Bleeding Art at Beakerhead – CREATING COOL

After watching Beakerhead – “a smash-up of science, art and  engineering” – grow over the past few years into one of Calgary’s coolest events, we’re thrilled to be partnering with them for a smash up event of our own on Friday, September 16th.  We’re asked for tours of our shop on a regular basis so we thought why not open the door to our inner sanctum for a fun evening? As Beakerhead organizers say, “when you throw open the doors to science and engineering through a welcoming world of art and entertainment, a lot can happen.” Tickets are now officially on sale. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.

CREATING COOL will be a truly unique experience. As the fog rolls in and the mini indoor snowstorm descends you’ll take a self-guided tour of our own little shop of special effects.  There will be film screenings – featuring Bleeding Art’s award winning stop motion motion animated shorts – Skeleton Girl and The River.SONY DSC

Watch Gunther Schetterer, 1st Assistant Makeup on season one of Wynonna Earp guide talented NUMA make-up students as they provide free special effects make-up demos, featuring you as the model!  How about a bullet hole or zombie face to complete your Beakerhead outfit?


And speaking of dressing the part – all cos-players and steam punkers are invited to wear their very best costume – there will be some super fun photo opps – including taking a pic with a scary film prop or beside a unique antique 1917 Hit and Miss gas/kerosene engine. Click here for fun youtube engine 

One spectacle not to be missed but not for the faint of heart will be a demonstration of the live autopsy suit we made for Syfy’s Wynonna Earp.  This exhibit alone convinced us 14+ was the right age limit for CREATING COOL.  Adults and older teens will have a great time. LW on set horiz format

We’re also happy to host funky foodie Popculture’s custom made theme popsicles and more yummy snacks from Devour Catering for you to munch on.

There is more to tell but we don’t want to give it all away, surprises are always fun…

Attendance is limited to 100 people so don’t delay – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.



13 Fun Facts from Behind the Scenes @ Bleeding Art

1.We sell over 120 gallons of fake blood annually. In comparison, our biggest blood project was when we whipped up 400 gallons for Evil Dead: The Musical.

2.Company co-owner Leo Wieser and head fabricator Alyssa Moor went on a field trip up north to observe rescued grizzly cubs for a client project. Next time they do something this much fun all of us in the office want to go too! This will become the subject of a future blog so watch for it.

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Cute little grizzly cubs, but not for long…check out those claws!

3.When the Bloody Lucky Worksafe Alberta videos were first created, our special effects make-up and prosthetics were too realistic for a government official who complained that they shouldn’t be aired because they were too gory.  Yes, real life work injuries can be as graphic as they come.

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Actor Sarah Troyer give us the thumbs up to signal she is OK during the casting of her head for Wynonna Earp.

4.Casting an actor’s head for a decapitation scene can take several hours, requiring an actor to stay as still as possible. Sometimes they fall asleep as it can be very relaxing (or occasionally claustrophobic!).

5.Our 3 minute, 6 second stop motion animation The River to the Arrogant Worms song River of Snot took 1500 person hours or 9 months to make and shoot from start to finish. That’s almost 1 second per day.

6.We’re pretty pumped to be partnering with this year’s Beakerhead event – a smash-up of art, science, and engineering. Tickets are going on sale very soon for our event on Friday Sept 16th. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to go behind the scenes to see how we create cool by combining art, science and engineering in many of the things we do.

7.The “dead Becky head” (the head cast we have in the shop from the very much alive BAI co-owner Becky Scott) and likeness have shown up in lots of things from the barber in Wynonna Earp to a hanging body in an opera. It also seems to have been used as a muse in a few other sculpts from a ship’s figurehead to Millicent from Skeleton Girl. Who knew one person’s head could be so versatile?

8.Speaking of Skeleton Girl, our 3D stop motion animation was Canada’s very first stereoscopic 3D stop motion animated film. It also won Best First 3D Film at its premiere in New York, toured to twelve film festivals around the world, and was selected as one of the top short films in Canada in 2013.

9.We supply animal friendly blood to Andrew Simpson of Wolves Unleashed who also providedandrew1 the live wolves used in the Game of Thrones shoot here in Alberta.

10.Istvan Houndslow, one of our puppets, has his own Twitter feed (@IstvansTravels). In fact, Istvan visited Manitoba last weekend to partake in Harvesting Hope: a World Record to Help the Hungry, although he appears to have made a detour below to look at some classic cars. He also likes to visit the set of Heartland, and apparently people’s hats (Kerry James who plays Caleb pictured here).

11.Very few people know this but when Leo chose to use the word “Bleeding” in our company name, it actually had nothing to do with blood. It was a reflection of funding cuts to the arts at the time and artists “bleeding” for their art.

12.If you want to blow something up on a film shoot in Calgary you need a federally certified Pyrotechnician.  We are one of the authorized instructors for your beginners level certificate. Click here for cool pyro video.

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