The Filipino insurrectos all appear to have close-cut hair in the photos- probably a precaution against head-lice when living out in the bush. Some of the village men have longer hair.
In the case of Raul Morit, playing Chief, he is supposed to be a Macabebe, who wore their hair long. We’ll keep it long throughout, even after he has a US uniform on, so the audience can identify him easier.
Women tended to tied their hair back very simply, and much is written about the shine from treating it with coconut oil. Even the little girls in photos mostly have theirs tied back.
In sc. 4 Rafael, Joel Torre’s character, is hit in the face with a rifle butt. We’ll need to do a special make-up for this, if fact four different looks as the wound progresses (after the fourth day there is a gap of several weeks in the story, so he should be completely healed when we see him again. Once the schedule is locked I’ll send you a breakdown of these scenes- Day One Wound, Day Two Wound, Day Three Wound and Day Four Wound (the first appearance is on shooting day 3, so you’ll have some time to practice) and when they appear.
The other special make-up is the scene where we see the Chinese workers who have been killed with bolos. We’ll set the camera angle first (so you don’t have to do every side of every worker) then give you some time with them while we shoot other angles.
(below are some period photographs that should be useful)
Army baseball team, Manila, 1900.
High-ranking American officers. Col. Hardacre is almost a General.
Spanish friars of the Dominican Order, ca 1875-1880
Men on right are Augustinians, like Padre Hidalgo. Hair fairly short but no tonsure.
1896 or 1897: Spanish soldiers with captured Filipino insurrectos
Spanish army officers
Little girls’ hair is usually seen tied back.
Chinese coolies in rear left. Very few appear with their queues still on-
mostly very closely cut hair.
The man on the right has a queue but wears it coiled on top of his head- not visible under a hat.
Coolies in foreground.
Mostly we see them in hats.