Not Our First Demon Rodeo – So Bite Me!

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Wynonna Earp Season 2 Episode 10 “I See a Darkness” was all about saving Nicole, but the price Waverly paid was brutal. The widow bite that started it all worked for us as the bleeding wound was a great cameo for our  Bleeding Art blood that oozes on cue every time. For the series we use a custom blended variation of our popular liquid blood.

We have to agree with Della Harrington from Den of Geek who says Sheriff Nedley stole the show – Nedley’s delightfully sassy torture banter reminded me of the episode “War Stories” from Firefly. Every line he had was a showstopper, but one of the best had to be, “do you think this is my first Demon rodeo? Did you know we had an actual demon rodeo?” Congrats to Make-up Department Head Joanne Jacobsen and assistant Gunther Schetterer for the very realistic beating make-up on Sheriff Nedley.

If you’re in Calgary for the Calgary International Film Festival this fall, there is a Wynonna Earp Q&A panel on September 30th which includes actor Greg Lawson who plays Sheriff Nedley. See below for more info and how to buy tickets at the end of this blog.

Wynonna Earp crashes truck through barn door
This photo is a digital composite to create the illusion of the stunt double being hit by the truck.

Wynonna crashing the truck through the barn door to save “my Nedley” was one of our favourite effects.  Here’s a video showing the crash from the other side of the barn door, driven by Andrea, Melanie’s stunt double.  When the crash happens the actual impact of the truck on the sister/wife witch isn’t shown but the stunt double is wired for the impact pull back and the timing of the cuts gives the illusion that you do see the truck hit the witch.  Your brain fills in the visual blanks. Clever.

When Hannibal Mask (in process)for Clooty widow MercedesMercedes is finally captured we were pleased to see the detail in her Hannibal Mask for sister/wife widow MercedesHannibal Lector mask. We fabricated this piece from urethane resin on a standard mold. The inside was padded for the actor’s comfort and the straps were made from a leather dog collar kit. We also made 3 leather mouth guards so the needle could pierce into a clean piece for each take.

It will be very interesting to see the Purgatory universe reveal in episode 11, the horrifying result of the iron witch’s genie-trophy revenge wish! Doc and Wynonna’s disappearance and Jeremy and Waverly’s wedding plans give us a weirdly scary hint of what to expect next.

Calamity Jane KittyA big shout out to our favourite ginger feline Calamity Jane (we’re all cat lovers here). Her cat-in-the-headlights look when Doc and Wynonna whipped open the closet door was the perfect kitty response. Word on the set is that – like Daniel Day Lewis – Calamity Jane lives her character for the entire shoot…no practical SPFX required.



Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) is hosting a Wynonna Earp panel on Sept 30 at 2 pm. Panel guests include Show Runner Emily Andras, producer and writer Jordy Randall and cast members Melanie Scrofano (Wynonna Earp), Tim Rozon (Doc Holliday), Katherine Barrell (Officer Haught) and Greg Lawson (Sheriff Nedley) . Click here for tickets.

And, if you’re in Calgary two weeks before, check out our behind the scenes Beakerhead event on Friday, September 15th. You’ll get up close and personal with the autopsy suit from Season 1 as well as a lot of other interesting and intriguing animatronics, special effects, and scary test dolls. Click on the link above to order tickets online.

Hmmm, with both Beakerhead and CIFF going on, maybe you out of towners should just book a two week holiday and head to Calgary!

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 @, our Twisted Tales universe @, and our products @

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