Paul Savage is a returning guest on the show. We caught up with him at the Prosthetics Event in Coventry. Merging medical knowledge with movie makeup, he aims to bring more realism to training scenarios. Raising the bar in simulation can help to save actual lives.
It is quite often that makeup students will work with a local emergency service and offer up their skills to make up casualties for training first responders and combat medics.
As makeup artists, we often let the dramatic effect take the reins, however, it is easy to inadvertently misdirect a clinical field assessment with incorrectly applied makeup that has been applied for dramatic effect rather than clinical accuracy.
It is important to use primary references of genuine trauma rather than copying trauma makeup that isn’t necessarily accurate. By copying even good makeup, we can also reproduce their errors unintentionally.
We talk about the merits of using the right material, the right amount of blood and setting the scene. Even though it is a simulation, seasoned first responders will take their cues from what they see rather than what they have been told. So it better look right!
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Regarding the mastectomy makeup mentioned in the episode, it was for the ITV Drama ‘The Walk’ (2005). The makeup designer was Caroline Noble and made for Millennium FX. It was applied on location by Rob Trenton.
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