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How do they make tattoos in movies?

They're actually just glorified 'lick & stick' - thin 'not quite plastic' decals adhered to paper backings, which are wetted with a mixture of water and alcohol and applied to the skin. I imagine ...
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How are Star Trek medical devices attached to the neck?

Double-sided tape, already applied to the face of the prop, sticks to the actor long enough to get the shot; then if they need more resilience for subsequent shots, props/make-up can stick it more ...
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How do they make tattoos in movies?

Tattoos are a key plot element of the NBC series Blindspot. The application process takes anywhere from 45 minutes (for just the hands and neck) to multiple1 hours (and three artists) for the full-...
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Did male actors in post-war black and white films wear green make-up?

Was this purely a television phenomenon Apparently, yes. This was due to the way lower resolution of TV cameras compared to movie film... Commercial television came to America during the 1940s ...
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How was the three-breast effect done for the prostitute?

It was a large chest plate An interview with Lycia Naff describes the process: All three mammary glands are fake. In fact, the prosthetic is a large chest plate that starts at the neck and goes down ...
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Was he wearing a nose prosthetic in Multiverse of Madness?

If the image on the right is accurate [I haven't seen the movie yet to know if this is a true screengrab from Dr Strange] then I'd say no. I've always thought he has a rather 'intriguing' nose shape ...
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What was used to create the metal effect makeup in the Terminator robots?

Usually for something like this, they use Silicone appliances, that are painted. (Rarely) hard plastic pieces, that are placed on an actors body, are used. Some ways to get that chrome looks are: ...
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How do they accomplish the "zombie walking with a broken ankle" effect?

The easiest way to achieve that is to use an amputee. And yes, zombie-type movies use a lot of amputees as extras. It's just easier and cheaper than green-screening something like that. Attach a ...
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How did they create The Shadow's disguise?

I'm not sure how capable or widely used CGI was for such stuff back then. Here is a compiled list of movies around and before 90s' using FX and CGI. This list does not have The Shadow so definitely ...
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How do they make tattoos in movies?

The trivia section of IMDB's entry for Cape Fear states that for his role in that movie Robert De Niro was tattooed with vegetable dyes, which fade after a few months.
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Who is driving Thomas Jane's hair and wardrobe on the Expanse?

My guess is that Jane himself is driving his character's look, possibly as a fan of the artists I mentioned, facilitated by wardrobe and makeup people with an appreciation of that aesthetic. As far ...
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What did they do to David Schwimmer to simulate the tan?

Most probably makeup, for how to achieve it refer, Wikihow : There are plenty of makeup tricks to give you the gorgeous tan you've been looking for, many of which are easy to do. Using makeup is ...
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How do they make bloodshot eyes in movies?

Sclera contact lenses are contact lenses used for full eye effects. They are significantly larger than standard contact lenses which tend to be the size of the average iris. They are used for any ...
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Do movie stars need regular teeth whitening?

Do they need regular teeth whitening? Sure, if that's their image According to one article: A staggering 45 million Americans – 14 per cent of the population – have had professional teeth whitening, ...
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How was Michael Douglas' apparent facelift achieved in "Behind the Candelabra"?

Make-up, possibly with prosthetics From this interview with Vulture about playing the role: In his long, over 40-year career—playing ­everything from Gordon Gekko, a titan of Wall Street (for ...
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Why does Nick Sobotka have a pi tattoo?

Never comes up in the show, and it's not a real tattoo on Pablo Schreiber either. Or at least as far as I can tell from his Instagram (there are a couple you'd be able to make it out), unless he's ...
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How did they create The Shadow's disguise?

This Scene was made using morphing. Usually made with cross-fading and later (for the last 30 years) computers (not CGI). The first movie that used both this techniques was Willow made by Industrial ...
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