Not Our First Demon Rodeo – So Bite Me!

Bleeding Art Industries bloods

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.

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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.

 

CIFF GOES WYNONNA

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 @ www.bleedingartindustries.com, our Twisted Tales universe @ www.twistedstories.com, and our products @ www.shopbleedingart.com.

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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.

13.If you’ve read this far here’s a special thank you for checking out our blog. Use this code: behindthescenes and receive 10% off your next Bleeding Art online purchase by going to shopbleedingart.com.

HAPPY MID-SUMMER EVERYBODY!

 

“Out out damned spot!” – Lady MacBeth or You don’t need an ocean to wash your hands clean of BAI Blood

As you can imagine given the name of our company, we think about blood a lot. After a number of years making blood for a wide variety of applications – for wolves and bears, newborn screening simulations, opera, films, theatre, performance art, military training and more – we’d like to share a thing or two we have learned.King Lear 305 - captions Theatre Calgary March 2015

Having worked actively in the film and theatre industries for over twenty years we’ve tried virtually everything on the market and know what works and what doesn’t work on set or stage. Although there are probably hundreds of types of fake bloods out there, no two are the same, and quality counts (unless of course you like the look of pink skin and stained costumes that can result from using some of the super cheap brands out there). As with all of our projects, we aim for excellence – high quality, cool products that really work, never the cheapest solution so we can make the most money. Our bloods are no exception.

Price aside, there are a few key elements you want to consider when looking at blood: colour, viscosity, opacity, application, delivery and removal systems, and longevity. Let’s briefly take a look at each:

Colour: pretty straightforward right? But what’s the shade or colour of the blood and specifically, what is it being used for such that a certain colour may be required? Is it being seen in HD close up on film or is it on a stage 100 feet from the audience? Is it for a fresh sucking lung wound or an old dead body? How does the colour of the lighting and the surroundings affect the visual presence?

Viscosity: how thick or thin is it? This is where the application method should be considered – are you using it to pump through an apparatus so it needs to be fairly thin or are you wanting something thick that can be smeared on and not drip?  Has the blood begun to separate from the plasma?

Opacity: how much light comes through the blood? This may or may not be an issue depending how it is being used.bloody hands

Delivery and Application: how is the blood being delivered or applied? Is it going into capsules to be bitten on by a performer or is it going onto clothing or being applied by a make-up artist? Is it going on an animal and if so what factors are being considered so as not to harm the animal nor have it ingest the blood via licking?

Removal System: how is it being removed? The clean up or removal process can be a critical component when using blood. If it is not removed properly it can result in staining or other issues.

Longevity: what’s the shelf life? Is it being used right away?

In order to address some of the different requirements noted above, we make a variety of colours and types of blood as follows:

Fresh: as a stock blood this product is colour matched to how a real fresh blood (say from a nose bleed or finger cut) would look when soaked into fabric. It has a significant orange component with yellow undertones which is a perfect match to the real thing, but not so much to look garish. It is similar to stage bloods seen out of UK FX houses. As a pumping blood, this holds up well for cannon effects, ejectors, and pumps. Click here to watch a cool blood splatter test we did for SyFy’s Wynonna Earp. As with our other bloods (see photo below), the wash-ability is exceptional. This blood dries very, very slowly and was developed for maximum splatter. We perfected this for Evil Dead: The Musical in which the audience was covered in our gooey redness. Many a night this simulated blood product fooled our finest officers and EMT’s as they visited the theatre with panicked expressions looking for the source of the bloodbath.

Regular: a deeper red than fresh with orange undertones.

Aged: darker with brown undertones; great for use as blood that’s not fresh.

Mouth: specifically made for shots or live performances in which blood is to be used safely in the mouth. Our mouth blood tastes sweet like candy.

Blood Jam: our blood jam is one of our most popular products….it’s just like jam only you don’t eat it! It is great to have on hand when you don’t want the blood to drip and you want the blood to look realistic.

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The Making Of… We create our bloods in a controlled manufacturing space, not in our garage, nor the back alley behind the shop. We use food grade products, all equipment and bottles are properly sterilized, and we adhere to federal labeling regulations, showing both instructions for use and ingredients.

Everything is recorded by batch lot so we’re able to track and trace any product leaving our store as well. We also custom manufacture bloods for clients who are looking for something specific that we may not normally make or carry. We’ve made bear blood that the bear doesn’t lick off and blood that simulates the droplets resulting from the prick of a baby’s heel when being tested at birth, to a custom blood for evil non-humans.

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Although we always encourage testing of our bloods in the environment they’re to be used in or on, our latest tests show that all of our liquid bloods and jam wash out completely, a great asset for virtually any application.

In the image above, you can see how our bloods looked when first applied, the next day, when washed in warm water, then warm water and detergent. All clean!

We always carefully consider not only what goes in our products but what the packaging and labelling looks like as well. In line with our values as a producer of small batches of quality products that support other local businesses and artists, we worked with Calgary-based graphic illustrator and musician Tom Bagley on the design of our blood labels.

TomBagley blood label sketch

Above is an early sketch of the proposed blood labels created in Tom’s inimitable bold and fun style, as well as a finished label below for our mouth blood. As one of our preeminent users of our mouth blood, we got the OK from the multi-talented Visha Loo to use her likeness on our mouth blood label.

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For more information on how to best apply our bloods click here to see one of our demo videos showing how our liquid and blood jams can be used to create facial and neck wounds.

Yes, we believe our blood is the best in the business – and you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for it. Our bloods have been used around the world from Alice Springs,  Australia to China, New York, and L.A.

We invite you to use any of our blood products and quickly discover why they are so popular. Click here to browse our blood products on our online store. Watch our Facebook and other social media channels this Thursday when we announce a brand new distributor of our bloods and other Bleeding Art products!

Thanks for reading this week’s blog and as always, your comments and feedback are welcome.