Up in Toronto, production on Star Trek: Discovery continues – and actor Jason Isaacs (Capt. Gabriel Lorca) shared a less-than-exciting part of working on a science fiction series: getting a lifecast made in the Discovery makeup department.
A lifecast is a mold used to create accurate sculptures of an actor’s body to allow for preparation and design of prosthetic makeup appliances (think Vulcan ears and Klingon head ridges, or more human things like injuries: swollen bruises, lacerations, etc.) so that once applied to the actors, the prepared appliances both fit well and can be used to create a seamless look on camera.
You can see how lifecast-based molds were used to create Ferengi appliance from Trek artist Gil Mosko in this interview filmed in the mid-1990s:
Since we know Isaac’s Captain Lorca is human – or at least, he looks that way in this week’s new set photo – this lifecast may not be for a regularly-used prosthetic, but our look at his character is limited (so that’s speculation at best).
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On another note, Discovery actor Doug Jones shared a video with fans detailing a need to cancel a convention appearance this weekend, due to an injury on the Star Trek: Discovery set:
— Doug Jones (@actordougjones) June 24, 2017
While his character Lt. Saru may be an alien of action in the 23rd Century, Jones is stuck here in the 21st Century with the rest of us. Heal up soon, Doug!
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