Title

Dionysus Makeup Design

Presenter Information

Shelbi Gilmond

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

15-5-2014

End Date

15-5-2014

Keywords

Transformation, Response, Mythology

Abstract

This project was meant as an emotional interpretation of Dionysus from Polaroid Stories by Naomi lizuka. I chose to do this project to further examine the characters in Polaroid Stories. Last quarter, I was given the opportunity to design makeup and costumes for Polaroid Stories and that is what lead to the design of Dionysus’s makeup based off of an emotional response. Polaroid Stories is a very visceral show. It specifically focuses on emotionally driven choices. The play narrates the transformation of characters due to their emotional driving factors. Being based off of Ovid’s Metamorphosis, the change of identity over time is reflected in each character in the show. The makeup design for Dionysus was a step within the transformation process, between man and snake. My first thought was that Dionysus hides his true self beneath the enticements he promised. I took that idea and decided that I wanted to create a makeup with a underlying deformity, but with a sheen, or shine masking the deformity. I, then, decided to add in the snake-like skin as a realization of his deformity. The process I used to achieve the makeup was via prosthetic design. To achieve the prosthetics, I first had to sculpt out of clay the scales and where they would live on the face. I, then, made a cast out of plaster, creating a negative of the clay designs. After the plaster dried, I removed the clay and poured in the liquid latex. After that was dried, I removed it from the mold and painted it.

Poster Number

60

Faculty Mentor(s)

McMillen, Mary Catherine

Additional Mentoring Department

Theatre

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Dionysus Makeup Design

SURC Ballroom C/D

This project was meant as an emotional interpretation of Dionysus from Polaroid Stories by Naomi lizuka. I chose to do this project to further examine the characters in Polaroid Stories. Last quarter, I was given the opportunity to design makeup and costumes for Polaroid Stories and that is what lead to the design of Dionysus’s makeup based off of an emotional response. Polaroid Stories is a very visceral show. It specifically focuses on emotionally driven choices. The play narrates the transformation of characters due to their emotional driving factors. Being based off of Ovid’s Metamorphosis, the change of identity over time is reflected in each character in the show. The makeup design for Dionysus was a step within the transformation process, between man and snake. My first thought was that Dionysus hides his true self beneath the enticements he promised. I took that idea and decided that I wanted to create a makeup with a underlying deformity, but with a sheen, or shine masking the deformity. I, then, decided to add in the snake-like skin as a realization of his deformity. The process I used to achieve the makeup was via prosthetic design. To achieve the prosthetics, I first had to sculpt out of clay the scales and where they would live on the face. I, then, made a cast out of plaster, creating a negative of the clay designs. After the plaster dried, I removed the clay and poured in the liquid latex. After that was dried, I removed it from the mold and painted it.