BLOOD TUBING!!!!!

dexter-the-game-2-image

If you can’t already tell, I am super excited to share my secrets of blood tubing with you!!! For those of you who don’t know what blood tubing is, if you ever saw somebody get cut open in a movie, sliced, or jabbed the blood that is gushing from their body is made possible by the effect of blood tubing. It is important to note that this can be done in sooooo many different and creative ways. I wanted to share with you my experience, but feel free to comment on ways that you blood tube!!! Would love to hear from you.

I did a short film called A Girl At The Front Door a couple of weekends ago. These are the simple and easy steps I followed.

photo (33)

1. The first step to this process was to get the prop (in this case a knife) from the assistant director, because they were using the knife for a couple of scene before the initial stabbing.

photo (29)

*In order to execute blood tubing to the best of your ability, you have to give yourself enough time to prepare, test out the prop, and also to have room for accidents in case something goes wrong.

2. Next you are going to need to get the long tube (where to get it and what kind, will be specified at the bottom of the article).

photo (28)

3. After you have the tube you will need to cut it so that it becomes the length of the prop, in this case a knife, so that the audience or viewers won’t see it. What’s the point of stabbing someone without it looking real, right???

4. You’re probably wondering what should I put the blood in .. Right! Well you will need something durable. In my case I used non spermicide condoms. I KNOW who thought condoms would ever be good for something other than sex hahaha. Condoms are great because they are durable, they are stretchy but you want to get one that doesn’t have all the gooey gross lube or spermicide incase the actor has to taste it. OHHH yum lube for lunch.

photo (31)

5. Now you want to put the tube inside the condom and tape it around the tubing tight.

photo (32)

6. The next step, you want to place the tubing on the backside of the knife. The condom will be placed in the actors hand. As the actor slices down, he or she will also want to squeeze the condom, and the blood will come out as fast as they want it to.

photo (30)

SO……..Where can I get the materials?!?!?!

whatif_spree

TUBING: As a make up artist it’s all about the resources. For the tubing I go to Lowes and get a couple of yards so that it will last awhile.
BLOOD: For the blood there are two options for you to choose from –
*ONE is to buy pre-made blood form the makeup stores such as Frends, Nigel’s, Cinema Secrets and Naimie are all located in Hollywood. When you walk into these stores there are so many different brands of fake blood to pick from. But my favorite fake blood is called MY BLOOD. Please note if any of this blood is going into the actors mouth, make sure to get the blood labeled mouth blood . The other one is for the clothing, floor, etc.
*TWO is making the blood yourself. Instead of running to the makeup store you are on your way to the grocery store, that’s right ladies and gentleman the grocery store! On your grocery list put down food coloring, make sure that you have all four of the primary colors and an extra red if possible. the next thing on your list is the Corn syrup and Hershey’s chocolate syrup for the flavor and darkening of the blood. Then you will mix everything in a large bowl. Depending on how light or dark you want the blood, you will need to add less chocolate for a lighter color and more chocolate for a darker color.

Please note that blood can stain your outfit and your skin. Have no fear if this happen make sure that you wash your cloths right away, but if you can’t get to them right away, you can use shaving cream to get the stain off your skin and clothing. I always have some in my makeup kit when I am on set. You never know when you will need it. 🙂

Feed Search Engine

Make-up by Ann Beckette, Art and Cosmetics all in one

Advertisements

Dream Out Loud!!

makeup1

Now that you know all about me let’s get down to some business. Being a make-up artist in LA is not easy, the constant competition, rigorous market, and of course the scheduling can have anyone going crazy. So of course it was a total shock when i was selected as one of THREE interns to take part in a movie called Dream Out Loud, a short documentary film directed by Juliet Landau and Deverill Weeks on the life of the brilliant make-up artist Kazuhiro Tsuji. EEEEK!!! I was so excited I couldn’t breath, I mean me little miss St. Louis, me, I am going to be interning for a documentary featuring one of the world’s greatest make-up artists. It was, like many things around here, a dream come true!!!

photo (23)

It only got cooler from there, being put on a “street team” was just the beginning of the ride. My top priority was to personally invite every make-up school and make-up company in LA to this once in a life time event. With piles of flyers tucked under our arms, loads of cards bursting from our purse, and smiles bigger than physically possible we started on our ways towards the streets of Los Angeles to cordially invite the best per our request.

photo (24)

As the event was drawing near my blood was pumping faster, the rush of excitement just tickled my bones. Who would I meet? Did we get everything done? Would a lot of people show? All the questions were circling in my mind like a roller coaster or a merry-go-round. It was exhausting but I wouldn’t have traded it for the world, as cliché as that sounds. I was ready for the IMATS and boy was it going to be fun!!!!

photo (25)

It was SHOW TIME!!!! As i arrived at the Pasadena convention Center I was mesmerized by its size. I mean just a few hours from now this place will be crammed with some of the best people in the industry, celebrities, and talent. I took a breath to inhale the sweet smell of my surroundings and then it was time to set things up, someone has to do it and I was more than happy to be a part of every piece of this amazing project.

IMATS_logo

Getting to work with Kazu was the probably the best part of this whole experience, I mean the man can do art like no one can. Working with the director and actress Juliet Landau, formerly on Buffy and Angel, was like a star struck moment. I mean how many people can say hey I worked with someone on BUFFY!!!! Yea sorry Twilight but somebody already did the vampire thing and it was waaaayyyy better. What was interesting to hear was the fact that both Juliet and Deverill believed in the new generation of make-up artist but expected to take risks, to se the bar high, and to explore. It all reminded me of an article I had read in the New York Times about Henny Garfunkel and her fresh intake on photography, her sadness that everything was being ruined by publicists, no one was taking risks, and everything was becoming planned and static.

The event came to an end on Sunday. It was bitter-sweet, exhausted from the whole endeavor, but so overwhelmed with happiness. Now as I sit in my quaint apartment writing this I can’t help but to think what’s next? New challenge and definitely new risks.

0759_LA_LondonSwitchIMATS

Thanks for reading, don’t forget to follow or like to read more,

Ann

*All content is written and edited by Bat-el Miller for more information or to contact Ann don’t forget to visist the website www.makeupbeckette.com

Introduction

301116_598741096298_170299325_n

Hey my name is Ann Beckette, if you couldn’t tell already from the title of my blog hahahaha. I hail from the great city of St Louis, Missouri. And that is where my love affair with theatre and the fine arts began to blossom. I decided to pursue my dream at the University of Indianapolis. My experience there was crazy, thrilling, and loads of fun. Stage managing, acting, and so much more. I met some amazing people and made some long-lasting friendships but I kissed Unidy good-bye in May 2010.

And then I was off to the gorgeous city of LA to attend Make-Up Designory (MUD) and start on my way to becoming hollywood’s most notorious make-up artist. Since completing the program I has submerged myself in the market gaining experience working in film, commercial and print. And just like every crazy kid that comes to LA for with the hopes of making it big, I live each day as if it is a dream. People say I’m talented, I’m creative, but most of all I’m fun. I am easy to talk to and love to laugh.

561074_457930347603438_1690032652_n

Read all about my crazy adventures in LA from TV sets to modeling runway shows!!! The best part is it is not over yet, with just the beginning of my career and so much to look forward to ahead, I hope you will join me in my journey. Whether you are an actor, model, director, photographer, or just a fun blogger I look forward to hearing all about you, your thoughts, and most of all how I can help.

224091_451741881555618_1787540443_n

Thanks for reading,
Ann

*All content is edited and distributed by Bat-el Miller for more information or to contact Ann check out her website www.makeupbeckette.com