Vestigial crown of horns
The finished 10 horn set. 8 with concave, 2 with convex bases for an optimal cranial fit and best adhesion from having the most contact. Each one of these is a
custom sculpt job in a solid lightweight plastic.
The EYES have it
with the Lensquest 'Darth' soft contact lenses. Even
hottest days didn't make the water based make-up run,
fortunately. Running make-up in contact lens
eyes is most unpleasant, not to mention dangerous.
If you ever plan on taking the DM costume this far, I
cannot stress enough that you should do so only under
the strict supervision and recommendation of an eye
care professional. Your vision isn't something
you want to fool around with.
above is Daphne's custom crafted acrylic sclera lenses
and Brenda's DM make-up application. Because moulds
were taken of Scott's eyes, the lenses track perfectly
with the pupil. Because the acrylic was opaque, the
pupils were drilled out. Although the pupils are open
to the air, the thickness of the lens, and the small
aperture caused the lubrication to 'pool' in the drilled
area making vision quality limited-this was later
corrected after field testing with a larger aperture.
A second lens developed on a clear acrylic did not
require the drilled pupil. Custom soft contact lenses
are used for longer wearing times as the hard sclera
lenses are too difficult to wear for more than a couple
of hours at a time. Four make-up types were used for
this application of the colour pattern for Maul's
face: Red and black rubber grease paint for it's adhesive
qualities on the latex bald cap, and black and red
water based make-up for the skin application. It was
found later that the water based paint, if applied
in layers, worked well on the bald cap too and therefore
the grease paint could be eliminated (it's messy).
Because of the tearing that the sclera lenses caused
the water based black under the eyes tended to wash
away causing the need for constant touch ups, so we
have moved to the alcohol based 'Reel tattoo' black.
Coincidently, this is the make-up that Paul Engelen
ended up using too (for obvious reasons). I imagine
that Ray Park wore the sclera lenses for the close
up shots and wore soft contacts (or none at all) for
the stunt work shots. When wearing hard acrylic sclera
lenses it is not safe to shift your eyes around too
rapidly as you run the risk of scratching the eye
when the movement of the lens is restricted by the
interior of the eye socket. Warning!: anyone attempting
to wear anything in their eyes should do so only under
the strict supervision of an eye care professional.
Do not attempt to make anything for yourself that
is to be worn on your eyes! Costuming may be important,
but the protection of your eyes is a life long duty!
Watch our work featuring our costume and make-up in these ads for the Space Channel CTV