BULSHAR, BABY EARP-HOLLIDAY AND BOBO’S REVENGE

Like most of the rest of Wynonna Earp Season 2, the finale episode was a master class in supernatural drama storytelling. This show took an unexpected, real-life “complication” — the pregnancy of its lead actress — and built its season around it. The bravery, heart, and feminist subversiveness of this show has been written about a lot, especially post-pregnancy reveal, but it bears repeating: Wynonna Earp isn’t just one of the most fun shows on TV; it’s one of the best, full stop. – Katyl Burt, Den of Geek

The final episode of Season 2, “I Hope You Dance”, stretched our ingenuity for character design. We had high hopes that the beginning of Bulshar’s reveal was going to be suitably hideous and we weren’t disappointed.  Our head fabricator Alyssa Moor tells the story of its creation and the shoot that proved an interesting challenge:

Whatever it takes to get the shot…

“The first reveal of Bulshar’s pale hand reaching up through the rocks looked great. But did you wonder where the rest of the actor was?  He was lying underneath the WynonnaEarp_gallery_212Recap_03set – and I don’t mean on the floor of the set – I literally mean underneath the set that was built for the mine. The director was communicating to the actor using a walkie talkie to speak to a member of the crew who was positioned outside the mine closer to the actor. The crew member then relayed the director’s tips on how to move and when to break through the rocks. Everything seems so simple until you realize you need to get six people and two cameras into a 6 foot square space!”

“Bulshar’s hand saw a lot of action this episode. It broke through the rock, was Bulshar's hand sculptlovingly caressed, chopped off, robbed and finally discarded on the floor of the mine. I sculpted, cast and painted this hand 5 times. There was a costume handBulshar's suitably cobwebbed hand that the actor could wear, two breakaway hand/arms, a pre-chopped hand/arm and a post-chop hand. All of them had to be covered in cobwebs, dirt and slime for every take.”

“Of course we can’t leave out the rest of the costume that was attached to that hand: a full silicone suit that fit the actor like a wiggly glove. He had to be fit into a zentai suit first then slid into his silicone suit through a hole in the side of the costume.”

Joanne Jacobsen at work on Bulshar
Joanne Jacobsen and Jason Huras

“It was quite an ordeal to get him in there and then guide him to Makeup Department Head Joanne Jacobsen to glue down the costume around his eyes and make up the small amount of skin that was left showing. Then off to special effects to get covered in cobwebs, dirt and slime.  As you may imagine it was not very comfortable and it was quite warm in the suit so we tried to keep his laps of the set to a minimum. Luckily he got to lie down in a nice padded coffin for his shots. This character was created in a week and a half in our shop, with a final test in our Bleeding Art boardroom of the actor in costume escaping the coffin. Not just another day at the office.”

Who knows what Season 3 will bring and what evil shall develop from this larval form of Sheriff Clootie…

Bulshar (Jason) and Alyssa on set
Jason and Alyssa on set

 

For all of our Calgary fans: If you want to get up close to Bulshar’s costume and other Wynonna goodies, they will be on display at our Bleeding Art Beakerhead event on Friday, September 15.  Tickets are going fast so click here now to book.

Special effects for this episode also included creating the ghostly fog in the mine, the mine cave-in with hand-crafted light weight rocks, Bulshar’s arm chop, theBobo and Doc almost face to face knife in Doc’s hand, Bobo’s torso stakes and more. And baby Alice – when not seen live and close up – was in fact one of our two very realistic silicone babies.

Though this is our last blog for Season 2 we will reveal more next week revisiting this episode and some of the other practical SPFX this season that we didn’t have time or space to cover in our episode blogs. The mine cave-in is an effect that took skill and timing to create – we’ll tell you more next time.

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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.

Wynonna Earp crashes truck through barn door
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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