Bobo is Back & the Big Burn

Wynonna Earp S2 Episode 8 No Future in the Past – Wynonna’s time travel vision quest has finally revealed the nature of the special connection between Bobo and Waverly – as show runner Emily Andras says in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:

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Emily Andras

“We always knew that Waverly and Bobo have a special connection, that he was fascinated with her in a way that didn’t exactly scream “healthy admiration.” But now we see that in the past, Bobo has been Waverly’s protector. We really leaned into this story line when we saw the incredible chemistry between Dominique Provost-Chalkley and Michael Eklund.” 

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Michael Eklund

We’re all happy to see Bobo/Michael Eklund back, resurrected during Wynonna’s momentary mini-death. Being “special”, Bobo is the only revenant who could be reborn and as Emily says:  “Bobo is an enigma. He was as much an innocent victim of the curse as the Earps — but when he returned to Earth in demon form, he was one of the most vicious, conniving revenants. He can do whatever he wants… and I can’t wait to see what that is.”  Neither can we…

But time traveling vision quests aside, for us this week’s episode was all about the church burn.  This church does actually exist on the outdoor western town set at CL Ranch nearCL Ranch pic 2 Calgary. It was built for the series Lonesome Dove and has been used in productions like Unforgiven, Legends of the Fall, Hell on Wheels, Heartland and Shanghai Noon.  Each production dresses the town set to suit their art direction and other unique production needs.

Of course we couldn’t burn the actual church because of time and budget constraints so Leo proposed to director Paolo Barzman silhouetting fire against a full scale purpose-built  slat frame replica. Careful preparation and timing on a full building burn is crucial. And when it comes off as perfectly as this did our 021pyro-maniacal SPFX crew is very happy.  On this occasion the Alberta weather was dubious about cooperating and as the days advanced we were not sure if we would be in a dry grass field or under 10 feet of snow so the burn had to be carefully controlled for both safety and environmental reasons. It’s set up like a giant barbeque with propane jets placed in strategic locations in and around the building with the ability to turn off at a moments notice. Being lit for over 8 minutes of shooting we used up near 1000 lbs of propane gas at a very high flow rate. Being a night burn the effect is almost over-whelming. Still once the flames start you have no choice but to run with it and there is only one chance to get it right.   In a very lucky turn of events the fire truck was perfectly situated to reflect all those lovely flames and enhance the effect. Heartlandfire

Leo, Wynonna’s SPFX supervisor and BAI founder is an expert at burns. This is one of our favourite pics of him  – on the job during another burn on CBC’s Heartland. You never have complete control over a fire that big, so many safety precautions are taken to ensure there is no risk to the workers on set.  In this photo Leo is testing the air stream created so that stunt performers can pass easily up the stairs all the while looking like they are in maximum danger.

Baby P 1The party prop Alyssa worked hard to create was the comically cute baby piñata for Wynonna’s baby shower.  We found out quickly that peach is out as a party theme colour so peach coloured tissue paper no longer exists anywhere in North America! Ours was tinted, cut and fringed in our shop.  Gluing tiny rows of tissue by hand is a supremely finicky process, Alyssa’s patience was put to the test on this project.  These days Baby Pinata watches us work in the “fishbowl” our busy admin office. IMG_4242

And it’s not a Bleeding Art blog without a bit of gore – here’s a behind the scenes shot of Shaun Johnston/Juan Carlos and talented SPFX tech Megz Reynolds at the lunch buffet.

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The Crew Behind The Curtain

We’ve had a great time giving you a peek behind the curtain at the special effects and prosthetics for the first season of Syfy’s Wynonna Earp, which wrapped with a cliff-hanging season finale on June 24, 2016. By all accounts from comments by Wynonna and Bleeding Art fans, writing a behind the scenes blog for all 13 episodes, was enjoyed by many, giving people a glimpse into the work that goes on before the cameras roll and the episodes air.

Something like Wynonna Earp is not possible without the hard work and commitment of a great number of very talented people.  As mentioned in last week’s posting (“Mr. Bobo’s Wild Ride aka Things That Go Boom”), we would like to dedicate this blog to the Wynonna Special Effects team who tirelessly worked to bring fantastic images to your screen.

First to thank are Executive Producer/Showrunner Emily Andras, Producer Brian Dennis and Executive Producer Tom Cox who believed in what we could do and gave us the opportunities to push further.

Thanks to the Special Effects team of Wade Maurer, Josiah Buhler, Dominic Smart, Dylan Hobal, Jesse James Weber, Rob Gibney and all the other day players. Huge thanks to Alyssa Moor, Bleeding Art’s head fabricator who gave life to all the prosthetic work and kept the fabrication moving at breakneck speed through the run of the series.

(L to R, Top to Bottom: Dom Smart, Leo Wieser, Rob Gibney, Wade Maurer, Josiah Buhler, Alyssa Moor)

Although we’ve posted this before, we know people like the blood splatter videos so here’s one of the tests – one of the few shots we have of Dylan!

Thanks to the fantastic makeup team of Joanne Jacobsen and Gunther Schetterer for listening to Leo’s crazy ideas and for making such fantastical things work.

Thanks to Nancy who helped on the marketing end with getting these blogs fine-tuned and out there.

And finally to Becky Scott, co-owner of Bleeding Art Industries, for her own behind the scenes work keeping everything together from the office side during both the highest highs and lowest lows.

Well, Wynonna is done for a while, but definitely not forgotten.  A very vocal fan-based campaign to #RenewWynonnaEarp is up and running… and in fact “No Chill Week” – started by @WynonnaFans – began today with four days of sending feedback to SyFy. Have a read below and get tweeting and emailing!

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If you missed any of the episodes or to see them again, Season One of Wynonna Earp is available on iTunes by clicking here.

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