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Books

While none of these titles is a specific "how-to" animatronics guide, they do include information relevant to the creation of animatronic projects.

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No Strings Attached : The Inside Story of Jim Henson's Creature Shop

by Matt Bacon
More than 300 full-color photographs and artworks, step-by-step illustrated explanations of how animatronics are created, never-before-published storyboards, sketches, and interviews, and inside stories on the films, TV shows and commercials that have made the Creature Shop famous. Hardcover, 192 pages Published by MacMillan Books ISBN: 0028620089
Buy it from Amazon.com $24.50 from Amazon! (Normally $35)
Buy it from Amazon.com UK Edition: £20 (Normally £25), US Edition: £18.72 (Normally £20)

Behind the Mask- Secrets of Hollywood's Monster Makers

By Mark Salisbury and Alan Hedgcock
Dick Smith, Stan Winston, Rick Baker, Bob Bottin, Steve Johnson and their creations. Films greatest monsters from The Exorcist to Jurassic Park. 125 pages, 1994 ISBN: 1-85286-488-5
$22.95 from Make-Up Artist Magazine or $23.95 from Special Effect Supply
Buy it from Amazon.com UK Amazon: £8.79 for paperback  (Normally £11)

The Prop Builder's Molding & Casting Handbook

By Thurston James
A guide to the use of plaster, polyester resins, latex, neoprene, silicone, urethanes, breakaway resins, hot melt, fiberglass, vacuum forming and more in the construction of theater props. 230 pages, Paper, 450 photos, 1989 ISBN: 1-55870-128-1
$19.95 from Special Effect Supply or Make-Up Artist Magazine
Buy it from Amazon.com $15.99 from Amazon! (Normally $20)
Buy it from Amazon.com UK Amazon: £10.69 for paperback  (Normally £14)

Techniques of Three-Dimensional Makeup

By Lee Baygan
The most complete book on makeup prosthetics available. Includes life Masks, three-Piece molds, casting hands, modeling and modeling tools, modeling and casting large pieces, foam latex, teeth, ears, full head casting and more. 180 pages, Paperback, Color Photos, 1988 ISBN: 0-8230-5261-3 Out-of-print!
$22.00 from Make-Up Artist Magazine
Buy it from Amazon.com UK Amazon: £17.99

MEN, MAKEUP AND MONSTERS

By Anthony Timpone
Here youíll find profiles of twelve masters of screen magic, including Dick Smith, Stan Winston, Tom Savini and Rick Baker.
$19.95 from Make-Up Artist Magazine
Buy it from Amazon.com $15.96 from Amazon! (Normally $19.95)
Buy it from Amazon.com UK Amazon: £10.67 for US edition paperback  (Normally £11.05)

Professional Modelmaking

By Norman Trudeau
Promoted as the only up-to-date reference on modelmaking today, with more than 100 new and old materials discussed- including resins, foams, plastics, wood, clay, solvents and adhesives- as well as state-of-the-art techniques, professional tips and tricks of the trade. This is not a book on how to build model airplanes from a kit. This is making models from raw materials. 176 pages, Paperback, Color and B&W Photos throughout, 1995 ISBN: 0-8230-4098-4
$35.00 from Special Effect Supply
Buy it from Amazon.com $28.00 from Amazon! (Normally $35)
Buy it from Amazon.com UK Amazon: £18.72  (Normally £34.50)

The Encyclopedia of Model Making Techniques

By Christopher Payne & P. Quarto

Buy it from Amazon.com $19.99 from Amazon!
Buy it from Amazon.com UK Amazon: £15.99  (Normally £20)

SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS

By Vincent J-R Kehoe
This book concentrates on the genre of horror characters and other special creations (fantasy, sci-fi, etc.), giving tips about materials, techniques, and "tricks of the trade". This focused volume is a scaled-down version of Vincent Kehoe's encyclopedic reference for professional make-up artists. Covers; make-up, special and popular characters, special effects make-up, casting and mold-making and latex appliances. 144 pages, Illus., B&W photos, 1991 ISBN: 240-80099-0
$27.95 from Special Effect Supply
Buy it from Amazon.com $27.96 from Amazon! (Normally $35)
Buy it from Amazon.com UK Amazon: £18.69  (Normally £27.50)

