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Cinema Makeup School has done it all. Last year they took on Joker Batman at San Diego Comic-Con—but this year, they tried something truly challenging: Turning a human being into a collectible statue.

The Los Angeles-based Cinema Makeup School returned to San Diego Comic-Con for a seventh year with a new series of amazing cosplay looks. The highlight had to be its partnership with Sideshow Collectibles, where they turned a model into one of the company’s original premium figures: Cleopsis, Eater of the Dead from its Court of the Dead series. A horror take on Cleopatra, the limited-edition figure makes for a truly terrifying subject with a really badass snake.

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Check out our video for a detailed breakdown of how the Cleopsis look was achieved, as well as the unique makeup challenges in trying to turn a statue into a living, breathing person. Hint: It involves a bit of extra help.

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C’mon you guys, we (as in us VFX artists) had been trying for years to get people to distinguish between special effects (practical stuff like makeup, pyro, and puppet animatronics) and visual effects (green screen compositing, CGI). I’d say the less pedantic of us have resigned ourselves to accepting that we’ll always be referred to as special effects artists by many of the general population, but I never expected the term visual effects would bleed over to the other side.

For the record I understand the terminology is confusing, on par with sound editing and sound effects. It doesn’t help that the Oscars gives the award for Visual Effects but also take special effects into consideration. The use of the terms is muddled, but it doesn’t have to be. We all just want to be credited in such a way that our contributions are recognized properly!

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