Reference Information

Where to get even more info about the field of special makeup effects, animatronics, and puppetry.
(See also the FX Glossary for definitions of industry jargon!)

last updated 5/5/99

Q. What magazines cover the scene?


An awesome reference. Objective stories on features, commercials, ridefilms, etc. Covering all manner of special effects in a no-nonsense informative manner and with excellent ads. Non judgemental, objective

P.O Box 20027, Riverside CA 92516
$6.95 an issue, 1 yr sub. is US$ 24.00

A more subjective journal, contains reviews and articles on genre films with good coverage on special makeup and visual effects.

7240 W. Roosevelt Rd., Forest Park, IL 60130
1 yr. sub is 4 issues for US$18.00

Also gitcher hands on cool magazines like Modeler's Resource Magazine, Millimeter VisFX, SciFi Modeler (British), Puppetry Journal, Fangoria, and eh, like that!

Q. What are some good books on the subject?

Stage Makeup, by Richard Corson
Prentice-Hall, ISBN 0-13-840496

Technique of the Professional Makeup Artist, by Vincent J-R Kehoe
Focal Press, ISBN 0-240-51244-8

The Prop Builder's Molding and Casting Handbook, by Thurston James
Better Way Books, ISBN 1-55870-128-1

Dick Smith's Do-It-Yourself Monster Makeup, by Dick Smith
Harmony Books, ISBN 0-517-56270-7

Modelling and Sculpting Animals, by Edouard Lanteri
Dover Books, ISBN 0-486-25007-5

Plaster Mold and Model Making, by Chaney and Skee
Van Nostrand & Reinhold, ISBN 0-442-21515-0

Creating Special Effects for TV & Films, by Bernard Wilkie
Focal Press, ISBN 0-240-50947-1

Making a Monster, by Taylor and Roy
Crown Publishers, ISBN 0-517-534568

Q. Where can I go to get materials, books, and stuff? Even videos, maybe?

Sources for materials:
Burman Industries
BJB items, foam latex kits, ultracal, polyfoams, clay, alginate, sculpting tools, silicone, Geleffects, foam latex, trauma, aging and character appliances, pros-aide, FX Paints (non-toxic), Flabbercast, training videos and books, and much more.

(818) 782-9833
(818) 782-2863 Fax

14141 Covello St.
Suite 6A
Van Nuys, CA

M-F 8:30-5 Sats: 10-3

Davis Dental Supply
Dental acrylics, plaster, alginate, bandages, peach stone, Roma, dental silicone, pros-aide, ultracal , trichlorotrifluoroethane, GI-1000, Hemp, Cotton tipped applicators, 355 Adhesive, clay, Scientific Lab, Dental, Medical, Surgical supplies, chemicals.

(818) 765-4994
(800) 842-4203

13120 B Saticoy
North Hollywood, CA

M-F 8:30-6pm , Sat 8 -12:30

Makeup supplies: Burman Foam Latex, bald caps, sponges, Wool, crepe, yak hair, hair punchers, Clens, Blasco, Kryolan, Ben Nye, Bob Kelly, Mehron, Factor, Steins, R.C.M.A., Bill Tuttle, plastic cap material, Ultracal 30, loose hair, mustache, crimping and curling irons; plastic eyes, professional make-up kits, pros-aide, FX Paints.

(818) 769-3834

5270 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA

M-F 8-5:30, Sat 8:00-5:30 p.m.

Beauty and Makeup Supplies:, make-up, pros-aide, sponges, Reel blood, 355 adhesive, GM foam, Burman foam.

(818) 763-7072

12801 Victory Bl.
N. Hollywood, CA

M-F to 8 am-6:00 pm, Sa to 5:30. Sun 10-4

Carter Sexton
Art supplies & Equipment, Liquitex, Roma, airbrush, excellent sculpting tools and art books, WED clay.

(818) 763-5050
(213) 877-5050 Fax
(818) 763-1034 Fax

5308 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA

M-F 9 am -5:30 (Just north of Frends - same side)

WALCO Supply
Translucent silicone and 1040, 1065 silicone moldmaking materials.

(619) 930-2575
(619) 930-2588 FAX
(619)930-2582 orders

P.O. Box 81101
San Diego, CA

Tower Hobbies
Hobby supplies, radio controls, servos.

Order only (800) 637-4989
Order asst. (800) 637-6050
Fax: (217) 356-6608

P.O. Box 9078
Champaign, IL

M-TH 8-10:00, F -5:00 Sa 9-5 & Su 10-7:00

Sources for books:

Samuel French's Theatre and Film Bookshop
Plays and Motion Picture Industry Directories and Reference Books

(818) 762-0535

11963 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA
91604 M-F 10-9, Sat 10-6, Sun 12-5

other Samuel French locations:

7623 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA
M-F 10-6, Sat 10-5
FAX: 213-876-6822

45 W 25th St.
New York, NY
(212) 206-8990

Larry Edmunds Cinema Bookshop
6644 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

(213) 463-3273

Op Amp Technical Books
1033 North Sycamore Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

(213) 464-4322
Mon-Sat 9:30-5:30 PST.

Q. You, ah, you wouldn't happen to have an obligatory page o' links, wouldja?

Hey! What a fantastic idea! I think I'll put them here!  


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