MOLD MAKING AND CASTING GUIDES:

MOLDMAKING GUIDE
CASTING GUIDE
SOURCE GUIDE
BONUS GUIDE

Moldmaking Guide is 63 pages. Casting guide is 77 pages. Source book for 186 sources of 210 materials is 28 pages. There is also a bonus guide with charts and other valuable information. The covers are plain and are stapled together, but they contain the best collection of practical information ever seen in an easy to read format. Covers procedures used extensively in Special Effects and other industries. 4 BOOK SET, 8.5x11", Stapled Photocopies, Illus., 1994
$36.00 from Special Effect Supply

Monster Maker's Mask Maker's Handbook

By Arnold Goldman
a photo-documentary of the step by step process of creating a Halloween-type latex mask, including sculpting, mold-making, casting and painting. A very good place to start if you've never done a mask before. Contains many valuable tips and tricks learned by hard experience. 43 pages, Soft Cover, Color Insert, 1994
$20.00 from Special Effect Supply or Make-Up Artist Magazine

SPECIAL EFFECTS SOURCEBOOK

By Robert E. McCarthy
Lists film commissions, special effects services and suppliers, and pertinent unions worldwide. Sorted by country and state or province, this guide will lead you to the right special effects people and supplies wherever you are working.
$39.95 from Make-Up Artist Magazine
Buy it from Amazon.com $42.95 from Amazon
Buy it from Amazon.com UK Amazon: £25.52  (Normally £37.50)

ROBOT EVOLUTION- The development of anthrorobotics

by Mark E. Rosheim
The history of robotics.
Buy it from Amazon.com $65.95 from Amazon
Buy it from Amazon.comUK Amazon: £44.57  (Normally £70)

FX SOURCE BOOK &
FOAM LATEX OVENS

Gary Bohamís two excellent reference books. The FX Source Book consists of the updated and expanded reference guide from Dick Smithís course. Contains contact for 480+ materials sources sources and companies for special makeup. Foam Latex Ovens provides the information you need to build just about any kind of oven.
FX SOURCE BOOK - 1996/1997 Edition $25.00, FOAM LATEX OVENS Order $29.95.
From Make-Up Artist Magazine

FOAM LATEX SURVIVAL MANUAL &
DONNA DREXLERíS FOAM LATEX 911

In these two indispensable guides, Donna Drexler, one of the make-up industryís premiere foam latex experts, offers beginning and advanced techniques for running great foam latex appliances.
FOAM LATEX SURVIVAL MANUAL (Beginners) $8.95, DONNA DREXLERíS FOAM LATEX 911 (Advanced) $14.95 from Make-Up Artist Magazine

THE ILLUSION OF LIFE: LIFELIKE ROBOTICS

By Gene William Poor, Ph.D.
This is the only book that deals exclusively with the specialized art of Mechanical Animation. Contains dozens of company profiles, bios, contacts and rare photos of the workings of these sophisticated robots. Is not a "How to" type book. 96 pages, 98 Color Photos, 1991 ISBN: 0-88157-000-1
$25.50 from Special Effect Supply

SECRETS of HOLLYWOOD SPECIAL EFFECTS

By Robert E. McCarthy
Excellent "How To" with over 200 illustrations and photos of equipment. Includes snow, smoke, pyro, weapons, chemical effects, flying stunts and more. This volume, published in 1992 is the most up-to-date Special Effects book in print. 185 pages, Illus. B&W photos, Hardcover, 1992 ISBN: 0-240-80108-3
$44.95 from Special Effect Supply
Buy it from Amazon.com $39.96 from Amazon (Normally $47)
Buy it from Amazon.com UK Amazon: £26.71  (Normally £40)

Industrial Light and Magic : The Art of Special Effects

By Thomas G. Smith
Hardcover, 279 pages, Reprint Nov. 1991, 1.39 x 12.36 inches. List price $80.00
Buy it from Amazon.com $56.00 from Amazon! (Normally $80)
Buy it from Amazon.com UK Amazon: £48  (Normally £60)

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