The ambitious HBO series "Westworld" returned last Sunday to much fanfare. The Robo-Western is about a futuristic wild west theme park where humans can indulge their every whim with the robot hosts there.
"We have the wood chopper from 'Westworld.' Some body parts on the table are for 'Santa Clarita Diet.' We also have a burnt body for the show 'Scandal,'" says Christien Tinsley, CEO of Tinsley Studio, a special effects makeup studio in Burbank. He and his team worked on season 1 of 'Westworld,' and received an Emmy for their make-up artistry.
Tinsley's specialties include prosthetics, fake blood, wigs and tattoos -- just like the abused, lifelike robot parts created by the engineers of "Westworld." Nowadays, the body parts we see in most films are made of silicon. "When I started out in this business, silicon wasn't widely used," says Tinsley. "The silicon-gel technology was primarily used in the medical field for prosthesis, for people with missing noses and ears."
Tinsley also created Aquaman's tattoo suit for "Justice League" and the upcoming Aquaman origin movie. Unlike the temporary tattoos found in dollar stores, these impressions don't wash off or rub off easily.
"I would still use chocolate syrup if we were doing a black and white movie. It has the right viscosity, the right density of color," says Tinsley. "It doesn't matter if it's red. We just need the right effect for the audience. "