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06-23-2005, 02:26 PM
I am currently working on a short were I need to make my actors look older. They are in there thirties and need to look in there sixties. I have not seen too much discussion on make up techniques. Does anyone know of any websites or techniques or kits that one can get to help with this.

Will Vincent
06-23-2005, 06:55 PM
you'll want to make casts of their heads and use prosthetics, otherwise it'll look bad.

06-23-2005, 07:41 PM
Are you saying they age in the film? Have you considered getting older actors that resemble the younger actors?

06-23-2005, 07:59 PM
Are you saying they age in the film? Have you considered getting older actors that resemble the younger actors?

^^If that's the case, it's a better idea. It would look a lot better if you did it that way goofyman.

06-24-2005, 09:04 AM
Actually they start out older and will be younger in flashbacks. I wish I could use actors that are older that look like them, but I only have 5 characters in the movie and I am having a tough enough time getting just those five filled, let alone getting two more. As for the molds and prosthetics. Does anyone know of any websites that will teach you how to do that.

06-24-2005, 09:42 AM
I spend the first 12 years of my professional career doing make up effects. The difference between 30's and 60's is very subtle - some weight gain (thus the prosthetics), very slight drooping of the skin around the neck and eyes, skin tone is a bit blander with some wrinkling around the eyes and mouth.

My personal opinion is a website isn't going to be able to teach you this very complicated, exacting process. However, if you cannot get in touch with a makeup artist then type "make up effects" into Google and you'll find hundreds of sites dedicated to this craft.

It took me two or three years of experimenting to be able to age actors convincingly for film. And even then I never got it to look right. Extreme aging like Dustin Hoffman in "Little Big Man" is much easier than the subtle aging from 30's to 60's.

You're attempting one of the most difficult processes in make up. My suggestion is if it's important to the story that the audience believes it, you should hire a makeup artist. A good one isn't cheap - but your final movie shouldn't look cheap either.

Good luck. You'll have fun learning about makeup effects.

Will Vincent
06-24-2005, 10:12 AM
Have you checked local community theaters and such? Most of the cast for the short I just did a month or so ago were theater people, and I had an age range of like 17 - 50ish that I cast, the range of people who auditioned was even wider.


As for the casting, here's some info: (incidentally, his main page ( has a lot of good links!)

That should be a good start for you... good luck!