Hands Down & Faces Off

Wynonna Earp Season 2 Episode 4 “She Ain’t Right” was chock full of practical special effects from dismembered and demonically bionic hands to pyro, haze & ripped off faces.

In the first scene the severed hand was a silicone prosthetic. We havePURPLE HAND 2 extensive experience with this type of project. Casting the actor’s hand is the beginning of the process with skin colour matching and the arm hair individually punched into the silicone with a needle.

The incredibly realistic fake hand.

Dominique Chalkey-Provost came to our shop to have her hand and arm cast and it was one of our fabricator Alyssa’s favourite hand casts. Matching the nail polish colour was super fun for Alyssa as previously all the hand prosthetics she had made were polish free males. Dominique tweeted about her visit as she was leaving that day, though at the time she couldn’t include the reason she was there!

Jaxon’s demonic/bionic knife-hand was hands down the strangest prosthetic Alyssa had ever made in 13 years of prop027 making. It was sculpted from plexi-glass and apoxie and painted to look like bone. There was also a silicone demon hand and Velcro wrist attachment to complete the effect. Plexi-glass worked perfectly and was a much safer choice for action shots than metal.

Jaxon’s knife in the back through the chest apparatus was originally going to go into Jaxon’s eye but then was changed to neck and then to chest. When an actor has to perform with an appliance on, safety 029is the ultimate concern. Even prop knifes can do damage if they are mistreated. The risk was too great for the first two locations. Choosing the chest allowed Billy MacLellan to see with both eyes, he was able to turn his neck and have use of both of his arms making it much easier to act freely.

We also did a lot of pyro in this episode – with Wynonna’s parka bursting into flames and Jaxon’s “smoking jacket”, an after effect of being flame broiled by fire breathing lizard-man Dolls. All the gun play demanded a huge number of carefully choreographed squibs – the device used to simulate bullet hits in an action shot.

But what’s a Wynonna episode without some graphic gore? – the sisters’ ripped off FACE OFF 2faces effect started with non-molded, silicone sculpted, individual masks for Beth and Mercedes. The effect of the clear mask we usedFACE OFF 1 in Episode 2 was so disturbing we decided to try it again. This time we went for a look inspired by the underlying muscles of the face while adding a bit of a supernatural effect (and lots of Bleeding Art Blood Jam) to the final product. After they filmed this shot we received many compliments from the cast and crew, we were thrilled to hear that they looked “really really gross”. Yes for us this is a great compliment.

docs labWe can’t close this blog without saying how much we enjoyed working with Ken Wills and his props team to help create Doc’s DIY laboratory bubbling and steaming away in Shorty’s basement.

Agent Dolls


Oh and yes we’re all very happy that Agent Dolls has returned!


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.

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The River is released in all its snotty glory

Yes, our latest 3D stop motion animation called “The River” is now available for your viewing pleasure (well, the 2D version is; we’ll keep you posted on the 3D).

Timeline to how this deranged event happened:

March 2014: The Arrogant Worms (Chris Patterson, Trevor Strong, and Mike McCormick) hesitantly respond to Leo’s invitation to visit the Bleeding Art Industries studio. They make it out alive. Leo’s not really the stalker fan they were suspecting he might be. Trevor gives Leo signed copies of his book “Very Grimm Fairy Tales” as a token of dark comic kinship. Leo takes a picture of them with Istvan, the puppet dog and celebrity hound from Bleeding Art’s upcoming film Mary and The Looking Glass.

The Worms at BAI Shop Mar 2014
March 2014

Leo tortures his staff with his visions and interpretations of the Worms album, SPACE. There are so many great songs, ripe for animating…like Vance the Vegetarian Zombie or When Canada Rules the World. But, like the Worms themselves, who are masters at taking the mundane, day to day things we all experience as human beings and turning them into brilliant sing-able ditties, we decided to take a song about having a cold – their soon to be classic River of Snot – and turn it into a visual cornucopia of drippy-nosed whimsy. Now, a year of River of Snot running through our brains 24/7, and what was supposed to be a quick and fun shoot, turns into…

April 2015: A year has passed and 1500 hours of talking different ideas, hearing the sounds of River of Snot reverberate repeatedly throughout the building, building props, and moving Mike’s head around (no, this isn’t The Exorcist version), manipulating little Trevor and Chris gobs in kayaks, have taken place. The River is ready to be unleashed upon the unsuspecting masses. Bleeding Art unlists its phone number and decamps from its location on the eastern side of Calgary. People – will – never – be – the – same – again. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

March 2015
March 2015

Thanks Mike for writing the song and to the three of you for giving us carte blanche to play with it. The Arrogant Worms. They’re a Canadian treasure. Hopefully not like the cursed treasure in that pirate-y movie, but that good kind of treasure like Gordon Lightfoot or Celine Dion.

Hope you all enjoy it. And if you do, let us know….and spread the word. You’ll never think of a cold the same way again. “There’s a river of snot running out of my nose….”

Here it is.

From all of us at Bleeding Art Industries

PS. We’ll keep you posted on the 3D release. It’s really good….in your face you might say, and we’re hoping to be able to show it on the big screen where you can better appreciate Mike’s nose and the streaming river.

PPS. We are also selling props from the animation so you can own your very own piece of The River movie memorabilia. Except for the animated Worms in the credits, they’re not for sale. We think they’re pretty darn cute and we want to keep them around for a while.