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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Demons Exorcised

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Ronnie head being prepped for shoot.

In Wynonna Earp Season 2 Episode 5 “Let’s Pretend We’re Strangers” the Wardens dispatching of Ronnie was very well done by all involved. In keeping with our environmentally sensitive company policy we re-used and recycled too. Ronnie (Joel Cochrane) had his head cast at Bleeding Art many years ago for a theatre production.  Using the original mold we cast a new head and dressed it to match present day Joel.  What you didn’t see was the gout of blood that poured out of the neck through a custom designed tube and pump system.  Our on-set technician Keifer Dallison worked hard to create it and made sure it functioned effectively when the cameras rolled.  Click here to read Keifer’s first hand detailed account of the on-set realities of the decapitation scene: Wynonna Earp Season 2 Episode 5 SPFX Behind the Scenes on a Demon Decapitation

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Ratty had a stunt double for his Wynonna and Waverly blender scene.

The bloody ratty blender scene was, for some of us, gorier to watch than the Ronnie decap. The rat was lovingly crafted by Alyssa,sculpted in oil based clay and then cast in silicone. He wasn’t sacrificed in the scene. Ratty lives happily in our shop, on display and occasionally taken out to play.  He’s so life-like in his furry squidginess you can’t resist poking his tummy like Wynonna did.

But the real  piece de resistance in this episode was Demon Lucado’s exploding head. Here’s a close up shot of the Lucado

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Lucado loses her head under pressure.

dummy post explosion; the clean up on that one was epic! Again we reused a head/neck mold from a previous casting and created the exploded IMG_6052head which was then attached to a dummy with lifelike hands. Alyssa was the hands model, which were made of silicone with matching nailIMG_6049 polish. She also volunteered her pinky as a model for Wynonna’s cut off finger which was not actually seen on screen.

The end of the episode cliffhanger – the positive pregnancy test – was the most surprising plot turn yet – can’t wait to see where this goes!

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*This post is an edited version of what was first posted for Episode 5

Wynonna Earp Season 2, Episode 1: Hala Monster Kicks Off Second Season

Thousands of Wynonna Earp fans were rewarded for their patience on Friday night when Episode 1 of Season 2 (“Steel Bars and Stone Walls”) aired on Space and Syfy. It started right where Season 1 left off – with a bang: the echo of the gunshot fired by Waverly.

Instead of shooting at her beloved sister Wynonna, Waverly shot and killed the female Hala monster, a Bulgarian devourer of souls, one of the scarier creatures we have ever made. Below are a couple of pictures of the head in progress in our shop.

One of the challenges in creating this creature was figuring out a way for the actor, stuntman and MMA fighter Chris Lafantaisie, to see and breathe through an eye-less and nose-less headpiece. Alyssa, our talented head fabricator, made it happen by installing a coloured mesh behind the fleshy front. The VFX team contributed to the look after filming wrapped, and Season 2’s first demonic creature was made.

Hala head and body 121616Stuntman Chris Lafantaisie was impressive when his 6’5” frame was encased in the costume and head piece. His energy level and commitment to the Hala character included breaking through a glass case made of tempered glass that had been rigged with pyrotechnics. Often in film sheets of breakaway glass are used but this was not an option in this situation because of the size of the pane of glass.

Although it was brief, we loved the look of the tentacle egg that Waverly walked up to in the lab. As part of the construction of the glow in the dark egg, a pneumatic piston and airline were inserted to animate the creature in the egg. It was a great effect in the actual episode with the piston pushing the tentacles up and the airline making them move.

Wynonna Earp Season 2 tentacle egg
We had fun playing with our mini crew dude and the egg before it left the shop.

And lastly, the episode wrapped up with what everyone loves – and that’s a big bang of pyro. Doc’s dynamite is tickled by an unknown hand and – kaboom!

Episode 1 was jam-packed with action, launching the new season with explosions and monsters.  Follow our weekly blog for behind the scenes Practical SPFX and Prosthetics from each episode. Our next blog will be posted the week after Episode 2 “Shed Your Skin” airs on June 16.

