Making Faces, Playing God
Identity & The Art Of Transformational Make-Up

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  • Wearing a mask-putting on another face-embodies a fundamental human fantasy of inhabiting other bodies and experiencing other lives.

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Product Description

  • Author
    Thomas Morawetz  
    Binding
    paperback  
    Cat No.
    2285405  
    EAN
    978029275247490000  
    Genre
    Art & Design  
    ISBN
    9780292752474  
    Publisher
    University of Nebraska Press  
    Type
    Books  
    Type Name
    Book(|s)  
  • Wearing a mask-putting on another face-embodies a fundamental human fantasy of inhabiting other bodies and experiencing other lives.

    In this extensively illustrated book, Thomas Morawetz explores how the creation of transformational makeup for theatre, movies, and television fulfils this fantasy of self-transformation and satisfies the human desire to become ‘the other’.

    Morawetz begins by discussing the cultural role of fantasies of transformation and what these fantasies reveal about questions of personal identity. He next turns to professional makeup artists and describes their background, training, careers, and especially the techniques they use to create their art. Then, with numerous before-during-and-after photos of transformational makeup’s from popular and little-known shows and movies, ads, and artist’s demos and portfolios, he reveals the art and imagination that go into six kinds of mask-making-representing demons, depicting aliens, inventing disguises, transforming actors into different (older, heavier, disfigured) versions of themselves, and creating historical or mythological characters.

    Thomas Morawetz, Tapping Reeve Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Connecticut School of Law, writes avocationally on modern literature, non-fiction, mysteries, and movies. His interest in moviemaking extends over thirty-five years.

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