Help with an anus face mask?
Here is my question:
How do you make a mask for a character with a featureless face that allows the actor to breathe? I have been an amateur fx artist on and off for five years, doing fx for my friends' movies. I have made masks using methods outlined in Todd Debrecini's book on special makeup effects, but I must emphasize that I am an amateur, and when you read this you may say, "get out of town, you shouldn't be doing this, you're going to hurt someone." And yet people keep asking me to help them make their movies and I keep complying.
I live in chicago but am in New York for my friend's feature where I was supposed to be just doing minor fx, and someone else was supposed to create two masks for two characters whose faces turn into anuses from a spell by the devil. I ended up having to make these masks very last minute when the other artist fell through after shooting had started, two days before we were supposed to shoot the actors with the anus masks on.
I have attached a picture (please do not share this, as it is part of our movie that is still in production and we want to keep it under wraps) of the masks. As you can see, the mask covers the actors' eyes, ears, and nose with smooth flesh, with the center of the anus landing between the actors' nose and mouth. We have already shot on two days with them, so we can't modify them all that much. I cut a hole in the center of the anus, and I poked many pinholes in the folds of the sphincter muscle. I made these masks by painting liquid latex (ArtMolds 407 mask making latex from Blick) into a gypsum stone mold of the sculpt of the anus faces that I made. I did a thin (1/8"?) layer of latex for the whole mask; it's basically a hollow shell, and its only points of contact on the actors' faces are the perimeter of the mask. Still, the actors can barely breathe through the airhole in the center of the mask and we have had to cut shooting short on both of the days we used them so far because the actors could only endure so much.
Do you have any ideas of how I can modify these masks to allow the actors to breathe while matching what we have already shot in wide and medium shots? I have only made masks from liquid latex before, but I am thinking foam latex would be a more porous material that would breathe better. I could pour this into the molds that I still have to make new masks. However I don't have an oven I can use to bake foam latex, as I hear it can't be a food oven. Do you have any suggestions on where to find an oven in New York City that I can use? Is it unheard of to make a mask like this, that covers the actors' nose and mouth?
Any advice is much appreciated.
Thank you very much,