Friday, 12 April 2013

Bald Cap Basics.

In our special effects practical assessment we have to design a character for which we have to create and apply a bald cap so in preparation in this special effects lesson we covered the basics of how to create a bald cap which is made to fit an individuals head. 
Bald caps are something that can be used all over the industry in film, theatre or television anywhere a particular character may need to be bald for whatever reason.

we got into pairs where we had to then smooth down the models hair and tie it in a very low pony tail or in my case where i had a model with very short hair so i just had to get it as flat to her head as i possibly could using a water based gel and a comb.
Taking some cling film and starting at the front of the head i got the model to hold the cling film in place while i wrapped it around her head, ensuring it completely covered her hair line all the way around and her ears whilst getting it as tight and as flat to the head as possible. I had some trouble covering the hair at the back of the neck as the cling film kept riding up so i had to add an extra piece.

The next step was to apply Sellotape all the way around the edges of the cling film to keep it in place then i started to cover all the cling film in strips of Sellotape slightly overlapping each piece and keeping the cling film as flat as possible to avoid it lifting too much.

Once the whole thing is covered with sellotape i took a black marker pen and marked out the hairline onto it before removing it from my models head. From here it can be placed onto a red head and trimmed down before applying cap plastic but as this was just a basic guide we didn't get that far with it.
This practice was a little trickier than i thought it would be, i struggled to get all the hair covered by the cling film so i had to add a few extra pieces at the back. Also when drawing the lines to mark our the hair line my tutor explained that i need to keep it as straight as possible as my lines were a bit sloppy and rough which can be seen in the images shown above.

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