2010 Masks, greeks and tons of work

The main thing that I did this year was Orestien with Lars Norén and it nearly killed me.
I worked so many loooong days that I completly neglected my family and health.
I am so proud of what I managed to do but I don't think I would do it again.
It took a long holiday to get back to reality again after that. I am not 20 anymore...
In 2010 I did one of the biggest jobs of my whole life. "Orestien" was  directed by Lars Norén and from looking to being a play with nothing for me it turned out to be the biggest challenge of my life. I simply can't describe how much work this was. 200 hours of overtime in a year is legal in this country. In three months I did over 500 hours on top of my normal 40 hour weeks. Afterwards I took a 4 month holiday to get back to life. I spent more money than I have done on any other show, EVER! Moulds from the production Moulds from the production This was a test makeup for the half God Apollo. A very alien looking thing that was scrapped before the premiere. Get ready to hear a lot of that! I guess that more than half of my work for this play was never used. This director works in such a way that he needs to see things for real before making a decision on using it or not. If I didn't love the sculpting, moulding and experimenting I guess I would die a wee bit everytime something I make is not used but I do so I don't really care too much. I still get to share it with all of you guys! Here is the Apollo makeup test applied. Not perfect but I never got a second chance. Some day I will use this design...
This is the final Apollo.... Not that much fun as the test version. Jonas Sjökvist. My main and biggest task in this play was to create "Vengance demons" masks for everyone that was on stage. And that was 18 people every night So the time and money I had allowed me to make 3 different size silicone masks. This is sculpt no 1 Sculpt 2 Sculpt 3 Moulding everything with a urethane moulding system that I have developed. Check my tutorials for more info. First test mask. Second test mask made very transparent.
Until this point all the masks were very difficult to mould and got a bit to hard. Here I started making my own mix of Smooth On Ecoflex 30 (75%) and Ecoflex 10 (25%). This mix was wonderful in it's flex and the tear strength was amazing! All the mask was re-inforced with some nylon stocking in all areas that was likey to break. These mask had to make it through over 50 performances. Casting some masks. Ecoflex rock! I am mainly a Polytek guy as someone said to me on FB. But sometimes Smooth on rocks!! All the masks were painted with Smooth On Psycho Paint mixed with Kryolan grease paints and heptahne. This stuff is toxic and might kill you! This photo was arranged and I am not spraying any solvents into the air. Stay safe and live longer! Please! Don't forget! Stay safe. Don't breath solvents!! I had masks everywhere! Ever since I started working as a makeup artist I have wanted a shot of me with a trolley full of masks. Now I got it!! It took me 20 years but, Hey, who cares! I got it! I know it's corny and silly but I really enjoyed this moment. Not only was it tons of makeup to be done.  I also supervised the making of several hundreds of bones.
I was the designer and original mould maker for the bones.The actual production of these were done expertly by Trine Ströheman More bones More bones. Did I say?? When I said designer earlier meant that I ate all the meat of the original bones.  I love my meat! Even more bones Now vegans will hate me forever... All the bones coming down from the ceiling with a an eire clinking sound. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin First test makeup on Lars Magnus Larsson as Aganemnon The final makeup on Lars Magnus Larsson as Aganemnon. Things change!! Kim Lantz as the guard who pokes his eyes out on stage. In the first act I devised an effect with a blindfold with blood bags that he could crush against his face. This was for the second act. The main problem was that he needed to see! So the silicone prosthetics have slits in them to make it possible for him to see downwards even if it looks like his eyes are gone. Some old suicide scars on Electra. Tattoo transfers.
Erik Stålberg as Orestes with false nose and scar. Looking like his Mama! Sara Wikströms nose is the real deal and she is proud of it.Erik had to fake his with my help. For the messenger I made a mechanical chopped off arm. This is a test on myself with the moving stump. I never got a good picture of it since I was busy back stage when he was on. First time I am doing any kind of animatronic and I don't have any good pictures. Again moving away from my normal job.... I was asked to kill a bunny..... Yes, we did buy a real bunny from the butchers and used that as a model when I sculpted. I ate the real bunny when we were done! Delcious! Regarding the last photo comment. I am not a weirdo. I am just a hungry meat eater. I don't even want to think about all the vegan hate mail I will get after the things I have said in this gallery....... nice dead bunny On stage. I am getting hungry again. You?? Care for a bite? A vicious mask wearer. I am not sure who it is since they all looked pretty much the same wearing them.
