Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Casting The Female Torso|
Actor: David Parvin
Director: Ed McCormick
Genres: Special Interests, Educational
Instructional DVD- Casting the Female Torso...Everything you need to know to cast the nude and clothed torso. Renown sculptor author and teacher David Parvin demonstrates the techniques he uses in his 5-day workshops to ... more »
Doesn't teach you much - except to save your $$$
S. Watkins | Bay Area, CA | 01/06/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I've wanted to learn to body cast for years now, so much so that I bought the kits and the video...
Well, the video is a huge disappointment and should be avoided. Done in 2004, the audio is over modulated and nearly unlistenable unless the volume is very low. However that may not be a big deal since David Parvin (the instructor) is not very good at conveying much necessary informative details that might be important to the viewers. I've watched this DVD over and over, hoping that I've missed something or that magically he'll be able to answer even the most basic of questions through the TV screen. I haven't - and he can't!
It's time to make an update on this video - I'd be glad to help shoot/produce it.
Until that happens, do what I'll do: Find a workshop in your area that's available so that you can actually learn something."
$60 Could Have Been Better Spent
Gunnar T. Sharp | Portland, Oregon | 12/13/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I bought both "How to Create an Artistic Face Casting" and "Casting the Female Torso" DVD's, and I have buyer's regret. I won't call them a rip-off, but they are overpriced. Each DVD could be condensed to about 4 minutes of information. The rest is fluff.
The DVD's do not go beyond basics. How to do a full body cast, for instance, is not hinted at. Or how to cast a round body part, such as an arm.
If both DVD's were combined into one and sold for $15, they would be a good deal.
As it is, unless you're trying to spend money, you might do better with another video or a library book.
I do wonder if the $30-dollar price tag isn't a result of small-press distribution costs and the makers of these videos aren't earnest in their desire to share what they know, but currently the videos are not informational enough to justify the cost.
I've now spent $60 on both these videos to learn body casting and I'm really not much further along than I was before the videos."
Don't be fooled - not an instructional video
Boris | Ottawa, Canada | 11/11/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The editorial review and author's description is misleading, you will have a hard time learning the techniques shown in the video. Almost no step-by-step instructions in the video, the video is a recording of a modelling session. As the artist himself states in the video, he uses this video to lay rest any concerns a model may have before a session.
If you're very observant you may pick up a thing or two that may help you with your female torso castings."