disfigured: fake amputees

Mad Max: Fury Road
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The Lone Ranger
De rouille et d’os
Les mains de Roxana
Grey’s Anatomy
American Horror Story
Strike Back
Soul Surfer
Is Anybody There?
Fringe
Flick
The Lookout
Planet Terror
Pushing Daisies
I Know Who Killed Me
Home of the Brave
Stories of Lost Souls
The Saddest Music …
The Sopranos
Titus
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Romeo is Bleeding
Boxing Helena
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka
other movies

Disfiguring makeups: fake amputees

With prosthetic makeup it’s a lot easier to give an actress a big nose or a fat face than to take away what’s already there. For simulating the effects of an amputation this is true in spades – a hook where a hand would have been is always going to be a hook beyond where the hand still remains.

Somehow the continuing existence of that inconvenient limb has to be disguised, so movie-makers have often resorted to a combination of techniques to create the illusion: an arm bound behind the back or a leg hidden in the wheel-chair; a prosthetic stump; a prosthetic hand that fits like a glove (eg Home of the Brave); precisely planned camera angles; trickery with cuts.

Of course, this is one area where a mix of prosthetics and CGI comes into its own – a prosthetic stump effect and the result of the limb removed with CGI as in thge forthcoming Soul Surfer.