This picture is from the public theatre photos. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin This picture is from the public theatre photos. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin This picture is from the public theatre photos. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin This picture is from the public theatre photos. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin This picture is from the public theatre photos. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin This picture is from the public theatre photos. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin This picture is from the public theatre photos. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin This picture is from the public theatre photos. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin This picture is from the public theatre photos. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin
This picture is from the public theatre photos. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin This picture is from the public theatre photos. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin This picture is from the public theatre photos. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin This picture is from the public theatre photos. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin This picture is from the public theatre photos. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin In this picture I am using the flocking blood I made for the show. It's bloody great beacuse it doesn't stain anything! Hair wax plus flocking! Try it!! This picture is from the public theatre photos. Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin This silicone belly was made for a magican. Sorry I can't tell you more! This silicone belly was made for a magican. Sorry I can't tell you more! On the same day as Orestien had it's premiere this little show also did.....
The old man mask The old man mask The all seeing God. When he came on stage the first time ever the kids started crying and the director skipped it.. An evil mask that never made it to stage. The only mask that made it to the stage..... Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin The nest play I made was "Two romanians that speak polish" Pretty standard makeup jobs and horrid wigs. But it all worked very well!! Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin Photo: Patrik Gunnar Helin "Irene Huss 7, The one who is waiting in the dark", Film
A silicone head made fro an autopsy scene in the film. This was the hero scene of the film for the head. It was just in the film for a about 5 seconds... The only thing they used was extreme close-ups. Why order a full head and shoulders if you are not using it?? It would save you $$$$$$!?? The actress name is Tina Kärrberg Tina Kärrberg getting made up for the full body shots. The puppet is standing in the back waiting for it's entrance. Some tattoos for the same film. On set with the puppet. We shot this in a real autopsy room and the smells were not to be played with. Here you can see a DOP assistant with a herbal tea bag tapes to her nose. Who said film shoots were glamorous?? The job I did that is mostly shown in the film was the police shots that keeps being shown all the time.. This was supposed to be the corpse that had been buried the longest.
The next victim. Urethane skull and latex skin. 6 dead women meant 6 pictures of corpses. Fun! I got to be the photographer too! This was the trickiest one when it came to decomposing.Lots of horrid studying for these ones. This picture was shot by me for use in the film. This photo has been changed in Photoshop. Another one! This guy was really into killing women! This picture was shot by me for use in the film. This photo has been changed in Photoshop. This one was supposed to be dead for two months in a plastic bag. These are the pictures that was used in the film and this one has had the eyes digitally manipulated to make them be more sunken in. All the maggots were boiled rice that we painted little body segments on with Skin Illustrator. Rather that than using real maggots in my living room!! The silicone head finally got to screen time!! Might have been on a photo that was never still but anyway.... To end the year we did the play "Katitzi" about romani immigrants in Sweden. Mainly normal makeups and some wigs. Here is Shebly Niavarani in a wig I made Shebly Niavarani Sara and Cicci in a publicity shot.NEW
Sara Wikström The teeth was never used which I thought was a shame becuase they made her a bit older. I had planned to use some prosthetics on her but her skin couldn't handle that. Cecilia Millocco with some tattoo transfers. Cecilia Millocco with some tattoo transfers. Shebly Niavarani with quick flocking blood on his face. Flocking blood is great (sorbitol and flocking mixed) it can't stain anything. Shebly Nivarani and Sanna HultmanNEW My nephew Hannes as a werewolf for a costume party. My son Jack trying some teeth I made. More teeth for for Mikael Riesebeck a comedy show Teeth for for Mikael Riesebeck a comedy show Don't you love the background picture?? As a makeup artist you get to take some lovely and weird shots of people!
A simple but fun makeup on my neighbours. Homer and Marge Homer and Marge Homer and Marge Marge Homer