Photos: The magic of Misawa’s moulage team
Stars and Stripes August 13, 2006
In preparation for the annual Misawa Air Festival in September, American and Japanese military personnel at Misawa Air Base, Japan, took part in a mandatory exercise on Aug. 10 that simulated the aftermath of an F-2 crash at an air show. To help 100 mock victims look the part, Misawa turned to its moulage team, which is charged with using makeup and prosthetics to make the victim’s injuries look as realistic as possible. To learn more about Misawa’s moulage team, read Jennifer Svan’s accompanying story: Misawa’s moulage artists make the gore look real.
Airman Augustine Godinet, spattered in fake blood, screams in pain while Japan Air Self-Defense Force fighters try to lift him during an exercise Thursday at Misawa Air Base to practice disaster response for next months bilateral air show. The 35th Fighter Wings military moulage team created Godinet’s realistic injuries, including tucking his leg into his shorts and attaching a bloody stump to his knee. The team is tasked with making volunteer victims look hurt so the exercise is more realistic and taken more seriously.
Airman 1st Class Ryan O’Gar, a Misawa Air Base firefighter, carries a victim with a bloodied leg during a base exercise Thursday.
Some of the props in the moulage teams kit include a prosthetic foot and raw meat. The team laid the foot with meat on the tarmac during a base exercise Thursday and doused it with fake blood.
Senior Master Sgt. Jere Brewer, moulage team chief and 35th Medical Group medical operations superintendent, puts the very gory finishing touches on a gaping leg wound prior to Thursday’s disaster response exercise.
Staff Sgt. Rona Famorcan played a burn victim in Thursday’s disaster response exercise at Misawa Air Base. Senior Airman Matthew Hopper, a structures civil engineer who moonlights as a moulage artist, finishes painting burns on Famorcan’s arms prior to the exercise.
The moulage team’s kit contains an array of costume make-up, skin adhesive, bone prosthetic and flesh-colored putty. It even has condoms, to create the illusion, along with cotton balls, fake blood, cardboard and tape, of intestines protruding from the abdomen.
Fake blood, flesh-colored putty and skin adhesive all go into creating the illusion of this Japanese volunteer’s head injury: A piece of debris impaled in his forehead.
Tech. Sgt. Polly Miller, a dental laboratory craftsman and military moulage artist, paints burns onto the face of a Japanese volunteer before Thursday’s disaster response exercise at Misawa Air Base, Japan.