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Create prosthetics for special make-up effects

Unit Descriptor This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to create prosthetic pieces for special make-up effects in productions for the screen, media and entertainment industries. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

1 . Prepare to create prosthetics

  1. In consultation with relevant personnel and with reference to production documentation , confirm prosthetic requirements

  2. Identify factors that may affect the casting process , including special requirements for performers

  3. Use appropriate research techniques to identify and source references to clarify aspects of required effects

  4. Organise and maintain currency of reference materials , documentation and findings, for use by relevant personnel

  5. Generate a range of design and construction ideas that provide creative solutions to prosthetic requirements

  6. Document plans for the creation of prosthetics in an appropriate format

  7. Discuss plans with relevant personnel and incorporate feedback into final plans as required

  8. Ensure materials and equipment are available to complete the required prosthetics

2 . Produce original lifecasts for prosthetic pieces

  1. Inform performers of the casting process, emergency procedures and respond appropriately to their questions

  2. Position performers to minimise personal discomfort

  3. Prepare performer to ensure their skin, hair, facial hair and clothing are protected from hazards

  4. Determine the position of separate or joining sections, seams, stop lines and keys

  5. Ensure that materials and release agents are of the appropriate type and quantity for casting, and are prepared, compounded and applied safely using approved methods

  6. Obtain accurate replication of performers without defects or distortion of lifecasts, ensuring that the safety and wellbeing of the performer is maintained during the casting process

  7. Safely remove lifecasts and restore performer's skin and hair to original condition

  8. Finalise lifecasts

3 . Make prosthetics

  1. Determine appropriate placement of prosthetic overlaps or blending edges in relation to the performer and the design brief

  2. Compound, handle, store and dispose of materials according to manufacturer instructions, data safety sheets and health and hygiene requirements

  3. Use appropriate materials and techniques to make prosthetics according to prosthetics design plans

  4. Prevent deformation and impairment when separating moulds and rejoining sectional moulds

  5. Finish, store and remove sculptures and resultant moulds to avoid deterioration, distortion or damage

  6. Safely store and dispose of materials and equipment used in the creation of prosthetics

  7. Complete workplace documentationas required

  8. Evaluate finished prosthetics against technical and creative criteria and note areas for improving the process of creating prosthetics

Key CompetencyExamples of ApplicationPerformance
How can information be collected, analysed and organised?
How are ideas and information communicated within this competency?
How are activities planned and organised?
How are problem solving skills applied?
How are mathematical ideas and techniques used?
How is use of technology applied?
How is team work used within this competency?

Range Statement

Production documentation may include:

Prosthetic requirements may include:

Factors may include:

Casting processes may include:

Special requirements may include:

Research techniques may include:

Organisation may include the use of:

Reference materials may include:

Formats may include:

Materials may include:

Finalising lifecasts may include:

Evidence Guide

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence of the following is essential:

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Assessment must ensure:

Method of assessment

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

Guidance information for assessment

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example: