at industry standards.

Are there any extra costs on top of the course fee?
There are no other costs involved, all materials are supplied and every student receives a starter kit.

How much does the course cost?
For course price and payment plan please contact us via the contact form below.

When does the next course start?
The next Advanced Prosthetic Makeup Effects Course starts 6th July 2019 Adelaide.
Enrolments for this course are open NOW!


How to enrol:

If you have any further questions or would like to find out how to enrol in this course contact us via the contact form below.

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Life Casting Course

The creation of a prosthetic will usually start with a life cast of the actor or model. Learning how to get an accurate cast of your model is essential if you are serious about creating prosthetics. Learn the skill of life casting, what materials to use, looking after the model and how to get the best cast possible.
(This course is highly recommended for students who are planning to enrol in the Advanced Prosthetic Makeup Effects Course).

Course Length: 3 Days (Held one day a week over 3 weeks)

Cost: For course price please contact us via the contact form below.

The next life casting course will be held 3 Sundays in a row: 10th, 17th, 24th February 2019.

If you have any further questions or would like to find out how to enrol in this course contact us via the contact form below.


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