About this project
The Monstrous Make-up Manual features the work of Mike Spatola, a 30 year veteran FX makeup artist, with multiple nominations for Best Makeup EMMY AWARDS and Cable ACE Awards. Mike's worked on films including Terminator 2, Tales From The Crypt, and the upcoming Iron Man 3.
I've come to Kickstarter with the hope of producing my ambitious 2nd book, The Monstrous Make-up Manual Book 2. Book 1 currently is the most well reviewed book on Monster Makeup ever written. And, with your help, I hope to blow away the 1st with more advanced techniques, newer technology and amazing guest artists.
Everyone from Hobbyist to Award Winning Professionals are saying they can't wait for Book 2 to come out. I keep hearing "Come on Mike, when are you gonna finish Book 2?"
Here's what Oscar winning FX artist Tom Woodruff had to say about the 1st book:
Why Book 2?
I had always looked at Book 1 as just that, the first in a 2 part series. Book 2 being the BIGGER, BADDER, COOLER sequel. Where Book 1 laid the ground work with basics and moderately advanced techniques, Book 2 would take over to show the more advanced techniques in every subject covered in the first... and throws in a a ton of new stuff on top of that!
Where the first book had 12 chapters that covered some very cool stuff and showed how to create some really creepy, scary monster makeups, book 2 currently is at 25 VERY detailed chapters. Heck, the table of contents alone is 5 pages long!
What Makes This Book Different?
Well, the thing that truly sets this apart from other makeup books out there is that it's PURE FUN! It's written exactly as I speak, in plain English. It's as if I was in the room with you teaching you these makeups. It's definitely NOT like an English professor wrote it- it's NOT a stuffy textbook!
Gorgeous photography outlines EVERY step of every technique and makeup. Nothing is left out!
It starts out really simply with basic paint and powder makeups, through 3D out of the kit techniques, and goes all the way through to advanced prosthetics and Oscar winning technology.
Come on, seriously? Who doesn't love monsters? Besides being really fun, this book is truly the most informative book on character and fx makeup out there. It teaches amazing techniques for all kinds of makeups, but makes it incredibly fun by using the coolest subject there is... MONSTERS!
And, it's taught in a way that anyone can understand it- with tons of photos! (the first book was nearly 300 pages with close to 800 photos- Book 2 is estimated, so far, at over 400 pages and well over 1000 images) Here's a few snippets from book 1:
And, just a few of the 26 different makeups (and hundreds of techniques) you'll learn to make:
So, What's NEW For Book 2?
I am making this newer, cooler and more advanced in every way. But still retaining the "anyone can do this" style of teaching.
Some of the new stuff includes:
* ALL NEW MONSTERS!!! - From Subtle to Extreme!
* Chapters on more advanced mold making techniques
* A very detailed chapter on painting prosthetics and monsters
* Creating disguise makeups, likeness makeups, and obtaining complete realism.
* More techniques for making fangs and dentures, even nails and eyes too!
* Expanded and more detailed entire chapter on age makeup
* All the advanced prosthetic techniques will be expanded upon using ecapsulated silicone, gelatin, foam latex and pros-aide transfers.
* PLUS I'm dedicating an entire chapter to Haunted House makeup techniques.Great for Halloween, Zombie Walks, and professional Haunted House attractions.
Where the first book was all me, this time there will be some amazing guest artists who are specialists in their fields- makeup artists, sculptors, and even animatronic and mechanical designers who will go into simple mechanics like arm and leg extensions, and a ton of things that are NOT covered in any books, anywhere!
I'll even show you exactly how to light and photograph your makeups to have your portfolio look amazing!
Much of this stuff I wanted to show you in Book 1, but honestly, there just wasn't enough room. In every way, this volume will blow away the first!
What About Stretch Goals?
Oh- WE GOT 'EM! They're really pretty cool too!! I have some special rewards planned if we reach $25k, and more at $50k and $100k marks!
Without spilling too many beans, some of the rewards will include:
* NEW Bonus Chapters that you can only get in on this Kickstarter project.
* Special "invitation only" 2 and 4 day seminars to be held in Los Angeles,
* Exclusive "Platinum Membership" to a hidden private section of the Monstrous Makeup Video Learning Academy that gives you exclusive added content for platinum members only.
* Blackmail photos of the author (just kidding)...
* Plus much more! Help us reach these goals and get lots of cool stuff!
Learn By Example... How About Some Video?
In early 2013, I will be launching The Monstrous Makeup Video Learning Academy site where several times a month new video demonstration clips will be added that teach various techniques. This will not be available to the general public- ever- at any price! It's by invitation only, and is a support to only people that own Book 1 and/or Book 2. You'll notice that many of the higher tiered reward packages include memberships to the Academy.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Until then, I'd love it if you'd take a look at some very cool video clips from recent interviews that hopefully help you decide that this project is a worthy investment.
Take a peek...
Oh- and if you're interested in checking out my facebook fan page...
I hope you've enjoyed the video clips. If you have any questions, there's a ton of info on my first book on my web site at http://hauntingconsultant.com
Hey Mike- Do you have special deals for Dealers?
YUP! Sure do! - Take a look at the "Death Dealer" packages to the right... They're enough to get the books in your stores- and you'll have them before anyone else!
*JUST ADDED- 9/5/12- NEW PLEDGE BONUS!!! When our goal is reached, everyone that pledged $35 or more gets a month of our online "Monstrous Makeup Video Learning Academy" (Which will not be publicly available at any price) on top of whatever bonus they've already selected!!
Thanks so much for your consideration!
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