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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||
|2 . Produce original lifecasts for prosthetic pieces||
|3 . Make prosthetics||
|Key Competency||Examples of Application||Performance|
|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?|
Production documentation may include:
copyright of body paint designs
costume break-down lists
synopsis break-down of characters
workplace procedures manual or documentation.
Prosthetic requirements may include:
multiple and overlapping appliances.
small prosthetic pieces, e.g.:
Factors may include:
any medical condition that could preclude a performer having a cast taken
camera angles/shots, e.g.:
health and hygiene requirements
length of time and/or how often prosthetic pieces need to be used
materials required, e.g.:
public profile of performers
specifications from designers and directors
other technical considerations.
Casting processes may include:
casting, including part casts and lifecasts
colouring and finishing
joining sections and seams
transferring patterns to head blocks while making bald caps.
Special requirements may include:
contagious skin disorders, e.g.:
cosmetic and general surgery
other visible non-normal skin
non-contagious skin disorders, e.g.:
performers' medical histories
removal of body or facial hair
skin type/condition, e.g.:
colour and tone
wearing of contact lenses.
Research techniques may include:
contact with specialist services or associations
reading newspapers, books and other references
talking and listening to experts
use of the internet
watching documentary films and videos.
Organisation may include the use of:
Reference materials may include:
drafts and final prosthetic designs
paintings and illustrations of the period
performance details and specifications photographs
specialist services available for prosthetics
writings of the period.
Formats may include:
coloured design illustrations
Materials may include:
gums and glue
sealers and release agents.
Finalising lifecasts may include:
accurately trimming and marking the completed positive impression
checking that technical and creative requirements have been met
correctly storing lifecasts to prevent deterioration, distortion or damage
ensuring accuracy of surface detail
ensuring that joining sections meet technical requirements
producing a positive impression of lifecasts.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit
Evidence of the following is essential:
creation of prosthetic pieces that:
are technically precise
meet creative production requirements
ability to prevent deterioration or distortion of moulds, casts and resultant prosthetic pieces
attention to detail
consistent application of local health and hygiene requirements/regulations when creating prosthetics
consistent application of OHS practices in regard when creating prosthetics
collaborative approach to work
ability to communicate effectively with performers for whom prosthetic pieces are made.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Assessment must ensure:
practical demonstration of skills through a range of prosthetic creation tasks for at least three productions
access to a range of prosthetic products, materials and equipment as listed in the range statement
access to appropriate learning and assessment support when required
use of culturally appropriate processes and techniques appropriate to the language and literacy capacity of learners and the work being performed.
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:
direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance
evaluation of prosthetic pieces created by the candidate to determine whether creative production requirements have been met, correct procedures followed and appropriate materials used
observation of the candidate creating prosthetics in a production context
written or verbal questioning to test knowledge as listed in the required skills and knowledge section of this unit and to evaluate the processes used in planning and creating prosthetic pieces.
Guidance information for assessment
Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:
CUFMUP502A Design and apply special make-up effects.