In Wynonna Earp Episode 9 “Forever Mine Nevermind”, Wynonna’s nesting instinct is more combative than cozy – whether she is hitting Home Sense for colour coordinated cushions or not. This episode was action packed and we were kept busy with several major SPFX projects needing completion in record time.
Starting with the knife in the eye of the shopkeeper…..After some serious apprehension about making a knife-in-the-eye prosthetic, it worked out well with the golden dragon hilt gleaming amongst the bloody mess of the shopkeeper’s ruined eye. The knife was made hollow and light and attached to a plastic eye cup to protect the eye, then a gelatin appliance was applied over that cup and made up to be a bloody mess.
For the burned cadaver we initially thought we could use a burned body that we had in stock (yes our stock room is full of interesting and unusual objects). When that proved unworkable we quickly changed direction and made a new one in two days using a zentai suit, expanding foam, part of a skeleton, latex and some hands and feet we had available. The result was a disgusting looking burnt corpse that revolted everyone who saw it. Success!
The creepy dolls both small and human sized were an interesting challenge. There was a lot of discussion about whether dolls were scary or not and if they were, what made them so. The vote was split down the middle, so our job was to guarantee a high creep factor on these dollies. Big doll had a custom face mask and fitted silicone gloves with wig and costume completing it. Small doll was made to match using a vintage doll as the body and building a new head. Both costumes were made by the costume department. Plaster shattering extra pieces were made to break on the floor and (should it be required) broken on screen as a VFX element. In the end the broken elements were not used except as dressing for the aftermath.
Jeremy’s witch vapour guard was a silicone piece cast from a mold of his face to ensure a good fit. This was a simple peel away element that the makeup team of Joanne and Gunther wrangled on the day to great effect. The charred witch’s head was the burned original from a previous episode, carefully made from non-toxic materials for everyone’s safety during the burn.
The burning painting was real – we fired up several paintings to get the right effect. Watch our You Tube channel for upcoming test videos. Lots of extra paintings were issued by the art department for us to test. In the end, a nichrome heating wire was used and wrapped around yellow fireworks star material. The outside of the frame was saturated with accelerant so that once the burn broke through the rear, the painting itself would seemingly combust. It was done in one take (although Leo wanted to do more).
The spark hits for the gun shots to the big doll’s body were different as no blood would be present post hit. The idea was that the bullet would be hitting porcelain and make a small spark on the hit. But they looked great – it’s always interesting creating a realistic visual for a supernatural concept.
And lastly, the Stone Witch’s stone/blood knife was constructed so that when the hilt was squeezed, blood would come out of the reservoir in the hilt and through the holes drilled into the blade of the knife to simulate a realistic bleed from a cut wrist. Again the tests looked great and will be posted at a later date.
Will be fun to see what happens in the next episode with the cliffhanger ending of Nicole opening the door to the widow. In Entertainment Weekly Emily Andras says:
“I almost can’t even talk about it. Brace yourselves — but put your faith in love.”
Season 2 of Wynonna Earp airs on Space and Syfy on Friday nights 10 pm ET, 8 pm MT. It is also available on iTunes. At Bleeding Art Industries, WE CREATE COOL. Check out our work @ www.bleedingartindustries.com, our Twisted Tales universe @ www.twistedstories.com, and our products @ www.shopbleedingart.com.
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