Season 2 of Wynonna Earp airs on Space and Syfy on Friday nights 10 pm ET, 7 pm PT. It is also available on iTunes.

 

 

 

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Wynonna Earp Season 1 Episode 3 – Give Us A Hand

As anyone who works on a film or TV series knows, what is fabricated or shot for an episode or scene is not necessarily what the viewing audience is going to see once the piece airs. It could disappear when the scene is edited, be shot differently from what was in the script, or the entire scene could be cut. It can be tough to put hours of work into something only to see it not included in the finished product, but that’s just the way it goes, unless you’re working on something that’s being shot in real time.

Early in Episode 3 of Wynonna Earp (“Leavin’ On Your Mind” now available on iTunes – see link below), there was an excellent example of the above situation – when a man’s hand is chopped off.

This scene was originally intended to be much more graphic than what was shot and aired. The actual cutting off of the hand was to be seen. If you caught the episode, you might remember this scene was shot from a distance and at an angle from above – as though from a security camera – and the way the actors were positioned, you could not see the sawing of the hand. To further minimize the graphically gruesome visuals and to reflect what a somewhat grainy security camera might show, it was aired in black and white.

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As the pictures here attest, the hand and arm were created to look very realistic in keeping with the plan to show a close up view of the hand being sawed off, with bones, ligaments etc. showing from either end. Although we pride ourselves on the realistic look of our prosthetics, we recognize that for various reasons, they won’t necessarily end up in the final cut of the episode. We know there are countless examples of this happening in other films and TV series.  We’d love to hear your story, if you’ve experienced a similar situation or know of an interesting prosthetic or effect being built that didn’t screen in the final airing.  It would be fun to include the best story in a future blog – so stay tuned.

Wynonna Earp airs on the Syfy Channel on Fridays at 10 pm and is live streamed on CHCH TV’s website in Canada on Friday nights at 10 pm EST, 8 pm MST and Monday nights at 9 pm EST, 7 pm MST.

The first three episodes and other features are also available by clicking here on  iTunes.

 

 

 

Wynonna Earp Season 1 Episode 12 – How to stab someone in the head….pain free

We love practical special effects (we say “practical” as people often mix their terminology – visual effects, CG, and physical special effects – three different types of effects), this series of blogs is about – the practical also called “mechanical” special effects and prosthetic special effects, which are headed up by SPFX Supervisor and Bleeding Art Industries founder and co-owner Leo Wieser.

As part of the cycle of the Earp curse, our heroine Wynonna sends the bad guys – revenants – back to hell, but in this episode one of the revenants seems to return… but wait…it’s actually his even more evil twin brother (courtesy of  talented loca actor Josh Bertwistle). We were able to add to our growing list of practical effects and gruesome illusions – the most prominent being the Bowie Knife to the head. As a base to the illusion, we used the old arrow through the head trick with this prop, with the hilt of the knife on a wire that clipped into Josh’s hair.

knife in teeth   knife in head

That was the easy part; to make it look like the tip came through his mouth was a bit more difficult. We had to make a set of upper and lower false teeth that were broken looking, that had the knife coming through them, that fit to the actor’s real teeth and had a blood tube attached to the back of them. Everyone on set had to be on board to make this type of illusion work as it has to be shot from the right angle to make it convincing, the actor has to know how to hold his head the right way and how much blood to drool out when the SPFX team starts pumping blood through the mouth piece. All of these criteria were taken care of and the character met his demise in a unique yet gruesome way.

This character also has rather extensive facial burns from previous evil experiments which were created by Bleeding Art out of silicone and skillfully applied by makeup department head Joanne Jacobsen and her assistant Gunther Schetterer on set.

037In this picture, Bleeding Art’s Alyssa Moor is working on an early idea for the face ripping off sequence.  In this concept the skin flap would be loosely placed over the actor’s face on top of a skull plate mounted  beneath. It was at this point that we found our director was sensitive to gore and the prosthetic was scaled back to a more realistic and perhaps more disturbing version of what was shot.

As for mechanical special effects in this episode…wow….there was a whole street of fog (see our previous posting, “The Blog on Fog” for more info on that effect), a blood explosion inside what we called the “box of doom”, Cryderman’s exploding blood head (complete with falling bits) and people everywhere frothing at the mouth.

