Crank up the Creepy Factor

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 seriousAntique prop knife 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.

Fake burned corpseFor 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 Creepy doll #2interesting 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. Stone witch prop knife

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.”

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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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Whiskey Lullaby or Who’s Your Daddy?

Season 2 Episode 6 – Keeping the actors and crew safe from contact with toxic materials and harmful fumes and smoke during explosions and fires is always our goal. Wynonna’s surprise pregnancy was born of necessity when Melanie Scrofano delivered her happy news to show runner Emily Andras*, so from the start of theWynonna Earp Stone Witch mummy head season the use of non-toxic materials became a top priority. In episode 6, Whiskey Lullaby, there was one specific prop that we spent hours on – the dehydrated head of the stone witch Constance Clooty. Much care was taken to source non-toxic materials for its fabrication.  We started with a plaster skull, added the face molded from paper flour and white glue then applied an acrylic paint finish and cheesecloth hair.  This pic shows the detail of the piece, hauntingly creepy.

Most of our on-set time was spent creating the sleeping ghost town atmosphere. Theatrical fog machines were used strategically to create the gray stillness both inside and outside as well as the reflective haze in the night scene that starts the episode.

Our effects can also be seen when Wynonna boots down the Clockmaker’s mansion door with one well-placed kick. We had carefully set up breakaway hinges on the door and wired it so we could control the movement. It worked well when it flew apart right on cue and we got the shot in one take.

Occasionally we like to return to a previous episode to do a bit of a show and tell on an effect that for various reasons didn’t make it to screen. The original script for Wynonna Earp Season 2 Episode 1 guard faceepisode 1 ended with the widows ripping a security guard’s faceWynonna Earp Season 2 Episode 1 ripped off face inside off and throwing it against a wall. We cast the actor’s face, made a skin from the mold and dressed it with our special BAI slime and blood.  Shooting the scene presented new challenges to exactly replicate the Director’s vision.  Here’s a behind the scenes video of our set technician Keifer having fun testing the face splat and stick; a really good dose of gore we think. You’ll want to watch this video to the very end. It would’ve been interesting to see it incorporated into the episode.

Episode 6’s time-warp sleep-curse plot line fast-forwards Wynonna’s pregnancy by a month or so. There’s no hiding it now and for better or worse Doc and Dolls seem to have revealed their relative responses. Should be interesting to see how this all unfolds in the coming episodes.

*This Variety interview with Emily and Melanie explores what happened when Melanie delivered the news and it was shared with NBC exec’s and the production staff;  http://variety.com/2017/tv/features/wynonna-earp-emily-andras-melanie-scrofano-news-exclusive-1202476757/

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