Talking pictures : how they are made and how to appreciate them (1937)

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Making Folks Over and held by drying collodion. Clever painting with water colors by a make-up artist completed the scarred appearance. Today, neither Stone nor Weissmuller would have the discomfort they endured when they wore those early make-ups. The Westmores (Wallace, Ernest, and Percy), Jack Dawn, and every other studio make-up expert is constantlv developing new methods. Their discoveries are carefully guarded. Perhaps one of the most recent and important dis- coveries was used for the first time during the produc- tion of The Good Earth. In this picture, it was necessary to transform Luise Rainer, Paul Muni, and other white players into Chinese. The old method of securing slanted eyes by pulling their corners and fastening them with invisible fishskin is painful and not particularly effective. The new method, as invented by Jack Dawn, puts molded sections of thin, light, skinlike material over the actor's own skin. First of all, a clay model is made of the face desired. Then dimensions are compared between this face and that of the actor to play the part. Where the actor's face needs to be built up, it is done by molded layers of the new chemical formula. Because the new face is built and the player's own face is not malformed or twisted in any artificial manner, he can act his role with no physical discomfort. By this method an exact duplication of another's face may be obtained. Recently, with the actual death mask of Napoleon as a guide, Charles Boyer, an actor, was able to make over his features into an exact likeness of the Corsican adventurer. [ 149 ]