As a final note, we’d like to give a shout out to Big Rock Beer, whose beer taps can be seen in Shorty’s Saloon on the show. For years Big Rock has been a huge supporter of the arts and entertainment scene here in Calgary and in many places in Canada. They were one of the first craft breweries to exist long before the current multitudes came on the scene.  They started the Eddie Awards (a fundraiser competition for emerging commercial producers to show their work using Big Rock as a theme and with proceeds going to a local not for profit) which have now morphed into a short film festival.

Cryderman bits Big Rock taps

In the interest of full self-disclosure: when Leo and Becky first started Bleeding Art, they very quickly whipped together an ad submission to the Eddies – set to Tom Cruise’s “Mission Impossible” theme music – created and shot in less than 2 weeks before the deadline and managed to get into the top Eddies being screened. And Becky really likes their beer. Our hats off to Big Rock for their participation in Wynonna Earp and for allowing us to splatter their taps with Cryderman bits. And a second hats off to our good friend David LeReaney who played the part of Cryderman so creepily well.

We’re posting 2 Wynonna blogs this week as the final episode – 13 aired on Space last Saturday.  Season 2 begins next Friday June 9 on Space.  Watch for our blog on the Season 2 opening episode the week of June 11.

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This blog has been edited from when it was first posted in June 2016.

Give Us a Hand

As anyone who works on a film or TV series knows, what is fabricated or shot for an episode or scene is not necessarily what the viewing audience is going to see once the piece airs. It could disappear when the scene is edited, be shot differently from what was in the script, or the entire scene could be cut. It can be tough to put hours of work into something only to see it not included in the finished product, but that’s just the way it goes, unless you’re working on something that’s being shot in real time.

Early in Episode 3 of Wynonna Earp (“Leavin’ On Your Mind” now available on iTunes – see link below), there was an excellent example of the above situation – when a man’s hand is chopped off.

This scene was originally intended to be much more graphic than what was shot and aired. The actual cutting off of the hand was to be seen. If you caught the episode, you might remember this scene was shot from a distance and at an angle from above – as though from a security camera – and the way the actors were positioned, you could not see the sawing of the hand. To further minimize the graphically gruesome visuals and to reflect what a somewhat grainy security camera might show, it was aired in black and white.

IMG_4210  IMG_4197

As the pictures here attest, the hand and arm were created to look very realistic in keeping with the plan to show a close up view of the hand being sawed off, with bones, ligaments etc. showing from either end. Although we pride ourselves on the realistic look of our prosthetics, we recognize that for various reasons, they won’t necessarily end up in the final cut of the episode. We know there are countless examples of this happening in other films and TV series.  We’d love to hear your story, if you’ve experienced a similar situation or know of an interesting prosthetic or effect being built that didn’t screen in the final airing.  It would be fun to include the best story in a future blog – so stay tuned.

Wynonna Earp airs on the Syfy Channel on Fridays at 10 pm and is live streamed on CHCH TV’s website in Canada on Friday nights at 10 pm EST, 8 pm MST and Monday nights at 9 pm EST, 7 pm MST.

The first three episodes and other features are also available by clicking here on  iTunes.

 

 

 

Heartland horse blog Part V

When it comes to delivering a realistic wound, we have to do our research. In this case it was tough. This episode’s plot contained horses that are part of the Tennessee Walking world (if you missed last night’s show – a Tennessee Walker is a breed of gaited horse known for its unique four-beat “running walk” and flashy movement). The horses are being abused and treated horribly to benefit a selfish showman. The horses pasterns (a part of the leg of a horse) are rubbed raw, and caustic materials such as paint thinner and battery acid are applied so it is too uncomfortable for the horse to use pressure to push down with its hooves, resulting in a showy, unnatural walk. They then use weighted straps and chains to chew through the animal’s skin. This type of abuse is soaring. In order to simulate the effect, we had to create various stages of “burning” on the horses legs; the green colour simulates the battery acid mix that is slopped on. The biggest challenge is getting three completely different looks for different scenes in one day. If you’re in Canada, click here to watch the episode.

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